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2020 ALASKA - PHOTOGRAPHING THE LAST FRONTIER

The State of Alaska is one of the world's last frontiers.  It is the largest state in the union and the third least populous with just over 700,000 residents. It also contains the world’s largest wildlife refuge and is home to 31,000 grizzly bears – 17 times the number of grizzlies recorded in the total Lower 48 states.  The almighty grizzly is the top-of-the-food chain, and SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS is offering photographers three unique opportunities to photograph these incredible creatures on their home turf, up close and personal.

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ALASKAN GRIZZLIES:

CUBS and FISHING BEARS

LAKE CLARK AND KATMAI NATIONAL PARKS
28 June - 10 July, 2020

Each of Alaska’s national parks offer an extraordinary opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. None more so than Lake Clark National Park where, during this time of year, bears are abundant and the photo opportunities abound. No viewing platforms, no time limitations, and no distance restrictions (within reason). Silver Salmon Creek offers several sedge fields, attracting large numbers of sows with cubs and juveniles under the age of seven. There have also been increased sightings of wolves, foxes, otters, moose and lynx.

What you won’t find during these dates are fishing bears, but don’t despair! We’re spending 3 days at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park where the salmon are running and the bears are giving chase.

INCLUDES four day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula.

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THE FISHING BEARS OF KATMAI

BROOKS FALLS and THE KATMAI COAST
11-22 July, 2020

Katmai National Park is one of Alaska’s most scenic parks, combining the rugged interior of snowcapped mountains, verdant pine forests and glacial waters with a seemingly endless, untamed coastline.

Katmai also has the largest concentration of grizzly bears in Alaska, numbering around 2200, and two salmon runs a year that are as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Put them together and you’ve got an extraordinary opportunity to photograph non-stop fishing bear action at the height of the July salmon run. What makes this photo workshop offering extra-extraordinary is that we’re combining two top fishing bear venues, Brooks Falls on the interior and Hallo Bay on the Katmai Coast, into a single photo adventure.

INCLUDES three day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula.

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FISHING BEARS AND THE ALASKA PANHANDLE

BROOKS FALLS and ANAN CREEK
23 July - 5 August, 2020

The Alaska Panhandle is known for its raw beauty, offering unique opportunities to photograph both scenery and marine and wildlife interactions not seen elsewhere in Alaska.

In addition to the grizzly nonstop fishing action at the falls in Katmai National Park and a four day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula, this photo workshop includes four days of exceptional opportunities to photograph brown and black bears competitively fishing at Anan Creek in Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, humpback whales bubble-net feeding in the Alexander Archipeligo, and the sensational scenery and marine life of the LaPonte Glacier. Includes four day Kenai excursion.

NOTE: This workshop starts in Anchorage and finishes in Wrangell.