Daniel has photographed grizzlies in the wilds of Alaska for well over a decade. His guidance and experience assist in giving guests the opportunity to take their own amazing images. We invite you to join us in this exceptional bear-viewing location where no viewing platforms are used. Peaceful encounters with these magnificent giants of the north—there is nothing more exhilarating than photographing these bears! Beware: this trip can be addictive!!
The calm waters of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage teem with captivating wildlife and breathtaking scenery. At this time of year humpback whales congregate in large numbers and may indulge in impressive bubble-net feeding, breaching, tail lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. We’ll travel from Sitka to Juneau, Alaska aboard the classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, where you’ll have a front row seat for sea lion haul-outs, bald eagles and an ancient glacier with giant icebergs calving off its face. We’ll search for brown bears catching salmon, walk through lush and serene rainforests, explore the diversity of creatures in tide pools and skiff or kayak through the gentle waters, drifting quietly past hanging gardens and waterfalls.
Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness adventures we’ll encounter from our comfortable wandering home invite a tranquility of the soul. Expect to be stimulated by the quiet solitude and reminded of our place in nature. We’ll do our best to capture these feelings and experiences with our eyes and our cameras and learn the power of our own storytelling ability through compelling imagery.
Whatever your skill level, you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of the Westward’s salon we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting. Rather than snapping pictures and hurrying to find the next encounter, we’ll take time to savor each moment. Every scene is constantly changing, each animal is an individual and every behavior has a purpose.
Join Art as he leads this exclusive workshop to a private lodge in the Katmai region of Alaska. You will have opportunities to view and photograph bears safely and will be creating dynamic images that are different than anything you have seen before. This is a Katmai experience like no other due to the exclusivity of the location and the expert guidance. You can be one of only 8 people to learn the nuances of nature photography taught in a truly wild atmosphere by a well-versed set of instructors.
Limited to 8 participants. Assisted by Gavriel Jecan.
Join Art as he leads this exclusive workshop to a private lodge in the Katmai region of Alaska. You will have opportunities to view and photograph bears safely and will be creating dynamic images that are different than anything you have seen before. This is a Katmai experience like no other due to the exclusivity of the location and the expert guidance. You can be one of only 8 people to learn the nuances olol f nature photography taught in a truly wild atmosphere by a well-versed set of instructors.
Limited to 8 participants. Co-led by Gavriel Jecan.
This brown bear adventure takes you to the shores of Lake Clark National Park, an area with one of the greatest concentrations of brown bear in Alaska. This superb location puts us right in the middle of brown bear country each and every day. This is by far the best place to photograph the bears safely, yet up close and personal in their environment. We and all of our camera gear are transported by ATV, driven by our naturalist guide, right to where the bears are. We observe them fishing, clamming, nursing, and playing in the water and the fields, with a backdrop of mountains and the Cook Inlet. Our guide knows where the bears are, and gets us in just the right position for the best light and the best action.
We stay in a classic Alaska lodge which is only a few hundred yards from the beach. We have the entire lodge to ourselves, so it is just our group for the week. That means everything runs on our schedule, based on the best photographic opportunities. The rooms are nicely decorated, and all our meals are chef-prepared. It is a relaxing place to unwind, a nice counterpoint to the excitement of our days photographing bears.
We will also have the opportunity for a short boat trip to a nearby rocky island where the puffins come to breed. A great photo opportunity.
This trip provides a rare opportunity to see and photograph truly wild brown bears like few others can.
Coastal Grizzly Bears and Walrus will be our primary subjects but we may also see Wolf, Lynx, Moose, Beaver, Caribou, Dall sheep, Seals, Fox, Sea Otters, Tundra Swan, Puffins, and Bald Eagles. This is the best location on Planet Earth to observe and photograph the giant coastal grizzlies (brown bears). In this perfect wilderness, you will watch bears fishing for salmon, digging for clams, eating sedge grasses or grazing on blueberries on the alpine tundra. Visit one of the world’s only photographable walrus pods on a remote Baring Sea beach.
The lodge provides a true wilderness experience. Iliamna and Redoubt are two active volcanoes in Lake Clark National Park. Iliamna has not erupted recently but is frequently seen steaming from its summit fumaroles. Redoubt erupted in the spring of 2009. Both these volcanoes provide an excellent backdrop for coastal brown bear photography.
Imagine the compelling images you will create with the alp-like mountains of the Tongass National Forest or the snow-capped dormant Volcano Mt Edgecumbe in the background as a group of these 40-ton leviathans explode out of the water with mouths agape. Fill your frame with herring by the ton attempting to escape from not only the whale’s mouths but the hundreds of Bald Eagles, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor Porpoise, Harbor Seals and Gulls as well. We scheduled these tours to coincide with the spring migration of the humpback whales as they return to SE Alaska from their fasting round trip to the calving and mating waters of Hawaii.
On this 7 hour expedition you capture this pristine marine ecosystem burst to life as Humpbacks and other marine mammals come here to gorge on the calorie rich bounty of the herring spawn, locally called Sac Roe. There were 52 whales concentrated in a 2 square mile area here in Sitka last year. It’s no wonder the BBC filmed documentary footage of this spectacle. We limit our tours to just 4 guests so our Sitka native Photography Leader, Lione Clare can give individual attention and mentoring and there is no jockeying for position. While aboard you will also eavesdrop on the whale’s communication on our research grade hydrophone.
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Story and Photographs by Andrew Snyder
Andrew Snyder is a new NANPA board member, a professional biologist and photographer, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mississippi. He recently posted a piece on maptia.com, a website devoted to stories and photography of the natural world, about the annual spawning of sockeye salmon, which return to freshwater rivers from the Pacific Ocean each year to lay their eggs.
When sockeye salmon are born, they spend between one and two years in freshwater lakes or streams. Then, they migrate to the ocean and spend two or three years there. Once they’re ready to spawn, they head back to the river where they were born. Continue reading
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.