Polar Bear Blog

Churchill Wild Instagram Photos from Guests, Photo Leaders and More Shared Here

The cleanest air on the planet lives here. And this big polar bear knows it. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Photo by Derek Kyostia @polar.nemo on Instagram.
The cleanest air on the planet lives here. Photo by Churchill Wild guide Derek Kyostia at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Click image for more from Derek at @polar.nemo on Instagram.

We want to share your Churchill Wild photos with the world!

Churchill Wild guests, professional photographers, photo leaders and staff post a large number of photos to Instagram, both on their personal accounts and on the @churchillwildsafaris Instagram page. The album below includes a mixture of photos from all the aforementioned groups and from our own account. You can click on any of the photos in the album and they will open a new window to the photographer or author page.

We love to share photos from our polar bear lodges, especially from guests, so if you’ve taken some great shots with us and have posted them to Instagram, using the tags #churchillwild and #churchillwildsafaris could help you gain more exposure on Instagram through this album.

Also make sure to tag the individual lodge or lodges you were visiting, which include #sealriverheritagelodge, #nanukpolarbearlodge and #dymondlakeecolodge. We’ll be creating Instagram feeds for all three lodges, so if you’ve tagged them in your posts they should show up in their respective albums and hopefully help you gain a few more loyal fans!

We’ll swap out the photo at the top of this post on a regular basis and link it to a different guest, photographer, photo leader, guide or staffer. Have to spread the “Loves” and “Likes” around! Of course, we’re also hoping you’ll follow @churchillwildsafaris on Instagram too. 🙂

A huge thanks to all of our guests, professional photographers, photo leaders and staff for sharing your incredible photos with us! Enjoy!

Say 'hi' to Josh!
Josh Robson is part of our lodge maintenance team. He hauls water, makes fires, and fixes whatever's broken. "Run, Forest, Run!" is a quote that follows Josh, who always seems to run from one task to the next. He has a big heart for the wild, an endlessly cheerful outlook and does a mean moose impersonation, as seen here. 💯
And oh yeah, today's his BIRTHDAY!
📷: @rmsteckphotography
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#ourwildteam #lodgelife #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #ecolodges #wildlifelodges #staffphotofriday #birthdayboy
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Fox Spa #arcticfox #cleanpaws #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Instagram post 18116654413007318 Hump day. Halfway through the week. Here’s a shout out to all of us nurses! We all rock! #nursesrule #nurse #polarbear #churchillwildsafaris

Hump day. Halfway through the week. Here’s a shout out to all of us nurses! We all rock! #nursesrule #nurse #polarbear #churchillwildsafaris ...

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Instagram post 17868491902534283 Out-of-this-world aurora captured by @santihg00 at Seal River Heritage Lodge. 😍

Out-of-this-world aurora captured by @santihg00 at Seal River Heritage Lodge. 😍 ...

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In The Willows #ptarmigans #arcticwillows #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17858303218616670 Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! We hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family, and that your post-dinner naps are as restful as this guy's looks. 📷: @jaddavenport

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! We hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family, and that your post-dinner naps are as restful as this guy's looks. 📷: @jaddavenport ...

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Instagram post 18118073368056410 Way Too Early #arcticfox #yawning #earlymorning #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

Way Too Early #arcticfox #yawning #earlymorning #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Instagram post 18112779967031765 It’s tough waiting for the ice to form. This bear was utterly exhausted. Hard being the apex predator in the arctic. But not tough being so darn cute..happy week everyone.

It’s tough waiting for the ice to form. This bear was utterly exhausted. Hard being the apex predator in the arctic. But not tough being so darn cute..happy week everyone. ...

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Wow wow wow. 😍
This bear greeted guests early one morning during our Polar Bear Photo Safari and Sunny Hu captured it from inside the lodge. What a way to start the day!
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Been off the grid the past week with churchillwildsafaris and travelmanitoba. I couldn’t get over how goofy these Polar Bears were. Moments later the guy on the left belly flopped off the rock. #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke ...

