The power of this photograph has also been adapted for a charitable cause. David is the affiliated photographer for Tusk Trust, a non-profit organisation with over 20 years of experience initiating and funding conservation projects, as well as community development and environmental education programmes across Africa. 10% of all of David’s photography sales go to the Trust, and in August last year “78 Degrees North” was sold for an incredible $43,000 at the annual Tusk Ball to fund their vital work on the continent. The final print of this image will be sold today, but David’s work with the polar bear – the ‘most regal’ of the world’s predators, in his eyes – will continue.
Next year, David will be returning to Svalbard at the helm of another Natural World Safaris expedition, this time during early season. “78 Degrees North” was taken during the first few days of July, whereas our 2019 trip departs at the tail end of April. Colder temperatures mean more snow, more ice and a different canvas to work with, as well as an increased chance of sighting polar bears with their cubs.
Jonathan, a guest on our 2017 expedition with David, had this to say about his experience:
Nothing really prepares you for an expedition of this sort – it was something truly special. The combination of a best-in-class operator in Natural World Safaris, a master of his craft in David Yarrow, and a small group of individuals from different corners of the globe, made for an experience like no other... When I look back at images from this expedition (which I do constantly) I am repeatedly amazed. Natural World Safaris and David Yarrow knew what kind of expedition they wanted to put together, and I am so grateful that I did not miss the opportunity to be a part of it.
For more information on this exclusive trip and to book yourself a place on board the M/S Freya, click here. David will also be leading our expedition to the remote island of South Georgia this November, more information on which can be found here.
May 18th edit: Once the hammer came down on "78 Degrees North", the winning bid stood at an incredible £81,250 - more than five times the initial estimate. This figure eclipses the previous record for one of David’s photographs, which stood before the auction at £70,000 for “The Wolf of Main Street”. David was also the only living photographer in the top five sales, standing in the esteemed company of Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon. Natural World Safaris would like to take this opportunity to congratulate David on a momentous result.