March 16, 2016 | NatureTrek
The UK’s leading operator, Naturetrek, has launched a new range of dedicated wildlife photography holidays led by acclaimed professional wildlife photographers. Each tour is pitched at a particular skill level, from the keen amateur looking to hone his or her skills, to beginners with ambitions to learn and improve.
The expert photographer leaders will ensure the best possible location at the right time of day for wildlife photography. Time spent in the field will focus on maximising the best lighting conditions, with the leader and local guides assessing the situation to ensure keen snappers are in the right place at the right time.
Says David Mills, Naturetrek’s MD: “By working with wildlife photographers who share our goals of spending quality, informed time watching – and capturing – once-in-a-lifetime moments, we are confident that joining one of our wildlife photography tours will not only improve techniques and sharpen reflexes, but will also provide the best possible chance of achieving ‘that’ extra special image.
Group sizes on these trips are strictly limited to a maximum of eight people, enabling participants to benefit from the dedicated time of the expert photographers. This will include some time each evening to help with editing photos and to pass on further advice on technique.
Birds & Mammals of the Cairngorms from £1,195 pp with Robert Harvey
Some of the finest opportunities for photography in Britain are to be found in the Cairngorms. Seek out charismatic species, including Red Squirrel, Mountain Hare, Black Grouse and Ptarmigan, using a combination of hides and tracking on foot in mountainous terrain. Four nights departing 29 March 2016; Maximum group size is six.
Northumberland – Seabirds & Castles from £795 pp with Robert Harvey
Miles of sandy beach, big skies, broad vistas and moody cloud formations make Northumberland a photographer’s dream. There will be excellent opportunities to snap a tantalising array of seabirds at close range, including feisty Arctic Terns, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and photogenic Puffins. Back on the mainland, photograph iconic castles Dunstanborough and Bamburgh. Four nights departing 29 June 2016; Maximum group size is eight.
Jaguars, Giant River Otters & Macaws: The Pantanal in Pictures from £5,995 pp with Andy Skillen
The Brazilian Pantanal offers some of the finest wildlife photography on the planet. The enigmatic Jaguar will be the main focus of this exciting tour, although other sightings should include Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Macaws and Giant River Otter. The trip will feature a mixture of boat safaris from the Jaguar Flotel, and explorations on foot and in an open-sided safari truck. 12 nights departing 1 September 2016; Maximum group size is six.
Dartmoor: Tors & Hidden Valleys from £595 pp with Robert Harvey
Timed to coincide with late-flowering heather on the moors and the possibility of early morning mist in Dartmoor’s valleys, full day photographic excursions – from early morning until early sunset – will take in high granite tors, Wistman’s Wood, medieval clapper bridges and prehistoric stone formations. Three nights departing 29 September 2016; Maximum group size is eight.
Leopards & Lions of Zambia’s South Luangwa from £5,995 pp with Andy Skillen
South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s foremost wildlife reserve and, after a two-night stay at beautiful Mfuwe Lodge, participants will venture deep into its remote wilderness for six nights at the Lion Camp, offering outstanding game viewing. This quiet corner is favoured by the local Lion pride, and there should be a chance to photograph them hunting, sleeping and playing. Carmine Bee-eaters nest on the river banks at this time of year, Hippo wallow in the water and this is one of the best places in Africa to see Leopard. 10 nights departing 2 October 2016; Maximum group size is five.
A zoologist and professional photographer, Robert was awarded Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society for his work on coastal landscapes. His wildlife and landscape images have been exhibited worldwide. Robert joins Naturetrek to share his passion for the natural world with aspiring photographers. His tours will provide opportunities to learn new techniques, for example making sharp images of birds in flight, stitching panoramas, focus stacking and post-processing.
Andy is a widely published wildlife photographer who has been recording images of the natural world for over 20 years. His work has been recognised internationally, and he is the current Zoological Society of London Photographer of the Year. Andy’s belief is that the photographer – amateur or professional – is a major force for good in wildlife conservation. Andy will enable you to capture the images you have always wanted, but were not previously sure how to achieve.
All prices are based on two sharing and include return flights (London) where applicable, transport on the tour, hotel or lodge-style accommodation, most or all meals and expert guiding and advice. For further information, or to book a photography tour, contact Naturetrek on 01962 733051 (www.naturetrek.co.uk).