Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009

E-mail: info@visionarywild.com    •    Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 5pm, EST).

Justin Black – Managing Director: 1-202-302-9030 • Email: justin@visionarywild.com

Sara Robb – Operations Assistant: sara@visionarywild.com

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Expedition December 4 - 11, 2016
Limit 6 spaces | $6,995* Register

Exotic Birds – Poison Dart Frogs –  Monkeys – Waterfalls – Wild Pacific Beach

All of this and more is to be found in one of the most biologically exciting places on Earth – Coast Rica's remote Osa Peninsula – and we'd like to share the best of it with you. Envision original primary rainforest rising up a low ridge from a pristine and entirely undeveloped Pacific beach, stretching as far as the eye can see. Native toucans, scarlet macaws, two- and three-toed sloths, and four species of New World monkeys cruise through the trees, while dramatic waterfalls roar in the jungle. Numerous species of visually striking frogs inhabit the area, including three species of colorful poison dart frogs, red-eyed tree frogs, masked tree frogs, and massive cane toads in their native habitat. Hundreds of exotic bird species abound. In addition to the toucans and macaws, long-tail hermit hummingbirds, elegant and violaceous trogons, blue-capped manakins, crested caracaras, ibis, various raptors and myriad other species are readily photographed. The forest itself is stunning, with old-growth trees and vegetation full of character and beautiful graphic designs just waiting to be discovered.

Leaders John Shaw and Justin Black will share their creative approaches to photographing rainforest fauna and flora, as well as the dramatic landscape. Hands-on in the field, we will cover long-lens and macro wildlife techniques, control of composition and light, fill-flash, control of focal plane and perspective with tilt-shift lenses, panoramic stitching, and other techniques that can be used to great effect in this amazing place.

Read Justin Black's article "Frogs of the Osa" in Outdoor Photographer magazine

Our base camp is El Remanso, a top-rated eco-lodge, which offers a uniquely rich and accessible environment to witness and explore the incredible flora and fauna of Central America's rainforests.  The owners are our personal friends, and the staff make guests feel like family. It’s a peaceful resort where it’s easy to let go of the hassles of travel logistics and fully immerse yourself in exploring and photographing the birds, waterfalls, monkeys and frogs, gorgeous old-growth trees, and the stunning Pacific beach.

The staff at El Remanso take great care of us – providing a delicious mix of international and local Tico cuisine, fresh tropical fruits, not to mention the superb margaritas, caipirinhas, and piña coladas – all on an inviting and spacious covered dining deck perched at the top of a canyon, at eye-level with the forest canopy.  We'll bring our long lenses to breakfast to photograph monkeys, macaws and toucans feeding in the trees.  The opportunities to explore don’t end with the setting sun. A stroll with our naturalist guides around El Remanso just after dark reveals all manner of nocturnal species.

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Vision January 9 - 13, 2017
1 of 10 spaces left | $4,395* Register

Refine your vision and harness the aesthetic potential of one of the world's harshest landscapes.


Yet another amazing week in nature with great professional photographers, and my brother. Death Valley revealed its real beauty for us and it was an inspirational time to improve my photo skills! –Scott S., 2016 Death Valley Vision Workshop participant


At first glance, the largest National Park in the Lower 48 appears to be nothing more than a stark and desolate wasteland, desiccated by sun and wind in the rain shadow of the High Sierra and the Panamint Range. Depite its reputation as a land of extremes – the driest place in the United States, the lowest elevation in North America, and the hottest place on Earth – the careful observer will find Death Valley to be a place of elegant and haunting beauty.

This outdoor classroom is a highlight of our Vision series, a special program of advanced instruction focusing on refining your personal creative vision, composition, digital workflow and image processing, designed and presented by renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw, with support by Visionary Wild's Justin Black. All three instructors have photographed Death Valley extensively and know its secrets well. We will photograph at a variety of locations in the park during our morning and evening field sessions, with emphasis on the dunes, salt formations, water courses, and sculpted designs in the canyons. At this time of year, the days are comfortable and the nights are cool, and the weather can bring anything from sunny bluebird skies to dramatic boiling storm clouds. Death Valley always serves up surprises, which is one reason we like to return time and time again. A great example was the blankets of golden and purple wildflowers that covered hills and valley floors during the workshops of 2015.

Packaged with single-occupancy lodging at Stovepipe Wells Hotel, located ideally near Mesquite Flat Dunes, and with all meals, snacks and beverages included, this is a superb workshop scenario. We hope you'll join us!

