Alaska Bears at Lake Clark with Jess Lee

This is one of the best times for photographing these grizzly and their young cubs. You will have internationally acclaimed and long time bear photographer, Jess Lee, at your side giving instruction on how to get the best photos of cubs playing, brown bears courting, and the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.
You are invited to join Jess with a small group of adventurous photographers on this great Alaska Bear Photo trip. We will fly in our private bush planes directly from Anchorage to our lodge on the edge of the fabulous Lake Clark National Park wilderness for 6 days and 5 nights of pure Alaskan wilderness wildlife photography heaven. Our lodge (Silver Salmon) is first rate in its comfortable accommodations, food, and hospitality. Even the bears love this place, we often watch them in the yard from our dining room.
When you are with Jess, the first goal will be for you to capture great photos. You will take advantage of Jess’s vast experience of knowing wildlife behavior and nearly 4 decades of photographing bears. The majestic Brown Bear or Alaskan Grizzly will be our main quarry, but nearby pelagic bird populations, including horned and tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and murres. Bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and harbor seals can also be targeted. Scenic backdrops include volcanic Mt. Iliama, Mt. Redoubt, and Augustine volcano, all part of Cook Inlet’s “ring of fire.”
Late June is a transition time for bears at Lake Clark. The breeding season is just winding down and the mother bears with their new cubs are just starting to show up. This gives photographers a great variety of interactive scenes between the bears. After mid July the bears start to disperse into the mountains and along the coast. This area is a concentration point of bears and their activities from mid June to mid July with daily bear photography opportunities of numbers of bears in the teens. Later in the season it is possible to only see from 1-3 bears on the trip. Late June is also usually the peak of the flower bloom and bears love lupines.
All of this makes Jess”s Alaska adventure a favorite. Touted in Outside Magazine and one of the top Alaska Bear photography trips. You will not only spend your time filling your hard drives with great images, but you will learn many of the techniques used to produce fabulous award winning photographs from one of today’s best working photographers. Jess will be available to review your work, giving you suggestions and examples of how to make your images stand out from the crowd. He will show you some of his processing techniques for not only editorial images, but some of the latest work flow using NIK software to help you produce stunning fine art prints. In the field, Jess will be shooting alongside you and taking time to offer advice on how to shoot and what to look for in grizzly bear behaviors to make your images special.
In this atmosphere, Jess will take time to give individual instruction while we are shooting. This is where you can learn best at a time when you can directly apply what you are learning. There will be time during the mid day breaks to study and fine tune the skills you will come to master.
All participants should be in Anchorage the day prior to our departure. We will be flying out of Anchorage early the morning of the 26th for Lake Clark. We will return to Anchorage mid day on the last day of our adventure. Weather delays, though not frequent, are possible so we suggest you book your return flights home the day after your return to Anchorage.
6 days and 5 nights from Anchorage, including meals and bush flights to our wilderness lodge. Lodging , meals, and transportation in Anchorage is not included. Plan to arrive in Anchorage on the 25th to be ready for our early bush flight on the 26th. $750.00 non refundable deposit holds your place with this small group of Alaskan photography adventurers.

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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