5 Day Victoria Photography Workshop – City, Beach and Bush

  • Superb Lyrebird in Courtship Display

Come and join us on this BRAND NEW Victorian Photography Workshop, visiting a wide variety of locations and subjects.

About the Workshop and Tour:

NEW

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic on this exciting new Victorian photography tour. From when you will be picked up by bus, until when you are dropped off at the end ion the workshop, everything is organised for you.  Lot's of work has gone into researching the best possible locations and subjects to photograph. You simply need to enjoy the photography locations and subjects, eat tasty food, learn lots of new photography techniques and relax!

Cockatoos Grants Picnic Ground

When:

Monday the 4th to Friday the 8th of May 2020 (five days/four nights)

Yarra River - Melbourne

Where:

  • Melbourne including Arts Centre, Federation Square, Yarra River bank, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade and Flinders Street Station
  • Brighton
  • St Kilda
  • Dandenong Ranges including the famous steam train, Puffing Billy
  • Olinda Falls
  • Sherbrooke ForestDomaine Chardon Winery
  • Wirrawilla Rainforest
  • Healsville Sanctuary
  • Warburton
  • Montsalvat Artist’s Colon
  • Eltham
  • and much more

Montalvat - Eltham

Cost:

$AU2695 (plus GST) per person for a single room

 

Mossy-Stream-Warburton

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. Pick-up an drop-off in Melbourne

Meeting Point:

Arts Centre in St Kilda Road

Accommodation:

Four nights at York On Lilydale (single room).

Federation Square

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.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at a maximum of nine participants (minimum of six participants required for workshop to proceed)

Melbourne at Night

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
  • Four nights accommodation at York On Lilydale (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to Healsville Sanctuary, Cloud Hill Gardens and Monstalvat Artists Colony

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Victoria & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation in Melbourne before and after tour

Cloude Hill Garden 2

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 for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

Meet at the Arts Centre in St Kilda Road, Melbourne and be picked up by Michael in a 12 seater bus..

Workshop session at Brighton - Introduction to camera settings and photography techniques explained.

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes). This location provides an opportunity to photograph the colorful bathing boxes on Brighton Beach and views to the CBD.

Brief stop at St Kilda Pier.

Princes Pier - (Long Exposures) - Photographing the old piles of the Princes Pier at Port Melbourne. Long exposure techniques on tripods to smooth the water.

Lunch

City Photography Walk, including view of Melbourne from Swan Street Bridge, Yarra River Bank, Federation Square, Hosier Land (Graffiti Centre), Evan Walker Bridge, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade, Flinder’s Street Station and more.

Travel to Lillydale.

Warburton Redwood Forest

Day 2

Dandenong Ranges, heading to Olinda Falls for rainforest photography.

Puffing Billy at Trestle Bridge.

Photography at Menzies Creek Station.

Grants Picnic Ground for bird photography session.

Lunch

Sherbrooke Forest for macro and landscape photography and possible Superb Lyrebirds.

Visit Gardens at Cloudehill Nursery – gardens dating back to 1890’s.

Roadside autumn colour changes photography session.

Photo Critique Session – Lilydale.

Flinders Street Station

Day 3

Visit Domaine Chardon Winery for a photography session.

Drive to Wirrawilla Rainforest near Toolangi.

Myrtle Beech Forest where a 1 km long boardwalk takes us along a circular route by the side of Sylvia Creek for a macro and landscape photography session).

Lunch

Healsville Sanctuary for an afternoon wildlife photography session.

Sherbrooke Forest

Day 4

Drive to Warburton - This 45-minute drive will take us to the old pioneering and gold mining town of Warburton near the head of the Yarra River. We will travel past a number of wineries, drive on through the town and stop at the Redwood Forest at Cement Creek. This is one of the few places to see giant Sequoia trees outside their natural environment in Northern California.

Head to the Big Peninsular Tunnel at Reefton to photograph the Yarra River cascades and tunnel entrance / exit. The tunnel was dug through a neck in the river in 1864 so that gold could be extracted from the river bed.