About Vision Workshops

The creation of a truly great finished photograph is part of a process from initial concept and vision through execution in the field to digital workflow and creation of a high-quality, final master file ready for printing or publication. Vision workshops with John Shaw and Jack Dykinga address the two greatest challenges faced by photographers as they advance. The first of these is the tendency for original creative vision to reach a plateau in development, and the second is a digital workflow in need of streamlining and refinement to make the most of your images.

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Vision January 16 - 20, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $4,395* Register

Refine your vision and harness the aesthetic potential of one of the world's harshest landscapes.


Yet another amazing week in nature with great professional photographers, and my brother. Death Valley revealed its real beauty for us and it was an inspirational time to improve my photo skills! –Scott S., 2016 Death Valley Vision Workshop participant


At first glance, the largest National Park in the Lower 48 appears to be nothing more than a stark and desolate wasteland, desiccated by sun and wind in the rain shadow of the High Sierra and the Panamint Range. Depite its reputation as a land of extremes – the driest place in the United States, the lowest elevation in North America, and the hottest place on Earth – the careful observer will find Death Valley to be a place of elegant and haunting beauty.

This outdoor classroom is a highlight of our Vision series, a special program of advanced instruction focusing on refining your personal creative vision, composition, digital workflow and image processing, designed and presented by renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw, with support by Visionary Wild's Justin Black. All three instructors have photographed Death Valley extensively and know its secrets well. We will photograph at a variety of locations in the park during our morning and evening field sessions, with emphasis on the dunes, salt formations, water courses, and sculpted designs in the canyons. At this time of year, the days are comfortable and the nights are cool, and the weather can bring anything from sunny bluebird skies to dramatic boiling storm clouds. Death Valley always serves up surprises, which is one reason we like to return time and time again. A great example was the blankets of golden and purple wildflowers that covered hills and valley floors during the workshops of 2015.

Packaged with single-occupancy lodging at Stovepipe Wells Hotel, located ideally near Mesquite Flat Dunes, and with all meals, snacks and beverages included, this is a superb workshop scenario. We hope you'll join us!

About Vision Workshops

The creation of a truly great finished photograph is part of a process from initial concept and vision through execution in the field to digital workflow and creation of a high-quality, final master file ready for printing or publication. Vision workshops with John Shaw and Jack Dykinga address the two greatest challenges faced by photographers as they advance. The first of these is the tendency for original creative vision to reach a plateau in development, and the second is a digital workflow in need of streamlining and refinement to make the most of your images.

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Expedition April 2 - 14, 2017
1 of 10 spaces left | $11,750* Register

This combination of workshop and expedition is a unique hit! The leaders knew the area, worked well together, imparted their knowledge with enthusiasm and congeniality to each participant and the local staff were professional and helped us as a group and individually at all times. The logistics and lodgings were excellent. An outstanding photographic experience! –S. Dater, 2015 Patagonia participant

Patagonia: the word is synonymous with awe-inspiring landscape, and Torres del Paine National Park is both its crown jewel and a microcosm of the most aesthetically appealing features of the region. This hybrid program – part expedition, part workshop, led by National Geographic photographer Michael Melford and Justin Black is designed to maximize opportunities to execute well-crafted and compelling photographs that capture the spirit of this incredible place. Participants will have ample time to get to know Torres del Paine during its colorful autumn splendor, and your photography there will benefit from the opportunity to revisit fruitful situations to apply lessons learned and to take advantage of changing weather and light. A full moon on April 11th– while we are at Lago Grey – could offer interesting possibilities for nocturnal landscape images. The goal is for each participant to come away from this trip with a strong body of work, a new body of knowledge, new friendships, rejuvenation, and priceless memories.

Torres del Paine National Park and Biosphere Reserve is the centerpiece of Patagonia – the ultimate distillation of the region's most inspiring qualities. It's one of those rare places that routinely exceeds the grandest dreams of even the most experienced photographers. Peaks and spires thrust abruptly upward above turquoise lakes, forcing moisture-laden winds off the ocean to form soaring lenticular clouds that catch the fiery sunrise and sunset alpenglow. Glaciers spill down from the Patagonian icecap, depositing cobalt blue icebergs on the shores of Lago Grey. Endemic lenga tree forests glow in hues of gold and copper in the southern autumn. Rivers tumble over cascading waterfalls as condors ride thermals on the flanks of the Cordillera del Paine mountains. Guanacos and foxes range over the golden pampas, and flamingoes wade the lagoons. At this time of year, the days are a manageable length with extended periods of dawn and dusk, and the sun never rises more than 35 degrees above the horizon. The quality of light is spectacular.

