NLWS Bear Cub Fundraiser

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NLWS Bear Cub Fundraiser and Prize Giveaway! - Special Episode

[UPDATED with Winners announced August 24th, see below — in total, we raised an astonishing $37,010 from 308 donations. Thank you so much everyone!!]

How would a gorgeous, Artist’s Proof limited edition print of one of my grizzly bear photographs look hanging in your house or office? Or perhaps you’d rather win a trip for two to a grizzly bear viewing lodge in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada?

That’s right, everyone, it’s FUNDRAISER time! And once again we’re giving away a pile of prizes for donations to my beloved Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter (NLWS) in Smithers, British Columbia — the only grizzly bear rehabilitation facility on the planet. To date, the NLWS has successfully rehabbed and released 17 grizzly cubs and more than 370 black bears!

This time around, the NLWS is in desperate need of a new black bear enclosure to accommodate the 25 black bear cubs they already have on site and the 20-25 they expect to receive later this summer and fall. Angelika and Peter Langen, the shelter’s founders, estimate that this new enclosure will cost approximately $35,000 to construct, so that’s the amount we’re aiming for.

And this is where we step in with a slew of prizes so amazing that it will make it even more worth your while to donate to this incredible cause.

How to Donate to Help with the New Bear Enclosure

Here’s how it’s going to work for the donations (and note that because the NLWS is a non-profit charitable organization, ALL Canadian donors will be provided with a tax receipt for their donation):

[You can donate to the General campaign for NLWS, or directly to the Black Bear Enclosure campaign from the drop-down menu — both will be used for the prize draws]

Donate $50 — automatic entry to win any of prizes below (including any of the Grand Prizes) in a random draw administered by NLWS staff on Wednesday, August 24th.

Donate $50-$499 — one entry for every $50 you donate for the Grand Prizes listed below (for instance, donate $250 and get 5 entries into the draw for any of the Grand Prizes listed below), and one entry to win any of the other prizes below.

Donate $500 or more — two entries for every $50 you donate for the Grand Prizes listed below (for instance, donate $750 and get 30 (!!) entries into the draw for any of the Grand Prizes listed below), and one entry to win any of the other prizes below.

So the bottom line is, if you want to win ANY of these amazing prizes, then donating a mere $50 gets you into the game for the Grand Prizes and gets you equal odds for any of the other prizes. And the more you donate, the better your chances are for the Grand Prizes or for the Day in the Field with me.

Click Here to Donate Now!

The Prizes

[Note: the grand prizes are available to all donors, including those outside the US and Canada, while some of the print and book prizes are only available to those in the US or Canada]

Grand Prize #1

[Winner: Shonna Hawkins, Barrie, ON]

A 2-night/3-day all-inclusive bear viewing trip for two to the Great Bear Chalet in Bella Coola, British Columbia in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. I’ve personally photographed grizzlies in the Bella Coola area five times in the past decade and have to say that this is one of the premier grizzly bear photography and viewing locations in the world. Thanks to the generosity of owner Jefferson Bray, this trip will include airport shuttle to and from the Bella Coola Airport (if required), transportation/fuel costs for all excursions, accommodation (private suite with 3-piece bath), gourmet meals prepared with local, fresh ingredients, and professionally guided bear tours (all Guides are accredited members of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C.).
Value: $2400 Cdn.

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The Grand Prize: an all-inclusive Trip for Two to the Great Bear Chalet in Bella Coola, British Columbia

Grand Prize #2

[Winner: Patricia Lowery, Markham, ON]

A 24″x36″ glossy archival Artist’s Proof print of ‘Bear Yoga’, the first ever printing of this image as part of a new Limited Edition series I am starting this fall on my website. Personally signed and numbered as an Artist’s Proof.
Value: $1000 Cdn.

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Grand Prize #3

[Winner: Elsie Rogers, Chilliwack, BC]

A 24″x36″ glossy archival Artist’s Proof print of ‘The Glare’, the first ever printing of this image as part of a new Limited Edition series I am starting this fall on my website. Personally signed and numbered as an Artist’s Proof.
Value: $1000 Cdn.

theglare_24x36_artistsproof-value800_S5C3812Grand Prize #3: 24” x 36” Signed Artist’s Proof of ‘The Glare’

Grand Prize #4

[Winner: Jonathan Huyer, Canmore, AB]

A 24″x36″ glossy archival Artist’s Proof print of ‘Pretty Grizzly’, the first ever printing of this image as part of a new Limited Edition series I am starting this fall on my website. Personally signed and numbered as an Artist’s Proof.
Value: $1000 Cdn.

