We’ve seen some pretty wacky, scary, and plain stupid encounters of photographers and bears. Finnish photographer Tero Pylkkänen was lucky enough to capture a video of two bears fighting in what he called “best bear fight ever.” Two large brown bears started testing each other’s strength just feet away from the photographer, and he caught their fight on camera.
BBC videographer Gordon Buchanan is on a mission of observing and filming a family of polar bears for one of his latest project. So, he came as close to the animals as possible – but one of the bears decided to get even closer. In this video shared by BBC Earth, you can see the scary moment when the polar bear tried to break into the box protecting Buchanan while he was filming.
Have you seen the viral drone footage of mama bear and her cub trying to climb up a snow-covered mountain? The baby loses its footing several times and slides back down, but eventually manages to join his mom at the top.
Many people have interpreted this video as a metaphor for determination, but biologists who saw it have a different opinion. The determined baby bear inspired a lot of motivational posters and caused a lot of “awwws.” However, it was apparently the drone that made the animals run in panic in the first place.
We’ve seen a couple of encounters of photographers and bears so far. This video from RM Videos shows a polar bear that got too close to a photographer and did it more than once more than once. But the photographer kept his cool stood up to the animal each time, and then casually went on taking photos.
Ah, wildlife photography… What a great way to take some gorgeous shots while also enjoying nature. You sit there, enjoy peace, quiet and beautiful weather, think about stuff, hang out with a bear… Wait, what?
Yup, while he was taking photos, photographer Drew Hammond had a visit from a large bear who approached and sat beside him. It seems like the bear wanted to enjoy the beautiful day himself, and the scene is both adorable and scary as hell.
When we go out to shoot, whether it’s for ourselves or on assignment, we’re often surprised. Usually, it’s in a good way. Sometimes, though, not so much. This photograph is what photographer Troy Moth describes as the most heartbreaking image he’s ever made.
Troy tells DIYP that while on assignment in Northern Ontario, an assignment completely unrelated to bears, he was being taken on a tour of the local area. A friend suggested that there might be some bears at the landfill, so off they went to have a look. He didn’t think much of it along the way there, however, he was not prepared for what he saw.