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Creative Core May 8 - 12, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $3,295* Register

 


Having attended many, many workshops over the years, I find that I have learned more with Visionary Wild workshops and am anxious to return to another. –Julia H., 2013 Oregon Coast Creative Core Workshop participant


 

Truly a photographer’s playground, the sublime, dramatic, and moody Pacific coast around Bandon, Oregon, will be our outdoor classroom for this landscape- and seascape-oriented photo workshop, presented by renowned photographers and workshops leaders Jack Dykinga and Justin Black.

Ever-changing light and the beautiful interplay of sun, waves, towering sea stacks, and wind-sculpted clouds mean that every day offers a different mood, even when we revisit our primary location, the sprawling Bandon Beach. Photography in May is perfect, as the low tides make for mesmerizing tide pools, wildflowers in peak bloom scatter along the coast, and the summer fog is only beginning to settle in. Just down a wooden stairway from our hotel, it's the perfect setting for a workshop focused on developing creativity, honing skills, and refining your personal vision. Jack and Justin will teach you to take control of the finer points of composition, exposure and tonal control, and specialized techniques for capturing this amazing coastal landscape.

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Creative Core May 15 - 19, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $3,295* Register

 


Having attended many, many workshops over the years, I find that I have learned more with Visionary Wild workshops and am anxious to return to another. –Julia H., 2013 Oregon Coast Creative Core Workshop participant


 

Truly a photographer’s playground, the sublime, dramatic, and moody Pacific coast around Bandon, Oregon, will be our outdoor classroom for this landscape- and seascape-oriented photo workshop, presented by renowned photographers and workshops leaders Jack Dykinga and Justin Black.

Ever-changing light and the beautiful interplay of sun, waves, towering sea stacks, and wind-sculpted clouds mean that every day offers a different mood, even when we revisit our primary location, the sprawling Bandon Beach. Photography in May is perfect, as the low tides make for mesmerizing tide pools, wildflowers in peak bloom scatter along the coast, and the summer fog is only beginning to settle in. Just down a wooden stairway from our hotel, it's the perfect setting for a workshop focused on developing creativity, honing skills, and refining your personal vision. Jack and Justin will teach you to take control of the finer points of composition, exposure and tonal control, and specialized techniques for capturing this amazing coastal landscape.

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Expedition May 17 - 30, 2017
1 of 7 spaces left | $15,500* Register

The land that time forgot...

After thirty-one visits to Papua New Guinea, photographer and filmmaker Michele Westmorland considers this exotic destination her second home. She invites you to experience this incredible photographic journey in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of Papua New Guinea, featuring the best accommodations available, a three-night luxury river boat cruise, and charter flight transfers between our various locations.

On her first visit to Papua New Guinea in 1991, Westmorland was immediately hooked:

"I was completely taken by the beauty and diversity of the underwater world," she says. "It was on my third or fourth trip that I raised my head above the water and realized how diverse the landscape and the people are."

PNG is home to the most linguistically diverse population on Earth with over 800 different languages spoken in a country with a population of over 7 million people. It is a land of traditional cultures living a subsistence hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and small villages and small-scale farming are the norm. The colorful wigmen of the Huli Tribe of the Southern Highlands and Hela Province use multi-colored clays, feathers, and flowers for traditional body decoration. Birds of Paradise grace the forests with their dramatic color and form.

In contrast the young men of the Sepik region, formerly the home of a head-hunting culture, undergo painful decorative scarring on their backs. Life in the Sepik area revolves around the river, with men paddling narrow dugout canoes full of goods for trade, women fishing or making sago, and children joyfully swinging from trees to splash down in the river. Crocodiles are the manifestation of the local river spirits. The Sepik is a gallery of tribal art – each village boasts a unique style and every villager is an artisan.

Through the song, dance, and pageantry of "sing-sings," proud local people showcase their traditional customs and artistry. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to photograph the various cultures of PNG together in an array of color and passion.

