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!

Mountain Gorilla Photobomb

Where:

Rwanda, Africa

When:

18th to 22nd November 2019

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS GORILLA PHOTO SAFARI CAN ADDED ONTO

→ THE KENYA PHOTO SAFARI ←

Safari Land Arrangements:

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

*Excludes International Airfares

NEWS FLASH! PERMITS FOR VISITING THE GORILLAS WILL BE DOUBLING IN JANUARY 2020. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SECURE THESE PRICES!

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary

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.

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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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Includes:

  • 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)

Excludes:

  • 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

When:

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

Where:

Kangaroo Island, South Australia 

Cost:

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

*Single supplement price $AU495 (plus GST)

Hanson Bay

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

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.

Accommodation:

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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Inclusions:

  • 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

Exclusions:

  • 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

Itinerary:

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.

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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.

Price:

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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Testimonial

We went on the Kenya Photographic Tour with the Rwanda add-on tour with high expectations.

The trips promised and delivered amazing experiences.

In Kenya the locations we visited, Samburu National Park (Elephant Watch Camp), Masai Mara National Reserve (Main Governors Camp), and the Mara North Conservancy  (Kicheche Mara Camp) gave us the opportunity to see and photograph the wide variety of wildlife that Kenya has to offer.

The accommodation and food were exceptional.  But the local guides really brought the experience to life, with their knowledge of the land, animals, birdlife and their people.  Our guides were very generous with their stories about their culture and history. Who could forget the sing-a -long coming down the mountain in the dark at Samburu on our last night.

The Rwanda tour gave us the opportunity to get up close and personal with gorilla families on two successive days. It was a delightful experience and at times we even forgot to take photos as we were engrossed in the antics of the young or the mother with her one-day old baby!

Michael’s experience and knowledge of photography gave us great support tailored to our needs, which ranged from the novice to the more experienced photographer.  His practical advice assisted us to take some amazing photos and his feedback on photographs already taken assisted us to improve them even more.

Michael’s setting the scene, over coffee waiting for connecting flights, helped us to prepare for what was to come the next day or at the next camp.

This was to be the trip of a lifetime – and so it proved to be!  And we have the photos to prove it! Thank you, Michael!

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Carol Chesney and Laureen Harris – Brookfield, Queensland, Australia

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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Excludes:

  • 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

Itinerary:

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

Contact:

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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15 Day ‘South Georgia/Antarctica Photo Expedition’ – January 2019

With Michael Snedic

27th January – 10th February 2019

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On this 15-day photographic adventure we will explore the wildlife paradises of South Georgia before visiting the amazing Antarctic Peninsula.

We will have a maximum of 9 photographers on this expedition, being 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 and critiquing your photos along the way.

Michael in South Georgia with his photo expedition participants – December 2017

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Testimonial

“Mere words cannot express the grandeur, colour and spectacular scenery found in South Georgia . From the moment you set foot on Salisbury plain the wondrous sight of literally thousands of colourful, inquisitive, cute king penguins who actually greet you time stands still as your senses and you fall in love with these magnificent, playful creatures. Our trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands is a lifetime highlight. Quark a highly ethical and responsible tour operator arranged an outstanding trip to this untouched bottom of the globe! At all times passenger safety was a priority. Every opportunity was given for us to experience this pristine, wondrous environment…..whether it was from the ship, by zodiac or on land.

Our trip to this region was a Photographic Expedition led by Michael Snedic, owner of WildNature Photo Expeditions. Michael is an outstanding, enthusiastic tutor. We had regular meeting times to discuss techniques, composition and editing. I particularly enjoyed the group photographic critique sessions. As someone new to photography I felt Michael imparted his vast knowledge and patient teaching to me so as to ensure I could get the best shots possible.

Thanks Michael for a wonderful, wonderful holiday and for your excellent tuition!!”

Greg and Robyn Jacobs

Greg and Robyn Jacobs. Killarney Heights, Sydney, Australia

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King Penguin pair South Georgia

From Peregrine Adventures:

‘Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the remote shores of the Antarctic. Begin in Ushuaia and travel by comfortable expedition ship. Experience this rugged location in comfort and style as you learn about the area's history and wildlife, keeping your camera ready for any number of incredible photo opportunities. Visit South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries, take shore landings in Antarctica and spot multiple species of seals and whales along the way’. 

