Wildlife and Wilderness Photography Across The Globe

Wildlife and Wilderness Photography Across The Globe

Northside Creative Photography

When:  Wednesday the 20th of February 2019

Where: Lindfield Uniting Church Hall, cnr Pacific Hwy and Provincial Rd, Lindfield

Time: 8pm

The Northside Creative Photography Club has invited me to do an audio-visual presentation titled: Wildlife and Wilderness Photography Across The Globe

You can read details: HERE

Visitors very welcome!

The Benefits Of Entering Photo Competitions

The Benefits Of Entering Photo Competitions

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Photographers regularly ask me what the benefits of entering photography competitions are. In this article I am giving advice which will help you achieve better results, as well as some common errors people make.

Set Subjects

One of the great benefits of entering photography competitions is that it gives you a ‘challenge’ to work towards, which can be quite exciting. Being given a set subject and then going out with your camera to shoot that particular subject, makes you think carefully about how you would best tackle it. I always say to photographers to ‘think outside the box’ and definitely don’t copy last year’s winners, as it has already been done!

I have judged numerous photography competitions over the past 15 or so years and to me, it’s not just the images that are technically well-executed that will win the awards. Sure, this is a good starting point but the images need to have that ‘something extra’, especially when you are judging a huge number of images.

I am regularly surprised as to the number of images entered that are out of focus. Unless you are trying to capture a certain arty effect with your image, if it’s not sharp it will automatically be rejected in the first round. Carefully critque at each image before you enter.

Think Outside the Box

In the portrait section of a wildlife photography competition, there may be 20+ well-exposed and sharp images, that make it to the final round of judging. How do you choose which one is the standout? One of the 20 or so images may have been photographed with backlighting or the subject may be looking directly at you with a certain expression – this is what makes the image stand out.

Study Wildlife Behaviour

For wildlife behaviour categories, the winning image(s) are often a split-second moment captured perfectly and often one that is rarely seen. To capture images such as this, I suggest you study the individual’s (or group’s) behaviour beforehand. The animal may perform repetitive behaviour, which you can be primed and ready for. Also, patience is an absolute must if you are wanting to capture a special once-in-lifetime moment that could win you a photo competition.

Ask for Feedback

One problem that many photographers face is knowing which images to enter into a competition. Certain images may have emotive meaning to them personally, but don’t really stand out to a judge. Why not ask a fellow-photographer to critique the images you plan on entering? They can then give you an honest opinion as to which images stand out, and why.

Read the Rules!

An important aspect of entering photography competitions is to READ THE RULES CAREFULLY. You will be surprised at how many great images have been disqualified from competitions, simply because the photographer didn’t read the rules properly.

Read the Fine Print!

Another point worth considering is whether the competition organisers are using your images for commercial gain. This is becoming far more prevalent nowadays and will often be hidden in small print in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ section. Please read these terms carefully before you enter.

Most importantly, if you haven’t entered a photo competition before, get on out there and give it a try! What do you have to lose?

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Photo Safari

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic on this exciting new photography tour.

Would you like to experience being only metres away from majestic Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, while being shown how to get magazine-quality shots from a professional photographer and tutor? Here is your chance!

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Where: Rwanda, Africa

When: 18th to 22nd November 2019




Safari Land Arrangements:

AUD$8,351 per person twin share - (additional single supplement AUD$450)

*Excludes International Airfares


Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965


Day 1

Welcome to Rwanda!

On arrival into Kigali Airport, please clear customs and immigration and collect your luggage. You will be warmly welcomed in the arrivals hall and assisted to the vehicle. Private road transfer to your hotel in Kigali. On arrival check in and spend one night at Hotel des Mille Collines inclusive of dinner and breakfast.

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Day 2

After breakfast and check out, your guide will take you for a Kigali city tour experience, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre. Following your city tour, you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park. This afternoon visit the Iby'lwacu traditional village and evening is at leisure to rest and relax in preparation for your exciting Gorilla Trek tomorrow. Spend the next two nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge with all meals included.

