Both my 2022 and 2023 Winter expeditions to Ellesmere Island with friend and fellow photographer David Gibbon to find and photograph the incredible white Arctic Wolf are now sold out. In addition to the white Arctic Wolf, we will also search for Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Musk Ox, and Polar Bears. We are currently considering a future expedition for 2024 and like our 2022 and 2023 expeditions, participant numbers will be extremely limited (we will only take 4 photographers). Winter temperatures on Ellesmere at this time of year frequently dip to -40º Celsius and below, and as such participants must be physically fit and capable of withstanding extreme cold for extended periods. As such all applications are screened for suitability and experience. If you feel you have the ‘right-stuff’ and if you are looking for a unique and special experience to photograph the incredible animals that survive in the Arctic winter then drop me an email to register your interest. No obligation at this point.
In some exciting news, I learned early this morning that my Snowy Owl photograph titled, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ took out the Best of Nation award at the 2022 World Photographic Cup. The photograph is now also a top ten Finalist in the Nature Category. The Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be announced in March in two months’ time – fingers crossed!
I have previously represented Australia at the World Photographic Cup and taken out Bronze and Silver medals for Australia in the Nature category. I took out the Silver medal last year 2021 with my photograph of the Emperor Penguin family and the Bronze medal in 2019 with an image of a giant tabular iceberg, also from Antarctica.
The photograph of the month for January 2022 comes from my last visit to Finland in the Autumn of 2021 (Read the Trip Report). Photographed from private hide during some of the first snows of the season, it consists of the entire wolf pack together. This is a photograph I have been attempting to get for some years now as it is quite uncommon for the pack to come together in the open like this. The addition of the fresh snow adds that magical quality that makes it a very special moment.
I have just published Episode #35 of my Wild Nature Photography Podcast. This podcast includes an introduction to 2022 with my thoughts on travel, travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing pandemic, and where I want to head with the podcast this year.
It has been some time since I last did an update on workshop and expedition availability and with COVID still wreaking havoc on the travel industry, there are a number of last-minute places available on upcoming trips.
I have a number of places available on my Spring Light Svalbard expedition this April. This expedition will run April 8th – April 16th 2022. Full details are available on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops. Please just note, currently Norway requires an EU certified vaccination certificate to avoid quarantine on entry.
There are also two places that have become available on the 2023 September Greenland expedition. Please contact me for further details.