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Expedition March 28 - April 6, 2018
2 of 6 spaces left | $12,945* Register

Photograph pumas every day,

with expert guides, beneath the mountains of Patagonia's

Torres del Paine N.P., on this all-inclusive expedition.

Pumas can easily spy on nearby activity without being noticed. From hiding in tall grasses or lounging about shadows among rocky cliffs, they often spot us before we spot them. Pumas are surprisingly secretive big cats, adapting to more hostile environments where the other felines do not bother to live. How do photographers get close-up to the action and experience the lives of pumas in their territory?

Join Roy Toft on a huge private ranch, directly adjacent to Torres del Paine National Park, where these wild pumas roam free and our talented local guides track these apex predators through this landscape of rolling hills beneath the Paine mountains, otherwise known as "Pumaland."

In partnership with SouthWild, our Puma spotters and guides are top notch. We will see and photograph many of these amazing cats at reasonable distances. Please watch the video below for a first-hand glimpse of visiting Pumaland:

SouthWild Pumas on Vimeo.

Before the expedition ends, we are including a special day to visit the private “Cerro Palomares” Condor Roost Cliff where Andean Condors fly. From convenient perches, we will photograph scores of “below-horizon fly-bys” of Andean Condors, the world’s heaviest flying creature. The roost cliff normally has 60-90 Andean Condors on it in the late afternoon as they fly back and forth below the horizon, offering the world’s most spectacular photo opportunities for this impressive bird.

Throughout the itinerary, we expect to walk a total of about 3-6 miles each day, split between two field sessions. There are also some hills which we will need to hike around at each person's own pace; for a more pleasant photographic experience, we do recommend that you are fit enough to hike with gear, including tripods and long telephotos. Porters are available to assist with carrying equipment; please inquire for further details. Though we may sometimes see pumas from our vehicles, venturing out on foot yields the best opportunities.

Although we consider this expedition to be one of our more strenuous ones, you can expect to have extremely comfortable hotel nights to prepare you for more activity in the days ahead. At Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas, we will stay in sea view rooms of this highly-rated, modern hotel. All rooms boast deep soaking tubs, free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and luxurious bedding. At Hotel Las Torres near Pumaland, we will stay at their Ciprés rooms, which are newly renovated, spacious, with large windows to enjoy the scenery. Each one has been decorated with special elements of the area, such as looms and ethnic masks with furniture made by artisans from Patagonia.

Outside of the park borders, we are able to seek out and respectfully approach the Pumas, without the hinderance of recent National Park restrictions regarding walking off trail. Follow in the path of these powerful animals and capture their incredible behavior on camera.



March 28 – Arrival day in Punta Arenas: Land at Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), where our representative meets you and takes you to your hotel. Overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Cabo de Hornos. (D)

March 29 – Leave Punta Arenas for Pumaland: After breakfast, your guide will be meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Torres del Paine, arriving via Refugio Laguna Amarga. The Puma search begins in the afternoon; join the trackers who will have been out from pre-dawn looking for Pumas for you. Overnight at Hotel Las Torres.  (B, L, D)

March 30-April 4 – Pumas: Spend several hours each day searching for and tracking pumas in Pumaland.  We will have breakfast before the morning session, lunch between sessions and then dinner after the late afternoon pumas tracking session. Overnight at Hotel Las Torres.  (B, L, D)

April 5 – Condors and return to Puntas Arenas: After breakfast, we will drive for approximately four hours south to an exciting new location: the “Cerro Palomares” Condor Roost Cliff at the private, 20,000-acre “Estancia Olga Teresa” Ranch. At dusk we will drive approximately one hour back to Punta Arenas for our farewell dinner.  Overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Cabo de Hornos. (B, L, D)

April 6 – Departure day: Wake up for breakfast at the hotel, and then our driver will be transfer you to the airport. Check out of the hotel is at noon. (B)


  • VISA: No visa is required for stays less than 90 days.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: We always strongly recommend arranging travel insurance. is excellent.
  • FLIGHTS: No flights are included. Please contact us if you would like recommendations regarding flights to and from Punta Arenas, Chile (airport code: PUQ)
  • GRATUITIES: Baseline tips are included. Our local guides, driver, and lodging staff work very hard to make our experience in Chile be the best it can be, and Visionary Wild budgets for a healthy group tip in recognition of their services. Guests are encouraged to tip additionally if they would like to recognize exceptional service.
  • CAMERA EQUIPMENT: Participants will carry their camera body and lens; a tripod is optional. Porters are available to assist with carrying equipment; please inquire for further details.

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Expedition April 1 - 13, 2018
2 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 acclaimed fine art photography instructor Eddie Soloway and Justin Black of Visionary Wild 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. Assuming the weather cooperates, moonless nights during our itinerary will mean excellent opportunities to incorporate the Milky Way in nocturnal landscapes. 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.

Our trip begins in Santiago, Chile, where we will meet participants at the airport and transfer to The Aubrey, a splendidly remodeled historic boutique hotel in the colorful and photogenic Bellavista district of Santiago, next to the Park Metropolitano and Cerro San Cristobal. We'll all gather there and go out as a group for a welcome dinner to get to know everyone. The next day features a guided photo walk through highlights of the historic city center, with lunch featuring superb local seafood at our favorite restaurant in the Mercado Central. The next morning, we'll catch a flight to Punta Arenas, our jumping off point in Patagonia. There we will be joined by our local guide team, good friends regarded as some of the very best local guides in Chilean Patagonia. We proceed to Torres del Paine National Park (with lunch at a restaurant along the way) where we'll check into Hotel Las Torres, the first of three excellent lodges in the park that will serve as our base camps for the next nine days and nights – the others are the spectacularly located Hostería Pehoe, and recently upgraded Hotel Lago Grey.

Eddie Soloway and Justin Black will lead the small group on field sessions adapted to make the most of the prevailing conditions each day. Emphasis will be on photography and hands-on mentoring in the field. We'll photograph when the conditions are good, and we'll gather in the lodge for presentations on light, composition, visualization, technique, and digital workflow at times when light or weather aren't as conducive for photography (during harsh mid-day light, if a rain storm passes through, etc.). We will also hold constructive critiques of participant photographs, and then head back out into the field to apply what we've learned.

Excursions will include a trip by ferry to visit Glacier Grey and, via our comfortable group vehicles, spectacular locations around the park that we have scouted in detail on prior visits. Some locations involve short hikes, but nothing particularly strenuous.

After dusk each day, we will gather for a nice dinner and some good Chilean wine. Then it's off to bed to rest, as most mornings we'll be out around 6:00am to take advantage of the incredible pre-dawn light. Breakfasts and lunches will be handled in relation to our photographic activities, served either at our lodges or in the field as a gourmet picnic.

Included in the program:

  • Photographic instruction throughout by Eddie Soloway and Justin Black, a highly effective instructor team with several previous Torres del Paine visits under their belts
  • Top local guide, plus support by a first-rate team of assistant guides and drivers
  • Flights: Santiago – Punta Arenas – Santiago
  • Ground transportation and transfers
  • Twelve nights lodging (package is priced as single-occupancy; double-occ available at pro-rated fee)
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages (including beer, wine, cocktails with dinner)

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Expedition May 16 - 29, 2018
2 of 7 spaces left | $14,400* Register

The land that time forgot...

After thirty-two 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 just 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!

This trip is packaged by default as double-occupancy (single-occupancy option also available for registration), 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.


May 16

Upon arrival at Jacksons International Airport (POM) in Port Moresby from your international flight, you will be met and transferred to our group hotel for our initial meeting and orientation, followed by a festive group dinner. Our accommodation for the night, the Airwarys Hotel, is located by the airport. We will stay in the modern, luxurious Dakota Suites of this award-winning hotel.

Overnight: Airways Hotel (--D)

May 17

Morning excursion and then transfer to our Air Niugini flight from Port Moresby to Mt. Hagen. Meet/Greet and transfer to Highlander Hotel, nestled among tropical gardens and with very comfortable and elegant rooms.

Overnight: Highlander Hotel (B,L,D)

May 18

Today, a full day is spent at the Tumbuna singsing - witness traditional dances, interact with Stone Age cultures and hear stories about "Taim bilong Tumbuna" (time of the ancestors). Tumbuna is the Tok Pisin (the lingua franca of Papua New Guinea) word for ancestors. Picnic lunch will be provided at the show grounds.

