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The Arctic is changing faster than any other place on the planet. These changes are directly linked to a warming climate. The Arctic Documentary Project documents the scientists, Indigenous people, wildlife, and landscapes of the Far North and provides access to world-class photography to benefit Arctic conservation. Polar Bears International and other scientific and educational outlets have access to these materials to help inspire the general public to take action on f climate change.

The Arctic Documentary Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Polar Bears International (PBI). Contributions to the project are processed by PBI in support of the project.

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Dr. Dan Guravich

Humble Beginnings

The Arctic Documentary Project began with the donated still images of the late Dr. Dan Guravich, a professional photographer and founder of Polar Bears International. Dr. Guravich’s passion for the Arctic lives on through the still photography he began shooting in the 1950s. Photographer

Daniel J. Cox conceived of the Arctic Documentary Project to build on that visual record of the North, which spanned more than 40 years. Dr. Guravich’s photos serve as the foundation of the Arctic Documentary Project, with images by Daniel J. Cox and other photographers building on that legacy and continuing through the present day. All images and new materials produced by the Arctic Documentary Project are available free of charge to Polar Bears International and other scientific and educational partners, determined on a case-by-case basis. 

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Arctic Documentary Project In Action
See how the materials are used

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The Journal Nature Cover Page  with the polar bear on it



The Arctic Documentary Project provides access to world-class photography for the benefit of Arctic conservation.

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Will You Give Us a Hand

A mother polar bear with her two cubs takes refuge in the willows on their way to the ice of Hudson Bay. A mother polar bear will have been in the den for eight months during the process of giving birth to her cubs. To help document the Arctic to inspire and motivate conservation, please DONATE to the Arctic Documentary Project. Your donation is tax-deductible under Polar Bears International's 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. 

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