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Mountains are cool, but the flatness of the prairies gives us to-die-for sunsets, like this one at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, photographed by @nateinthewild. ...

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Instagram post 18116614054006760 It’s just beyond beautiful there and it makes me smile the whole time with and without reason! That’s what I tell people when they ask me why I like the (sub) arctic so much. And from now on I will show them this picture as proof. Thank you jenninaturally of articaadventures for the 📸! #throwback #😊 #happyme #srhl2019 #churchillwild #canada

It’s just beyond beautiful there and it makes me smile the whole time with and without reason! That’s what I tell people when they ask me why I like the (sub) arctic so much. And from now on I will show them this picture as proof. Thank you jenninaturally of articaadventures for the 📸! #throwback #😊 #happyme #srhl2019 #churchillwild #canada ...

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Instagram post 17845587838806134 Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8 pm at The Garage, 3830 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, I’m giving a free slideshow on ‘The Art of Visual Storytelling.’ Everyone  is welcome, it’s and child friendly. I’ll share how photojournalists seek to create stories rather than just take pretty pictures, and show work from assignments from around the world. If you can’t make it but just want some great coffee and European desserts in a laptop-free cafe (yay!), you can enjoy a gallery of my polar bear, wolf and Antarctic images at cafezuri All fine-art metal prints are for sale and prices range from $80 for 5x5” to $250 for 16x20.” This image in black-and-white is one of my favorites. On Tuesday I’ll share the funny story of my afternoon encounter with the large polar bear on the right. The talk is sponsored by highlandsumcdenver where everyone is always welcome. 🇨🇦📷
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#natgeoimagecollection #natgeowild #coloradophotographer #denverphotographer #polarbear #polarbears #cafezuri #churchillwildsafaris #sealriverheritagelodge #highlandsumc #highlandsdenver #denverhighlands #visitdenverhighlands

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-8 pm at The Garage, 3830 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, I’m giving a free slideshow on ‘The Art of Visual Storytelling.’ Everyone is welcome, it’s and child friendly. I’ll share how photojournalists seek to create stories rather than just take pretty pictures, and show work from assignments from around the world. If you can’t make it but just want some great coffee and European desserts in a laptop-free cafe (yay!), you can enjoy a gallery of my polar bear, wolf and Antarctic images at cafezuri All fine-art metal prints are for sale and prices range from $80 for 5x5” to $250 for 16x20.” This image in black-and-white is one of my favorites. On Tuesday I’ll share the funny story of my afternoon encounter with the large polar bear on the right. The talk is sponsored by highlandsumcdenver where everyone is always welcome. 🇨🇦📷
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#natgeoimagecollection #natgeowild #coloradophotographer #denverphotographer #polarbear #polarbears #cafezuri #churchillwildsafaris #sealriverheritagelodge #highlandsumc #highlandsdenver #denverhighlands #visitdenverhighlands
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We're so thankful for these two, our founders, Mike and Jeanne Reimer. Their dedication is unsurpassed, their commitment to sustainable tourism is inspiring, their ideas are 🔥, and their hearts are big. They are the reason we can take you walking with polar bears and we admire them to the moon and back!
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Stretching Out #arctichare #showingteeth #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Hello, gorgeous. This beautiful, ethereal bear, shot by @rmsteckphotography deserves a name. Suggestions? ...

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Instagram post 17879633419461784 Buddha Bear. It’s quite evident that this bear is not doing to bad. In fact, he has been eating rather well it seems. Great to see. I’m starting to feel like him though....happy weekend.

Buddha Bear. It’s quite evident that this bear is not doing to bad. In fact, he has been eating rather well it seems. Great to see. I’m starting to feel like him though....happy weekend. ...

