What better way to perfect your photography than on an unforgettable holiday, surrounded by amazing subjects as part of a small group of similarly inspired photographers! No more groans from uninterested fellow-travellers who just want to keep moving, instead you'll be feeding off each others creativity, trying different skills, making great friends and borrowing gear - all the while under the expert and enthusiastic guidance of professional photographers working flat-out to help YOU get to all the most photogenic locations, at the best time of year, use the right settings, and capture your own stunning collection of wall-hanging memories!
It does not get any better than this! Explore and photograph the best African wildlife reserves, at the best time of year, from our own private safari vehicles, boat charters, light plane flights over the Rift Valley, elephants and lakes filled with flamingos, and - for the brave - even short walks on foot! Australian Geographic photographer and Canon Ambassador Chris Bray, along with partner Jess Taunton will help everyone in this select group of 8 lucky people to capture unforgettable images of lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, ostriches, hippos, zebras, monkeys, giraffes, antelope, birds and more. Highly experienced driver guides will get us close to the game each day, and in the evenings we'll relax in stunning private accommodations including luxury 'tent houses' overlooking the Amboseli National Park to Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the 'Elephant Bedrooms' where elephants literally walk right past! All delicious meals, park entry fees etc are included. Book your place soon as this once in a lifetime opportunity sells out FAST! READ MORE!!! >>
"Kenya is the most breathtaking backdrop against which to learn the magic of photography. Chris and Jess have a unique way of making learning photography a natural extension of a wonderful holiday. The wildlife was mind-blowing, the accommodation unbelievable, and the guides were amazing. Especially loved the flight with the flamingos! As promised, it was the trip of a lifetime. An unforgettable 2 weeks and I have over 10,500 photos to prove it!" ~ Maxine Rice (2011 Safari)
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We have carefully put together (and refined in 2011) this amazingly diverse and excitingly unique itinerary to get you to all the best places, and at just the right time of year, to help you get THE best Galapagos photos ever! Join Australian Geographic Photographer and Canon Ambassador Chris Bray photographing giant tortoises congregating beside misty mountain lakes, snorkel with seals and turtles in crystal clear water, climb and gaze out over the planets 2nd largest volcano crater, snap tropicbirds and frigatebirds performing acrobatics overhead and marvel at the iconic marine iguanas as they clamber around you, basking in the sun before they scamper back into the ocean beside penguins, sea lions, dolphins and even manta rays. Home to the world's rarest animals, Galapagos really is a stunning island paradise, bursting with the same impossible abundance of wildlife that first got Sir Charles Darwin pondering on his theory of evolution by natural selection in the 1930's. Most other safaris to Galapagos are unfortunately boat-based, and as many islands have strict landing times, this means many safaris here really frustrate photographers as you can never get ashore for the beautiful morning or evening lighting. Excitingly, while we do have boat transfers to and from some tightly controlled islands, we'll always be staying the night on shore in hotels, which not only means we'll have more time for photos, but we'll be living, eating and relaxing in the villages rather than stuck on a ship, meaning we get to experience the true Galapagos! READ MORE!!! >>
"This trip provided a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Galapagos Islands. Each unique day had been carefully planned to get the most out of our time on the different volcanic islands, exploring some on foot, getting up close with the amazing Galapagos wildlife and snorkeling in some of the best spots with sea lions and turtles. This is definitely a trip not to be missed!" ~ Sarah Summers (2011 Safari)
Patagonia is known as Nature's Wonderland, containing countless outstanding national parks, surreal landscapes and an absolute abundance of unique wildlife. During this carefully orchestrated two-week itinerary, let Australian Geographic photographer and Canon Ambassador Chris Bray help you take unforgettable shots right up close and personal with breeching Southern Right whales, mating Rockhopper penguins and curious Magellanic penguins so close that they'll be tapping their beaks on your lens, belching Elephant seals, Armadillos, Llamas, Patagonian foxes, Iguanas, Bird-spiders, Sea lions and Dusky dolphins just to name a few! Besides having one of the largest colonies of penguins outside Antarctica, Patagonia is famously home to an impossible variety of other bird species too, including Albatross, Flamingos, Burrowing Owls, Turkey Vultures, Herons and more! Best yet, this UNESCO World Heritage paradise is still a surprisingly well-kept secret from mainstream tourists, so we'll often be enjoying the relaxed pace of village life as we stay in comfortable bed and breakfasts and gorgeous chalets during this once in a lifetime photography holiday! READ MORE!!! >>
Join Australian Geographic Photographer and Canon Ambassador Chris Bray for 5 inspiring days journeying down Tasmania's world famous East Coast. Our richly diverse itinerary will give us unprecedented access to Tasmania's most stunning and remote photographic locations including the Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay and Maria Island, by private helicopter, minibus, light plane and foot. Between the beautiful morning and evening lighting, and photographic tips and briefings, we'll enjoy photographing a treat of other experiences including vineyards, waterfalls, even a boat trip out to a seal colony and more - all fully catered - and relaxing to casually review and discus our photos in the secluded privacy of our own delightful, modern coastal cottages before recharging our cameras and ourselves, ready for another day of excitement and learning. READ MORE!!! >>
"With out a doubt, the east coast of Tasmania has some of the most gorgeous scenery found anywhere in the world. To be able to combine a holiday and our passion - photography - in the same place, especially under the expert tutelage of Chris and Jess was a dream come true. I would not have been able to take these photos before this trip, for not only was Chris and Jess showing us wonderful places, but they were showing us HOW to take photos as well. I certainly think I learnt a tremendous amount and my skills have blossomed." ~ Keith Friend (2010 Safari). Look at the photos he uploaded to the Tasmanian Tourism website!