Just like his dad_Infant Mountain Gorilla beating his chest

Day 3

This morning, wake early and enjoy a substantial breakfast before heading off at the agreed time with your guide to the Ranger's office in Volcanoes National Park.
We recommend you take a small backpack with water, snacks, camera, garden gloves and waterproof jacket.

Please note: Along the way, it is important to communicate with your guide what style of hike you prefer - short, medium or challenging. Your guide will then liaise with the national park team and negotiate you into the most relevant group. It is essential that you let your driver/guide know your preferences before you arrive at the Ranger's office.

After a safety briefing and climbing team allocations, you'll head off with your guide to the starting point of the trek.
We also highly recommend hiring a porter.

Enjoy the trek through fields, over the park fence and through rainforest in search of the gorilla family you've been allocated. You have 1 hour with the group and remember your bag will be left with the porters, only take your camera. This is for the safety of the group and gorillas.

Descend back down the mountain and meet your guide where he dropped you off. You'll drive to the information centre and it's here you get to collect your trek certificate before returning to the lodge.

Evening at leisure.

Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Day 4

Today you will enjoy a second gorilla trek with another gorilla group.
Following lunch your guide will drive you by road to Hotel des Mille Collines where you will spend your last night on with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5

After breakfast it's time to bid goodbye and head with your guide to the international airport in time for your onward international flights out.
We hope you loved Kenya and Rwanda as much as we do and look forward to hearing your stories and seeing some great photographs on your return.

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  • Meet and greet on arrival into Kigali
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Kigali City Tour and Genocide Memorial.
  • All Rwanda accommodation and meals as stated in itinerary.
  • Visit the Iby'Iwacu traditional village
  • Two Gorilla Treks (Cost USD1,500 per trek included)


  • International airfares and regional flights to Rwanda
  • Visa to  Rwanda
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Additional arrangements pre and post tour
  • Travel insurance

Gorilla Photo Safari group

How To Book

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on +61 408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

Please note: This workshop is limited to 10 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive personal tuition from Michael.

5 Day Kangaroo Island Photo Workshop

  • Admiral's Arch Kangaroo Island

Come and join Michael Snedic on one of the most beautiful natural locations in Australia - Kangaroo Island!


21st to 25th of October 2019  


Only Two Spots Left!

About the Workshop and Tour:

Come and join professional, AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) accredited photographer and experienced photographic tutor, Michael Snedic, for five glorious days of photography on beautiful Kangaroo Island. This island, south of Adelaide in South Australia, is known as the 'Galapagos of Australia' for good reason!! Kangaroo Island hosts an amazing array of wildlife, many of the species thriving due to the low number of feral animals found on the island. It also boasts a wonderful array of photogenic landscapes, just waiting to be photographed.

Michael has created an itinerary that visits the most photogenic subjects and locations the island has to offer, at the best possible times. He has sourced accommodation, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, right near Flinders Chase National Park, where many photographic subjects and landscapes are situated.

From the time you are picked up your accommodation at Kingscote on the island, until you are dropped off at the end of the workshop to Kingscote, all your needs will be looked after. No need to hire a vehicle, book accommodation, organise meals or source photographic locations – it’s all done for you!


  • Maximum of 9 participants
  • Workshop is designed one hundred percent with photographers in mind, taking you to the best subjects and locations available across the island
  • One-on-one photography tuition time given to every participant
  • Landscape, wildlife and macro photography covered
  • Image critique sessions
  • Audiovisuals on wildlife and nature photography


21st to 25th of October 2019 (five days/four nights)


Kangaroo Island, South Australia 


$AU3195 (plus GST) per person (twin share)

*Single supplement price $AU495 (plus GST)

Hanson Bay

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965


12 seater bus. All transport on Kangaroo Island is included, starting  at your hotel room in Kingston (Kangaroo Island) and finishing in Kingston (either at your hotel or to the airport).