Overnight: Highlander Hotel (B,L,D)

May 19

Transfer from your Hotel to Kagamuga Airport for your charter flight to Karawari.  Meet/Greet and transfer from Karawari Airstrip to the comfort of the Sepik Spirit. Inspired by the local architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. Proceed with lunch then begin your voyage of discovery to local villages. The time aboard the Sepik Spirit will make for a very scenic trip down the Karawari River, passing thick forests and villagers paddling canoes. Our group will be the only guests of the Sepik Spirit during our stay.

Overnight: Sepik Spirit (B,L,D)

May 20-21

Enjoy two full days tour to the remote Black Water Lakes. You will visit villages where the people are prolific carvers. Here you will find many tradition handicrafts such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

Overnight: Sepik Spirit (B,L,D)

May 22

Transfer from Sepik Spirit to Karawari Lodge sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River. The remote Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.  Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, the lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, Karawari Lodge nevertheless provides modern comforts.  It is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river, and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country – locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. You'll feel like a participant in a classic National Geographic expedition: no roads, thick jungle, locals poling dugouts, and crocodiles.

A day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks.  Village life, including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced.  Photograph bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes.  Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

Overnight: Karawari Lodge (B,L,D)

May 23

Transfer from Karawari Lodge to Karawari Airstrip for your charter flight to Tari/Ambua Lodge.  The Tari Valley - home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers.

Afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise.

Overnight: Ambua Lodge (B,L,D)

May 24

Enjoy full day of cultural touring. In contrast to the Sepik people whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, these Highland people employ as their art, body decoration, face painting and human hair wigs decorated with feathers, flowers and moss.  The Huli culture is the most vibrant intact and colourful to be experienced anywhere.

Overnight: Ambua Lodge (B,L,D)

May 25

In the morning, transfer from Ambua Lodge to Tari Airstrip of your domestic Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby. Once at Port Moresby, the group will take a second flight to arrive in the afternoon at Tufi Resort on Cape Nelson. Afternoon activity, depending on time of arrival at the Resort, could be a brief photography session or a look at post-production of selected images.

Overnight: Tufi Resort (B,L,D)

May 26-27

Daily excursions exploring the overwhelming opportunities presented by the local ecology, landscape, and cultures. Tours will include McLaren Harbour, Orotoaba Village, and a fjord cruise.

Overnight: Tufi Resort (B,L,D)

May 28

Morning transfer to airport for flight back to Port Moresby. An afternoon activity will be scheduled as well as a farewell dinner before retiring to the Dakota Suites of the Airways Hotel.

Overnight: Airways Hotel (B,L,D)

May 29

Transfer to airport for flights home. (B--)


  • VISA: To enter PNG, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of intended travel, an onward/return airline ticket, and proof of sufficient funds (the latter can be a credit card, or simply a statement that you are participating in a pre-paid package holiday). You may obtain a tourist visa (valid for stays of up to 60 days, with extensions available for an additional 30 days) upon arrival at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: All participants are expected to obtain travel insurance for this expedition; has excellent options for purchasing travel insurance.
  • FLIGHTS: Six flights within PNG are included. Please contact us if you would like recommendations regarding international flights to and from Jacksons International Airport (airport code: POM).
  • GRATUITIES: Baseline tips are included. Our local guides and lodging staff work very hard to make our experience in PNG be the best it can be, and Visionary Wild budgets for a healthy group tip in recognition of their services. Please refrain from providing any tips to any individuals throughout the expedition.

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Expedition June 5 - 21, 2018
Limit 6 spaces | $16,500* Register

“What an incredible experience! Beautifully orchestrated and managed, and exceptional guides and support staff. Choices of lodging and destinations very commendable. I have to say, the Trident, Imperial, Brijrama Palace, and Chamba Camp Diskit were all significant experiences in life, and the birthday celebration has to rank at the top of the list for birthdays. Thanks! The whole trip was seamless, good job!” –T. Hanagan, 2017 Varanasi & Ladakh participant

We invite you to join us for this photographic adventure, limited to only six guests, to two of India’s most visually rich spiritual centers, the ancient Hindu city of Varanasi on the Ganges River, and the Tibetan Buddhist sanctuary region of Ladakh in the Himalaya. The opportunities and experiences on this itinerary make the most of an incredible array of colorful cultural and majestic landscape elements, both urban and natural.

Day 1, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Arrive Delhi: Our trip begins with your arrival and airport pickup in Delhi, where-upon you will be transferred to our splendid accommodations at the Imperial Hotel. There you will meet your trip leaders, Justin Black and Jassi Oberai, and get to know your six fellow photographers over a fine dinner.

Days 2 to 4,  June 6-8 – Varanasi: The next morning, we fly to Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River, the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism, founded (according to legend) by the god Shiva himself.  A major pilgrimage destination, Varanasi is a photographer's dream, an endless frenetic swirl of color and activity, with a steady stream of pilgrims visiting the ghats (stepped and terraced embankment leading down to the river). Transferring by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van from the airport to the edge of the city center, we will travel the final two miles by boat on the Ganges itself, passing the spectacle of the ghats, temples, palaces, open-air crematoria, and pilgrims bathing in the river, before arriving at the luxurious and historic Brijrama Palace, our accommodation for the next three nights, at the center of all the action in Varanasi. Our photography in Varanasi will mainly take place morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, and will include strolls along the ghats to photograph of the incredible tapestry of life that gathers there each day, including numerous Sadhus (traditional Hindu holy men) offering prayers for passersby, pilgrims bathing, holy cows strolling the streets, locals doing laundry, and even the odd goat. Turing off the river and into the narrow labyrinthine lanes of the old city will surprise and delight the observant photographer with unusual juxtapositions of subject and form, and endless "decisive moments" waiting to be captured. A visit to Varanasi isn't complete without photographing the Aarti, a spectacular Hindu religious service of song, flame, smoke, and elaborate traditional dress. We have also made special arrangements to visit cultural sites of particular note, including Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, Varanasi's silk-weaving district, and a traditional open-air wrestlers' club, and others.

Day 5, June 9 – Varanasi to Delhi en route to Ladakh: After our time in Varanasi, we return to Delhi for a restful overnight at another of our favorite hotels, Trident Gurgaon, in transit to the next phase of our journey, the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.

Day 6, June 10 – Leh and Nimmu: Now a Tibetan Buddhist-majority enclave bordering Chinese-occupied Tibet within India's Jammu and Kashmir State, Ladakh is a high-elevation mountain desert features a very comfortable summertime climate, the green of poplar-forested and terrace-farmed valley bottoms, and rocky mountainsides. Upon arrival in the Ladakhi capital of Leh (elevation 11,500 feet), we will immediately load into our group's comfortable private vehicles and drive to the village of Nimmu, and the beautiful inn at Nimmu House, a historic countryside palace built in the traditional Tibetan-Ladakhi style, that once belonged to the Ladakhi royal family. The rest of this day will be for rest, altitude acclimatization, and a review and feedback on your photography so far on the trip.

Day 7, June 11 – Yuru Kabyad Festival: We drive west into the Sham valley to Lamayuru, known for it's mountainous lunar landscape. There, we will photograph the festival of Yuru Kabyad, celebrated with tremendous pomp and enthusiasm by the local Buddhist monks. In the evening, we will return to overnight at Nimmu House.

Day 8, June 12 – Alchi, Likir, Basgo:  Today we visit Alchi and Likir Gompas, as well as the old fortress at Basgo. Overnight at Nimmu House.

Alchi Gompa: 70 Kms from Leh on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa, dating to the 10th century. One of its walls features thousands of miniature pictures of the Buddha. Three large, brightly painted images made of clay are focal attractions. No longer an active monastic center, it is looked after by monks from the Likir monastery. Among the thirty-four monasteries in Ladakh, this is the only one which is not located on a hilltop.

Likir Gompa: A monastery founded in the 11th century, skilled craftsmen at Likir produce excellent Thangkas, earthen pots, and carved wooden folding stools. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view.

Basgo Gompa: 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three-year siege. Original 16th-century murals and other historic art at Basgo are well worth a visit.

Day 9, June 13 – Shanti Stumpa and Leh: After breakfast, we drive the Srinagar highway to return back to Leh, where we will check in for the first night at the Grand Dragon Hotel. After lunch, we will visit the beautiful Shanti Stupa, with a view of the glacier-covered Himalayan Stok range, crowned by glacier-capped 20,187-foot Stok Kangri. In the later afternoon and evening, we will visit the local markets to photograph, and shop for authentic Tibetan and Kashmiri art and handicrafts as well.

Shanti Stupa: On the hilltop of Changspa, the Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985. The quality of design and workmanship here is superb.

