Glacier Bay with Betty Sederquist

If you think you’ve “seen” Glacier Bay from the deck of a cruise ship, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised and amazed by the things you’ll see on this trip. Glacier Bay is one of the largest national parks in the United States and yes, it does feature a lot of ice. However, there’s so much more. Traveling on a 50-foot boat that we use for our sleeping and eating, we take up to eight passengers. You’ll get closeup photos of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters and often, brown and black bears as they forage along the ocean shoreline. Although we can get many amazing photos right from the deck of the boat, we’ll also kayak and do short hikes. I’m partnering yet again on this trip with Juneau resident and photographer extraordinaire Mark Kelley. Mark is a NANPA member who has been a Showcase winner many times. He has produced numerous coffee table books and calendars on Alaska and is an all-around nice guy. This will be my seventh trip to Glacier Bay. Our parent company, Dolphin Charters, has been traveling Glacier Bay for some 40 years. The captain knows the area intimately, and as a former whale biologist, intimately understands the behaviors of these magnificent marine mammals.

Alaskan Whale and Marine Wildlife with Larisa Manewal and Neil McDermott (3 day)

These exclusive expeditions in March and April are designed for avid and aspiring wildlife photographers whose goal it is to create original and impactful photographs with whales as the muse. Sitka, Alaska is home to the sac roe herring fishery, which occurs every spring as herring come back to spawn in the pristine waters around Sitka Sound. The marine environment kicks it into high gear as Humpbacks, Orcas and predators galore gorge on the bounty of herring. Abundant wildlife. jaw dropping landscapes and the amazing fishery operations add up to incredible photo opportunities.

This intimate experience includes private expeditions at sunrise and sunset* and personal mentoring and instruction with renowned Alaskan wildlife photographer Larisa Manewal and pilot and expedition leader Neil McDermott. Larisa will personally lead a 2 hour in studio class on day one and will be aboard on all expeditions helping you capture that perfect shot.

Your expedition includes, transportation to and from your accommodations and Five ( 5 ) whale watching excursions for a minimum of 20 hours total of private photography trips. We limit our expeditions to 4 people because we know meaningful wildlife experiences occur in small groups. You’ll ride safely and comfortably aboard our USCG captained, restroom equipped. and heated 26′ Sport Cabin, “Swell Times.”

Winner’s Profile- Mark Kelley



In springtime, before the salmon start running up the creeks, many bald eagles hang out on the icebergs in Tracy Arm looking for food. © Mark Kelley


How many of your images will win? The 2018 NANPA Showcase competition is accepting entries until October 1, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The annual competition is a wonderful opportunity for you to submit your best photography and have it evaluated by three notable professional nature photographers- George Lepp, Roy Toft and Darrel Gulin .  You may even have your image published in our annual Expressions publication which features the top 250 images from those entered.  For more details about the 2018 NANPA Showcase competition, check out the website.

Over 3,300 images were submitted last year. One of the key NANPA Showcase 2017 winners is Mark Kelley, a photographer based in Juneau, Alaska.  Mark had nine images featured in the 2017 Expressions, including Best in Show for “Eagle Hell,” Judge’s Choice for “Hiker Inside Glacier Ice Cave,” and First Runner-Up for “Drizzly Bear.”  All of these images were made in Alaska and reflect the photographer’s passion for this beautiful state.

“Eagle Hell” Best of Show winner in the birds category for the 2017 NANPA Showcase Competition. A smudged up bald eagle use a discarded stool as a perch in the Adak dump where it scavenges on caribou hides and carcasses left by hunters. (See hide in lower left corner) © Mark Kelley

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