Meeting Point:

Kingscote (Kangaroo Island) hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Kingscote the day before the workshop starts, or earlier.


Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, South Australia. Eco Lodge  - twin share (single supplement price available upon request)

Sea Lion juvenile Kangaroo Island

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs, as well as lots of group tuition.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 9 participants.

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  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
  • Four nights accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, South Australia (Eco Lodge - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport around Kangaroo Island in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to 'Raptors Domain Bird of Prey Show'
  • All Parks and Wildlife permits


  • Transport to/from Kangaroo Island & all associated expenses;
  • Retreat “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, before and after the workshop

Cape de Couedic Lighthouse

About Your Photography Tutor:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor and is a sought-after speaker at Photography Clubs and Conventions across Australia

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor


Day 1

Our 'Kangaroo Island Experience' photography workshop and tour starts in the morning, where you will be picked up by bus from your Kingscote accommodation. Travel across the island through the central plateau, breaking the journey with a look at some of the rural landscapes and the wilderness vistas through the back of Flinders Chase National Park. Cape Barren Geese, echidnas, kangaroos and many other wildlife species frequent the area. We'll arrive at our accommodation at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, where there will be time to unpack and then have a picnic lunch.
A short break and then it's time for our official welcome, where you will receive an overview of the itinerary and any questions will be answered. Photography skill levels will be assessed and Michael can help with your camera settings, if required, to make sure you are ready to get out there and start shooting away! In the afternoon, we will head to the New Zealand Fur Seal colony overlooking the ocean, for some wildlife photography. Also nearby is the Cape du Couedic lighthouse – well worth a photo stop. This will be followed by a sunset shoot at the renowned Admiral’s Arch. After sunset we head back for our 'Welcome Dinner' at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.

Grass trees

Day 2

It’s up early for a sunrise shoot at Kangaroo Island’s most iconic landscape feature – Remarkable Rocks. These massive rocks are covered in orange-lichen and with the early morning sun shining on them, are very photogenic. Back for breakfast and we then head to Little Sahara to photograph the rippled sand dune landscape. We will then stop off at Vivonne Bay to photograph the aqua-coloured bay and rocky surrounds, including Point Ellen, where we will have our picnic lunch. A bit of a break after back a the retreat and then it's back to the Rocky River precinct for another wildlife photography session. This is followed by a sunset shoot at Hanson Bay. Dinner is back at the Retreat.

Cape Baron Goose

Day 3

After a bit of a sleep-in and breakfast, we will head to Seal Bay to photograph the Australian Sea-lions. Seal Bay has one of the largest colonies of these sea-lions in the world and with our own personal guide, we will be able to walk on the beach and photograph to our heart’s content! A wonderful wildlife photography experience indeed… After morning tea, we will present a session on bird photography before heading to the famous birds-of-prey show, ‘Raptor Domain’, for some bird photography. Either get some great portrait shots or try your luck at birds in flight!! We will then have a picnic lunch.
After lunch, we will explore the stunning scenery on the island, looking for Grasstrees and other landscapes to photograph, as well as any wildlife we encounter. Back for dinner at the Retreat and after dinner, Michael will present an audio-visual on wildlife photography.


Day 4

One more opportunity to photograph Remarkable Rocks at sunrise and then back for breakfast.  Michael will then present an image critique session, followed by a hands-on macro photography session by Michael, using the flowers around the Wilderness Retreat as our subjects.
We will head out for a picnic lunch at Western River, followed by landscape photography in the northern part of Kangaroo Island. This will be followed by a shoot at King George’s Beach, where there are orange lichen-covered rocks, shiny boulders on the beach and aqua-coloured water, as well as Snelling Beach. Tonight will be our ‘Farewell Barbeque’ at the Wilderness Retreat, where you can eat, drink and share stories and images taken during the workshop!

