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GUIDED WILDLIFE PHOTO SAFARIS

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AFFORDABLE SMALL GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Why SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS?

Nothing accelerates the heartbeat of a wildlife photographer like the thought of going on safari. SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS is here to make it happen. Whether photographing grizzly bears and breaching whales in remote Alaska, or the Big Five and the Great Migration in Africa, SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS will put you in the right spot at the right time.

Nothing has been overlooked – from the intimate small groups of like-minded photographers to the ample comfort of the specially modified safari vehicles; from our in-field expert photo trainers to the outstanding naturalist-guides and photography-savvy drivers; from the choice and range of accommodation near the action to the succulent organic table fare; nothing has been spared.

We presume your primary objective in booking a photo safari is to enrich your knowledge of photography and to take advantage of the best photo opportunities our destinations have to offer.   Our goal is to provide you with those opportunities and the right professional photographer to help realize your expectations within a comfortable and safe environment.

We pride ourselves on our all-inclusive packaging, offering the photographer tremendous value in a stress-free environment.  The only decision you’ll have to make is when to press the shutter button!

With that in mind, check out our photo safari offerings for 2019 and 2020.

2020 ALASKA

The State of Alaska is one of the world's last frontiers.  It is the largest state in the union and the third least populous with just over 700,000 residents. It also contains the world’s largest wildlife refuge and is home to 31,000 grizzly bears – 17 times the number of grizzlies recorded in the total Lower 48 states.  The almighty grizzly is the top-of-the-food chain, and SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS is offering photographers three unique opportunities to photograph these incredible creatures on their home turf, up close and personal.

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ALASKAN GRIZZLIES AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

LAKE CLARK AND KATMAI NATIONAL PARKS
28 June - 10 July, 2020
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Each of Alaska’s national parks offer an extraordinary opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. None more so than Lake Clark National Park where, during this time of year, bears are abundant and the photo opportunities abound. No viewing platforms, no time limitations, and no distance restrictions (within reason). Silver Salmon Creek offers several sedge fields, attracting large numbers of sows with cubs and juveniles under the age of seven. There have also been increased sightings of wolves, foxes, otters, moose and lynx.

What you won’t find during these dates are fishing bears, but don’t despair! We’re spending 3 days at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park where the salmon are running and the bears are giving chase.

INCLUDES four day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula.

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THE FISHING BEARS OF KATMAI

BROOKS FALLS and THE KATMAI COAST
11-22 July, 2020
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Katmai National Park is one of Alaska’s most scenic parks, combining the rugged interior of snowcapped mountains, verdant pine forests and glacial waters with a seemingly endless, untamed coastline.

Katmai also has the largest concentration of grizzly bears in Alaska, numbering around 2200, and two salmon runs a year that are as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Put them together and you’ve got an extraordinary opportunity to photograph non-stop fishing bear action at the height of the July salmon run. What makes this photo workshop offering extra-extraordinary is that we’re combining two top fishing bear venues, Brooks Falls on the interior and Hallo Bay on the Katmai Coast, into a single photo adventure.

INCLUDES three day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula.

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FISHING BEARS AND THE ALASKA PANHANDLE

BROOKS FALLS and ANAN CREEK
23 July - 5 August, 2020
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The Alaska Panhandle is known for its raw beauty, offering unique opportunities to photograph both scenery and marine and wildlife interactions not seen elsewhere in Alaska.

In addition to the grizzly nonstop fishing action at the falls in Katmai National Park and a four day marine excursion on the Kenai Peninsula, this photo workshop includes four days of exceptional opportunities to photograph brown and black bears competitively fishing at Anan Creek in Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, humpback whales bubble-net feeding in the Alexander Archipeligo, and the sensational scenery and marine life of the LaPonte Glacier. INCLUDES three day Kenai excursion.

NOTE: This workshop starts in Anchorage and finishes in Wrangell.

AFRICA 2020

Africa has long been the ultimate destination for photographers, whether serious or casual. Nowhere else on earth will you find such a variety and abundance of photo opportunities – not just countries rich in wildlife and spectacular scenery, but in ancient history and cultural heritage.

Our African photo safaris combine the world’s most abundant wildlife parks and conservation areas with expert photo coaching, local naturalist guides and experienced drivers and pilots while traveling in comfort in the safest destinations on the African continent.

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THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD PHOTO SAFARI

ZIMBABWE (Vic Falls); BOTSWANA (Chobe River and Okavango Delta); TANZANIA (Great Migration)
13 - 28 AUGUST, 2020
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The African continent is as big as it is varied in countries, cultures and wildlife.  Join seven photographers and wildlife photography guide, Rick Collins, as they explore the highlights and wildlife habitats of three dynamic destinations in Southern and East Africa: Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania.

From the grandeur of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to house-boating on the Chobe River and luxury camping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana to the Great Migration in Tanzania, this is an extraordinary opportunity to experience and photograph incredibly diverse animal habitats, contrasting cultures and unique landscapes indicative of the multi-national continent.

INCLUDES an optional hot air balloon safari above the Serengeti

 
 
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NATURAL HABITATS AND THE EXTREMES OF NATURE PHOTO SAFARI

ZIMBABWE (Vic Falls); BOTSWANA (Chobe River, Okavango Delta); NAMIBIA (Namib Desert and Etosha N.P.)
24 SEPTEMBER - 10 OCTOBER, 2020
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Africa is a continent of extremes - from the world’s largest waterfall to the oldest and driest desert, from the planet’s largest mammals to its smallest reptiles. Over the millennia, African wildlife has learned to adapt to the extremes of nature. And with the rapid advance of climate change, their continued survival becomes ever more dependent upon how quickly they learn to adapt as they face the same three options: emigrate, expire or evolve.

Join us at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for a spectacular 17-day photo safari that is as much about the landscape as it is about the wildlife. Cruise the Chobe River, a year-round ‘waterhole’, on a houseboat; paddle the channels of the Okavango Delta, a seasonal ‘waterhole’ that draws a migratory cast of characters; wander the dry of Namibia where the desert meets the sea, where elephants roam the dunes and lions feed on seals, where both predator and prey are forced to share the same scarce waterhole - often at the same time.

 
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FROM BOTH SIDES NOW: KENYA, TANZANIA AND THE GREAT MIGRATION

KENYA (Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara) and TANZANIA (Serengeti - North and Central, Ngorongoro Crater)
3 - 19 SEPTEMBER,2020
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Throughout childhood, the Dark Continent of Africa conjured up incredible fantasies of high adventure, exotic tribes and abundant wildlife roaming magical lands called ‘The Masai Mara’ and ‘The Serengeti’. Now you can turn these childhood dreams into idyllic images in this epic 17-day photo adventure, featuring photographic highlights of Kenya and Tanzania.

Join photo leaders Rick Collins and Ron Niebrugge on the Holy Grail of African safaris, commencing in Nairobi, Kenya and finishing in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Photograph Amboseli’s big-tusked elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro; visit Lake Nakuru with the world’s largest concentration of flamingoes and the best place to see rhinos. Witness wildlife’s greatest spectacle, the Great Migration, from both Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti - two very different perspectives - as 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras run the gauntlet through the crocodile-infested Mara River separating the two countries. Traverse the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera with it’s private ecosystem of 26,000 mammals.

This is literally the safari photographers dream about. Contact Rick for further details.

 

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