I have recently had two places become available on the 2016 expedition to Photograph Polar Bears in the pack ice north of Svalbard. The expedition runs from the 25th of July until the 4th of August this year and is dedicated to the photography of Polar Bears in their natural environment.This expedition has been designed from the ground up to provide the very best possible opportunities to Photograph Polar Bears in their natural environment. With the reduction in Arctic sea ice the Polar Bears in Svalbard are dwindling in number and the number of years left to photograph them is unfortunately now extremely limited. Late July and August are the ideal times to photograph Polar Bears north of Svalbard due to the dwindling ice around the archipelago. On this expedition we will be carrying a naturalist/biologist who specialises in locating Polar Bears and an expedition leader and captain who have years of experience in placing us in the ideal position to make the best photographs. Their expertise will allow us to approach the king of the Arctic as closely and safely as possible and make incredible photographs under the spectacular midnight sun.Our intention is to sail directly north from the small town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard to approximately 80 degrees North to the very edge of the permanent pack ice. At our northerly most point we will likely be less than 600 miles from the North Pole.We will be using the ice hardened expedition ship M.S Origo which will enable us to skirt the edge of the pack ice searching for and photographing Polar Bears. M.S Origo is widely regarded as the best ship in the Arctic for Polar Bear Photography and has been my ship of choice for this expedition for the past three years. With its super low decks we can photograph at eye level with wild Polar Bears. Our expedition ship is also equipped with sufficient zodiacs and crew for all photographers to be shooting simultaneously with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment – So bring what you need! On this expedition we will also likely photograph Walrus, Seals, Whales, Arctic Foxes and the many Arctic sea birds including the rare and angelic Ivory Gull. To get an idea of the sort of wildlife photographs you can take on this expedition please visit the Svalbard portfolio on my website. All of the Polar Bear photographs on this website were taken from the very same ship we will be utilising for this expedition. If you would like more information or would like to register for one of the remaining two places please just drop me an email.
The photo of the month for January 2016 is of a male bull Elephant seal at sunrise at Saint Andrews Bay in South Georgia Island. Photographed with the new Canon 5DSR 50 mega pixel camera and the new Canon 11-24mm Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens this photograph was made by creeping toward the edge of the river and catching the bellow of the seal as he rounded up his harem. If you look closely you can see the expulsion of breathe in the cold morning air.
Outdoor Photographer of the Year has announced that for the first time in the competition’s history it will be releasing a brand new hardcover book of the best photographs from the 2015 Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition. The book will include all of the winning, commended and selected entries with contributions from entrants based all over the world. I am pleased to say that the book will also include three of my photographs from the final round of judging. Presented in hardback with dust jacket the book is over 200 pages and can now be pre-ordered online.