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.