Cape Nelson in Oro Province of PNG is full of mystery as we approach from the air.   The short one-hour flight from Port Moresby reveals the green fingers of land stretched out into the turquoise waters of the Solomon Sea.  Arriving in the morning, we will settle into our charming accommodations and prepare for the next 3 days of a rich cultural experience in a stunning coastal environment. Our group will experience the beauty of the fjord areas by traditional canoe allowing for exceptional photography, or a bit of video, as exotic birds swoop overhead.  Hornbills, parrots and cockatoos are common in this area.

Our village hosts will not only share their daily lives with our group of photographers, but prepare for another sing-sing where we will capture the extensive body décor that reveals the sense of pride these warm and friendly people have in their tradition.  In addition to the dance, there will be demonstrations of facial tattooing, fire making and preparation of sago, a staple food source that comes from the pulp of a endemic palm. Other activities will include a trip to waterfalls or hikes with vistas overlooking the fjord areas.

Group size is limited to seven participants, led by Michele and local guides. Michele will be very accessible and generous with her time for all participants. She will provide personalized photographic instruction in the field, and will address post processing tools and techniques, including black & white conversion. We look forward to sharing this off-the-beaten-path cultural documentary journey with you!

PACKAGE
This trip is packaged by default as single-occupancy (guests who prefer to share double-occupancy accommodation save $1,100 each), and includes all accommodations, a three-night luxury river cruise aboard Sepik Spirit, all meals, beverages (including beer or wine with dinner), air and ground transfers (including six internal charter flights), excursions, special performances and cultural photo-ops, and of course expert photographic instruction and guiding throughout by Michele Westmorland.

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Creative Core May 29 - June 2, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $4,250* Register

Colossal redwoods thrust upward into the coastal fog. The pink blooms of wild rhododendrons take on a translucent glow against the dark greens of the forest. Dramatic seastacks and driftwood accent the wild Pacific coast. One of the world's most creativity-inspiring and evocative landscapes – Northern California's Redwood Coast – will be our outdoor classroom for this photo workshop, presented by photographers Jack Dykinga and Carr Clifton. This place is truly a photographer's playground, rich with diverse photographic opportunities and a dynamic interplay of sun and fog. It's the perfect setting for a fun, upbeat, and supportive workshop focused on developing creativity and honing skills. Participants will learn to take control of the finer points of composition, exposure and tonal control, and specialized techniques for approaching this sublime coastal landscape.

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Expedition July 6 - 22, 2017
0 of 6 spaces left | $13,995* Waitlist

When I tell folks that my wife Lena is from Kyrgyzstan, the response is usually, "She's from Kurdistan?!?" or alternatively, "What? Where is that?" This little-known Silk Road country is, however, home to an immensely hospitable culture and some of the most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes on the planet. This overland adventure, following a route we scouted in July 2015 from the idyllic alpine lake of Song Kul to the glacier-borne basecamp beneath mighty Khan Tengri – one of the world's most beautiful peaks rising to 23,000ft. – represents what Lena and I consider the finest of the Kyrgyz mountain landscape. We have fallen in love with Kyrgyzstan, and look forward to sharing this wonderful corner of the planet with you! –Justin Black

For lovers of wild mountain landscapes, Kyrgyzstan is among the most underrated travel destinations on Earth. The Tien Shan mountains rise higher and wilder than the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Alps, or Andes, and peaks below 16,000-feet in elevation are barely considered worthy of a name. Along the Chinese border, the Kakshaal-Too range soars to truly Himalayan heights, on the world's most northerly summits over 7,000 meters: Khan Tengri and Jengish Chokusu (known in the Soviet era as Pik Pobeda). The landscape beneath the peaks is sublime: glacier-carved gorges, slopes covered in alpine wildflowers, raging rivers, spruce and fir forests, and high pastures, or "jailoo," where semi-nomadic Kyrgyz graze small herds of horses, yaks, sheep, and cattle during the short summer.

The sheer scale and beauty of this landscape is phenomenal, but what is almost unimaginable is the fact that it is largely off the tourist radar. Kyrgyzstan is an emerging democracy, commonly referred to as the "Switzerland of Central Asia," but even that compliment isn't fair, as it neglects to recognize the nation's unique qualities. A former Soviet republic with a struggling economy, Kyrgyzstan has been spared excessive development, so what it lacks in infrastructure is made up for with glorious wild nature. The Kyrgyz people are a Turkic nomad culture that boast the longest history of all currently extant groups in Central Asia. Over the last fifteen centuries, their language and culture have survived the Uyghurs, the Chinese, the Mongols, various Khanates, the Russians, the Soviet era, and the challenges of building a viable independent nation.