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Instagram post 17872327903502164 @georgetheexplorer: sunrise smooches 😘 this Mum and cub stuck around Seal River Heritage Lodge for a couple days, bedding down until the strong winds passed. On this beautiful morning, they got up, foraged a little, then sauntered off into the rising sun 🥰

@georgetheexplorer: sunrise smooches 😘 this Mum and cub stuck around Seal River Heritage Lodge for a couple days, bedding down until the strong winds passed. On this beautiful morning, they got up, foraged a little, then sauntered off into the rising sun 🥰 ...

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Instagram post 17874952891492707 As if the days couldn’t get any better up at Seal River Lodge. After a morning walking amongst Polar Bears, we had this beautiful display at night for a few hours. The craziest thing happen right before this aurora moment. As our group was setting up our cameras and tripods in the pitch black in the compound, we were reminded by our churchillwildsafaris Guides to keep some distance between us and the fence as the Polar Bears may be roaming nearby. Just as he finished that sentence my camera photo preview lit up my jacket and reflected onto the Polar Bear that was 15 feet (3 metres) in front of me on the other side of the fence. My heart skipped a bit or two. Just imagine pulling that photo off accidentally with a beautiful aurora and a polar bear 😮 This was our after dinner activity during our weeks in late October. The lodge lighting was used to light up the nearby frosted common willows to add in a foreground element. #churchillwild #auroraborealis #auroras #northernlights #discoverchurchill #explorecanada #sharecangeo

As if the days couldn’t get any better up at Seal River Lodge. After a morning walking amongst Polar Bears, we had this beautiful display at night for a few hours. The craziest thing happen right before this aurora moment. As our group was setting up our cameras and tripods in the pitch black in the compound, we were reminded by our churchillwildsafaris Guides to keep some distance between us and the fence as the Polar Bears may be roaming nearby. Just as he finished that sentence my camera photo preview lit up my jacket and reflected onto the Polar Bear that was 15 feet (3 metres) in front of me on the other side of the fence. My heart skipped a bit or two. Just imagine pulling that photo off accidentally with a beautiful aurora and a polar bear 😮 This was our after dinner activity during our weeks in late October. The lodge lighting was used to light up the nearby frosted common willows to add in a foreground element. #churchillwild #auroraborealis #auroras #northernlights #discoverchurchill #explorecanada #sharecangeo ...

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Hmmm, I think he sees me through the grass. Nothing like the feeling of a curious polar bear approaching. ...

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Instagram post 17842897924819228 @georgetheexplorer: mornings like these right on Seal River Heritage Lodge’s doorstep! Such fun observing these Arctic foxes. The more you understand the behaviour, the better the images!

@georgetheexplorer: mornings like these right on Seal River Heritage Lodge’s doorstep! Such fun observing these Arctic foxes. The more you understand the behaviour, the better the images! ...

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Instagram post 17843881918750985 Finally got to play around with the new sonyalpha a7R iv and the 600mm f/4. I imagine none of you will be surprised to hear that they’re absolutely amazing and I want to keep them forever. #bealpha #alphacollective 
Also, HUGE thanks to churchillwildsafaris for letting me come play around in the snow and lead a trip up here this year!

Finally got to play around with the new sonyalpha a7R iv and the 600mm f/4. I imagine none of you will be surprised to hear that they’re absolutely amazing and I want to keep them forever. #bealpha #alphacollective
Also, HUGE thanks to churchillwildsafaris for letting me come play around in the snow and lead a trip up here this year!
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Instagram post 17883942979458519 Mom, That’s Embarrassing #polarbears #momandcub #coy #cuboftheyear #playfulbear #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

Mom, That’s Embarrassing #polarbears #momandcub #coy #cuboftheyear #playfulbear #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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@GeorgetheExplorer: as the shirts for sale at Churchill airport say.... “a polar bear in a snowstorm”! ...

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@georgetheexplorer: moments like these. With a healthy dose of patience and perseverance, wildlife always pays back! ...

