This Photographer Has Captured Some Intimate Moments With Polar Bears

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George Turner is a British wildlife photographer who travels around the world, photographing incredible animals from different places.

His latest adventure took him to Northern Canada in a town called Churchill, also known as the “polar bear capital of the world.” He spent some intimate time with these huge white animals in their natural habitat. The polar bears situated in northern Manitoba spend many months on the Hudson Bay, waiting for the ice to freeze over at the beginning of the hunting season.

Churchill Wild, the only operator who offers up close and personal experience with polar bears, offered Turner this once in a lifetime opportunity, making his ultimate wildlife dream a reality.

Turner opened up to My Modern Met about his incredible journey with these majestic animals. “It was the intimacy that struck me. In such a silent world—snow snuffles out sound—the stillness creates a magical, ethereal feeling to the air. Photographically, it’s a dream. The crisp, cool air results in super sharp images, with the light interacting with every single snowflake.”

And the most memorable moment was “The first encounter, without a doubt. With the magical Arctic sunset came our first bear, a subadult male. Coming out of the willow bushes, he laid down on the frozen river, directly facing us. My first 10 shots were blurry, as I was shaking with pure excitement. His stare was incredibly intense; he was looking at me.”

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The Prince of the Arctic.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ His kingdom, shrinking. It's arrival becoming increasingly later, the departure sooner. The long summer months ever-growing. His silent, frozen world… vanishing.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Spending time with Hudson Bay's polar bears was beyond a privilege… but to walk with them? I'm still lost for words. Massive thank you to the legendary guides Derek, Paul, and Emri at @churchillwildsafaris for sharing their wisdom and knowledge that makes it possible. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing countless more images and stories from the frozen tundras of northern Manitoba. Also, crucially, explaining how *you* can get involved to ensure this wilderness – and countless others like it – can continue to flourish and thrive. They need your help.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @travelmanitoba #TravelMB // D5, 70-200mm f2.8

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Meet Janet. She’s awesome.⁣ ⁣ She’s also tough. Really tough. She endures some of the world's most brutal weather each year.⁣ ⁣ She – like hundreds of other polar bears – was on the Hudson Bay's shores waiting for the sea ice. That wait is becoming longer and longer.⁣ ⁣ Each year, the sea ice – averagely – is forming one day later and melting one day earlier. Over the next 15 years, that's a month's worth of hunting, gone. That can't happen. ⁣ ⁣ It's thanks to companies like @churchillwildsafaris that these bears – and their habitat – is having a spotlight shone on them. So, what can you do? Use your voice. Be heard. It starts with you. ⁣ ⁣ @travelmanitoba #TravelMB [D5, 70-200 f/2.8]

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