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April 9-19, 2018 (11 Day) Now taking reservations
Note: These Adventures fill early - and they are worth the wait!
There is a substantial discount for early signups!

Join us for the Best Galapagos Photography Tour, led by professional nature photographers Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey, who guide nature photography adventures all year all around the planet. This isn't just a Galapagos cruise that invites you to bring cameras - it's a Galapagos photography adventure designed by nature photographers for nature photographers - and led by photographers passionate as you about creating outstanding photo art.

Map of our 11 Day Route
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Galapagos Park Rules
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The Galapagos Islands are, without doubt, one of the premiere places on the planet to get up close with cameras to an exciting array of amazing animals. And we've put together what we believe is the best photographic adventure in the Galapagos.

There are a lot of Galapagos cruises - so it's a pretty big statement to say "the best photographic adventure in the Galapagos." Prove it.

We start with the MV Samba, a small elegant vessel with 7 comfortable cabins, a great galley, crew, and a large area of open deck (important for photographing whales, dolphins, and scenery).

Juan Salcedo, Samba's chief guide, has secured an ideal itinerary for nature photography. We have a wonderful selection of islands, great trails on those islands, and landing times that coincide with good light and great wildlife activity. And we stay ashore much longer than the average Galapagos cruise group - taking our time to work the opportunities and let "nature perform".

Diane and Bob lead each group of 10-12 photographers on a one or two week adventure amongst the islands - creating really good rations between photography guide/instructors and participants. We'll help you understand the photographic challenges of each landing - in addition to working with Juan to get you to great opportunities in great light. We're skilled at working with photographers of all abilities - helping you both "get the shot" and grow your skills in this exciting environment.

The Galapagos visitor count went from 2,000 in the 60s to 150,000 today. To manage impacts to this remarkable ecosystem, visitors are only allowed on a few trails spread out over the 60 islands. Shore time is limited to daylight hours. And each boat has to stick to a specific itinerary, built in advance, to keep the visits spread out across the islands.

When you choose a boat, check its itinerary - even more important than the on-board amenities.

Juan is a great naturalist guide - and a good photographer himself. He is great at helping participants sit quietly and let the animals go about their lives in ways that create fantastic compositional opportunities. He's also a wealth of knowledge and very good at explaining complex natural processes in ways we can all understand. Your non-photographer travel partner will not feel impatient with our photographic group when he/she has this walking encyclopedia to discuss marine and island life with!


Back on the Samba, each cabin has ample electricity for downloading and charging. And, it's customary for those on board to gather in the salon to compare images and discuss technique. A large flat screen enables us to see images as a group and for the instructors/guide to give lectures and orientations.

Why is this the best Galapagos Photography Trip?

  • Sailings timed for great natural events
  • Excellent collection of island stops
  • Landings timed for photographic opportunities
  • More time ashore
  • Photography guides who are strong photographers and great teachers
  • Best photo guide to group size ratio
  • Superior naturalist guide
  • Better preparation with each outing
  • Small group on small yacht, rather than small group on a large yacht with a lot of non-photographers
  • Great boat for working with scenery, whale and dolphin sightings
  • Snorkel gear provided free (won't take up space in your travel bags)
  • Great facility for downloading, recharging, comparing images, talking photography
  • We're passionate about the Galapagos - and about Galapagos conservation

You'll be traveling and designing images with a group of avid photographers that has joined Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey to explore nature photography destinations around the planet. These people are welcoming of newcomers - and quite typically stay in touch with each other long after the adventure.

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures


Wild Bunch
on the Inca Trail

They will climb over Dead Woman's Pass as the Wild Bunch treks the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Time along the way in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We won't forget Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo! And then an extension up to Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian border! Are you wild enough? Contact us!
April 29 - May 9
Tidepools, sunsets, sea stacks, arches and caves, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and huge old growth forests. Fall asleep to moonlight on the waves and the sounds of breaking waves - and rise to full moon set at sunrise - over a low tide extravaganza. This is one you won't want to miss!
June 2 - June 9

Morocco and Spain

Private photography adventure.
Contact us if you would like us to design one for you!
Private Tour
Sep 9-27
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in Portland, Maine for an intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at new technologies - how to adjust to them and how to choose which to own.
Space Available
Oct 28-30
Join us in NW Argentina as we explore exciting geography in search of great photographic opportunities. This area is like the US Southwest on steroids with many more colors of rock, interesting species of plants and animals, exciting salt flats, and (bring along someone special) a fantastic wine country. The images you create here won't have already been "done" by others! Join us!
Space Available
Nov 9-20

Northern Costa Rica

Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. Join us for the inagural run of our newest Costa Rica adventure.
Space Available
Dec 3-13


Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available Jan 15-21

Wild Bunch Does
In Winter

The wild ones are at it again. They will cross country ski, snowshoe, hike longer trails, and stay longer to make the most of Yellowstone in Winter! The Wild Bunch is a special group of Nature Photography Adventure Clients that is willing to push themselves further to get to great positions for photography opportunities. Are you Wild Bunch material? Contact us - let's talk!
Space Available
Jan 22-30  
Join us for a photographic exploration of the mountains, Pacific-facing rainforests, cloud forests, and coastal mangrove wetland forests - and all the great species that live there! Think birds, reptiles, monkeys, frogs, butterflies, leaf cutter ants - and more!
Space Available
Feb 10-20
Patagonia, that far southern region of the Americas that encompasses big parts of both Chile and Argentina... that includes the "third pole", a region of amazing icefields and glaciers... that is home to Mount Fitzroy (El Chalten) and Torres del Paine... a land of guanacos and condors... a photographer's paradise. Join this adventure - designed for photography!
Space Available
Mar 10-23
Springtime in Yellowstone and the Tetons is all about baby animals, green grasses and wildflowers, reflections of snow-capped peaks and some of the best times to photograph thermal features, waterfalls, and wildlife! Join us!
Space Available
May 20-27

Alaska Bears and Salmon

When the salmon come upstream, the bears are there to meet them. And we'll be waiting to see and photograph the action! While this adventure begins and ends in Anchorage - the real action will be based in Lake Clark National Park and the Katmai Preserve! We'll base in the park and fly out in floatplanes daily to meet the salmon runs! Contact us for details! Limited Space Available Aug 1-8
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Sept 3-17
Monument Valley, Mystery Valley, Antelope Canyon and more - as we explore the red rocks and strong light of this magic land of Navajo and Anasazi! Limited Space Available Oct 3-8
Come see those huge stone heads on the beaches of Easter Island - and find countless landscape photography opportunites using the heads, the full moon, sea caves, petroglyphs, exciting coastlines, and the site of the Bird Man ceremonies. Limited Space Available Oct 31 - Nov 7



in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available
Jan 14-20
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Space Available

Feb 11-22


Casablanca. Rabat. Fes. Marrakech. Meknes. Ouarzazate. The Atlas Mountains. The Sahara. Doorways. Tanneries. Gates. Medinas and souks. Riads. And a tented desert camp complete with camels to ride. Join us for a celebration of Morocco's historic cultures - and a wealth of photographic opportunities. Space Available Mar

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Space Available Apr 8-18

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Space Available June 3-11
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Space Available
July 10-19

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach!
Space Available

Belize and Guatemala

Our Belize and Guatemala Adventure explores Mayan sites, rainforest trails, and caves, capturing the Indiana Jones feel of the Mayan highland rainforest.
Space Available
November 10-18