Sunset in Antarctica © Michael Snedic

  • Stand upon beaches teeming with thousands of king penguins in some of the largest rookeries in the world
  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton in the remote outpost of South Georgia
  • Take a refreshing 'polar plunge' in the icy sea and experience the ultimate in Antarctic weather
  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking among seals and icebergs can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
  • See abundant species of whales, seabirds, seals and penguins on regular Zodiac excursions along the plunging coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula

Peter photographing in South Georgia

Your 
Experienced Photography 
Leader – Michael Snedic

On this expedition you will have access every day to professional nature photographer and instructor, Michael Snedic. He will be 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. As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being experienced an photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutor, with 15 years experience presenting photography expeditions and adventures across the globe.

He is also a widely-published photographer and writer. Michael’s photography articles and images have featured in numerous publications in Australia and across the world, and he has been a feature writer for Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine ‘Australian Photography’, since 2006.

Michael is also an Australian Ambassador for Lowepro, LensCoat and the Nature Conservancy Australia. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

Nature Conservancy

Photo Competition Ambassador 2015, 2016 and 2017

LensCoat

Australian Ambassador

Itinerary:

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

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning, enjoy free time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon. The ship makes its way into the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The channel takes its name from the HMS Beagle, which transported Charles Darwin through the region on his around-the-world voyage in 1833. Keep an eye out for various species of bird from the deck.

Days 2-4: At Sea

Your first days at sea will include plenty of time to relax, get to know your fellow shipmates and learn about the shore landings and Zodiac excursions that await you. Your expedition team will begin their educational lecture programme, teaching you about seabirds, penguins and the history of South Georgia. These few days also offer an opportunity to get comfortable with the motion of the sea.

Close Penguin Encounter - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

Days 5-7 – South Georgia

On approaching South Georgia, have your camera ready to capture shags, prions and albatross in the water around you. Make your first potential landing in a protected bay of the island, which is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife. The island’s king penguin rookeries are the world’s largest, with populations sometimes numbering into the hundreds of thousands. South Georgia is scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries past. Visit old whaling stations, including the settlement of Grytviken, which is home to the remains of the famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Please note that each landing is determined by weather conditions.

Icebergs - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

DRYGALSKI FJORD

This is a photogenic and dramatic fjord, with sharp and jagged peaks rising out of the sea. Glaciation never reached the peaks of this fjord, giving it a unique landscape.

GOLD HARBOUR

The backdrop to this harbour is the hanging Bertrab Glacier. King and gentoo penguins call this home, as do rowdy elephant and fur seals.

GRYTVIKEN

Only a handful of people live, albeit temporarily, on South Georgia, a United Kingdom overseas territory. Two of them are curators of the South Georgia Museum, located in the former whaling station manager’s villa. The church was built for the whaling community and is the only building in Grytviken that is still used for its original purpose.

PRION ISLAND

Robert Cushman Murphy named this island for the species of petrels seen on the island. Birders will be pleased to know that wandering albatross are also known to nest on the island.

SALISBURY PLAIN

One of the largest king penguin rookeries on the island is located on Salisbury Plain. The Murphy and Lucas Glaciers flank the plain, creating a perfect backdrop for photographers.

ST. ANDREW’S BAY

Thousands of breeding pairs of king penguin nest at St. Andrew’s Bay. It is the largest king penguin rookery on South Georgia and is a wildlife spectacle to behold. Reindeer introduced by Norwegian whalers are known to feed on the grass in the area.

STROMNESS

This abandoned whaling station was in full operation the day that Ernest Shackleton and his companions staggered in after a 36-hour trek across the island. There is a small cemetery here, with the graves of 14 whalers.

Days 8 – 9: At Sea

Antarctica awaits. While at sea, enjoy free time to relax and enjoy the scenery. Attend presentations by experts on the history and geology of the continent, and learn tips on how to identify different species of wildlife.

Close seal experience in Antarctica

Days 8-11 – South Georgia

South Georgia is a wildlife haven, as the breeding site for animals from all over the Southern Ocean. King and Gentoo Penguins, nesting albatrosses, as well as fur seals and the huge Southern Elephant Seals are all examples which we will be meeting on land, with multiple landings per day. More than half of the world’s Elephant Seals breed here, along with more than 100,000 King Penguins.

As well as its amazing wildlife, there’s a lot of human history on the island, including the remnants of sealing and whaling industries. Visiting the grave of the explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton at Grytviken is a highlight for many people.

Gentoo Penguins © Michael Snedic

Days 10-14: Antarctic Peninsula

Enter another world as your ship approaches the mainland of the white continent. Weather permitting, make several excursions and Zodiak landings over the next few days. These could include glacier hikes, visits to research bases or opportunities to encounter seals and penguins. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of a leopard seal during its hunt for food, or meet a curious minke whale while out on a Zodiac cruise. You may also like to take part in the sea kayaking adventure option (reserve in advance when booking your trip) or awaken your senses with a polar plunge into the sea.

South Georgia

CUVERVILLE ISLAND

A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.

