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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SAFARIS

Specialist Photography Safaris in Africa


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SCHEDULED PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARIS / PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS IN AFRICA

Dates
Safari Description
Leader
2014
BOTSWANA 2014 - CHITABE / MOMBO PHOTO SAFARI
• Botswana's Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
• Five days at Chitabe Camp and three days at Mombo Camp.
• 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 7 participants.
2 openings available
     
ICELAND 2014 - SUMMER PHOTO EXPEDITION
• Visit the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Probably nowhere else in the world is there such a diversity of subject matter in such a relatively small area.
• Glaciers and geothermal areas, waterfalls and lush green valleys, majestic mountains and black volcanic beaches, along with ever changing weather and spectacular light conditions.
• Randy leads numerous photography safaris to Africa and other locations around the globe and his photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Northwest Magazine and other northwest area publications.
• Limited to 9 participants.
4 openings available
     
UGANDA & RWANDA 2014 - GREAT APES PHOTO SAFARI #1
• Photograph Africa's great apes - Chimpanzees in Uganda and Mountain Gorillas 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 to visit the magnificent animals in Volcanoes National Park.
• This safari can be combined seamlessly with the Great Migration Safari in Kenya (see below).
• Andy Biggs is a highly successful photographer, who won the "Wild Places" category of the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
• Limited to 7 participants.
SOLD OUT (second trip added - see below)
     
KENYA 2014 - GREAT MIGRATION PHOTO SAFARI
• Witness the Great Migration and its incredible drama as the big herds cross rivers and plains.
• Seven days at Mara Plains Camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara to the north.
• 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.
• Andy Biggs is a highly successful photographer, who won the "Wild Places" category of the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
• 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 14 participants.
SOLD OUT
     
UGANDA & RWANDA 2014 - GREAT APES PHOTO SAFARI #2
• Photograph Africa's great apes - Chimpanzees in Uganda and Mountain Gorillas 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 to visit the magnificent animals in Volcanoes National Park.
• This safari can be combined seamlessly with the Great Migration Safari in Kenya (see below).
• James is a well published photographer and an experienced Africa guide with 13 gorilla treks to date. He is a co-owner of Eyes on Africa and has been leading safaris in Africa for over 13 years. He is a passionate naturalist and birder.
• Limited to 7 participants.
2 openings available
     
BOTSWANA 2014 - PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & SAFARI
• Botswana's southern Okavango Delta at the beginning of the Green Season (great for photography and baby animals).
• Two days at Nxabega Camp and six days at Sandibe Lodge.
• Randy leads numerous photography safaris to Africa and other locations around the globe and his photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Northwest Magazine and other northwest area publications.
• Grant Atkinson is one of Africa's finest safari guides and a well published photographer. 
• Limited to 14 participants (plus 4 "Companion slots" at reduced price).
• Price discount for "Companion slots" (sharing row on vehicles with a full-paying partner).
6 openings available
2015
KENYA 2015 - 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 9 participants.
5 openings available
     
INDIA 2015 - WILDLIFE OF INDIA PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph India's majestic tigers and its wide variety of other wildlife.
• This is one of the best times of the year to avoid the crowds and to photograph the India's fauna.
• Four days each in two of India's best tiger-viewing National Parks: Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh.
• Two visits to the renowned Taj Mahal one at sunrise and the second a rare opportunity to photograph the Taj in full moonlight.
• This safari will combine the best of India's wildlife with luxury accommodations.
• Andy Biggs is a highly successful photographer, who won the "Wild Places" category of the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
• Limited to 9 participants.
SOLD OUT
     
SOUTH AFRICA / BOTSWANA 2015 - MALAMALA AND MASHATU PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph Africa's top predators on this thrilling adventure in South Africa and Botswana.
• Four days at MalaMala - arguably Africa's top destination for photographing lions and leopards.
• Three days at Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana - known for its up-close viewing of elephants, lions, leopards 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.
• Limited to 12 participants.
8 openings available
     
PURE BOTSWANA 2015 - OKAVANGO, LINYANTI AND CHOBE PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph wildlife in Botswana's 3 premier safari destinations during the peak of the dry season for the best concentrations of wildlife.
• Three days each in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Linyanti Reserve, and Chobe.
• The Chobe experience 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.
• Limited to 6 participants (super exclusive)!
6 openings available
     