Our adventure begins in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, where participants will be met at the airport and driven to the Golden Tulip Hotel, offering thoroughly modern and excellent accommodations in the city center. There, we will welcome you to our introductory orientation and first dinner as a group. Early the next morning, we load up into our four-wheel drive Toyota caravan, comprising three highly capable and comfortable Landcruisers to carry our six guests, Visionary Wild photo leaders Justin Black and Jerry Dodrill, as well as our team's Kyrgyzstan native and Russian-language interpreter, Lena Black, Visionary Wild Director of Operations. Two additional 4WD support vehicles will carry gear, provisions, and camp staff. From there, we set off on our spectacular route through the Tien Shan mountains.

Our itinerary is designed to take advantage of prime light on the landscape morning and evening each day. After dark, clean air and virtual absence of light pollution provide a superb opportunity for nighttime landscapes including the Milky Way. We will also enjoy excellent opportunities for photography of the Kyrgyz people themselves, along the way, at our yurt camps, and at the sprawling and colorful Osh Market in Bishkek. This will be a highly productive and immensely fun photographic adventure that you'll never forget.

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Expedition July 7 - 16, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $12,500* Register

 

Join arctic explorer Chris Linder and Cornell Lab of Ornithology photographer Gerrit Vyn for this unique photographic experience during prime puffin chick-rearing season on a diligently customized route around northwest Iceland.

Iceland’s steep, rocky coastline explodes with life in the summer months. Atlantic puffins, black guillemots, northern fulmars, and kittiwakes all raise their chicks here before returning to a life at sea.  Our primary subject will be the colorful, charismatic Atlantic puffin, and we will be visiting some of the best locations for puffin photography in the world. In addition to Iceland’s cliff-dwelling seabirds, we will also spend time looking for tundra breeding birds including red-throated loons, tufted duck, black-tailed godwit, whimbrel, European golden plover, red-necked phalarope, and redshank.

Renowned bird photographers Chris Linder and Gerrit Vyn will lead this nine-night photo workshop for ten participants, which will be focused on the remote Westfjords region of Iceland. Chris is a repeat visitor to Iceland, making his familiarity with the best photography locations, timing for optimal light, and personal contacts there a great benefit for the expedition. He is the 2015 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards winner for the birds category and recently completed an assignment on climate change impacts on Icelandic puffin populations. Gerrit's 2016 photography book, The Living Bird, was a New York Times Bestseller and he continues to travel around the world to document wildlife and conservation stories. He is well-experienced in creating powerful photography, particularly showcasing birds as they can show affects from climate change and environmental challenges.

The itinerary has been carefully crafted based on numerous assignments to photograph Iceland’s puffins with Icelandic bird researchers, and includes some unique locations you won’t find on any other Icelandic photography tour.  The expedition was developed with the focus of puffin chick-rearing in mind; mid-July is the best time to capture images of puffins bringing bill-fulls of spaghetti-like sand eels back to their burrows.

Our small group will travel in comfort in a specially customized bus with room for everyone to have a window seat, complete with Wi-Fi and numerous power outlets to enable us to edit our images while we're on the road. When traveling to the next location, we will take advantage of photogenic opportunities of the Icelandic landscape. Chris and Gerrit scheduled exceptional locations for more instruction inland, such as tiered waterfalls, and will look out for serendipitous moments as the bus rolls onward.

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Expedition August 12 - 19, 2017
0 of 8 spaces left | $6,295* Waitlist

Renowned landscape photographer Charles Cramer and Visionary Wild's Justin Black have teamed up to lead a small group to the dramatic granite spires, alpine lakes, and meadows in Wyoming's Wind River Range. "The Winds" are the most alpine range in the northern Rockies, with soaring granite peaks reminiscent in many ways of the High Sierra Nevada but less well known and more lightly visited. The alpine wildflowers in the meadows and nearby lakes and streams offer excellent foregrounds for photographing the east-facing Cirque of the Towers and other nearby peaks, which catch spectacular alpenglow at sunrise.