DAMOY POINT

If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbour on which Port Lockroy is located.

DANCO ISLAND

This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.

ENTERPRISE ISLAND

Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.

LEMAIRE CHANNEL

This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you’ll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.

MELCHIOR ISLANDS

A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.

NEKO HARBOUR

Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbour.

PETERMANN ISLAND

Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.

PORT LOCKROY

A ‘fun’ destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.

WATERBOAT POINT

Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.

AITCHO ISLANDS

This is a group of small islands, some still unnamed, situated in the northern entrance of English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife here, with gentoo and chinstrap penguins having established rookeries. Southern elephant and fur seals are frequently hauled-out here too.

BAILY HEAD

Also known as Rancho Point, this area is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge that dominates the natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography.

HALF MOON ISLAND

This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.

HANNAH POINT

Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from January 10 onwards.

PENDULUM COVE

Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, named for observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water!

PENGUIN ISLAND

Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.

ROBERT POINT

A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.

TELEFON BAY

Your Expedition Team will be happy to point out that it is here where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.

TURRET POINT

Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries are found on this point, situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches here are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.

WHALER’S BAY

To reach Whaler’s Bay it is necessary to sail through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see rusting remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam that may rise from geothermally heated water springs along the shoreline.

Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbor, situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. Here you can see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a large glacier that stretches along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned sealing try pot is all that remains of the activity that brought men thousands of miles in tall ships to seek their fortune.

Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special tness 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 specific health concerns or dietary requirements these should be discussed with our booking sta .

Greg and Hazel South Georgia_2017

Our Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a great expedition ship, with plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship. Along with our group the voyage will also have non-photographer passengers and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general Antarctic experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group.

On Zodiac outings we usually operate as a group with our own boat, where Michael will always be with you to provide photographic guidance. We work closely with the Quark expedition team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

The ship is quite spacious, and is very well appointed. You won’t be roughing it!

Deck plan

Regular Price:

CabinCost
Triple:$14,100
Inside Single:$24,100
Twin Porthole:$20,300
Twin Window:$21,100
Upper Decks:$21,900
Twin Porthole Suites:$22,700
Superiors:$23,500
Top Deck Double:$24,400
Twin Window Suites:$25,300
Junior Suite:$26,200
Owner’s Suite:$27,200

These prices are in AU dollars per person. A 20% deposit is required to secure your place.

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Peregrine Expeditions, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while we run the photography program. The ship has a wide variety of cabin classes, and your choice of berth type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

A $500 discount is available for non-photographer partners.

When you book a single berth in a twin cabin, we do try to allocate cabins so you share with another member of our photography group.

Peregrine

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition.
  • Hotel accommodation in Ushuaia on day 1.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
    Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All ship-based excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Ushuaia.
  • 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 internet access is usually available onboard.

Gentoo Pengion with chick - Antarctica © Michael Snedic

How to book

To reserve your place, or just to ask more questions about the workshop, please contact Michael Snedic either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

Antarctica Photo Expedition 2017

5 Day Lamington National Park Photography Workshop – Queensland

Sunday 1st (late afternoon) to Friday 6th of September 2019

Get to know your digital camera in one of Australia’s most stunning natural environments!

This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more.

 Michael caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging to beginners.  Lamington National Park is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforest and eucalypt forest landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and lots of macro subjects. 

These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with Michael’s extensive photographic knowledge and tuition skills, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, beautiful surroundings.



Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park.
Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough
at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park 

Where:

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat/Lamington National Park, Queensland

When:

Sunday 1st (late afternoon) to Friday 6th of September 2019

Price:

$AU2895 (plus GST) twin share. Single supplement available for an extra $AU400 (plus GST)

Price includes accommodation for five nights, all meals as per itinerary, free-flight bird show entry, Parks and Wildlife permits and professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic.

Black Booyong buttress roots

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Program includes:

  • Macro photography techniques - for beginners and more advanced users.
  • Landscape photography techniques - in the rainforest and sunset overlooking the amazing expanse of the Kerry Valley.
  • Waterfall and cascade photography.
  • Bird and animal photography techniques.
  • Reviews and critique of participant's images and suggestions for improvements.
  • Audio-visual presentations, including wildlife, macro and landscape photography.
  • Getting to know your camera and it's hidden capabilities.
  • Advice on recommended cameras/lenses/accessories to use for specific purposes.
  • Flash photography techniques including use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light etc.
  • Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition from Michael
  • Best use of photographic accessories and gadgets.
  • Free time to practice what you have learned (or simply unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park)

*PLEASE NOTE – PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Red-necked Pademelon

Michael Snedic’s O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park Experience:

Michael spent five years working as a nature guide for O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, as well as Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, both Lamington National Park and knows the area, and its natural fauna and flora, extremely well. Michael was also mentored here in photography by renowned wildlife and nature photographer and documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo. He has been presenting photo workshops and tours at O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for the last twelve years. Michael's years of local experience, plus 17 years as a professional photography tutor, will guarantee you will not only be shown the BEST wildlife, landscape and macro subjects and locations in Lamington, but you will be shown the BEST ways to photograph them.

