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Professional nature photographers Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey design and lead nature and cultural photography adventures and workshops around the world. These are truly photography tours designed by photographers for photographers.

Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey have used nature photography as a primary tool in the development, management and promotion of nature tourism - and in communicating about conservation issues. Projects and assignments have taken them to special and fragile natural and cultural locations around the world. Their photography has been published on all continents, in many forms, from multi-media productions, to websites, to books and magazines, and technical reports. Their work has changed the way visitors patronize natural and cultural destinations - and has resulted in the naming of new protected areas.

 

Nature Photography Adventures offers a selection of special nature and cultural photography adventures, to share special places and natural events with small groups of photographers who seek to improve their skills while photographing in unique natural and cultural settings.

"Wonderful adventures with great leaders-- Love Nature Photography Adventures" Patricia B

Each of these adventures is custom designed for the photography group - to get photographers to the right place at the right time. Many of the adventures share special and secret photography locations that Bob and Diane have discovered in their work - often locations that are unknown to tourism and often to other photographers.

 

Each adventure focuses on seeing and making stunning photographs - using equipment, skills, and technology to support design and composition. Our focus is on image design and we teach participants to understand and use technology to accomplish design goals. We prefer to "coach" individually in the field - and often deliver evening lectures using PowerPoint shows and hands-on lessons.

Each adventure is designed to minimize impact on natural and cultural resources we visit - while getting our groups to special places at the best times. We frequently employ local guides to facilitate our explorations - and to add natural and cultural interpretation to our outings.

We also design in flexibility. As photographers, we are more concerned about being at the right place when the moment happens than sticking to a predetermined schedule. We adjust to weather, photographic opportunities, and the interests of the group we are traveling with.

Most of the participants you will encounter on our adventures have been out with us before. The small groups we travel with tend to foster the development of long-term relationships - with participants "staying in touch" with each other and arranging to travel together again.

Many of our adventures are suitable for the "companion" who is not so serious about photography, but also has an interest in the great natural and cultural phenomena we witness.

Note: Our photography adventures and workshops are non-smoking. Thank you.

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2021

This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Full
Aug 3-10
It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Full
Sep 9-20
Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Full
Oct 9-16
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans!
Full
Oct 20-29
Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Full
Dec 3-12

2022

Frogs and waterfalls. Cloud forest canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Space Available
Jan 23-31
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... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Full
Feb 14-25

Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Full
Mar 4-16

Rwanda Gorillas Private Safari

We're headed into Rwanda's high mountains to spend time with gorillas, chimps, other primates - and more!
Full
June
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Jul 31 - Aug 7
We're headed into the northern Serengeti to witness and photograph the Great Migration as it crosses the fabled Mara River. Nile Crocodiles (the big ones) and treacherous waters make the crossing dangerous. And, predators lurk on both sides of the river, as well! This zone is rich in all kinds of wildlife - the photographic opportunities are outstanding. We did our homework to build just the right logistics for photographers - and to make our time in and out of the vehicles great. Join us!
Space Available
Aug 15 - 26
It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Limited
Space Available
Aug 30 - Sep 10

 

Let's get wilder... deeper into Africa... away from the crowds... and find wild dogs and exciting hooved animals, elephants in great herds, glorious towers of giraffes, and endless pools of hippos. Amazing birds! Rivers and mountains - and all the big cats. We'll travel by plane, boat, safari vehicle - and by foot to put us in great places to make great images. Oh, and we've timed this for night skies! This will be one very special adventure!
Space Available
Sep 17-30
Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Space Available
Oct 9-16
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
Space Available
Oct 20-29
Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Space Available
Dec 3-12

2023

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group (4-6 plus one leader), often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Dates are tentative until we secure permits. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!
Full
Jan 5-17
Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno! The third pole. Condors. Gauchos. Guanacos. This is wild country with abrupt peaks, glaciers, wide open spaces, and gorgeous waterfalls. We've done the homework to put you in the best spots, at the best time, for the best light. When the early morning sun lights up Fitzroy and its neighbors, you'll know you are where you are supposed to be! When the clouds dance among Las Cuernas, you'll be glad you are with us! Join us!
Space Available
Feb 1-13
Join us in Iguazú Falls, along the Brazil/Argentina border for a waterfall photography extravaganza - the opportunity to photograph one of the biggest waterfalls in the world from every conceivable angle, at all times of the day, including by moonlight. You will press your limits, develop new skills, and come home with striking images that will dazzle! And all of that is before you even start thinking about birds and other animals!
Space Available
Mar 2-10
We're headed back to the Galapagos on an entirely new itinerary on a great new vessel - the Nemo II! The new itinerary will take us to some of our favorite place - and introduce those of you who have traveled with us before to some new experiences. Blue-footed boobies. Galapagos Tortoises. Flightless Cormorants. Marine and Land Iguanas. Spectacular Scenery and stunning lava formations. Don't miss this exciting photography adventure!
Space Available
Apr 14-24
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
Jul 8-17
It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Space Available
Aug 29 - Sep 9
         

2024

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group (4-6 plus one leader), often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Dates are tentative until we secure permits. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!
Limited
Space Available
Jan 5-17
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... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb
14-25