This is one of North America's great mountain wildernesses, but don't take our word for it. Following a summer 1999 horse pack trip into the Winds, internationally acclaimed mountain photographer Galen Rowell wrote the following in his April 2000 column for Outdoor Photographer magazine:

"The Wind River Range is my favorite in the Rockies. Warm, relatively dry summers create a paradise for backpackers, climbers, and photographers. Hundreds of peaks rise over 12,000 feet above glaciers and snows that last late into summer. Melt waters cascade into alpine basins filled with meadows, open pine forest, and countless lakes before joining into rivers separated by the Continental Divide."

Charles Cramer and Justin Black will lead photography outings morning and evening, and whenever else the light and weather conditions offer compelling opportunities. Night photography of the high-elevation starry skies can be amazing too. Options for midday activities will include scouting hikes, talking photography, relaxing around camp, reading, napping, fishing, lake swimming, etc. Beyond the phenomenal landscape and wildlife photography opportunities, these pack trips provide an excellent shared experience with other passionate photographers, enjoying fireside stories and camping under the stars.

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Expedition August 18 - September 1, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $10,995* Register

 

Join master photographers Carr Clifton and Jerry Dodrill in rafting through the stunning landscape of the world's largest contiguous protected wilderness, complete with a helicopter portage for an aerial view of treacherous Class VI whitewater in Turn Back Canyon. Starting in Yukon Territory, Canada and ending at the estuary of the Alsek River in Alaska, raft through the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, bordered by Kluane National Park and Reserve, Glacier Bay National Park, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

The alpine splendor and wildlife of the tundra and lakes will make for a very rewarding excursion for the passionate photographer. Expect to see bald eagles and other birds, such as semi-palmated plovers, spotted sandpipers, northern phalaropes, American pipits, and more. Other possible sightings of wildlife include grizzly bear, moose, mountain goat, beaver, wolf, muskrat, wolverine, mink, weasel, snowshoe rabbit, hoary marmot, and Alaska red fox. In addition to visits from the northern wildlife that co-habitat around the Alsek River, enjoy a landscape filled with natural wonder where untouched snow, scattered icebergs, and glacier activity captivate our inner curiosities to see such unspoiled and precious scenery.

From the nights of August 20 to 30, our group will make camp along the river each night. Enjoy delicious meals and tales of the river around a crackling riverside campfire beneath the stars, or even the Northern Lights if we're lucky. We provide spacious tents with ample vestibule room for your gear. Guides will show you how to set up tents the first night camping in order for you to set up your own tent throughout the trip with assistance from the guides.

Each 18-foot, self-bailing raft seats five people total with one guide at the oars providing expert leadership and familiarity with the river and region. Instructors Carr and Jerry will rotate among the rafts to guarantee that they are available to everyone. Paddling is not necessary as navigation from the guides is sufficient in floating on course down the Alsek River.

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Expedition August 22 - September 9, 2017
Limit 5 spaces | $16,750* Register

"This was the experience of a lifetime. Visionary Wild provided a terrific photo safari. The educational value of this workshop was unparalleled, and I have participated in many workshops." –African Vision Safari Participant

Join expert African wildlife photographers Johan Greyling, Elana Erasmus, and Wenzel Kotze for this superlative African safari experience for a small group of five, designed to exceed a passionate photographer's wildest dreams. We will visit Africa's very finest wildlife destinations at an ideal time of year: Masai Mara, Kenya during the Great Migration, and Chobe River, Botswana, with mammals and birds concentrated along the river by the dry season.

• Includes loan of big telephotos – 600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 – so you don't have to travel with them. Full-frame Nikon DSLR bodies available for free loan too!

• Unique custom photo safari vehicles, the best photographer's set-up in the business, both on the land and on the water, complete with photographer's chairs featuring fully adjustable 360-degree revolving Wimberley camera mounts. This makes it a breeze to work with big lenses  and capture fleeting moments of dynamic wildlife behavior.

• Excellent accommodations, perfectly positioned at Chobe River Lodge and &Beyond's Kichwa Tembo luxury tented camp in the Mara Triangle.

At Chobe, animals congregate along the river in the dry season to drink and feed on the lush greenery on the banks and flood plain. In addition to Chobe’s population of over 50,000 Kalahari elephants, opportunities include hippos (with young at this time of year), Nile crocs, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, giraffes, fish eagles, lions, hyenas, baboons, and countless bird species. Johan Greyling and Elana Erasmus will lead inspiring photography instruction at Chobe. Johan has successfully led numerous photo safaris on the Chobe River, and is a talented teacher of wildlife photography. He receives high praise for his image editing and classroom critiques as well. Elana is also a highly experienced professional wildlife photographer experienced in navigating the Chobe River and using photography as a tool to tell a story.

