Svalbard with Daniel J. Cox

Join Dan and Tanya for an 11-day voyage in Norway’s archipelago! The MV Polaris I is ideal for small group expeditions to discover remote locations in the great north that are inaccessible to the larger cruise ships. Polar bears create an unforgettable spectacle whether hunting seals on pack ice, shepherding cubs along the beach, or swimming near our Zodiacs. High above the Arctic Circle, we’ll explore deep fjords, polar deserts, tundra tinged with wildflowers, and vast glaciers calving into the sea. Summer in the Arctic! On foot and by Zodiac, we’ll be on the lookout for walrus, Arctic fox, and reindeer, and revel in millions of migratory birds, including little auks, guillemots, and puffin. The seas are alive with whales along with bearded and possibly ringed seals.

Churchill Polar Bears with Ken Lee

Every autumn, polar bears concentrate along the shores of the Hudson Bay eagerly anticipating the annual freeze-up which provides them access to their favorite prey, seals. Churchill, Manitoba, on the southern tip of the bay, is one of the first places where the Hudson freezes solid. That’s why Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World and the premier place to capture portfolio worthy images of polar bears and other arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Majestic wildlife, check.

At this time of year, the days are short, but the sun never climbs too high in the sky, so it’s golden hour most of the daylight hours. Great light, check.

We’ve timed this adventure to coincide with the darkest skies of the month. With any luck, we’ll get a shot or two at Aurora Borealis (northern lights) photography. Bonus!

Ken will be right there throughout the expedition to provide tips, critiques, and coaching. Formal instruction, discussions and one-on-one coaching are all parts of the toolkit that Ken uses to help you reach the next milestone on your journey as a photographer.

Practice is just as important as knowledge and you’ll have tons of distraction free time among a small group of like-minded individuals to practice what you’ve learned, refine your skills and sharpen your creative vision.

Weekly Wow! Week of May 6, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada" © Steven Barger.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada” © Steven Barger.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 6, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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NATURES VIEW: Of Tundra Buggies & Polar Bears

Story and photography by Jim Clark

My first experience with the apex predator of the far north: Part I—Planning the Trip

Polar bear in the Canadian Arctic, near Churchill, Manitoba. (c) Jim Clark

Polar bear in the Canadian Arctic, near Churchill, Manitoba. (c) Jim Clark

Somewhere I read that once you gaze into the eyes of a polar bear, it will change your life. Just a couple weeks ago, I did indeed gaze into the eyes of the foremost apex predator of the far north. In fact, for a week I looked into the eyes of several polar bears during my first-ever trip to Churchill, Manitoba. The experience is something that neither I nor my wife Jamie and son Carson will ever forget. Continue reading