Join Canadian Guide and Wildlife Photographer Michael Bertelsen for an incredible opportunity to photograph Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife at ground level.
Quality not Quantity
Small groups of 5 photographers shooting on the ground, thus allowing: The ability to move and choose a better background or angle. Overall feeling of the workshop is more intimate. Feel more in tune with the surroundings and its species.
Safety and Experience
Michael has 13 years experience guiding and guarding photographers for Polar Bears. 5 years was spent in Northern Hudson Bay working and learning from Inuit guides. Understanding bear patterns and behaviour is the key to success and safety. Both Michael and Julia carry firearms for safety but have yet to use them in the Churchill area.
The Churchill lodge is exclusive to our small group of photographers. Quiet times are between 9pm and 5:30am (no doors slamming & people talking in the hallways) thus allowing everyone a restful sleep. Each room has a private 3 piece bath and refrigerator along with comfortable beds and individual thermostats for personal preference. There is a communal kitchen and room for gathering and sharing stories about the day.
A minimum 400mm lens is required. Wide angle lens for landscapes. Your most used focal lenght for wildlife will be in the range of 300 to 600mm. If possible bring 2 camera bodies and a sturdy tripod.
Temperatures range from +2C to -20C during this time. Insulated boots, warm winter coat, insulated pants to wear over your inside pants. large warm mitts, thin gloves you can use camera buttons with, warm hat and wool socks.
Low level to medium of fitness is required. Very short walks in snow depth of less than a foot. Icy conditions may occur. Bathroom breaks are available through out the day.
Itinerary for 6 Day Trip
Morning fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba. Michael & Julia will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the lodge. One hour safety and orientation and some winter photography tips. Coffee, tea and a light snack is provided before you head out in search of polar bears. That evening a dinner is planned at one of Churchill's finer restaurants.
Day 2,3,4 and 5
Early breakfast then out in search for polar bears, arctic fox, cross fox, silver fox, red fox, arctic hare, snowy owl, gyrfalcon and ptarmigan. Possible wolves and wolverine as well. All day landscape photography if light and clouds offer the opportunity. Break for a short lunch then we head back out for the afternoon and evening shoot. Dinner together and review the day. Northern lights are a possibility when the sky is clear. Michael will offer an in-field Aurora Borealis workshop.
More photography in the morning. Michael and Julia will take you to the Churchill airport where you will fly back to Winnipeg.
All WMA permits and licenses.
Personalized photography Instruction offered at all times.
Use of communal kitchen and common room.
5 Day trip includes 4 nights accommodations.
4 Days of photography(3 full and 2 half days)
6 Day trip includes 5 nights accommodations.
5 Days of photography(4 full and 2 half days)
7 Day trip includes 6 nights accommodations. 6 days of photography (5 full days and 2 half days).
Alcoholic drinks, and snacks.
Hotel rooms in Winnipeg.
All flights to and from Churchill.
Lunch and Dinner. But please join Michael and Julia for every meal. Michael has lots of good stories and bad jokes to share with you.
5 Day Trip
Cost $4,495.00 cdn funds + 5% Manitoba tax
$1,000.00 cdn deposit required at time of booking.
Remaining amount of $3,495.00 cdn + 5% tax due 90 days prior to departure date.
Single occupancy available for an additional $980.00 + 5% Manitoba tax.
6 Day Trip
Cost $5,395.00 cdn funds + 5% Manitoba tax
$1,500.00 cdn deposit required at time of booking.
Remaining amount of $3,750.00 cdn due 90 days prior to departure date.
Single occupancy available for an additional $1,175.00 + 5% Manitoba tax.
7 Day Trip
Cost $6300.00 cdn funds + 5% Manitoba tax
$2000.00 cdn non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.
Remaining due 90 days prior to departure date.
Single occupancy available for an additional $1,380.00 + 5% Manitoba tax.
Payment, Registration and Refund Policy A deposit is required to reserve your spot. Once the deposit is received your spot on the trip is confirmed, and an email that includes a detailed itinerary will be sent to you. Balance in full is due 3 months before the tour start date. A reminder will be sent to you via email, but it is the sole responsibility of the participant to remember this due date. If the balance is not received in time, we will attempt to fill your spot from the waiting list. If the spot is filled, you will lose only the deposit. Fees are based upon double occupancy. Single rooms can be arranged for an additional cost if they are available. We do our best to pair participants up with a roommate, but if a roommate is not found, the single occupant will be charged for the single supplement. Checks can be made payable to Wild Outdoors Limited and sent to Michael Bertelsen P.O Box 1012, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, R0B0E0. Payment can be made through Paypal (add 3.5% surcharge) or e-transfer
Whenever travelling with Wild Outdoors Photography travel insurance and health insurance is highly recommended.
Wild Outdoors Photography does not accept responsibility for any losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike or other causes. The tour participants shall bear all such losses and expenses. Wild Outdoors Photography will take all reasonable steps to ensure that services provided are of high standard. Wild Outdoors Photography will not accept liability for physical injury, loss, damage or expense resulting from
circumstances beyond our control. By agreeing to participate in a Wild Outdoors Photography workshop, each participant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Wild Outdoors Photography, its agents, employees, shareholders, directors, attorneys, and contractors as more completely set forth in the liability waiver that will be provided. The waiver must be signed and received by Wild Outdoors Photography prior to participation.
Contact Michael if you have further questions or to check availability and to request a booking.
Michael, Thank you so much for all your assistance with the shoot and for being so accommodating with the many questions we fired your way. Katy and Tom both had a great shoot with you and they really valued your knowledge and expertise. Looking forward to working with you again, Susan S, BBC FILMS