Day 10, June 14 – Khardung La and Nubra Valley: Onward to the Nubra Valley (known as the Valley of Flowers), via Khardung La pass, among the very highest motorable roads in the world reaching an elevation of 17,582 feet. En route, we will take advantage of spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardung La. After spending some time at at the pass, we will proceed to Nubra. Nubra valley is distinctly different from Leh, offering excellent landscape photography opportunities such as sand dunes, marshes, streams and snow...


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Expedition June 24 - July 6, 2018
2 of 6 spaces left | $18,495* Register


There is more than one Namibia


Explore a diverse set of destinations around the country on our customized journey to photograph its breadth of beauty.


Experience the haunting beauty of Namibia – Africa’s desert gem – with generous instruction by renowned photographers Michael Melford and Eddie Soloway along the way. We will explore the striking quiver tree forests and geological formations, a ghost town abandoned to drifting sands, the rugged beauty of the coast, the elegant forms of the thousand-foot red dunes of Sossusvlei, and the majestic wildlife at the waterholes around Namibia's expansive Etosha salt pan.

A string of colonial port towns dot the coast, trapped between the South Atlantic and the dunes. Lüderitz, on the edge of the diamond-rich Sperrgebiet area, is a fascinating relic of Germany’s late 19th-century imperial aspirations. Nearby is the otherworldly and sand-bound abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop, where dunes have invaded the abandoned buildings. With warm tints of apricot, orange, red and maroon, these dunes offer abstract beauty unseen anywhere else in the world. The photographic potential of this place is astonishing. Further north, Swakopmund brackets the southern end of the Skeleton Coast and possesses a welcoming resort town atmosphere, with easy travel to a very unique area of the nomadic Himba tribe and thriving wildlife species.

We wouldn't let you leave Namibia without stopping for a few days at Etosha National Park. Timed to coincide when plentiful wildlife species will arrive at Lake Etosha for replenishment during the dry season, watch and photograph from special vehicles outfitted specifically for photographers. Two 4WD photo safari vehicles with innovative custom features deliver an ideal photographic experience. They seat three photographers along the centerline of the vehicle, with excellent lines of sight through pop-up hatches on either side. They also feature photographer's chairs with fully adjustable 360-degree revolving, gas-assist-lifted Wimberley camera mounts. This makes it a breeze to work with big lenses and photograph dynamic wildlife behavior, repositioning and panning with ease.


Awe-inspiring and unrestrictive, this diverse geography leaves an impact you won’t soon forget.


Our itinerary has been designed to take maximum advantage of some of the best landscape, cultural, and wildlife photography opportunities that Namibia has to offer. In addition to attentive photographic instruction throughout by Michael and Eddie, our group of up to six photographers will be led by two excellent local guides. This trip includes excellent lodging, four private scenic light aircraft flights (Sossus Dune Lodge - Swakopmund Airport (SWP) - Okahirongo Elephant Lodge - Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)), transfers and group ground transportation from start to finish, and all meals, snacks, and beverages.



June 24 – Arrival day in Windhoek: Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek and after clearing customs and immigration, Michael and Eddie will greet you and collect the group. Meet your expedition guides and drive together to the Hilton Hotel Windhoek, which is located in the heart of the city by the main shopping streets and pedestrian zone of Namibia's capital. Our first dinner as a group will be held at a favorite restaurant close to the hotel. Overnight at Hilton Hotel Windhoek. (D)

June 25 – Travel to Quiver Tree Forest: Today you will drive to Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp and have lunch together en route. Arrive at the farm Gariganus where everyone can explore the ancient and famous Quiver Tree Forest and the dolerite rock formations of the Giants Playground. The quiver tree or "Kokerboom" is one of the most interesting and characteristic plants of the very hot and dry parts of Namibia. The quiver trees can be two to three centuries old (look for the tallest ones) and are actually a species of aloe. Overnight at Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp. (B, L, D)

June 26 – Travel to Luderitz: Early morning photography in Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground, followed by a late breakfast. Midday transfer from Keetmanshoop to Lüderitz. Afternoon photography in the surrounding area. Overnight at Luderitz Nest Hotel. (B, L, D)

June 27 – Kolmanskop: Early morning and afternoon photography in the Lüderitz and Kolmanskop area. Once a booking mining town, Kolmanskip faced depopulation after the diamond mine collapsed. The town is now overwhelmed with sand, around the buildings and inside them. Overnight at Luderitz Nest Hotel. (B, L, D)

June 28 – Travel to Sossusvlei: Early morning photography in Lüderitz or Kolmanskop. Then, depart in group vehicles with lunch en route to Sossusvlei, which is one of the most photographed places in Sub-Saharan Africa; however, how and when you photograph there is very important and our guides will know what to do. In fact, from the property of our overnight accommodations, you can reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset—a special and unique requirement needed to get the best photography field sessions possible. Overnight at Sossus Dune Lodge. (B, L, D)

June 29-30 – Sossusvlei: Early morning, afternoon and night photography in the Sossusvlei surroundings. Located in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park, the Sossusvlei region is a salt and clay pan famous for its sand dunes. The dunes range in color from deep orange to bright pink and are some of the largest in the world, occasionally exceeding 1,000 feet. The fascinating colors of the dunes are due to oxidation of the sand’s high iron content. The older dunes are more intensely red, and some of the more stable dunes are partially covered with vegetation. Underground and ephemeral rivers occasionally flood the pans, creating marshes known as vlei in the Afrikaans language. Overnight at Sossus Dune Lodge. (B, L, D)

July 1 – Travel to the Skeleton Coast: Today you will transfer to the airstrip for your private scenic light aircraft flight to Swakopmund
(SWP). Enjoy a relaxing group lunch and coastal breezes on the deserted beach of the Skeleton Coast—truly unique to this itinerary in an area of Namibia where driving the roads can be extremely dangerous. The Skeleton Coast is famous for its rocky coastline and remains of shipwrecks, and cannot be overlooked when visiting Namibia. Afterwards, transfer back to the airport for your private light aircraft flight to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. Overnight at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. (B, L, D)

July 2 – Kaokoveld: There are numerous desert-adapted mammal species that inhabit Kaokoveld including desert elephants. Along with Mali’s Sahara region, the Kaokoveld is the only place where elephants have adapted to a desert environment. The indigenous black rhino was extinguished from Kaokoveld a few decades ago but have been successfully reintroduced and now roam the land along with small herds of oryx, kudu, springbok, ostrich, giraffe, and mountain zebra. In addition to seeing more wildlife, you will visit the ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders known as the Himba. They have attracted photographers from all over the world, particularly as the women ritually apply paste to their skin and hair to protect themselves from the sun and insects. Stay at a very serene and luxurious lodge, where vegetables come from their organic garden and chalets boast unhindered views of pristine desert landscapes. Overnight at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. (B, L, D)

July 3 – Travel to Etosha National ParkToday you will have a private light aircraft flight to Mokuti Etosha Lodge near the legendary Etosha National Park. Arrival date is timed perfectly to line up with the onset of the dry season when wildlife as the salt pan becomes almost completely barren. Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge. (B, L, D)

July 4-5 – Etosha National Park: As Namibia’s premiere wildlife destination, the park is named for and dominated by the Etosha Pan. In addition to the salt pan, the park is covered by mopane scrubland as well as tall tree forests of the unique moringa or “ghost tree.” The 850-kilometer fence surrounding the park protects the reserve’s diverse wildlife from external contamination and has resulted in many healthy populations. The park is also home to excellent concentrations of elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah, and promises sightings of the endemic black-faced impala and endangered black rhinoceros. Mokuti Etosha Lodge is the perfect venue for exploring the famous eastern side of Etosha National Park where the best wildlife photography opportunities are guaranteed. Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge. (B, L, D)

July 6 – Return to Windhoek: Wake up for breakfast at Mokuti Etosha Lodge, followed by a two-hour private light aircraft flight back to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek where you will connect to your departing commercial flights. (B)


  • VISA: Passports must have at least six months of validity remaining beyond your planned date of departure. At least six completely blank pages are required for entry; tourist visas are issued upon arrival at Windhoek.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: We always strongly recommend arranging travel insurance. is excellent.
  • FLIGHTS: Four private flights are included (Sossus Dune Lodge - Swakopmund Airport (SWP) - Okahirongo Elephant Lodge - Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)). Please contact us if you would like recommendations regarding flights to and from Windhoek, Namibia (airport code: WDH)
  • GRATUITIES: Tips are included. Our local guides, drivers, and lodging staff work very hard to make our experience in Namibia be the best it can be, and Visionary Wild budgets for a healthy group tip in recognition of their services. Guests may tip additionally if they would like to recognize exceptional service.

