Polar bears outnumber residents in Svalbard. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Travel to the Arctic with presentation by Valley photographer

Nestled high above the Arctic Circle, 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole, the archipelago known as Svalbard boasts among other fascinating facts, the northernmost year-round settlement on Earth.

Photographer Boomer Jerritt, working in this fascinating polar region, invites everyone to explore this northern land mass with two lectures – Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 – comprised of stills and video highlighting dramatic landscapes, interspersed with historic staging points for both Arctic and North Pole exploration.

Polar bears are the iconic symbol of Svalbard with a resident population of about 3,000 bears calling this Arctic environment home. They outnumber the residents.

This adventure-filled presentation is photographically driven but also touches on raising awareness for this special region of the planet so engulfed in growing concerns of climate change.

The presentation runs about 90 minutes. Partial proceeds go towards the Cumberland Forest Society, which strives to preserve the forest lands in and around the Cumberland area.

The event takes place at the Stan Hagen Theatre at the NIC campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $18 online or $20 at the door.

Tickets are available online at www.strathconaphotography.com

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