Lunch

Drive to the Rainforest Gallery – a boardwalk through the rain forest gives views of ferns, moss and a small stream with mossy rocks.

Time to photograph the rapids, cascades and street scapes in Warburton.

Audiovisual presentation on wildlife and wilderness photography.

Healesville Koala

Day 5

Photo shoot at Montsalvat Artist’s Colony. Montsalvat was established by Justus Jörgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 12 acres of land.

Lunch

Drive to Westerfolds Park in Templestowe and walk a short distance to photograph kangaroos that range through the park. Some birds may also be present in this area of the park.

Photo critique session in the field.

Workshop concludes. Local people leave for home. Others will be driven to the CBD or airport.

Evan Walker Bridge

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Hosier Lane

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$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 60 days before the start of the workshop date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.

        ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT TO: BRUCE WILSON

Wirrawilla

Wildlife Photography Workshop – Lone Pine Sanctuary – Brisbane

Koala with joey

When:

NEW

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 (Half Day)

Time:

Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Price:

$195 (plus GST) - Fee includes photography tuition plus entry into Lone Pine Sanctuary

Common Wombat

Would you like to spend half a day at Brisbane's Lone Pine Wildlife Sanctuary, learning how to photograph a wide variety of animals on display?  You will benefit greatly from the tips and techniques offered throughout this workshop, specific to wildlife photography.

Photographic tuition is geared towards all skill levels (including beginners). Michael is a very patient tutor and lots of questions are welcome!

Rainbow Lorikeets

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary

9.30amIntroductions, an outline of what to expect from the workshop, then recommended camera settings will be discussed. Subjects covered will include best use of aperture/DOF, recommended shutter speeds, focal points, white balance, low-light photography, ISO, metering and much more. Once this session is complete, we will head out in the Sanctuary and start photographing the various animals (Michael will assist you to make sure your camera is set up correctly, before you start shooting).
11.30amMorning Tea. Time for a cuppa! Michael will be available during morning tea for any photography-related questions you may have.
12 noonMichael will present a session on flash techniques, as well as composition. He will also talk about how to get creative with your images, by thinking 'outside the box'. We will continue photographing any species we have missed and come back to any favourites!
1:30pmFinish.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Echidna

Tasmanian Devil

Topics Covered Include

  • Composition
  • Recommended Aperture
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds and ISO
  • Focal Points
  • Focus Styles
  • Metering
  • Exposure Compensation (for Aperture Priority)
  • Flash Use
  • Hand-held versus Monopod
  • How to Achieve Creative Images
  • Recommended Accessories
  • And Much More…

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.

 

Barn Owl

5 Day Cradle Mountain Autumn Photography Workshop – Tasmania

Nothofagus Tasmania

Come along and photograph beautiful Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, during the incredible autumn-colour changes of the Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech Tree)

Next Workshop and Tour:
May 2021

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic and renowned landscape photographer, Ben Fewtrell, on this exciting new photography tour of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in autumn!

'The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’– make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May’ (text from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website)

Aurora-Cradle Mountain_Tasmania

When:

May 2021 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Cost:

TBA

*Single supplement available 

Wombat Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Launceston.

Meeting Point:

Launceston hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Launceston the day before and stay one night after the workshop.

Accommodation:

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Standard Room - twin share)

Cradle Mt and Dove Lake - Cradle Mt Lake St Clair N.P. - Tasmania_1ms6845

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. With 2 experienced photographers and professional tutoring , you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Ben

Red Fungi - Tarkine- Tasmania

Testimonial

“In May 2018 I joined Michael on his photography workshop to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. What a wonderful location to indulge my passion for photography – beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Regardless of the weather there was always an opportunity to make imagery and to learn.
Michael and Ben Fewtrell (who co-presents the workshop with Michael) provided friendly and knowledgeable advice and assistance with camera gear, settings and post-processing of images in Lightroom to ensure we achieved the best results possible.

Aside from the wonderful location, I also enjoy the camaraderie shared with workshop participants who willingly share their experiences and knowledge.
As a participant, arrangements for accommodation, meals and transport were comfortable and seamless.

