About the Photographer
With sales of over three and a half million calendars worldwide, several International award-winning best selling books, entertaining and challenging jigsaw puzzles, and numerous fine art prints found in collections around the globe, Bela is one of the most celebrated wildlife and nature photographers in North America. He enthusiastically meets the challenges of photography from the harsh and unforgiving Canadian Arctic to the searing heat of the southern deserts of the United States. Whether hiking, climbing or snowshoeing, by boat, aircraft or ATV, Bela searches out his subjects in their natural environment and patiently waits to capture that “decisive moment”. His exhilaration after being in the backcountry conveys his naturalist’s love of all things wild, and his unwavering dedication to his profession.
Bela brings an artistic precision to the subjects of his photography. His attention to detail in both composition and technique has proven to be an award-winning combination, earning him International recognition and respect. In 1988, he was awarded Canada’s highest photographic honor, the Master of Photographic Arts Award for proven photographic quality and ability; he is the youngest recipient of the MPA Award on record. Bela continues to receive gold and silver industry awards for products consistently displaying his superb photography, quality and design.
Bela was a “Researcher Field Assistant/Photographer” from 2000 to 2014, for Dr. Nick Lunn, Research Scientist with Environment Canada, Wildlife Research Division, Science and Technology Branch, with the Federal Government of Canada Polar Bear Program. The team conducted research on the “Long-term Population Ecology of Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) in Western Hudson Bay in Relation to Climate/Environmental Change”. Bela is very proud to be part of a team of distinguished scientists whose dedication, passion and hard work has lead to a greater understanding of the polar bear, as well as its reclassification as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act.