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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SAFARIS

Worldwide Photography Workshops and Safaris


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SCHEDULED PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARIS / PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS

Dates
Safari Description
Leader
2017
UGANDA & RWANDA 2017 - ULTIMATE PRIMATES PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph Africa's great apes - chimpanzees in Uganda and mountain gorillas plus golden monkeys in Rwanda.
• Photographing these incredible primates is unlike any other experience in Africa or the world.
• Three all-day habituation permits to visit the wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.
• Three mountain gorilla trek permits and one golden monkeys permit to visit the magnificent animals in Volcanoes National Park.
• Randy Hanna is a very experienced trip leader in locations around the globe and an expert in photography and image processing. He has led numerous trips to visit these primates.
• Limited to 7 participants.
SOLD OUT
     
TANZANIA 2017 - MIGRATION & BIG CATS PHOTO SAFARI
Migration during the wildebeest calving season visit to the southern Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire to photograph big cats (lions, cheetahs and leopards).
• Visits to the top wildlife locations in northern Tanzania with private guides, drivers and vehicles that stay with our group throughout the trip.
• Two nights at Tarangire, two nights at Ngorongoro Crater, and 4 nights in southern Serengeti region.
• We have off-road permits for our stay in the Serengeti to maximize our photo opportunites and allow us free movement to follow animals anywhere.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer. He is a very knowledgeable digital processor and a superb instructor.
• Limited to 9 participants but we will travel with less if the trip does not fill.
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KENYA 2017 - BIG CATS PHOTO SAFARI
• "Off Migration Season" visit to the Masai Mara to photograph big cats (lions, cheetahs and leopards).
• Most tourists are in Tanzania to see the migration, so the Mara is relatively free of the crowds, making this one of the best times to visit.
• Four days at Mara Plains Camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara to the north and three days at its sister camp, Mara Toto, in the Mara Reserve.
• The Olare Motorogi is private land where off-road driving is permitted due to the low number of camps located here. This is a significant benefit for photographers.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer. He is a very knowledgeable digital processor and a superb instructor.
• Limited to 3 participants (may grow to 6 participants but if so, Helena Atkinson will also join the trip as a second guide).
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AUTHENTIC BOTSWANA - SELINDA & CHOBE RIVER PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph wildlife in two of Botswana's premier safari destinations during the peak of the dry season for the best concentrations of wildlife.
• Five days in Botswana's Selinda and 3 days on the Chobe River.
• The Selinda offers a wide variety of wildlife including all the key predators including lions, leopards and a good chance at seeing the Africa wild dog.
• The Chobe experience will include accommodation on a luxury houseboat, allowing us early and late access to the river and avoiding the crowded areas.
• In the Chobe we will concentrate on photographing from a specially designed boat set up for getting close to and photographing wildlife including elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and a myriad of birdlife including fish eagles, herons, kingfishers and more.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer. He is a very knowledgeable digital processor and a superb instructor.
• Helena has spent years in the African bush, photographing nature and running safari camps. She is also well published and has a keen eye for creativity.
• Limited to 6 participants (super exclusive)!
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JAGUARS OF THE PANTANAL - BRAZIL PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph wild jaguars in the world's largest wetland - the Pantanal.
Two distinct locations - one in the northern Pantanal on a river system, where we will view and photograph from motor boats and one in the southern Pantanal on an enormous working ranch/wildlife refuge.
• Work directly for 3 days with jaguar researchers to enhance our experience and photographic opportunities.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer.
• Helena has spent years in the African bush, photographing nature and running safari camps. She is also well published and has a keen eye for creativity.
Optional Extensions: Hummingbirds (2-days); Iguazu Falls (3 days).
• Limited to 8 participants.
3 openings available
     
BOTSWANA OKAVANGO & SELINDA PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph wildlife in two of Botswana's premier safari destinations during the peak of the dry season for the best concentrations of wildlife.
• Four days in Botswana's Selinda and 4 days in the Okavango Delta.
Selinda Camp offers a wide variety of wildlife including all the key predators including lions, leopards and a good chance at seeing the Africa wild dog.
• The Okavango experience is at Duba Plains Camp, made famous by Dereck & Beverly Joubert in the National Geographic films of lions and buffalos. This are is one of the most remote and beautiful in all of the Okavango.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer. He is a very knowledgeable digital processor and a superb instructor.
• Helena has spent years in the African bush, photographing nature and running safari camps. She is also well published and has a keen eye for creativity.
• Limited to 7 participants (super exclusive)!
6 openings available
     
BOTSWANA 2017 - OKAVANGO DELTA PHOTO SAFARI
• Botswana's Okavango Delta region at the beginning of the Green Season (great for photography and baby animals).
• Four days each at tow of the Okavango's best safari camps: Little Vumbura Camp and Chitabe Lediba Camp.
•Randy Hanna is a very experienced trip leader in locations around the globe and an expert in photography and image processing. He has led numerous trips to Botswana.
• Optional 4-day extension to The Chobe River at Chobe Savanna Lodge. This will provide amazing opportunities to photograph wildlife from boats along the river.
• Limited to 12 participants (7 participants max on the extension).
SOLD OUT

Summary of our trips
These specialist safaris combine a rich learning environment for photographers interested in learning the techniques of digital photography with the luxurious safari settings and wildlife of Southern Africa.  A safari in Africa, combining wildlife photo opportunities with expert, personalized photographic instruction is, for most avid photographers, a dream trip.  Because these trips are exclusive, even by high-end Botswana standards, availability is limited and demand is high. These are uniquely designed safaris that will be forever etched in your memory, on the tip of your tongue at every gathering with friends and family, and with a little adventurous spirit, documented on film or digital media forever. These trips are the safari of a lifetime.