PURE BOTSWANA 2015 - OKAVANGO, LINYANTI AND CHOBE PHOTO SAFARI
• Photograph wildlife in Botswana's 3 premier safari destinations during the peak of the dry season for the best concentrations of wildlife.
• Three days each in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Linyanti Reserve, and Chobe.
• The Chobe experience 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.
• Andy loves photography, and sharing his knowledge and experience.  One of the true "internet gurus" of photography, he's been around for well over 10 years helping photographers all over the web forums, and most notably on DPreview and Digital Grin.
• Marc has collaborated on and published several landscape photography books with his father, and has had a number of solo landscape photography books published, in addition to extensive publication of his work inside and on the covers of magazines like National Geographic, Skiing, Outside, Time, and Reader's Digest.
• Grant 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
5 openings available

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

Andy Biggs
Andy BiggsAndy Biggs is an avid adventurer, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. With a deep respect and understanding for African wildlife, Andy unfolds the world of the Serengeti onto our doorstep with breathtaking accuracy and striking emotional depth. His photographic safaris allow the traveler to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa 's beauty and culture.

Andy's photographic interests also encompass the landscapes of the American Southwest. Andy uses camera formats ranging from 35mm to 4x5" large format, to the latest in digital camera technologies. His key to shooting a great photo? Andy makes it a priority to shoot when the light is most dramatic, notably the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.

Andy recently won the "Wild Places" category of the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for his image taken in Namibia's Skeleton Coast.  Read more

Learn more about Andy on his website at www.andybiggs.com.

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Andy Williams
Andy WilliamsAndy has been a photographer all his life.  Andy's professional work can be found at Moon River Photography. Andy's also a published author and his work hangs in boardrooms and living rooms around the world. Andy has a tremendous passion for wildlife photography, situational photography and the landscape.

Andy loves photography, and sharing his knowledge and experience.  One of the true "internet gurus" of photography, he's been around for well over 10 years helping photographers all over the web forums, and most notably on DPreview and Digital Grin.  There, Andy not only helps thousands, but has recruited many outstanding contributors to the community.  It was at Dgrin where these Workshops have their roots.  Andy led the first Dgrin workshop in 2005 at Yosemite, where Andy asked Marc to join the group.  Then it doubled in size as the group went to Bryce and Zion in 2006.  And then, Glacier National Park.   Over the years, Andy and Marc have developed a close working relationship, and both share the ultimate goal of "passing it along" to their workshop students.

What has become evident over the years is that Andy not only excels at his craft, but at teaching others. Andy has an ability to distill complicated subjects down to practical methods that his students can employ immediately.

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Marc Muench
Marc MuenchAs a third-generation photographer, it would be easy for Marc to fall under the shadow of his talented parents and grandfather. Instead, Marc has emerged as one of the nation's premier photographers in his own right through a combination of innate ability and a unique style that blends landscapes, action, and other photographic genres, depending on the scene and the assignment. Like his father before him, Marc was immersed in America's landscapes. Both his grandfather, Josef, and his father, David, specialized in landscape photography. His mother, Bonnie, is also a photographer and painter. A keen eye for color, light, and composition is second nature to the Muench family.

Marc estimates that his family has archived 250,000 individual 4x5 transparencies over the years, which is the primary statistic that drove the family studio to a digital workflow. Marc explains that their first foray into digital photography was to hire an employee to run the drum scanner they had purchased and digitize their work. Since that time, Muench Photography has fully embraced the digital workflow, from capture to print. Working alongside his parents at the studio, Muench Photography Inc., Marc has collaborated on and published several landscape photography books with his father, and has had a number of solo landscape photography books published, in addition to extensive publication of his work inside and on the covers of magazines like National Geographic, Skiing, Outside, Time, and Reader's Digest.

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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 www.grantatkinson.com.

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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 www.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 6-8 weeks per year in Africa - on safari. 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 bee-eaters.

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

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Steve Carr
Steve CarrSteve Carr is a Chicago based photographer, writer and world traveler. His photographs have appeared in newspapers, national and regional magazines, textbooks, galleries and private collections, brochures, corporate reports, and online. A veteran of advertising photography and now specializing in travel, editorial and fine art photography, Steve travels the globe to explore and photograph its diversity. His love of adventure and his interest in remote and exotic destinations nurture his unending desire to photograph our world and the people who inhabit it. As Vice president of Mexi-Mayan Academic Travel, Inc. Steve specializes in new destination development and often escorts cultural discovery and photography tours.

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