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Churchill Wild 2010 Photo Contest – Call for Entries

Polar Bear Photo Contest 2010

King of the Arctic

Greetings from Polar Bear Country!

You have been welcome guests in our Arctic adventure travel paradise and now it’s time to share your experiences and put your “best shot” forward in our annual photo contest. Please take a look at some of the fabulous photos submitted by our guests for the 2009 Photo Contest to stimulate your imagination!

It was quite a busy year in 2010 and the wildlife gave us many photo opportunities.  It’s now time to showcase your pictures from the season.  We’re looking for photos of polar bears in snow, grass or water.  And don’t forget the mothers and cubs or those unbelievable beluga whale photos you took on your Birds, Bears and Belugas Trip.  We saw a variety of birds this year so a bird in flight would be amazing!

We look forward to seeing all of your submissions.  Good luck!

Prizes in each category:

  • 1st – $1,500.00 off 2011/2012 booking
  • 2nd – Dennis Fast photography book

Categories:

  • Best polar bear
  • Best other wildlife
  • Best landscape
  • Best people

Submissions:

  • Submit to doreen@churchillwild.com
  • Must be jpeg or TIFF format
  • File size should be 1 to 3 MB
  • Feel free to add a caption
  • If you want to provide a paper copy please contact us for a mailing address

Deadline:

Please submit your photos by March 31, 2011 (EXTENDED) in order to be considered for the contest.  Winners will be announced April 15, 2011 and will be notified via email.  Upon completion of the contest all photos will appear on the Churchill Wild Web site in the 2010 Photo Contest gallery.

Judging:

A professional photographer will be selected by Mike and Jeanne Reimer to conduct the judging of the submissions.

Rules:

  1. Guests may submit one photo per category.  If multiple photos are sent for the same category, the first one received will be the one entered.
  2. Winners may reissue their $1,500 prize to a family or friend if they wish. The application of the prize is dependent on availability and must be used on a direct booking.

Writer and photographer show love for Churchill Wild’s polar bear walks

We’re finding quite a few good stories and photo albums about Churchill Wild on the Web these days! And they’re written (or photos were taken) by visitors who walked with the polar bears (and us – yes we were there too!) on the coast of Hudson Bay.

James Sturz

James Sturz

Freelance journalist and author James Sturz joined us at Seal River Lodge for the Birds, Bears and Belugas adventure last summer and wrote about it for the Adventure Travel Section of ShermansTravel.com and German wildlife photographer Rudolf Hug put together a beautiful photobook packed with polar bears from his trip.

Sturz, a native New Yorker, has written for over 70 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure and many more. His novel Sasso was also named one of the top books of 2001 by The Sunday Telegraph.

An avid adventure traveler and PADI-certified divemaster, Sturz’s accomplishments are long and impressive. You can read his full bio (and it is definitely worth reading) on his Web site at: http://www.jamessturz.com/bio.html.

Currently a contributing writer at Leite’s Culinaria  Sturz wrote the following paragraph to open his story Polar Bear Encounters in Manitoba, Canada for ShermanTravel.com.

“We’ve all seen pictures of polar bears on receding sheets of ice, but it wasn’t until I flew to the western shore of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba, that I understood you could get so close to them you could appreciate the fearsome moistness of their snouts, the awesome sharpness of their claws and teeth, or the fact that the thousand-pound predators still look like fat, furry white blobs you want to leap on and hug.”  Read full story…

Rudolf Hug

Rudolf Hug

We then invite you to slip over to the blog of Rudolf Hug to check out his exceptional polar bear photobook. The most important part of his trip to Churchill Wild?

The “impressive meetings with the polar bears,” said Hug on his blog. “To meet the polar bears on an eye to eye level in their natural habitat is an experience of a very special nature!”

You can check out Hug’s polar bear photos at his blog at: http://rudolf-hug-e.blogspot.com/2010/12/bilder-der-eisbaren.html