Cradle Mountain was my second workshop in Tasmania with Michael, my first was to the Tarkine region. With the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna available to see in Tasmania I plan to participate in future workshops with Michael.

Whatever your skill level, if you wish to improve your photography, I have no hesitation in recommending participation in Michael Snedic’s Wildnature Photo Expeditions :-))”

Julie Westley

Julie Westley – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell
  • Four nights accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in Tasmania in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to ‘Devils at Cradle’ Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife pass

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Launceston before and after tour

Tasmanian wildlife

About Your Photography Tutors:

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 for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Launceston, where we will drive our bus to Cradle Mountain Hotel, our base for the duration of the photo tour. After checking in and a short break, we will get together for a briefing, before heading to Dove Lake for our first sunset shoot. Then its a scrumptious dinner, followed by an audio-visual presentation.

Day 2

Today we will shoot sunrise at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will then visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the rainforest, surrounded by ancient rainforests and autumn fungi in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will head to the famous ‘Devils At Cradle' for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian wildlife species. Ben will also present the first of his two sessions on Adobe Lightroom.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a stroll around Dove Lake, photographing the wonderful plants and landscapes the area has to offer. The ‘Nothofagus’ (Beech Trees) losing their leaves will make for some great images! Lunch will be a ‘packed lunch’ out in the field. Back for the afternoon for a break, dinner, then out for another sunset session at Dove Lake. This time around to the famous ‘Boat Shed’. We will also have a bit of fun doing some ‘astro photography’!

coral fungi

Day 4

A second attempt at sunrise at Dove Lake, followed by breakfast. We will then spend the morning photographing the rainforest landscapes and fungi along the ‘Enchanted Walk’ and ‘Waterfalls Walk’, which include the waterfall at Pencil Pine Falls. Back for lunch, then Ben will present his second Adobe Lightroom session. Some free time to visit the wonderful images in the Wilderness gallery, then in the late afternoon, we head to Ronney Creek to photograph echidnas, wombats and wallabies!

Day 5

Should we have missed out on a sunrise at Dove Lake due to possible inclement weather, we will return for one last attempt. Otherwise, we will head on out and do some more exploring with our camera. A packed lunch will be organised for our trip back to our starting point in Launceston

5 Day ‘Tasmanian Photography Adventure’

Tasmania’s Weather

Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Tasmanian Photo Tour participants

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$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 45 days before the start of the tour date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total tour price. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund given.

 

*Approved Operator with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

11 Day ‘Arctic Photo Expedition’ – June 2020

  • Leaping Polar Bear

An immersive photographic adventure conducted by
professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic

Next Workshop and Tour:
June 2020

Amazing close-up Polar Bear experience, filmed on an IPhone, during our June 2018 Arctic Photo Expedition

Join Australian-based Pro Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic, on this exciting 11-day Photo Expedition, travelling through the Arctic around the archipelago of Svalbard. We will travel by ship and explore the coast, attempting to circumnavigate the island if ice conditions allow. Michael led a booked-out Photo Expedition to Svalbard in 2016, to absolute rave reviews (with a second, fully-booked photo expedition in June 2018). For the photo tour participants, it was the ultimate trip of a lifetime, with plenty of 'once-in-a-lifetime' photos taken during the trip.

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arctic circle | Arctic Photography Workshop and Tour

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Arctic Fox

We will be seeking and photographing iconic Arctic wildlife species including polar bears, reindeer, foxes, walrus and other seals, whales, auks, puffins, and many many more, as well as stunning glacial landscapes.

We will have 9 participants on this photo tour, led by professional nature photographer and tutor: Michael Snedic. 

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing your photos, and receiving feedback, along the way. One of the added benefits of joining this photo adventure is that should there be any issues with your camera settings, or getting sharp, clear images, Michael is with you to assist and advise on every zodiac trip and landing.