Masai Mara is famous for its migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and Thompson's gazelles, accompanied by an abundance of lion, cheetah, leopard, and other African species. Wenzel Kotze will lead photography instruction at Masai Mara. He is a highly experienced and energetic safari leader and wildlife photographer who is eager to share how to best anticipate animal behavior, timing, and camera handling skills that empower you to capture successful "decisive moment" wildlife images.

At both locations we have arranged use of new photo safari vehicles with innovative custom features that deliver an ideal photographic experience. The heavily customized and air-conditioned 4WD IVECO vehicle we will use at Masai Mara features wide pop-up window panels for a broad unobstructed field of view for each photographer, and the vehicle seals up tight to keep out dust, rain, and heat.  Both the IVECO and our custom-built photo boat at Chobe comfortably accommodate our whole group. Both on land and on the water, each photographer will have his or her own rotating photographer's chair with fully adjustable revolving Wimberley-equiped telephoto lens mount.

This package is designed to deliver a superb overall experience, and includes first-rate lodging, all meals, beverages (including fine wine and beer at dinners), expert guides, photographic instruction, loaner Nikon telephotos and cameras, park entry fees, ground transfers, and in-Africa flights during the itinerary.

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Expedition August 22 - 31, 2017
Limit 6 spaces | $7,250* Register

"Photographing from the river in a boat set up for photographers was a novel and great way to experience wildlife up close and take good pictures." -J. Allen, 2016 Chobe River Safari participant

"Chobe River is a wonderful wildlife experience, and the Visionary Wild trip gave us an insight into professional wildlife photography and how to approach it which was second to none. I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to improve their wildlife camera technique and photography in general." -A. Firkin, 2016 Chobe River Safari participant

Set in one of Africa's finest wildlife destinations at an ideal time of year for the dry season, this safari focuses on the incredible biodiversity accessible via the Chobe River's various channels, islands, and wetlands, where animals congregate along the river in the dry season to drink and feed on the lush greenery on the banks and flood plain. In addition to Chobe’s population of over 50,000 Kalahari elephants, opportunities include hippos (with young at this time of year), Nile crocodiles, leopards, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, giraffes, fish eagles, lions, hyenas, baboons, and countless bird species. In fact, this safari is a bird photographer's dream, featuring the tiny and colorful Malachite Kingfisher, the largest heron in the world – the Goliath, several species of Bee-Eater, African Jacanas, and an endless array of water birds.  The concentrated displays of mammalian wildlife behavior, from battling hippos to leopards drinking at water's edge and herds of elephants looming overhead on the riverbank, ensure you will capture peak moments of exceptional behavior. The quality of light in morning and evening is wonderful on the Chobe, as the wide, open floodplain enables low-angle light at sunrise and sunset to skim over the water and bathe the animals in golden illumination.

Join photographers Johan Greyling and Elana Erasmus for this safari experience full of a variety of wildlife. Johan Greyling successfully lead our previous expedition to the Chobe River. He is a talented teacher of wildlife photography and receives high praise for his editing and classroom critiques. Elena Erasmus is also a passionate wildlife photographer experienced in navigating the Chobe River and using photography as a tool to tell a story.

Group size is limited to six participants per photo boat, each guided by one of the instructors. This expedition will co-operate with the African Vision expedition, which includes photo safaris at the Chobe River and Masai Mara, Kenya. Participants of both this expedition and the African Vision expedition will be able to meet each other and share the experience together at the Chobe River.

This package is designed to deliver a superb overall experience, and includes first-rate lodging, all meals, beverages (including fine wine and beer at dinners), expert guides, photographic instruction, loaner Nikon telephotos and cameras, park entry fees, ground transfers, and in-Africa flights during the itinerary. Additionally:

• Includes loan of big telephotos – 600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 – so you don't have to travel with them. Full-frame Nikon DSLR bodies available for free loan too!

• The best photo safari vehicle set-up in the business, both on the land and on the water, complete with photographer's chairs featuring fully adjustable 360-degree revolving Wimberley camera mounts. This makes it a breeze to work with big lenses and photograph dynamic wildlife behavior.

