With Michael Snedic
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19
On this 20-day photographic adventure we will explore the wildlife paradises of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands before visiting the amazing Antarctic Peninsula.
There will be 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.
Your Experienced Photography Leader
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. Michael 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 a professional wildlife and nature photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutor, with 18 years experience presenting photography expeditions and adventures across the globe.
Michael Snedic is an experienced (24 years) and widely-published photographer, writer and photo expedition leader. 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 extraordinary wild places across the globe. He is a Nikon School tutor and was the Nature Conservancy Australia Photo Competition Ambassador and Judge in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.
Begin your Antarctic adventure with an overnight stay in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
Ushuaia is a relatively small city and is easy to find your way around. From Avenida San Martin, the streets run uphill and you can get a great view of the Beagle Channel from the top. If you arrive early you might also like to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is located 11 km west of the city.
Day 2 – Ushaia – boarding ship
Today we board the ship and embark through the beautiful Beagle Channel in the afternoon, leaving Ushuaia behind you. The channel is rich in wildlife, so rug up and head out on deck. Michael will get everyone on his photo expedition together for a welcome and photography chat. He will also point out any penguins, cormorants, petrels and Black-browed Albatross in the sea and air, for you to photograph.
Day 3 – at sea
On our way towards the Falklands, our day is full of preparatory activities aboard the ship. We will also be keeping our eyes open for wildlife such as albatrosses.
Days 4-5 – Falkland Islands
As you approach the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), see a treasure-trove of birdlife emerge. Kelp Geese, rockhopper penguins and Magellanic penguins are native to the area, so use your newfound knowledge to identify the various species you come across. Depending on the weather, daily Zodiac trips will take you to various landing sites around the Falklands. Hike up rocky beachheads and socialise with the friendly local residents in Port Stanley.
Days 6-7 – at sea
More shipboard presentations over the few days will prepare you for upcoming shore landings and possible Zodiac cruises along the coast of South Georgia. You'll know you’re in bona fide Antarctic waters when you cross the Antarctic Convergence – the biological boundary dividing Antarctica from the rest of the southern seas.
Over these two days at sea, Michael will be presenting an image critique session, an audio-visual plus helping out his participants one-on-one with photographic tuition geared towards their own particular skill levels.
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.
Days 12-13 – at sea
Now we leave the subantarctic islands and wildlife behind. If conditions allow, the ship may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
Days 14-17 – South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
You’ve arrived in Antarctica! Snow, glaciers, icebergs, mountains, penguins, whales, it’s all amazing. The scale of the environment is literally breathtaking, and you will take away photographs and memories you will never forget. We explore many islands as well as landing on the continent itself.
Day 18-19 – Drake Passage
After more than two weeks of wildlife encounters, we start our journey home (depending on the weather we still hope to see birds such as albatrosses).
Day 20 (12 December) – Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
After breakfast we leave the ship, and have a little time to explore Ushuaia again before we take our charter flight back to Buenos Aires and your connections home.
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 .
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!
|Lower Deck Twin||$24 055|
|Main Deck Porthole||$26 605|
|Main Deck Window:||$29 070|
|Owner's Suite||$36 820|
NB - These prices are in AU dollars per person, twin share. A 5% deposit is required to secure your place.
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.
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.
- Photography tuition by Michael Snedic throughout the expedition.
- Hotel accommodation in Ushaia on day 1.
- Shipboard accommodation on the Ocean Adventurer
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
- All ship-based excursions.
- Pre- and post-departure materials.
- Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Buenos Aires.
- 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.
How to book
To reserve your place, to get onto the waitlist once it’s booked (there are sometimes cancellations in the long lead-up to these expeditions) or just to ask more questions about the workshop, contact Michael.