"If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition, this is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some outlying northern areas home to polar bears and walrus. You’ll come across colonies of seabirds numbering into the thousands and watch for whales in the water. This is the perfect expedition for exploring the "wildlife capital of the Arctic"- Peregrine Adventures

There will be many opportunities to photograph from the ship also. Landscapes, icebergs, and lots of wildlife, as we sail amongst them.

Walrus - Arctic

Our ship

Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to the Arctic. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to ply the Arctic waters with ease for 25 years. Ocean Nova is a certified Carbon Neutral vessel and offers a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 78 guests, the Ocean Nova is a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

Arctic- Boat Nova

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers. While we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Arctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings we will usually operate as a group, with Michael in one zodiac with his photography participant.  WildNature Photo Expeditions works closely with the Quark Expedition Team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

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lounge

participants in zodiac - Arctic

Your instructor

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic, there to help you photograph the stunning wildlife we will encounter, especially polar bears. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an experienced wildlife/nature photographer, he is also one of Australia's most experienced photographic tutors (15 years).

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (20 years+) and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife and a Lowepro Ambassador for Australia, a Lenscoat Ambassador, as well as The Nature Conservancy's Photo Competition Ambassador, both in 2015 and 2016. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for the past 15 years. He also conducts overseas photography tours to Africa, Antarctica, the Subantarctic, the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands and India. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with photo expedition participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Michael Snedic - Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary

Day 1

This morning we’ll have our first photography briefings and warm-up opportunities. We will spend some of the morning exploring Longyearbyen with a local guide, and there may be some last-minute shopping opportunities (as a frontier town there are some serious outdoors stores here). Also anyone whose flights or connections were delayed have a chance to catch up with us today. In the evening we board our ship, the Ocean Nova, operated by Quark Expeditions and set sail. The wildlife and scenic opportunities will start almost immediately!

Close-up Walrus

Day 2-12

Your expedition will explore western Spitsbergen as well as some stunning fjords and outlying islands to the north. From polar deserts to immense glaciers, the natural landscape here is just as varied as the wildlife. We’ll cruise around this magical island located above the Arctic Circle, and your Expedition Team will be constantly searching for wildlife.

Each expedition presents new opportunities so we have no fixed itinerary, however we do hope to visit some of our favorite destinations, including 14th of July Glacier, Smeerenburg, Phippsoya, Alkhornet and the Hinlopen Straight.
The destinations visited on your voyage will be selected for optimum wildlife viewing and appreciation of the history and geology of Spitsbergen. Polar bear viewing is almost guaranteed, with Phippsoya being one of their preferred hunting areas since the towering cliffs of Alkefjellet provide many free bird egg meals for both them and the Arctic fox.

Torellneset and Phippsoya are great places for walrus photography. Coming across a walrus haul-out is a moment you won’t forget either. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create quite a noisy scene as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.
If you’re itching to get a little closer to the action, you can book the kayaking option and take an excursion to some of the more isolated pockets of Spitsbergen. Smeerenburg is a great place for snowshoeing (optional and complimentary outings on selected voyages), where you can visit a memorial erected in 1906. This historical site remembers the whalers who lost their lives in the 17th and 18th centuries while working in extreme Arctic conditions.

There is no shortage of natural beauty in Spitsbergen. The tundra can be surprisingly colorful in summer, with wildflowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Each day you’ll see something new, whether it is a rare bird species or an abandoned site from centuries ago.

Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures
Image: Courtesy of Peregrine Adventures

Cruising through the Arctic, photographing walruses chilling-out on ice

In some areas we will explore the stunning scenery from aboard the ship, but we will often transfer into the inflatable Zodiacs to explore bays, islands, icebergs, and to land at most sites.

Michael will present both group and one-on-one photography sessions and with continuous daylight during this time of year, photo ops abound. You’ll have ample time to linger and photograph any bears we find hunting on the ice edge, but they’re not the only wildlife we hope to encounter. The food-rich waters attract walrus, whales and seabirds, so you’ll want to keep your binoculars nearby while cruising. Arctic fox and the indigenous Svalbard reindeer may also be spotted on Zodiac excursions to shore.

