When a Polar Bear wants to be a wildlife photographer

Apr 15, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

When a Polar Bear wants to be a wildlife photographer

Apr 15, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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The number of people who get to photograph is not huge, but the number of people who get to see a Polar Bear actually using a camera is close to zero.

Photographer Roie Galitz was leading a photography workshop in Svalbard when the team encountered a big male Polar Bear. Little did they know that the bear had artistic aspiration.

Roie tells DIYP:

I was guiding a wildlife photography workshop and while we were photographing this huge male Polar Bear. He suddenly walked towards us. We had little time to think, and so for our safety, and the bear’s we retreated back.

The bear smelled the gear, one once he saw that it wasn’t edible he continued on its path

Luckily, both the gear and the bear were unharmed during this encounter.

While Polar bears do not hunt humans per se, the chances of not exiting a violent encounter unharmed are not bright. According to the Wildlife Society Bulletin, there were 73 confirmed polar bear attacks between 1870-2014, in which 20 people were killed and 63 injured.

If you are intrigued, you can check out Roie’s workshop page, Facebook and portfolio.

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Udi Tirosh

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5 responses to “When a Polar Bear wants to be a wildlife photographer”

  1. Gabriel Castro Avatar
    Gabriel Castro

    73 attacks. 20 killed + 63 injured.
    Some good math there.

    1. Miguel Maia Avatar
      Miguel Maia

      1 attack = 1 dead
      1 attack = 2 injured
      1 attack = …

      yep
      math is hard

    2. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      An encounter can involve more than one person

  2. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Polar bear blogged later that day: sharp images, no barrel distortion, good color accuracy. 8.5/10

  3. andrei ioan Avatar
    andrei ioan

    nooo! chase it away!!! PETA will sue your a**es!!