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Expedition July 5 - 22, 2018
1 of 6 spaces left | $14,500* Register

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 some of the most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes on the planet, as well as an immensely hospitable culture. Visionary Wild's first overland expedition there in July 2017 grew out of a lengthy scouting trip that Lena and I made in 2015. This photographic adventure, 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 the Kyrgyz people and their spectacular homeland, and look forward to sharing this wonderful corner of the planet with you! –Justin Black

For lovers of wild mountain landscapes, the Kyrgyz Republic 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 northern 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 ("jai-loh") 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 barely on the tourist radar. The Kyrgyz Republic is an emerging democracy, and the Kyrgyz people take their freedom seriously. Though it is commonly referred to as the "Switzerland of Central Asia," this complimentary moniker neglects to recognize the nation's unique qualities. A former Soviet republic with relatively slow economic growth, 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 Khaganates, the Russians, the Soviet era, and the challenges of building a viable democracy while surrounded by less democratic neighbors.

Our adventure begins in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, where participants will be met at the airport and driven to the thoroughly modern Golden Tulip Hotel, offering 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 caravan, comprising three highly capable and comfortable Toyota Sequoias 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, in the high pastures, 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 August 4 - 11, 2018
Limit 10 spaces | $6,895* Register


Renowned landscape photographer Charles Cramer and highly acclaimed adventure photographer Jerry Dodrill will team 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 Jerry Dodrill 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 9 - 18, 2018
2 of 6 spaces left | $12,195* Register

This is the finest jaguar photography experience, bar none.

Excellence is in the details.


"To see this iconic species hunting, stalking for yacarés, capybaras, is one unforgetable experience. During the trip, every day got better, lots of excitement, amazing photos, opportunities like no other place in the world for Jaguars."

-Alwin v.d.H., 2016 Jaguars of the Pantanal participant


It was once inconceivable that there could be a place where one could reliably photograph wild jaguars in their home habitat, and better yet, in the open along a river bank and in great light. Incredibly, such a place exists in the Pantanal wetland of Brazil, at an inland river delta where at least 47 individual jaguars presently hunt along 70 miles of riverbank. Years of research have proven it to be by far the world's most productive location for photography of wild jaguars. On all of our prior trips here our guests have enjoyed multiple jaguar sightings each day, lasting anywhere from five minutes to seven hours (most sightings are typically in the range of twenty to ninety minutes). On a previous trip, we have discovered a mother and daughter that had not been known to local biologists, and members of our group got to assign the nicknames that biologists will use for reference. We were also very fortunate to see one of our favorite cats, an-year-old male nicknamed "Mick Jaguar," stalk and take down a 200-pound, eight-foot-long caiman in the open and from close range  (see photos in the gallery and link to the video at the bottom of the page). Rivers and channels provide easy access for our customized photo boat – a state-of-the-art aluminum speedboat with revolving centerline camera mounts – to locations frequented by the big cats in the dry season. This may be the closest thing to an African photo safari in the New World.

Justin Black and Morgan "Mo" Heim will provide first-class photo instruction and guidance throughout the itinerary. Justin returns to lead his seventh expedition in the Pantanal for Visionary Wild. Mo comes to photography with a background in wildlife ecology and environmental journalism, bringing years of experiences as a scientist and photographer. Her wildlife photography has been featured in BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, and National Geographic, ranging from mountain lions to monarch butterflies in Iowa to elusive fishing cats in Thailand. To get the best sense for Mo, we highly encourage you watch this one-minute film, An American Icon, about her recent adventure to photograph bald eagles in Alaska. As Mo puts it, this film reveals her heart. They look forward to sharing their experience, expertise, and good humor on this expedition for just six passionate photographers.

The small group size ensures ample space to maneuver for photography from the boat, and a great deal of time one-on-one with the instructors. The video below shows the brilliant design and construction of the boat we will use for photographers:


SouthWild Photoboat on Vimeo.


The Brazilian Pantanal, the world's largest continental wetland, is a luxuriant forest-savannah mosaic in central-western Brazil that is home to the highest density of jaguars in the world. It is also simply the greatest wildlife spectacle of Latin America. In addition to its jaguars, it harbors the world’s largest parrots (hyacinth macaw), the world’s largest snake (anaconda), the world’s largest otter, and many other species in astonishingly high densities.

We will spend a total of three nights (the first two nights, and the final one) at the Pantanal Wildlife Center’s Fazenda Santa Tereza, an intimate and comfortable lodge located on an expansive estate on the banks of the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. Our floating hotel for the other six nights of the trip is the spacious Jaguar Suites, offering the finest guest rooms in all the Pantanal, purpose-built to support serious photographers in comfort. Moored to the riverbank where the Piquiri and Cuiabá Rivers meet in the heart of the best jaguar action, when compared with other accommodations in the area this privileged location on the water permits us to spend an additional two hours per day with the cats, and at the best times of day for quality of light, comfortable temperatures, and scenic beauty in the Pantanal.

This trip coincides with the surreal magenta bloom of numerous large Tabebuia or "Ipê" trees on the lodge grounds and across the Pantanal landscape. Unique wildlife observation towers include one located just 16 meters from an active nest of habituated Jabiru storks – perfect at first light in the morning – and a second one in gallery forest along the banks of the river. Virtually guaranteed wildlife sightings here include giant otters, ocelots, capuchin monkeys, numerous bird species including toco toucans, hyacinth macaws, rufescent tiger heron, anhingas, crested caracaras, various fishing hawks, stunning yellow-billed cardinals, an the extraordinary great potoo. Jaguars and tapirs are sometimes seen at the Fazenda Santa Tereza as well.

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Expedition August 28 - September 6, 2018
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Join us for this all-inclusive, exclusive-charter expedition to the crown jewel of the High Arctic!

Note: Traveling alone? Feel free to book at the lower double-occupancy rates, so long as you are content to be paired with another guest of the same sex.

Designed for photographers by photographers, this expedition to the Svalbard archipelago will take you to the places we love, to make the most of the great spectacle of Arctic light, ice, landscape, and wildlife. Led by a dream team – Michael Melford, Daisy Gilardini, and Justin Black – generous expert photographic instruction will feature prominently throughout the voyage. Here are some highlights:

  • An excellent photography experience aboard the ideal expedition vessel
  • World-class photo instructor team, and an excellent participant-to-instructor ratio (group size limit of 19 guests)
  • The natural beauty of Svalbard itself, a superb destination for both landscape and wildlife photography, timed to coincide with seemingly endless sunsets, first snows of autumn on the mountains, and excellent wildlife opportunities.
  • All-inclusive from airport pickup in Oslo, Norway, featuring a high standard of accommodations and dining, and including R/T flights from Oslo to Svalbard, and all ground transfers.

Our expedition vessel, M/V Plancius, optimizes the photographic potential and overall quality of experience on this trip. She is a very comfortable and capable 296-foot ice-rated expedition ship with accommodation in comfortable en suite cabins and staterooms. We have chosen to do this voyage on this ship because she offers the capabilities, amenities, comfort, dining, and photographic support that will enable us to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable and creatively productive experience, both aboard and on shore. If you wish to travel with a world-class team of photographic instructors to the best locations, and you appreciate the advantages of an adventure designed specifically to optimize both the photography and overall experience, this is an exceptional opportunity.

Our expedition begins in Oslo, Norway, with an introductory reception dinner at one of the capital's finest restaurants. After a restful night at The Thief – a modern Scandinavian boutique hotel that is one of Oslo’s very best – we fly as a group to the small harbor of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen, where our ship awaits us. We set sail that afternoon through the sheltered waters of Adventfjord on our way to the west coast where we will work our way northward with views of the stunning mountain landscape.

The wild landscape of Svalbard and the pack ice are characterized by a mesmerizing serenity... I felt like I was floating through a dream. –Justin Black

The High Arctic is one of Earth’s most serene, sublime, and evocative places, and in our opinion the mountainous, glacier-covered islands of the Svalbard archipelago are the crown jewels, in part because a visitor here experiences the best features of the Arctic in microcosm. We have deliberately timed this expedition for Arctic autumn – late August and early September – to take advantage of special seasonal phenomena. The quality of light at this time of year is beautiful. The sun sets for several hours at this time of year, but gorgeous post-sunset light lingers all night long. Also, by this time the mountains typically have had their first fresh snow for the season, making the landscape look its best. Polar bears are to be found on both the islands and the pack ice, and Arctic fox patrol the shorelines. Blue whales – the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth – ply the coastal waters. Large walrus colonies can be photographed both ashore and at sea, and seals – bearded, ringed, harp, and harbor – are commonly sighted. Migratory birds linger on for a while, including Ivory Gulls, Kittywakes, Fulmars, Eider ducks, and more, while native Rock Ptarmigans transition to their winter plumage. Temperatures are still relatively comfortable by Arctic standards, but the summer’s mosquitoes will have been killed off by the frost. Weather and seas tend to be calm, and free of fog that can limit visibility in summer.

