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Front Row Seat to the Fight. The Story Behind the Photo.

Polar bears sparring on Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Bill Lyne photo.
Polar bears sparring on Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Bill Lyne photo.

Story and photo by Bill Lyne

My wife, Lucy, and I have been on many adventures throughout our 48 years of marriage. We’ve visited more than 100 countries and have a keen interest in wildlife. Photography has been my life-long hobby and many of our adventures are to view and photograph animals in the wild.

Our trips have included African safaris, trekking with gorillas, visiting wild parts of South America, the Galapagos and Antarctica.

But nothing surpasses walking with polar bears.

On this particular day my legs had tired so I stayed back at the lodge and relaxed on one of the viewing platforms while Lucy (second from right in brown) and the rest of the group trekked down towards the Bay to view these two male bears.

When I saw the group framed by the bears sparring in front of them I thought, ‘that will be a great shot.’

I’m thrilled that this photo has been seen by so many people around the world, and perhaps, has even encouraged a few to visit Seal River Heritage Lodge and have a similarly amazing experience.


Bill graciously allowed us to use his photo in order to share the Churchill Wild experience with wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. His photo also appears in our recently published Churchill Wild 25th Anniversary Book, which features a number of images from our polar bear lodges that include “The Story Behind the Photo” as provided by the photographer.

Copies of Churchill Wild — 25 Years of Adventure on the Hudson Bay Coast are now available online at McNally Robinson Booksellers and at our head office. There are also a limited number of copies available at our polar bear lodges from July through November, during our polar bear walking safaris. For more information please call 1.866.UGO.WILD (846.9453) or email info@churchillwild.com.

Churchill Wild 25th Anniversary Book. Now available online at at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Churchill Wild 25th Anniversary Book. Now available online at at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

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