Koalas, kangaroos, seals, dolphins, amazing birdlife, stunning iconic rock formations, mouthwatering seafood, world-class wine, caves, red rocks on white sandy beaches at sunset... Unbelievable - who knew that all the very best bits of Australia existed in one spectacular, compact little island!? We scoped-out the island in Oct 2012, meticulously pulling together the ultimate photography itinerary to now give 8 lucky guests an unparalleled opportunity not only to take incredible photos and enjoy a luxury escape in accommodation that has to be seen to be believed, but under the expert, friendly guidance of professional Australian Geographic photographers, develop your photography skills to a whole new level. As a registered travel agent, we offer the complete package - we'll fly you to the island (avoiding the seasickness of the car ferry the others use!), get you up in chartered helicopters, out on private boats to photograph & swim with dolphins, drive you to the secret photo places at the right time of day in our private mini bus, get you in underground caves before the regular tourists are allowed and even onto the sea lion beaches for perfect sunset lighting, after everyone else has had to go home! No one else offers a safari anything like this - it's one trip of a lifetime that you don't want to miss! READ MORE!!! >>
PHOTOGRAPH ONE OF NATURE'S GREAT EVENTS:(Max 8 ppl)
So many of our guests love our January 'Ultimate Africa' safari so much that by popular demand we've now put together a second amazing itinerary - getting 8 lucky guests right in position to photograph one of Nature's greatest spectacles - 'The Great Migration' in the world famous Masai Mara in September! Combining also the best bits of our 'Ultimate Africa' photo safari like 'Elephant Bedrooms', come and let Australian Geographic photographer and Canon Ambassador Chris Bray, along with partner Jess Taunton help you not only experience but photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event. We'll loan out 600mm lenses and guide you though it as you witness over a million wildebeest and zebras (shadowed by some of the biggest prides of lions and other predators in Africa) plunging in and swimming across rivers infested with the largest crocodiles on Earth. Then fly down low over it all in our chartered doors-off plane, experience the thrill of night-safaris with spotlights, relax in luxury accommodation right inside the parks where animals walk through, indulge yourself with gourmet food, and tick off all of 'The Big Five' (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) and so many more. You have to read this 2-week program to believe it! READ MORE!!! >>
Where do you think we should run photo safaris to?
Ideas we're thinking of include Borneo, or perhaps a week or two in the arctic for Polar Bears, Muskox etc? Dog sledding anyone? Please type in your destination ideas and click 'Send'. Thanks!
Why come on safari with us? Concerned About Travelling?
Travelling alone? Partner not into photography? Am I too amateur? Why come with us?
Over the years of running our safaris, we've listened to your initial concerns and have done our best to put you at ease. If you'd been on a photo safari with us before, you'd already know why you'd want to come back with us on another one, and our ridiculous repeat guest rate speaks for itself - we've had some people book on every single safari we offer, and we've had entire safaris sell-out solely with repeat customers. But if you're a newcomer, then lets be objective: We might not be the cheapest operator, but we pride ourselves on providing not only the best value, but the best experience. For example, for several of our safari destinations, while other photo tour operators will book you a spot on a busy scenic boat cruise for say an afternoon's activity, we'll privately charter the whole boat, relaxing the pace, giving you plenty of space, modifying the route specifically to visit photogenic locations, and only moving on when we've all got the shot - rather than you trying to snap some photos amongst other jostling, impatient tourists before the boat rushes ever on. We're an Aussie owned and run company, we give to Aussie charities, and unlike most other photographers who decide to take people on trips, we actually run our safaris legally and by the books - we're fully licensed as an Australian Travel Agent, fully insured, contribute to the Travel Compensation Fund, are audited to ensure we abide by best-practices including managing your funds properly in a trust account that we can't spend until after in case refunds were needed, and we obtain all the proper permits and commercial operator licences for the national parks we take you to etc. We keep our groups small and personal so there's plenty of time for relaxed one-on-one help, and no queues for the best locations. We have a perfect track record for actually running every safari we open, we have backup options for bad weather, highly trained assistants who not only know their stuff, but are friendly, approachable and always happy to help but not harass. Last but not least - and this is a crucial difference - we are solely there to help YOU take the best photos: Beware trips saying "join/shoot-beside our pro photographer as they travel to..." which is exactly what happens, you're basically funding their photo shoot while they take the best locations and photos. Ours is a very different philosophy, and one that we pride ourselves on. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE & READ REVIEWS >>>