We have conceived this Svalbard expedition with considerable advantages for the passionate photographer. The first-rate photo leader team comprises three outstanding professionals, all known as generous and engaging teachers, who have a superb collaborative chemistry. Their photographic specialties cover a cross-section of the opportunities we will be presented with during the expedition: wildlife, landscape, natural abstract, travel, fine art, and conservation.

M/V Plancius: Our ice-rated expedition vessel provides an excellent platform for this voyage, in part due to her strength, maneuverability, and ability to navigate the ice pack and waters that can be impassable to larger ships. Those who appreciate small-group travel will enjoy our group's participant limit of nineteen guests, with our own private Zodiacs for landings and cruises to approach wildlife and explore the ice.  The ship typically carries a complement of around 108 passengers, supported by a fleet of ten zodiacs, a highly experienced expedition staff of eight, and a top-notch crew who welcome guests on the ship's spacious bridge. With our relatively small group, everyone will have excellent access to our photo leaders and expedition staff, landing operations will be efficient, and we'll be able to get to know one another well. Plancius offers an impressive range of vantage points for photography, from close to waterline to up high, and her three diesel-electric engines are surprisingly quiet and produce little vibration.

Dining aboard Plancius is of a high standard, with menus prepared by an accomplished German chef, sous chefs, and baker, with ample fresh ingredients and healthy options available. We are assembling an excellent wine list for the trip as well! She’s just a great ship.



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Expedition September 14 - 27, 2018
Limit 18 spaces | $13,500* Register

I feel very privileged to have participated in the 2016 Greenland expedition. It far exceeded my expectations. And, as someone who has traveled extensively, I would rate it as truly a trip of a lifetime. – Sid S., 2016 Greenland participant

Thank you for another fantastic VW expedition! What a privilege to experience and photograph this wild and remote area in comfort while accompanied by the best leaders offering a wealth of experience and a willingness to share their immense talents. Thanks to Justin’s meticulous advance planning, all the arrangements were perfect throughout. –David & Kathy R., 2015 Greenland participants

Greenland's remote and little-visited ice fjords hold a wealth of arctic grandeur. Towers, arches, and walls of ancient blue ice thrust skyward from the water's surface. Steep-walled fjords, dramatic coastal mountains, tundra in autumn color, the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, and the Aurora Borealis combine to form an incomparable landscape. Join this world-class team of leaders – National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards, Justin Black, and Chris Linder – for this exclusive expedition to Greenland, photographing this arctic wilderness in all its glory. With generous photographic instruction and attentive support along the way, explore the largest fjord system in the world – Scoresbysund, covering 14,700 square miles and penetrating over 200 miles into Greenland's interior – aboard the three-masted expedition vessel Rembrandt van Rijn.  We will make frequent landings by zodiac to photograph in morning and evening light, and as serendipity presents us with compelling opportunities along the way. In addition to the arctic landscape, we will photograph whales if we encounter them, as well a variety of coastal and pelagic birds such as fulmars, kittiwakes, and gannets. Excursions by Zodiac take us in among the icebergs. The ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the night sky over the iceberg-dotted fjords and bays will be the sight of a lifetime. One thing is for certain: this expedition will yield extraordinary photographic opportunities. This is of course a floating workshop as well, and while underway, Jason, Justin, Chris, and the ship's expedition staff will make inspiring and instructive presentations, answer your questions, and offer constructive feedback on participants’ photographs during group critique sessions, with the aid of the ship's four large LCD screens.

Greenland was a trip of a lifetime. Imagine fog-shrouded icebergs, vibrant red/orange/yellow tundra, unreal sunsets, glistening ice and snow, colorful villages clinging to rocky headlands, Northern Lights and so much more under the generous guidance of world class instructors. I learned so much while having lots of fun. Thank you! –Ann L., 2015 Greenland participant

Our adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, the world's northernmost capital. Guests will be greeted upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to the elegant Hotel Holt, conveniently located in the city center. After an introductory group meeting and dinner at Grillmarket, one of Reykjavik's finer restaurants, the next morning we board our private charter flight to Greenland's east coast. Awaiting our arrival will be our private floating base camp: the 168-foot, three-masted schooner Rembrandt van Rijn (click here for more about RVR). We are booking the entire ship for our exclusive use to ensure ample space for our group both on the ship and in zodiacs – our group will consist of sixteen to eighteen participants and three leaders (though Rembrandt normally sleeps up to 33 guests) in addition to her twelve-person crew and expedition staff. She is exceptionally well-suited to exploration and photography along the Greenland coast, with a reinforced hull, expansive unobstructed sight lines even under sail, and very comfortable accommodations.

To make this special itinerary possible, we have arranged private Air Iceland charter flights aboard modern twin-engine turboprop airliners (Bombardier Q200). After disembarking Rembrandt at Constable Point, we will be picked up by our aircraft and flown back to Reykjavik, where a celebratory group dinner and final restful night at Hotel Holt await you.

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Creative Core October 8 - 12, 2018
Limit 10 spaces | $3,495* Register

The National Park that would have been, but never was.

Little-known Ricketts Glen State Park, located where Pennsylvania's Allegheny Plateau meets the Appalachian Mountains, is a must-visit destination for passionate landscape photographers who enjoy working with waterfalls and flowing water in the midst of autumn color. Featuring 2,000 acres of old-growth forest, twenty-four named waterfalls, and numerous cascades, President Franklin Roosevelt was in the process of making Ricketts Glen a national park until World War II got in the way. Fortunately, Pennsylvania's state government bought up the land and preserved it as a highlight of its own park system.

This fall, join Jeff Foott and Justin Black for several field sessions to photograph the park's most spectacular waterfalls and watercourses, as well as the rare eastern virgin forest in fall color. They will share insights that will help you to refine your creative vision, composition skills, and field techniques, understand the practical implications of human visual cognition, explore ways to use the element of time to expand your creative horizons, and help you find ways to add greater purpose and meaning to your photography.

Field sessions begin the afternoon of the first day. Each day, we'll be out to photograph during the best light – whether that be early morning, afternoon, or even mid-day if it is overcast – following the daily weather conditions to make the most of opportunities. During field sessions, Jeff and Justin will offer hands-on guidance on your composition and technique, suggest creative ways to capture the mood and spirit of the place, and provide tips on creative use of aperture, shutter speed, filtration, multiple exposures, exposure blending, and panoramic stitching.  Jeff and Justin will also teach on the topics of composition and creativity, light and exposure, digital workflow, and maximizing image potential through post-production. Two constructive sessions critiquing the group's photographs will empower you to revisit and improve upon your creative ideas during subsequent outings. Friday morning will be the final field session, followed by critique until we adjourn at 3:00 pm.

Any enthusiastic photographer will feel right at home in this workshop. Jeff and Justin are both experienced at successfully accommodating a range of experience levels in photography workshops. We supply materials in advance of the session to make sure all participants are prepared to get the most out of the experience.

The group size is limited to ten participants, and the package includes the workshop itself from 1pm on October 8th to 3pm on October 12th, four nights accommodations at Hotel Harrington (without question the best accommodation for miles around), all meals, snacks, and drinks (including adult beverages with dinner). The rate for single-occupancy is $3,495; double-occupancy is $3,295 per-participant; for those who do not need lodging arrangements provided, the rate is $3,095.

Workshop will be operated under a special use permit issued by the park.

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Expedition October 12 - 27, 2018
Limit 6 spaces | $16,495* Register

An intimate first-class photo adventure through the magnificent landscape of the South Island

"I feel my experience in New Zealand has made me a much better photographer. I had several 'a-ha' moments that I will carry with me everytime I pick up the camera." –Marla R., 2016 participant

"The expedition greatly exceeded my expectations. It was no doubt an amazing and awesome experience of a lifetime!" – Susan S., 2015 participant

Towering mountain ranges, hanging alpine glaciers, wind-swept coastlines, crystal blue lakes, pristine turquoise river valleys, and primordial tree fern rainforests are just some of the scenes we will photograph as we explore the South Island on this intimate 16-day journey led by two top pros: National Geographic photographer Michael Melford (who recently covered the South Island on assignment for Nat Geo), and Phillip Bartlett, a renowned Kiwi landscape photographer and guide who is acclaimed for his professionalism and intimate knowledge of New Zealand's stunning landscape. It was with good reason that motion picture director Peter Jackson chose New Zealand as his location for the fantasy world of Tolkien's "Middle Earth": the variety of incredible landscapes found in such a compact area is simply astounding.