Day 5

After an early breakfast and checking-out, we drive to the Hanson Bay Koala Sanctuary. From there it’s off to Duck Lagoon to shoot some inland waterways – water birds, tall red gums, reflections on the water, old rusty vehicles and farm implements. This location gives plenty of options and freedom to frame up your own perfect shot. We will also have a picnic lunch here. At the conclusion of our workshop, you will be dropped off either back to your accommodation or at Kingscote airport, where we will say our goodbyes.

Little Sahara Kangaroo Island

To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$550.00 ($AU500 plus GST) The balance will be due 60 days before the start of the workshop date.

*South Australian Parks and Wildlife Service permit approved operator

11 Day Kenya Wildlife Photo Safari

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8th to 18th of November 2019

This is the ultimate luxury wildlife photographic safari to Kenya with time in three incredibly stunning locations.


AUD $11,837* per person sharing and based on 7 guests (Single supplement AUD $1,485)

Excludes International Airfares

*Please note should the group maximum of 7 not be achieved, the price is altered accordingly and based on 5 guests travelling at AUD $12,758

Zebra experience - Kenya, Africa

Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game including: Grevy’s zebras, black rhino, lion, leopard, wild dogs, buffalo and thousands of elephants. Visitors can enjoy a luxury safari experience at a private lodge or stay in the worthwhile community-run lodges which support the local Samburu and Ilaikipiak and Mokogodo Maasai communities.

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30 000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighbouring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

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Incredibly close elephant experience - Kenya Wildlife Photo Safari - September 2018

Chilled-out cheetahs close to 4WD vehicle - Kenya Wildlife Photo Safari - September 2018

Bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve to the southwest, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the west and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is comprised of over 50 000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness in Kenya’s Greater Mara Region. The area is renowned for its bountiful biodiversity and breathtaking natural beauty with a wide range of wildlife on offer including lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, and a host of plains game. Visitors can look forward to guided walking safaris, spending the night in a transient fly camp, heading out on a night game drive in search of elusive nocturnal creatures, joining the Mara Naboisho Lion Project as they track lions across the conservancy, or visiting Maasai villages to learn about this fascinating indigenous culture.

The wildlife, cultural and landscape photographic opportunities are world class and plentiful!

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

From beginning to end, we’ve shaped a Kenya photographic safari that is truly legendary. You will be accompanied by pro wildlife photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic and together explore three of Kenya’s finest wilderness areas. It’s a clever combination of impressive wildlife country mixed with serious safari activities and cultural interactions. Stand out service is guaranteed along with exclusivity as you travel in private aircraft from place to place.

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Lion cub siblings playing - Kenya Wildlife Photo Safari - September 2018

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Highlights Include:

  • Accompanied by Australian pro photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, with photographic tuition and advice
  • Completely unique photographic safari
  • Private road transfers to and from airport
  • Ole Sereni Hotel accommodation breakfast
  • Scheduled flights to all camps in with extra seat to allow total 25kg per person weight restriction
  • Luxury accommodation at Kicheche Laikipia, Kicheche Mara Camp and Kicheche Valley with all meals, drinks (except luxury/premium items) activities, park fees, private guide and safari vehicle.
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Immersive experience with decent duration in three unique locations
  • Delicious, gourmet meals throughout
  • Fascinating and diverse wilderness areas, abundant wildlife and colourful cultures
  • Transfers by private aircraft for ultimate exclusivity
  • Extra luggage allowance for photographic gear

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  • International airfares 
  • Visa to Kenya 
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Additional arrangements pre and post tour
  • Travel insurance

Cheetah encounter - Kenya, Africa

Our Massai Warrior guides were brilliant at getting my photo safari group great close-up wildlife encounters! One very chilled adult elephant...

Amazing elephant experience - Kenya, Africa


To request a complete itinerary, please contact Michael Snedic via the Contact Form


To ask any questions you may have regarding this very special photographic safari, or to book one of the limited places, please contact Michael via the contact form or call +61 408 941 965

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