Each safari is specialist-guided by a Photography Expert, with digital photography techniques as the focus and premier wildlife locations in Southern Africa as the classroom.  We have combined a high degree of quality, luxury and education into a personalized travel adventure and photographic education for discerning travelers.  By staying longer in each camp and concentrating on camps known for their wildlife, these trips combine a premier wilderness experience with a top-quality digital photography education without compromising on the participants’ African adventure. Each safari also includes a specialist safari guide, who accompanies the group throughout to add expertise on the environment.

The safaris are designed for anyone interested in learning the art and technique of digital photography while experiencing a premier-level African wildlife safari.

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Photography Experts / Trip Leaders

Grant Atkinson
Grant AtkinsonGrant Atkinson is a freelance guide, wildlife photographer and writer. He lives with his wife Helena in Cape Town. He was born in the Eastern Cape, in 1968. Twelve years spent living and working as a guide in the wildest regions of northern Botswana helped enrich his enthusiasm and knowledge of wildlife and animal behaviour. He first began taking photographs as a means of recording interesting wildlife behaviour, but his passion for photography soon intensified.

Grant enjoys all forms of nature photography, from mammals and birds to landscapes and macro shooting. Some of his favoured subjects are African wild dogs, and big cats, marine mammals and birds of all kinds. He believes that the more you know about your subject and it’s behaviour, the easier it becomes to get good results. This applies to cameras too, and Grant looks to make the most of what modern camera tech offers.

His images have been on the cover of both Africa Geographic and the US National Geographic Kids magazine. He is a regular contributor of text and images to Africa Geographic, Africa Birds and Birding and Pix magazine.

He writes about wildlife as well as photography and photo gear. Grant also regularly conducts talks about wildlife and photography. He also trains people in the use of photo processing programs.

He spends several months each year leading photographic safaris to wild places all over the world with small groups of travellers. You can view his work at grantatkinson.com.

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Helena Atkinson
Helena AtkinsonHelena Atkinson leads and co-leads photographic safaris, together with her husband Grant. With qualifications in Conservation Ecology (B.Sc and M.Sc) specialising in National Parks and community conservation, Helena combines a deep knowledge of animal behaviour and habitat with strong photographic skills. She is also passionate about social ecology and enjoys photographing people and their culture.

This love was deepened after spending 6 years in northern Botswana running a very successful social responsibility program for one of Africa's foremost safari operators, Wilderness Safaris. When Grant and Helena are not traveling to wild places, Helena is involved in conservation projects. Helena shoots with Canon gear, and processes her images in Adobe Lightroom.

Her images have been published in Africa Birds and Birding magazine.

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Randy Hanna
Randy HannaRandy Hanna, a former Artillery Officer and an Army Aviator, is an enthusiastic outdoor photographer whose passion for nature and its beauty has taken him to the four corners of the globe. He has traveled extensively to photograph wildlife and culture in remote locations, including the South Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Following in his father’s footsteps, he grew up with a camera in hand. After being assigned to Fort Lewis, WA, Randy soon fell in love with underwater photography and began teaching. After writing the PADI instruction manual and course syllabus, which are still in use today, he began leading underwater photography trips around the world. Returning from deployment to Iraq in 2005, Randy treated himself to a photo safari with Andy Biggs. Randy was immediately drawn to the many sights, sounds and aromas of Africa, a place that he says “stirs his soul and warms his heart,” and compels him to share the beauty and adventure of Africa with anyone who will listen. Currently, Randy leads numerous photography safaris to Africa and other locations around the globe. For a listing of his current safaris, be sure to check out his web site www.randyhannaphotography.com.

An accomplished and published photographer, Randy readily shares his craft with others who are interested in learning. He has a knack for translating the most complex technical aspects of photography into simple language and concepts that are easy to understand. Randy uses his engineering background and skills, coupled with an artistic eye and years of teaching and lecturing, to help both experienced and novice photographers improve their skills. In his photography, Randy tries to draw the viewer into the image in an attempt to share with them the excitement of being on location and taking the photograph.

Randy has mentored students from the Seattle Art Institute, frequently hosts studio and outdoor lighting classes in the greater Seattle area, and has lectured at a variety of photography workshops. He is very knowledgeable in wildlife behavior and is an expert in staging panorama scenes using multiple images to complete a single photograph. He also is very adept and a skilled artist in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and is an expert in Nikon camera systems.

In 2009 Randy was a semi-finalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Northwest Magazine and other northwest area publications. He was selected as Editor’s Choice for Outdoor Photography – Colors of the World in 2008, and his photographs can be found gracing the walls of corporate boardrooms across the Pacific Northwest.

Learn about Randy and his photography on his website at randyhannaphotography.com.

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James Weis
James Weis with a meerkat friend in BotswanaJames in Savuti Camps' woodpile hide, BotswanaJames is an extremely keen and experienced photographer who spends 2-3 months per year in traveling the world and visiting its best wildlife destinations. He has been going on safaris since the early 1990's and his love and passion for the bush have brought him back every year since.

James grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and gained his love of animals from his father, who was a landscape architect designing zoos and outdoor wildlife parks throughout the USA.

James' keen enthusiasm over so many years in the bush have given him a guide's knowledge of animal behavior and bush facts, serving him well in his pursuit of special images.

His favorite animals to observe and photograph include leopards, wild dogs and elephants.  James is also an avid birder, with a special affection for raptors and the neo-tropics.

He has been leading and co-leading photographic workshops in Africa and around the globe for many years and is always eagerly anticipating his next safari.

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