We sought to design a trip that would take your breath away, visiting locations off the regular tourist path that offer superb photography. To access these areas we will be travelling by 4WD Toyota Landcruisers, with two guests per vehicle. In addition, private charter excursions by helicopter and boat – at Fox Glacier and Milford Sound – provide us access to some truly phenomenal opportunities. All the while, your trip leaders offer generous guidance and instruction to ensure that you make the most of the photographic possibilities.

All of our past three annual excursions were exceedingly well received by our guests (see testimonials at the top and bottom of this page), but nevertheless we have adjusted the itinerary slightly to maximize the quality of the overall experience.

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Vision October 15 - 19, 2018
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The majestic Grand Staircase descending toward the Grand Canyon and the canyons of the Escalante are a creative photographer's dream come true. This outdoor classroom is a highlight of our Vision series, a special program of advanced instruction focusing on refining your personal creative vision, composition, and digital workflow, designed and presented by renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw. Packaged with single-occupancy lodging at the beautiful Boulder Mountain Lodge, and with first-class dining at the famous Hell's Backbone Grill, this is a superb workshop scenario, which helps explain why Visionary Wild clients often repeat this experience. We hope you'll join us!

Boulder Mountain rises to the west of Capital Reef National Park in the picturesque Aquarius Plateau of South Central Utah. It is the highest timbered plateau in North America, with over 50,000 acres of rolling forests of pine, spruce, fir, and aspen, as well as expansive meadowlands. The area features the dramatic red rock canyons and sculpted formations for which southern Utah is famous, but it is a little known and refreshing alternative to more heavily trafficked southwestern locations.

The author and desert wilderness advocate Edward Abbey once astutely observed:

There are more hills, holes, humps and hollows, reefs, folds, domes, swells and grabens, buttes, benches and mesas, synclines, monoclines, and anticlines than you can ever hope to see and explore in a lifetime.

We'll add that the quality of light and atmosphere here are superb.

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Creative Core November 5 - 9, 2018
Limit 10 spaces | $4,350* Register

"Wine is bottled poetry." –Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, and Napa Valley resident

Coinciding with amazing Napa Valley fall color, this workshop captures the essence of autumn in wine country. Napa has figured prominently in the lives of instructors Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill, both of whom have spent significant portions of their careers here. Not only do they know the valley like the backs of their hands, but they each have excellent connections in the community and at some of the world's very best wine estates, which enables us to offer exclusive access to unique Napa Valley photo locations, along with wine tasting and gourmet dining. Our accommodations and classroom will be based at the Mount View Hotel & Spa, in the charming historic town of Calistoga, California, located beneath Mount St. Helena at the north end of Napa Valley.

Participants can expect attentive and thoughtful instruction both in the field and in the classroom, all in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. Elizabeth and Jerry will lead eight field trips to locations in and around the local vineyards and beautiful Napa Valley, including highlights such as special visits with our friends at Chateau Montelena, the historic and very photogenic winery featured in feature film Bottleshock, as well as the architecturally splendid Castella di Amarosa. In the classroom, Elizabeth and Jerry will present classroom lectures, and provide two constructive group critiques of images made by participants during the workshop. Elizabeth will also give a tour of Carmel Gallery in downtown Calistoga, and well as her fine printing studio and frame shop. Elizabeth and Jerry will each demonstrate the processes and techniques they use in the creation of museum-grade fine prints.

This course is suitable for a wide range of experience levels, from enthusiastic beginners to serious amateurs, and professionals. Anyone who understands the basic operations of their camera will advance their skills with this workshop. Manageable group size ensures that every participant has ample opportunity to ask questions, photograph alongside Elizabeth and Jerry in the field, and discuss the exciting world of photography with fellow enthusiasts. Excellent group meals provide an informal setting to socialize and address specific interests that may not be covered during lectures and classroom discussion.

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Advanced November 10 - 16, 2018
Limit 12 spaces | $13,600* Register


I have to say that was the best trip ever!!!!!  So many great photos and a really great group. I would love to go back, but I think the mark that was set would be hard to beat. –J. Furber

Loved our polar bear trip. Many thanks for putting together such a great trip. Am very pleased with my pictures and still trying to decide which ones to cull out. –J. Allen

Back from the shores of Hudson Bay on a polar bear photo safari with lots of images. Great adventure with expert assistance from Visionary Wild. The experience of a lifetime! –K. Cochran

Picture yourself standing on arctic tundra at the edge of Hudson Bay, photographing a pair of polar bears wrestling in the glow of sunset as they wait for the bay to freeze over so they can begin their annual hunting season on the ice. An arctic fox watches the action from the sidelines. The only sounds are the bears, the breeze, and waves lapping at the ice forming on the shoreline. Then imagine, as the light fades and temperatures drop, you walk just a few feet away to sit beside the fire in a cozy wilderness lodge, joining your fellow photographers for a glass of wine while reviewing the day's photographs, in anticipation of a gourmet dinner and excited conversation about the opportunities that await tomorrow. Keep your camera ready, though... the aurora borealis may well appear in the night sky.

Join Roy Toft and Chris Linder at Seal River Heritage Lodge, a remote wilderness lodge positioned in prime polar bear territory on the shores of Hudson Bay about 40 miles north of Churchill, Manitoba. This is a very special opportunity to intensively photograph polar bear behavior close-up in the wild. Forget the diesel-belching tundra buggies at Churchill; our small group will photograph the bears from eye level, on foot, via short excursions onto the tundra and from the grounds of the lodge, where polar bears walk within inches of the fence line.

Roy, a highly regarded and widely published professional wildlife photographer and inspiring workshops instructor, already led two Visionary Wild Polar Bears Eye-to-Eye expeditions, and was blown away by the quality of the photography and the overall experience each time. Seal River Heritage Lodge is a comfortable fly-in lodge that offers unique access to a high density of polar bears with a lovely landscape backdrop. To ensure you make the most of your visit, Roy and Chris will provide highly attentive, thoughtful, and generous instruction throughout the trip, offering feedback and useful guidance drawn from their decades of experience as professional nature photographers. They will provide recommendations on camera setup optimized for wildlife photography, teach strategies and techniques to empower you to anticipate and capture fleeting wildlife behaviors, offer advice on composition and working the available light and weather conditions for best effect, and more. In the evening, Roy and Chris will provide feedback and constructive critique of your images to ensure that the quality of your work improves significantly over the course of the trip.

Included in the package are round-trip flights (Winnipeg – Churchill – Seal River Heritage Lodge), all lodging, all meals, all beverages, all photographic instruction and bear guiding, partial gratuities, and Canadian tax. Though most Visionary Wild workshops and expeditions are packaged and priced as single-occupancy by default, this workshop is packaged as double-occupancy at $13,600 per person, due to the limited number of guest rooms and beds at Seal River Heritage Lodge (its eight rooms sleep a maximum of sixteen guests), and the fact that their operating season is relatively short, which makes the cost for a room for one person exactly double the double-occupancy price. We will be happy to help pair up individual participants of the same gender who wish to share a room, but we can certainly accommodate those who wish to book single-occupancy rooms.

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Expedition November 16 - December 2, 2018
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Note: This expedition is sold out, but spaces do open up from time to time, so interested parties are encourage to add their names to the waiting list.

Join us for this all-inclusive, exclusive-charter expedition to the crown jewel of the sub-Antarctic

Designed for photographers by photographers, this expedition to the Falklands and South Georgia Island will be led by Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelsen, Art Wolfe, and Justin Black. We will take you to the places we love and will allow us to make the most of the southern ocean's greatest wildlife spectacle, based on our collective experience.

Exclusive charter of Polar Pioneer – a 235-foot expedition ship with accommodation limited to forty-six guests in simple but comfortable cabins – facilitates our goals for this trip. We have chosen to do this voyage on this ship because it offers a degree of intimacy that makes for superior interactions and experience for everyone, both aboard and on shore. If you wish to travel with the best photographers to the best places and are willing to sacrifice a little luxury in favor of a world-class photographic adventure, there is no better trip, and this one may never be repeated.

Our expedition begins in Santiago, Chile, with an introductory reception dinner at one of the capital's best restaurants. After a restful night at Hotel Atton–El Bosque, we fly the next morning to the Falkland Islands, where our ship awaits. Once at sea, the decks of the Polar Pioneer provide a great vantage point for sightings of Commerson's dolphins, imperial cormorants, and more. On our first full day of the trip, we plan to kick off our photography with an excursion to one of the largest breeding colonies of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering around 200,000 pairs, on Steeple Jason Island. At nearby Saunders Island, colonies of rockhopper, king, and gentoo penguins await us as well. As always, weather, wind, and sea conditions will dictate our exact landing site.