Arctic cruising

A haven for present-day explorers, Spitsbergen and the surrounding area offer unforgettable polar experiences that will keep you and your camera active all expedition long. Although 60 percent of the landscape is covered in glaciers and much of the terrain is mountainous, Spitsbergen (which means “pointed mountains”) surprises with stretches of colorful tundra, bursting with wildflowers in summer. Optional hiking activities get you up close and personal with the abundant wildlife. At day’s end, you’ll have plenty of prized photographs and exciting stories to share with your shipmates!

Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018
Arctic Photo Expedition participants 2018

There’s a huge range of environments around Svalbard, and every day will present new subjects. Sometimes the sky is clear and blue, sometimes it’s overcast and grey, sometimes we will see parhelion and “sun-dogs”, but the sun will never actually set (unless it’s behind a mountain). You may even end up photographing some wildlife under a midnight sun. The days will be busy, often with several off-ship expeditions per day.

Michael will be conducting a series of group and individual lessons along the way, including giving you feedback on your work. We want you to come back with the best images you can, as well as with new skills.

Photography spring-flowers
Svalbard landscape © Peregrine Adventures

Day 11

Your adventure ends back at the frontier-style settlement of Longyearbyen. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you arrive in Longyearbyen on the 5th of June (or earlier if you wish to spend some time exploring on your own). Boarding of the Ocean Nova will take place on the evening of the 6th of June. The ship will depart in the evening and cannot wait for anyone on delayed flights. As weather in the region can be a bit temperamental, flight delays do happen. To keep the start of your adventure as stress free as possible, arriving early is a good idea.

Polar Bear playing

Health and fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Living on the ship sailing in unfrozen water, the outside temperatures are sometimes close to freezing. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Peregrine will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

We will be travelling on a ship but while we can occasionally be exposed to storms and heavy seas, most of the time the coast and ice provides a lot of protection. We’re not on the open ocean!

puffins
Puffins © David Burren

Costs

There are a variety of cabin classes, from triple-berth cabins up to a selection of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket. Prices are per person.

All these prices are in Australian dollars. A 20% non- refundable deposit is required to secure your place (based on full fare).

Arctic ice formations

Prices

(Per Person)

QuadTBA
TripleTBA
Upper/LowerTBA
Bridge DeckTBA
Upper Deck TwinTBA

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The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Adventures and they take care of the travel arrangements for us, while we are running the photography program and will be your local contacts on the trip.

Travel to/from Longyearbyen is not included. Peregrine can of course arrange flights and accommodation for you as part of a package, but you’re free to make other arrangements.

Deck Plan

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition by professional wildlife/nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.
  • Transfers between airport, hotel and ship at each end of the itinerary
  • Shipboard accommodation, onboard the smaller Ocean Nova (80 capacity)
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and home-made biscuits available around the clock.
  • All excursions.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • A waterproof expedition parka is supplied on board for you to keep.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Longyearbyen.
  • Meals in Longyearbyen (other than as above).
  • One night's accommodation at Longyearbyen, before the expedition starts.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
  • Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Limited onboard internet access is usually available.
  • Tips (voluntary) for the crew (suggested US$13- $15 per day per person).

Contact and Reservations

To reserve your place or to ask any questions about this exciting Photo Expedition, please contact Michael via the contact form or via phone at +61 408 941 965.

Feeding polar bears - Arctic

15 Day Russian Arctic Photo Expedition – Inc. Wrangel and Herald Islands – July 2019

With Michael Snedic

 

22nd of July to 5th of August 2019

 

Only Two Spots Left!

Join us on this 15 day Russian Arctic Photographic Expedition, in the Russian Far East. This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age,
this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island
also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds
for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe’ vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty.

 

We will have a maximum of 10 photographers on this expedition, being led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic. As we travel around the sea, we will be photographing from our ship, from Zodiacs, and from land.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs, but also in reviewing images and image critique sessions.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your 
Photography 
Leader

On this expedition you will have access every day to Michael Snedic, a professional nature photographer and experienced instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter.He  will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings. 

Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (22 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and Photo Expedition Leader (17 years). His photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world.

Michael is owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions and presents exciting photography workshops and tours to many wonderful photographic and travel destinations. Michael is also a Nikon School Tutor for Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills. No matter what brand or model of camera you own (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or Panasonic) Michael can help!

Nature Conservancy
Photo Competition Ambassador

Nikon
Nikon School Tutor – Australia

Itinerary:

Our itineraries are always subject to weather conditions, but the basic plan is as follows:

Day 0 – Nome

Those departing from Nome, Alaska, should arrive in Nome before midday and preferably the previous night.

On arrival, you should check in with Bering Air at the Nome Airport who will have details of our charter flight. During this flight you will cross the International Date Line, arriving into Anadyr on Day 1 of the expedition. You will clear Russian Customs and Immigration.

Day 1 -Anadyr

ll expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. If flights have been on time we plan to depart Anadyr this evening. As we depart you are invited to join the captain, officers and the expedition team on the bridge. The Anadyr estuary is renowned for its Beluga Whales.

 

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Day 2 – Anadyrskiy Bay and at Sea

As we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards the Bering Strait there will be introductory lectures, an introduction to the staff and ship and a series of compulsory briefings and drills. There will also be a chance to relax or enjoy some ‘birding’ with our naturalists and/or settle into ship life and for many of you adjust to the time changes.

 

Day 3 – Lavrentiya and Cape Dezhnev

We arrive in Lavrentiya Bay this morning to visit the Chukchi Region’s administrative centre of Lavrentiya. The place takes its name from James Cook, who landed here on St. Lawrence’s Day in 1778. We will explore the township and have the opportunity to view the mythical figure ‘Pelikan’, a Chukotkan sculpture which is said to have special powers, we will also visit the local museum which displays an interesting insight into Yupik and Chukchi cultures. There may be an opportunity to view Chukchi song and dance and to interact with the locals.

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev this afternoon. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It is also an historic landmark named after the Siberian Cossack, Semyon Dezhnev, who in 1648 became the first European to sail from the Arctic to the Pacific.

A steep scramble from the beach brings you to an abandoned Border Guard base, a monument to Dezhnev and another to all the sailors who have sailed these seas. Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska lies 89km across Bering Strait.

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polar bear and cub

Days 4 – Kolyuchin Inlet and Kolyuchin Island Island

This tiny rock in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk is covered in birds, with sea-lions thrown in for good measure to fill the gaps. There’s no room for us to land, but we expect to photograph guillemots, kittiwakes, and various species of auklet (and sea-lions of course).

Day 5 – At Sea

This group of islands is in the western corner of the Sea of Okhotsk, and is the last place to thaw out in summer. While the ice can restrict where we go, it does increase our chances of seeing seals, especially the iconic Ribbon Seal.

Days 6 -10 – Wrangel and Herald Islands

Another birding hot-spot, this is a breeding location for many species. Spectacled, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros, Crested and Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin: the list goes on. Of course this also supports a population of Steller’s Sea-eagles. As well as exploring the islands from the water and landing in the one permitted location, we also get to explore the taiga forest on the mainland.

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Days 11 – At Sea, Bering Strait and North Siberian Coast

As we sail south there will be opportunities to download memory cards, share conversations and recap on our time at Wrangel Island.

 

We will pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date
Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands.

In 1867 when the USA purchased Alaska from Russia the new boundary was drawn between Big (Russian) and Little (USA) Diomede Islands. This makes Big Diomede Island Russia’s eastern-most possession. The island was originally inhabited by Yupik Eskimos but after World War II the native population were relocated to the mainland. Today there are no permanent residents but the Russians maintain a Border Guard station there. It is an important island for birdlife with good numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common and Brunnich’s Guillemot and Horned and Tufted Puffin. If the Border Guards grant permission (we have applied for it) we will Zodiac cruise the coast near the station,
the bird numbers in this region are spectacular, especially puffins.