Grizzly bear cubGrand Prize #4: 24” x 36” Signed Artist’s Proof of ‘Pretty Grizzly’

Highest Donation Prizes:

The highest donor will get to choose from one of the following two special prizes. The second highest donor will then receive the second of these prizes.

Highest Donation Prize #1:

[A HUGE thank you to Lindsay Neidrauer of Toronto, ON for our largest donation of the event!]

A private, exclusive full day in the field photographing with me in the Canadian Rockies (date and location to be arranged). This prize will be transferrable, if you choose.

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Highest Donation Prize #2: a private, exclusive Day in the Field photographing with me in the Canadian Rockies!

Highest Donation Prize #2:

[A second HUGE thank you to Clare Fish of Burnaby, BC for the second largest donation of the event!]

A private, exclusive full day at the Shelter for you and a friend or family member in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada (date to be arranged between the highest donor and the shelter). This prize will be transferrable, if you choose.

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Highest Donation Prize #1: a private, exclusive visit for a day to the Shelter to see the bear cubs and other baby animals!

All Other Prizes:

Once again, a number of my buddies and colleagues in wildlife photography have stepped forward to offer up print donations for you to win! A huge thank you to Brandon T. Brown, Cai Priestley, Terry Bilton and Wendy Chambers for their generous donations, please visit their websites listed below and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to show your support.

Prints:

Brandon T. Brown

[Winner #1: Wendell Tripp, SeaTac, WA, USA]
[Winner #2: Sherri Floyd, Cranbrook, BC]

Two 24″ x 36″ stretched/rolled canvas prints of any bear image on Canmore wildlife photographer Brandon T. Brown’s website (visit Brandon’s website or follow him on Facebook or Instagram).
Value: $550 Cdn. each
[Note: this prize is only available to Canadian and American donors, Canadian winners will receive a stretched canvas, while American winners will receive a rolled canvas ready for framing]

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24″ x 36″ Canvas of any of the images on Brandon’s website (your choice), including ‘Mister Mud’ by Brandon T. Brown


Terry Bilton

[Winner: Sue Wrigley, Rossland, BC]

One 12” x 18” stretched/rolled canvas print of ‘Shaggy Bear’ by Canmore/Australian wildlife photographer Terry Bilton (visit Terry’s website or follow him on Facebook or Instagram).
Value: $210 Cdn.
[Note: this prize is only available to Canadian, American and Australian donors, Canadian winners will receive a stretched canvas, while American and Australian winners will receive a rolled canvas ready for framing]

A young Grizzly Bear sporting an old winter coat on the Dempster highway in Yukon, Canada
12″ x 18″ Canvas of ‘Shaggy Bear’ by Terry Bilton


Cai Priestley

[Winner: Adrienne Williams, Port Coquitlam, BC]

One 12″x18″ canvas print of ‘Grizz Family Bums’ by Banff/UK wildlife photographer Cai Priestley (visit Cai’s website or follow him on Facebook or Instagram).
Value: $250 Cdn.

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12″ x 18″ Canvas of ‘Grizz Family Bums’ by Cai Priestley


Wendy Chambers

[Winner: Yuki Iwase, Brooklyn, NY, USA]

One 16″x24″ canvas print of ‘Contemplation’ by Golden wildlife photographer Wendy Chambers (visit Wendy’s website).
Value: $150 Cdn.

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16″ x 24″ Canvas of ‘Contemplation’ by Wendy Chambers

Books:

[Winners: Cindy Andres, Lindell Beach, BC / Cheryl Morton, Terrace, BC / Marguerite Odendahl, Prince George, BC]

Three signed and personalized The Pipestones: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family books by John E. Marriott.
Value: $50 Cdn.

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My new wolf book, signed and personalized

Please consider donating today: the fundraiser ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 22nd, 2016. All draws will be made by NLWS staff on Wednesday, August 24th, with winners announced on this page and on the NLWS Facebook page and the EXPOSED Facebook page at that time.

Thank you to everyone involved, particularly to those of who have donated items or money to this worthy cause. And a very special thank you to the wonderful and amazing staff at the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter, we can’t wait to see the cubs playing in the new black bear enclosure soon (though we hope it’s not immediately full of new cubs)!

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