We then move on to South Georgia. Along the way, we hope to see dolphins ride the ship's bow wave, and whale sightings are common. This rugged island of towering mountains covered in immense glaciers hosts extraordinary gatherings of penguins and pelagic birds – including wandering, grey-headed, light-mantled sooty, black-browed, and royal albatrosses – as well as southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. In spring, currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the planet’s greatest wildlife concentrations. In addition to the vast colony of 200,000 king penguins at Salisbury Plain, we will visit a colony of yellow-crested macaroni penguins at Hercules Bay, the historic whaling base of Grytviken, and more, photographing sublime landscapes too along the way.

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We’ve chosen to let go of Antarctica itself on this trip, in favor of focusing our time on the best concentrations of wildlife in the entire sub-Antarctic region. The timing of our trip during southern spring means South Georgia looks its best: the newly returned penguin colonies are clean, and fresh snow still blankets the mountains looming just inland of the coast.

Learn as we travel, with instruction throughout by Frans, Tom, and Art. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with these masters, both in the field and onboard. Visionary Wild founder Justin Black will serve as assistant instructor, and Christine Eckstrom and Sue Cedarholm will be on hand for technical support. We have recruited Denise Landau, a first-rate expert on South Georgia Island and governor of the American Polar Society, to act as the ship’s expedition leader. Additional expedition staff will provide natural history interpretation and guide services.


Polar Pioneer: Our exclusive charter vessel provides an excellent platform for this voyage, in part due to her strength, nimble maneuverability, and ability to navigate waters that can be impassable to larger ships. Those who appreciate small-group travel will enjoy the passenger limit of forty-six guests. Every other commercial expedition vessel operating in these waters carries over one hundred passengers, resulting in a far less intimate experience. With our relatively small group and large photo leader team, everyone will have excellent access to leaders and expedition staff, landing operations are more efficient, and we'll be able to get to know one another much better.

Built in Finland as a polar and oceanographic research ship (Ice Rating 1A), Polar Pioneer has been transformed into a highly effective expedition vessel offering an excellent balance of capability, functionality, and comfort. She offers simple-yet-comfortable, clean, well-maintained cabins that offer plenty of room for you and your gear, as well as pleasant public spaces for presentations by trip leaders, informal gatherings, and group meals. Superb expedition support includes a large fleet of zodiacs (seven plus a spare), highly experienced expedition staff, and the top-notch crew, who welcome guests on the ship's spacious bridge. Outside areas on the ship provide excellent platforms at various levels for photographing marine fauna, icebergs, and the seascape.

We have coordinated with Polar Pioneer's new kitchen staff, headed by two talented chefs, to develop a menu offering meals that are tasty, wholesome, and satisfying, with emphasis on fresh ingredients and healthy options. We are assembling an excellent wine list for the trip as well!

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Expedition December 10 - 17, 2018
Limit 6 spaces | $6,695* 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.

Expedition leader Justin Black will share his 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.

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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0 of 4 spaces left | $16,895* Waitlist

A very special small-group expedition to one of Earth's great wildlife meccas.

Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean 300 miles east of the tip of South America, this wind-blown archipelago of nearly 800 islands is home to four species of penguins (southern rockhopper, gentoo, Magellanic, and king), black-browed albatross, imperial and rock cormorants, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.

If you’ve ever visited the Falklands by ship, you’ll know that a few hours at each landing site is just enough to hint at the tremendous photographic potential. This tour puts you right in the heart of the Falklands’ most remarkable locations, with ample time in each spot to take advantage of the best opportunities to capture your subjects in the perfect light.  Best of all, because of the scarce accommodations in the Falklands, you won’t be elbow to elbow with other photographers. During group leader Chris Linder's travels to the Falkland Islands, he has frequently found himself to be the only human present, photographing penguins at sunrise and sunset in outrageous light.  It is no hyperbole to say that the Falklands offer an immersive wildlife experience like no other.

Renowned polar photographer Chris Linder will lead this two-week photo workshop.  Chris has spent months at a time in the field photographing penguins and other seabirds, resulting in numerous accolades, including winning the 2015 Nature’s Best birds category.  His knowledge of bird behavior and enthusiastic teaching style will enable you to get the best possible shots of these charismatic seabirds.

This workshop is deliberately capped at only four participating photographers, enabling us to visit locations that are inaccessible to larger groups, as well as providing a more private and comfortable experience overall. The itinerary is carefully crafted to maximize precious time at the prime wildlife locations, including two unique locations you won’t find on any other Falklands photography tour.  We will spend multiple days at Sea Lion Island, Carcass Island (including a day trip to West Point Island), Saunders Island, and Volunteer Point.  The trip is scheduled to coincide with the most photogenic period of penguin and albatross chick rearing.  In January, southern rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguin chicks will have hatched and will be entering the crèche phase, and black-browed albatross chicks will be large enough to be easily photographed on their mud-cup nests.  In addition, our timing at Volunteer Point should feature newly hatched king penguin chicks resting on their parents’ feet.

The focus of this expedition is photography in the field. Chris will provide generous hands-on mentorship, sharing his expertise and professional insights on developing creativity and personal vision, composition, working with various qualities of light and changing weather, and working landscape scenarios to best effect.

Constructive critiques will be included in the schedule to help participants identify where they are succeeding and how they might focus their energies to advance their vision and skills. During critiques, emphasis is first placed on identifying what participants are doing right with regard to chosen subject and composition, followed by discussion of ways to improve the execution of the image in light of the emotional response, concepts, and aesthetics that led the photographer to make the image in the first place.


January 11 – Arrival day in Santiago: After landing at Santiago’s international airport (SCL), check-in at the modern and stylish Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Hotel, conveniently located directly in front of the International Airport Terminal, just steps from baggage claim. During the afternoon, meet for group introductions and orientation at the hotel. Our first dinner as a group will be held at the rather good hotel restaurant, to maximize your time to rest. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Hotel. (D)

January 12 – Travel to Sea Lion Island: After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will board the LATAM flight to Mount Pleasant international airport in the Falklands, via Punta Arenas, Chile.  After clearing customs in the Falklands, we will immediately board a Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) flight to Sea Lion Island, aboard a BN2B Islander aircraft.  Flight time on the Islander is approximately 25 minutes.  After unpacking and a quick orientation of the island, we will eat dinner and begin our tour with a sunset photo shoot at Rockhopper Point, home to bustling southern rockhopper penguin and imperial cormorant colonies.  The next three nights will be spent at the well-appointed Sea Lion Lodge conveniently located near penguin colonies and beaches. Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge. (B, L, D)

January 13-14 – Sea Lion Island: Sea Lion Island is a National Nature Reserve; livestock was removed here in 2009, allowing native plant and animal species to flourish. The photographic subjects and landscapes here are extremely varied.  Gentoo and Magellanic penguin colonies are within sight of the lodge.  Southern sea lion and southern elephant seals haul out on the nearby beaches.  At the far end of the island (transportation provided), southern rockhopper penguins and imperial cormorants nest on the top of an impressive 80-foot vertical cliff.  Sea Lion Island is also home to small native birds, since predators like rats, mice, and cats have never been introduced here. Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge. (B, L, D)

January 15-18 – Carcass and West Point Islands: We will take another FIGAS flight roughly 45 minutes over East and West Falkland Islands to Carcass Island.  Like Sea Lion Island, Carcass is also cat and rat free, making it a haven for endemic species like Cobb’s wren.  The island has a variety of habitats, from sandy beaches to tussac grasses and rocky cliff tops.  Magellanic penguins nest near the settlement, and a gentoo penguin colony is a short walk away.  Elephant seals, imperial cormorants, night herons, and short-eared owls can also be found on the island.  Weather permitting, on one of our days on Carcass we will take a 1-hour boat ride to nearby West Point Island and spend the day photographing rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatross at Devil’s Nose Cliffs. Overnight at Carcass Island Lodge. (B, L, D)

January 19-20 – Saunders Island (northeast coast): No Falklands itinerary would be complete without a visit to Saunders Island.  We will stay at two different sites to get the full Saunders experience.  The first, The Rookery cabin, is located north of the settlement on the slopes of Mount Richards and is an excellent base of operations for exploring the nearby sea cliffs.  The cabin is short a five-minute walk from a sprawling black-browed albatross colony and a 20-minute walk from two large southern rockhopper penguin colonies.  The rockhopper colony is famous for its “penguin shower”, a tiny waterfall where the rockhoppers bathe after returning from the sea.  Magellanic and gentoo penguins are also found in the nearby valley, and a broad sandy beach is only a 10-minute walk from the cabin. Overnight at The Rookery cabin. (B, L, D)