We continue along the North Siberian Coast, although well mapped and charted, there have been very few Expedition Cruises and consequently there is a lot of scope for expedition landings. Depending on weather and sea conditions we will attempt an expedition landing today.

There are several choices, at Cape Vankarem there is a seasonal large walrus haul out, the animals may or may not be present. The area around the Cape is bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous coastal lagoons and inlets; nearby there is a small Chukchi village whose residents still make their living hunting walrus, seals and whales. There is another smaller Chukchi village called Nutepelmen which is situated on a spit at the entrance to Pyngopikhin Lagoon, further west of Cape Vankarem.

Day 12 – At Sea and Masik Village

This afternoon we plan to visit Masik Village, an archaeological site at Mechigmen Bay which is part of Beringia National Park.
This site consists of subterranean dwellings, food caches and possible ceremonial structures where materials used in construction were whale skulls, ribs and jawbones.

whale watching
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Days 13 – Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation.

Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island. After landing at Whale Bone Alley we will take the Zodiacs on a whale-watching excursion. We will also cruise close inshore of neighbouring Nuneangan Island (Bird Island) where a large number of seabirds nest.

On nearby Arakamchechen Island there is a prominent walrus haul out; if the animals are present we will land and walk across the tundra to view them from the cliffs.

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Days 14 – Preobrazheniya Bay

Today we will be in the vicinity of Preobrazheniya Bay where there are some outstanding ‘Bird Cliffs’ which we will Zodiac cruise, the rock faces, ridgelines and soaring granite spires are home to an abundance of bird life. Species that can be seen include Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Least and Crested Auklets, Vega Gulls and Arctic Tern. Both Horned and Tufted Puffins are normally in vast numbers stretched along cliffside grasses.

This evening join the staff for an expedition recap and a disembarkation briefing, and then simply relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.

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Day 15 – Anadyr

After breakfast it will be time tosay our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a hotel of your choice.

Those returning to Nome will join a charter flight that will depart Anadyr around midday and, because of the International Date Line will arrive back in Nome on the evening of the previous day. However, we strongly advise that you do not book any onward travel from Nome until the following day to allow for possible delays in the charter flight. Those returning to Moscow can either be transferred to the airport or hotel in Anadyr, depending on their flight times.

Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

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Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the in atable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore.

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specic health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to help.

Our Ship

The latest addition to Heritage Expeditions' fleet, legendary Russian icebreaker and former research vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov holds the passenger ship record for the most crossings of the Northwest Passage and has famously circumnavigated Antarctica - twice.

Built in 1981 by Finland's Wärtsilä Company and one of four Kapitan Sorokin-class icebreakers, Kapitan Khlebnikovwraps comfortable surrounds in a formidable, ice-reinforced vessel powered by 24,000 horsepower diesel-electric engines and is capable of breaking ice as thick as two metres.

Recently refurbished, Kapitan Khlebnikov comfortably accommodates up to 110 guests in well-appointed and spacious cabins and suites all featuring large windows that can be opened and en suite facilities. Common areas include large open decks, two dining rooms, a digitally equipped theatre-style lecture room, heated indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, fully-stocked library, bar, lounge and four-person elevator.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists, botanists, historians and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by an enthusiastic and experienced Russian Captain and crew.

Kapitan Khlebnikov

Kapitan Klebnikov

The World Famous Ice-Breaker

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All expedition zodiac and shore excursions.
  • Pre and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • International/domestic flights
  • Passport/visa expenses. We provide assistance with Russian visa paperwork, but you’re responsible for the actual visa.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, gratuities and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.
  • All items of a personal nature

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while I run the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes, mostly twin- share cabins. Your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

The twin-berth cabins can be reserved as single cabins for 1.8x the standard price. There’s also a mandatory charge of US$500 per person to cover local fee payments.

Cabin TypePrice
Superior Plus Triple:US$12000.00
Superior Plus:US$14125.00
Mini Suite:US$14650.00
Heritage Suite:US$15500.00

These prices are in US dollars per berth. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael via the Contact Form to the right:

Contact

Michael Snedic: Contact Form or call +61 408 941 965.

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