We have arranged use of these custom-build photo boats with innovative custom features that deliver an ideal photographic experience. Each photographer will have his or her own rotating photographer's chair with fully adjustable revolving Wimberley-equiped telephoto lens mount.  Included at no additional cost is loan of Nikon super-telephoto lenses (600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4) and pro camera bodies, so there is no need to carry big glass to Africa.

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Expedition September 8 - 19, 2017
Limit 8 spaces | $15,495* Register

I traveled with Visionary Wild to Iceland in 2014.  From the time I walked out of the airport, everything was handled for me.  That includes travel to/from the airport, meals, lodging, all travel within Iceland.  Justin Black made sure everyone was made to feel welcome, wanted and comfortable.  He arranged a group dinner for those of us who had arrived a day early which I feel was above and beyond his obligation to us.  Every step of the trip was well planned.  The instructors were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.  Visionary Wild puts a tremendous amount of planning into each and every detail.  I highly recommend traveling with them. -E. Ciraolo

 

You may think you know Iceland...

You’ve made a trip there, maybe two, and seen the standard sights from the Ring Road.  You’ve lined your tripod up next to the others on the beach at Jökulsárlón, and waited for tourists snapping selfies to get out from behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss.  But there is so much more to Iceland than what you see from the Ring Road on the typical tour.  The largest wilderness area in Europe lies in the middle of the country—the vast area called “The Highlands," where, according to Icelandic legend, outlaws and evil spirits once roamed.  This workshop is intended for those who want to get off the beaten track—literally and figuratively—to make truly unique photographs.  Getting into Iceland’s rugged Highlands is a challenge in itself.  There are no paved roads or bridges over the rivers.  To find your way through this wilderness, a competent 4WD vehicle and experience is required.

Chris Linder and Justin Black will lead this eleven-night photo expedition limited to eight participants.  The itinerary has been carefully crafted based on Chris and Justin's numerous prior assignments and explorations in Iceland, and includes incredible locations that can be accessed only be 4WD vehicle. Chris and Justin's extensive knowledge of the Icelandic landscape and environment makes them the perfect fit for getting to the best locations for prime photographic opportunities. Our small group will travel in comfort in four snorkeled Land Rover "Superjeeps," each driven by an experienced Icelandic mountain guide.  Every participant will have a window seat, lots of elbow room in the vehicles, and ample space for their equipment.  Our guides will set up camp each night in locations that make dawn and dusk shoots very convenient.  All camping gear will be provided.

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Expedition October 3 - 25, 2017
Limit 10 spaces | $15,695* Register

Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island where over 80% of animal and plant species are found nowhere else on Earth, encourages exploration and rewards curiosity. Truly one-of-a-kind, Madagascar features tremendous diversity of landscape and ecology – from rainforest to sandstone canyons, limestone karats to forested mountains – and offers the wildlife photographer exceptional opportunities to document unique animal behavior. Encounter lemurs (there are seventy species) that practice communal parenting and labor, and the extraordinarily vibrant colors of the panther chameleon. Join us for a photography and travel experience that does not exist anywhere else!

The itinerary below reveals more information about what parks and reserves are included, and what wildlife can be seen at each location. Scientists continue to discover new species of mammals and reptiles every year. The threat of ecological damage caused by humans in significant, however; visiting this bizarrely beautiful island to witness and experience its current natural wonder is certainly a trip we would recommend to put at the top of every wildlife photographer's bucket list.

We are very pleased that Roy Toft and Morgan Heim will be leading this workshop. Roy is a highly talented, caring, and generous teacher, who leads several small group photo tours and work­shops each year, for photographers of all levels to destinations around the globe. With a background in wildlife and conservation biology, he is adept at helping others capture images of animals in the wild that that convey a sense of the animal’s character and spirit. A Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Roy is widely recognized as one of the leading wildlife photographers working today, published regularly in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and other notable publications. He is also a natural "campfire comedian," keeping everyone in stitches, and an excellent host.

Morgan Heim is also a gifted professional photographer with a background in zoology and environmental journalism. She is a photojournalist and filmmaker dedicated to sharing the stories of wildlife and wild places. She views her photography as her tool to be a catalyst in conservation movements, and enjoys helping others to grow and develop their photographic talents beyond what they believed possible. Morgan also happens to be one of the most kind and conscientious people we know.

This 22-night package is designed to deliver a superb overall experience, and includes first-rate lodging, all meals, beverages (including fine wine and beer at dinners), expert guides, photographic instruction, park entry fees, ground transfers, and four flights within Madagascar during the itinerary.

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