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BE Interview by Inga Yandell PARTNER │ PSA


What is the most exciting discovery so far with potential to advance our understanding therefore our approach to preserving life in the Arctic?


Our fundraising efforts may be seriously


curtailed without the non-profit status the Arctic Documentary Project receives through Polar Bears International.


To date, for me one of the most exciting discoveries was when Dr. George Durner of the USGS found the female bear that was highlighted in the journal Polar Biology. Dr. Durner was part of the team that documented this female polar bear swimming 426 miles in nine days. Scientists knew that polar bears could swim for dozens, even a hundred miles but never had there been any proof of one swimming for hundreds of miles in one continuous effort. As the pack ice moves further and further offshore, bears making their way from land to the ice is going to be increasingly difficult.


How vital is public and corporate support to the success of this project (where can people learn more about sponsorship)?


Corporate and public sponsorship is extremely important to the success of this project. I used to fund all of my shoots by way of assignments from magazines or out of my own pocket, but today that is no longer possible. The magazine market has changed so dramatically like the changing ice of the north, and assignments of this magnitude are nearly gone. Few publications have the financial capabilities to support such long-term, expensive projects. Additionally, the subject matter of climate change is so polarizing that many commercial publications are afraid to discuss it.


Our fundraising efforts may be seriously curtailed without the non-profit status the Arctic Documentary Project receives through Polar Bears International.


Your readers can find out more by visiting the ADP page on our web site. They can contribute by following the DONATE button which will redirect them to the PBI website. Since PBI is a non- profit, charitable organization, they have all the rules, bylaws etc. in place to make giving completely tax deductible. Without PBI this project would not exist.


Lastly, where, when and how will the project be presented?


There are many zoos, as Arctic Ambassador Centers, throughout the US and Canada that are currently enjoying the photos and videos that we have produced so far. They're using these images to create more interesting and exciting exhibits for their guests, which in turn helps to educate about the issues going on in the arctic. We plan to produce a book in the next 3-5 years on the work we've been doing. Along with that will come a traveling exhibit if we are able to raise the funds to make that happen. The PBI website is another venue that brings this work to the public, and also PBI’s newsletters and annual report.


We're hopeful that with enough support people will get a chance to see for themselves what I have witnessed in over two decades of working with polar bears in the far north.


Learn more about ADPwww.naturalexposures.com/adp Daniel’s Arctic Images http://danieljcox.photoshelter.com/gallery/Arctic-Images/G0000tXAv69nERlM/


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