January 21-23 – Saunders Island (northwest coast):  After our two nights at the Rookery, we will drive to another site on Saunders known simply as “The Neck”.  The Neck is named for the broad sandy beach lying between Mount Harston and Mount Richards.  This location boasts a diverse array of seabird species and spectacular landscapes.  Gentoo and king penguins nest on the beach in between the mountains.  Extensive Magellanic penguin burrows and predatory caracaras can be found on the grassy hillsides.  There are also two southern rockhopper penguin rookeries within easy walking access of the cabin, plus more black-browed albatross nest areas. January sunsets are particularly spectacular, as the setting sun’s rays bathe the gentoo colonies on the beach with warm golden hour light.  Our three days here will pass quickly! Overnight at the refurbished cabin at The Neck. (B, L, D)

January 24-25 – Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island:  Our final destination is the large (2000+) king penguin colony at Volunteer Point.  After a 45-minute FIGAS flight from Saunders to Stanley’s regional airport, we will transfer to 4WD vehicles and drive roughly 2.5 hours to Volunteer Point.  Volunteer Point is a broad, mile-long sandy beach with a king penguin colony, as well as nesting gentoo and Magellanic penguins.  When it is visited at all, Volunteer Point is typically done as a day trip from Stanley, but fortunately, because of our small group size, we will have the opportunity to spend two nights here at the Warden’s Cottage with hosts Derek and Trudi.  Both sunrise and sunset are incredible at Volunteer Point, with thousands of penguins heading out to sea to feed in the morning and returning to their nests at dusk. Overnight at the Warden's Cottage of Volunteer Point. (B, L, D)

January 26 – Return to Santiago: We say goodbye to our generous hosts, Derek and Trudi, to take ground transfers and flights back to Santiago, Chile. Since we arrive back at Santiago late at night, we will return to the airport hotel. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Hotel. (B, L, D)

January 27 – Departure day: Wake up for breakfast at the Holiday Inn and say our farewells. (B)



  • Double-occupancy: $16,895.00/person
  • Single-occupancy is available at a rate of $17,995.00, for the option of having your own room at three of our accommodations: the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel, Carcass Island Lodge, and Sea Lion Lodge. All guests will share double-occupancy rooms at The Neck cabin, The Rookery cabin, and the Warden's Cottage at Volunteer Point, in either single beds or bunks.



  • VISA: No advance visa is required for tourist entry into Chile or the Falkland Islands for citizens of the USA, Canada, EU nations, and most other developed countries.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: We always strongly recommend arranging travel insurance. is excellent.
  • FLIGHTS: R/T flights from Santiago to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falkland Islands are included, in addition to four FIGAS flights around the Falkland Islands. Please contact us if you would like recommendations regarding flights to and from Santiago, Chile (airport code: SCL)
  • LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE: FIGAS flights around the Falkland Islands normally allow for total baggage weight of no more than 44 pounds, but we have arranged an additional allowance 55 pounds. Total included baggage limit is 99 pounds per person, including all carry-ons. Overweight charges apply above this limit. In addition to carry-on luggage, Latam Airlines (R/T flights from Santiago to Mount Pleasant Airport) allows for two checked bags weighing no more than 50 pounds each at no charge. Overweight charges apply above this limit. 
  • GRATUITIES: Tips are included. Our local guides, drivers, and lodging staff work very hard to make our experience be the best it can be, and Visionary Wild budgets for a healthy group tip in recognition of their services. Guests may tip additionally if they would like to recognize exceptional service.

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Vision January 14 - 18, 2019
Limit 10 spaces | $3,400* Register

Refine your vision and harness the aesthetic potential of one of the world's most geological wonders.

Wondering where to travel in winter? Bryce Canyon National Park is one of our favorite places to go to view some of the most unique opportunities during this season of snow dustings and low-angled light. Ponderosa pines, fir-spruce forests, slot canyons, horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, and pink cliffs cover this area. Utah has a wealth of public lands to explore and challenge your photographic senses, and Bryce Canyon National Park in among the most rewarding.

This greatest concentration of hoodoos in the world – an unearthly landscape to be sure – was formed over hundreds of millions of years of deposition and erosion. Bryce's colorful rock spires are oriented perfectly to catch the reflected morning light, resulting in a glowing fairytale landscape providing endless options for creative photography. Join us to capture its splendor.

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 Justin Black. Both instructors have photographed Bryce 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 hoodoos and sculpted designs in the canyons.

Packaged with single-occupancy lodging at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (a Best Western Plus property), located ideally near the park entrance, 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 Jack Dykinga and Justin Black 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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Creative Core January 21 - 25, 2019
Limit 10 spaces | $3,695* Register

We are excited to operate our second workshop based in Moab, Utah, as we visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. We are going during the best time of the year—early. After researching visitor statistics, there is no better time: "In January of 2016, about 20,000 people visited Arches. By May, that number jumped to more than 200,000, according to the National Park Service." Roads will be open and soft sheets of snow will illuminate the Parks. Arches National Park contains the highest density of natural arches in the world and Canyonlands National Park has multiple waterways carving away at the sandstone buttes and ephemeral pools with frozen surfaces, making for an impressive and serene landscape like no other.

Instructors Jeff Foott and Jerry Dodrill will lead eight field sessions to explore remote coves, canyons, creeks, the Colorado River, and striking desert ecology. Jeff lives nearby and can frequently be found exploring will know a lot of locations to scout and use for instruction. They will share insights that will help you to refine your creative vision, composition skills, and field techniques, understand the practical implications of human visual cognition, explore ways to use the element of time to expand your creative horizons, and help find ways to add greater purpose and meaning to your photography.

Field sessions begin the evening of the first day. Each day, we'll be out to photograph during the best morning and evening light, following the daily weather conditions to make the most of opportunities. During mid-day hours, Jeff and Justin will make presentations from the lecture room at the Gonao Inn on composition and creativity, light and exposure, digital workflow, and maximizing image potential through post-production. During field sessions, Jeff and Justin will offer hands-on guidance on composition and technique, suggest creative ways to capture the mood and spirit of the place, and provide tips on creative use of aperture, shutter speed, filtration, multiple exposures, exposure blending, and panoramic stitching.  Classroom sessions to review and critique your photographs will empower you to revisit and improve upon your creative ideas during subsequent outings. Friday morning will be the final field session, followed by critique until we adjourn at 3:00 pm.

Any enthusiastic photographer will feel right at home in this workshop. Jeff and Justin are both experienced at successfully accommodating a range of experience levels in photography workshops. We supply materials in advance of the session to make sure all participants are prepared to get the most out of the experience.

The group size is limited to ten participants, and the package includes the workshop itself from 1pm on January 21 to 3pm on January 25, four nights accommodations in a suite at Gonzo Inn (arguably the nicest place to stay in Moab), all meals, snacks, and drinks (including adult beverages with dinner). The rate for single-occupancy is $3,695; double-occupancy is $3,395 per-participant; for those who do not need lodging arrangements provided in Moab, the rate is $3,095.

Workshop will be operated under a commercial use authorization issued by Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

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Vision December 2 - 6, 2019
Limit 10 spaces | $4,250* Register

Pastel pinks and blues reflect from the sky at dawn and dusk, painting gypsum dunes that roll elegantly across the landscape. The tapestry of light and shadow, form and texture tempts the creative mind. Yuccas punctuate the landscape, rising in striking graphic isolation against the sand and sky. This is New Mexico's White Sands National Monument, home of the world's largest gypsum dune field, covering 275 square miles, set in a high desert basin with a dramatic mountain backdrop. This will be our outdoor classroom for this Vision series workshop, a special program of advanced instruction designed and presented by world-renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw. Jack is recognized as one of the greatest practitioners and teachers in the history of landscape photography, and John is a natural photographic educator who is relied upon by some of the most successful photographers in the business to keep them current on digital workflow practices and Photoshop techniques. The combination is a uniquely effective and enjoyable experience.

Our fieldwork during this workshop will emphasize the search for elegant, carefully crafted compositions while anticipating the flow of light over the landscape each morning and evening. Opportunities abound, from classic near-far compositions that use yuccas to anchor foreground design, to abstracts harnessing the tones, curves and colors of the dunes, to broad panoramics and macro subjects.

The creation of a 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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