Michael instructing Jim

Itinerary:

Monday:

Session 1
Introduction, get to know the other participants and setting up your camera settings. This is extremely important as you need to know what gear and settings are needed for specific situations and subjects.

Session 2
Trip to Luke’s Farm to photograph rustic buildings, fences etc.

Session 3
After lunch – Landscape photography, incorporating a trip to Python Rock. Buttress roots, vines, Crow’s Nest ferns and much more.

Session 4
After dinner – Audio visual presentation by Michael - Wildlife.

Rainforest cascades

Tuesday:

Session 5
After breakfast - Bird photography and other wildlife photography techniques, including pademelons (small, wallaby-like macropods).

Session 6
After morning tea – We head into the rainforest for more landscape photography, including cascades, mossy rocks and logs, plants and much more.

Session 7
‘Birds of Prey’ flight show, where Michael will teach you how to best get photos of birds in flight.
Free time to explore and photograph the natural beauty of Lamington N.P. or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Session 8
After dinner – Photo critique (8pm – 9pm). Michael will critique some of the photos you have taken so far, giving hints and advice along the way.

Rainforest fungi

Wednesday:

Session 9
Field trip (lunch out) – Elabana Falls, creeks, cascades and rainforest. Learn how to take great waterfall and rainforest landscape photos. Return back to base approximately 2-3pm.

 Session 10
After dinner – Michael will show you how to best photograph the delightful, coloured and noisy Red-eyed Green Tree Frogs!

Noisy Pitta with chicks

Thursday:

Session 10
Before breakfast – Come on an early-morning bird walk with Michael. Try taking some photos or get to know the birds and their calls (Michael was a guide at O’Reilly’s for 5 years and knows his birds and calls well!).

Session 11
After breakfast –  Audio visual presentation on best macro photography techniques

       Session 12

       Wildlife Presentation - Get up-close-and-personal with a rare owl, Sugar Gliders, a Carpet Python, a Spotted-tailed Quoll and more

Session 13
After morning tea – Macro session 'in-the-field'

After lunch – Free time to relax or practice your techniques

Session 14
Late afternoon – Landscape photography, we head to Luke’s farm to photograph the stunning valley views (including sunset).

Luminous fungi

Friday:

Session 15
After breakfast – Another chance to capture some of Lamington’s stunning birds.

Session 16
After morning tea – Second photo critique. Michael will give constructive feedback of images taken throughout the workshop.

Session 17

Question and answer session plus photographic gear advice

Finish - Approx 12 noon

Lamington spiny crayfish

Inclusions:

  • Five nights accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Qld
  • All meals, as per itinerary
  • Parks and Wildlife permit fees
  • Free-flight bird show entry fee
  • Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic

Leaf-tailed gecko

Accommodation:

You will be staying at renowned O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland

Regent Bowerbird

How to book:

You can secure one of the limited spots available on this popular photography workshop, by paying a $AU500 (plus GST) non-refundable deposit. For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael either by calling him or filling out the contact form.

 

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

Michael teaching participants - O'Reilly's

Butterfly Photography Workshop

bribie butterfly house

Where:

Bribie Island Butterfly House

When:

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Time:

10am to 12.30pm

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary:

10am - Meet at the Bribe Island Butterfly House, 208 First Avenue, Bongaree

There will a brief session covering the best types of equipment recommended for macro photography. You will then be instructed on various macro photography techniques, specific to photographing butterflies. 

Techniques covered will include recommended depth-of-field needed for great butterfly shots, composition, focusing suggestions, backgrounds and much more.

12.30pm – Finish Butterfly Photography Workshop

This three hour workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to photograph a variety of butterflies, in different situations/conditions. Michael will give professional photographic tuition throughout the workshop, including one-on-one time for participants. He will teach you how to take the best possible photos as well as getting the most out of your camera.

Price:

$125 (plus GST)

Price includes photographic tuition from Michael, plus entry to the Bribie Butterfly House

Booking:

To book your place, please use the contact form and Michael will send you payment details.

Please note: This workshop is limited to 8 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive tuition time with Michael, as well as lots of butterfly photography time

All images taken by, and copyright to, Butterfly Photography Workshop participant Sharon Smith

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