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In The Backlight #arcticfox #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Instagram post 17844913198755575 @georgetheexplorer: aaaaand breathe, it’s nearly Friday! Spectacular polar bear sightings in the most stunning light this morning — you can’t beat it!

@georgetheexplorer: aaaaand breathe, it’s nearly Friday! Spectacular polar bear sightings in the most stunning light this morning — you can’t beat it! ...

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Instagram post 17907654514328193 Waking up to a polar bear outside our window at churchillwildsafaris . travelmanitoba #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwildsafaris #travelmb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke

Waking up to a polar bear outside our window at churchillwildsafaris . travelmanitoba #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwildsafaris #travelmb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke ...

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@georgetheexplorer: have you ever seen a happier Arctic fox?! What a day at Seal River, including being just metres away from both Arctic and red foxes! ...

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Instagram post 18077204980192779 When it’s -37c with 60km winds everything freezes! Currently up in Manitoba with the incredible churchillwildsafaris. More coming soon (when I get back to some decent internet!) #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb

When it’s -37c with 60km winds everything freezes! Currently up in Manitoba with the incredible churchillwildsafaris. More coming soon (when I get back to some decent internet!) #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb ...

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Only the stream between us. #polarbear ...

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Hello, @georgetheexplorer here! I’m currently photo leading at the incredible Seal River Heritage Lodge. It’s Day 1 and we’ve already been treated to two polar bears, Arctic foxes galore, red foxes, and so much more! For the next couple weeks I’ll be sharing daily updates from the lodges — for now, here’s a throwback to a special moment from last year! ...

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Instagram post 17880897412455686 Possibly the prettiest polar bear portrait ever taken. 😍
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robertpostmaphotography captured this adorable face at Seal River Heritage Lodge in Northern Manitoba.
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Possibly the prettiest polar bear portrait ever taken. 😍
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robertpostmaphotography captured this adorable face at Seal River Heritage Lodge in Northern Manitoba.

#lovecbcmb #cbcmanitoba #polarbears #churchillwild
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Are you telling me I have snow on my nose?
Hope you keep your nose clean this weekend!
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*CUTE ALERT* That face! Those ears! This curious little pine marten paid a visit to Seal River Heritage Lodge a few days ago and @chaseteron of @articastudios snapped this awesome pic. A for Adorable.
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#churchillwild #arcticsafaris #pinemarten #cute #wildlifelodge #sealriverheritagelodge #natgeolodges #wildlifephotography #photoworkshops #exploremb #hudsonbay #canada
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Instagram post 18120911875008183 A „Snowy“ #snowyowl #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

A „Snowy“ #snowyowl #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Derek Kyostia is a man of polar passions, splitting his time between Antarctica and the Arctic for the last fifteen years. Since 2014, he's been a Churchill Wild guide during our fall season, bringing knowledge, endless energy and a one-of-a-kind sense of humour into the field. Glad to have you back this year, @polar.nemo!
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#churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #staffphotofriday #wildlifeguide #safariguide #ecoguide #ourwildteam #polarbears
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Instagram post 17864469244328107 Happy International Polar Bear Day! At Churchill Wild, a National Geographic Unique Lodge situated in the remote Canadian Arctic, you can expect to see a curious polar bear lumber up to your window, or catch one snoozing in a magenta-colored field of fireweed as you explore on foot. This is their territory, the only home they know—but as temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise and sea ice melts at an alarming pace, these majestic creatures face an uncertain future. Photo by churchillwildsafaris #natgeolodge #churchillwild #internationalpolarbearday

Happy International Polar Bear Day! At Churchill Wild, a National Geographic Unique Lodge situated in the remote Canadian Arctic, you can expect to see a curious polar bear lumber up to your window, or catch one snoozing in a magenta-colored field of fireweed as you explore on foot. This is their territory, the only home they know—but as temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise and sea ice melts at an alarming pace, these majestic creatures face an uncertain future. Photo by churchillwildsafaris #natgeolodge #churchillwild #internationalpolarbearday ...

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