AFFORDABLE, SMALL GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES ACROSS THE GLOBE
Guided Photo Safaris with Wildlife Photographer, Rick Collins
Nothing accelerates the heartbeat of a wildlife photographer like the thought of going on safari. SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS is here to make it happen. Our safaris are designed by photographers for photographers. 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 English-speaking 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 value for dollar in a stress-free environment. The only decision you’ll have to make is when to press the shutter button!
SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA
TANZANIA'S NATIONAL PARKS & THE GREAT MIGRATION | 12-24 AUGUST 2018| 2 SPOTS LEFT !
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, but in ancient history and cultural heritage.
Our Tanzania photo safaris combine the world’s most abundant wildlife parks and conservation areas with expert photo coaching, local naturalist guides and experienced drivers while traveling in comfort in one of the safest destinations on the African continent.
The good news is that in 2018 we're again offering TANZANIA'S NATIONAL PARKS & THE GREAT MIGRATION safari, and the better news is that we're offering it at the 2017 price! Read what safari guests from this year had to say.
Join wildlife photographer RICK COLLINS on the ultimate 12-day African photo safari spanning Tanzania’s northern national parks – with wildlife unique to each – and culminating in one of the most extraordinary natural spectacles on earth – the Great Wildebeest Migration. With camera in hand, you’ll witness the largest mammal migration in the world as more than 1-1/2 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles cross the crocodile-infested Mara River separating Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park from Kenya’s Masai Mara. This is the photo opportunity of a lifetime and one you won’t want to miss!
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CHOOSING AN AFRICAN PHOTO SAFARI THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
HOW TO AVOID BIG DISAPPOINTMENTS AND UNEXPECTED COSTS
Choosing a safari is like deciding which road to take on the map: it's not just a question of how many miles between points, but how many hours it takes to get there. Distance alone can be deceptive due to the terrain, road conditions, the weather, the vehicle, the driver's skill, passenger comfort, possible detours and breakdowns, and varying speed limits. The shortest route isn't always the quickest, nor the best.
When researching a safari, one needs to consider not just the price - the 'distance' - but a myriad of other details - particularly the inclusions and exclusions. The cheaper safari can often wind up costing far more than the all-inclusive.
There are literally thousands of safari companies, tour operators, photo guides and, yes, scammers vying for the 50 millions+ tourists that flock to Africa each year. The range of safaris - from a la carte budget to all-inclusive luxury - is as diverse as the sheer amount of information is overwhelming.
There's that old cliche: 'You get what you pay for.' Or do you?
10 QUESTIONS TO ASK TO ENSURE YOU'RE MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
A DAY ON SAFARI with Photographer, Rick Collins
Over many years of travel and photographing around the globe, the National Parks of Tanzania and the Great Migration stand out as one of the best adventures ever. This safari has been carefully crafted, day-by-day, to optimize your personal experience including the small size of our group, highly experienced guides, safe and unique accommodations, the best transportation for viewing and photographing, and Africa's densest concentration of wildlife and birds - all far away from tourist crowds. You will also enjoy spending quality time with several tribes in the area where you'll get a true sense of Africa.
Our safari game drives are planned around the best light available to maximize your photographic opportunities. This will mean shooting from cool, early morning sunrise to mid-morning – when the wildlife is most active – and between the soft, golden rays of late afternoon until dusk, when the parks close, and hot showers and the rattle of ice-chilled Sundowners beckon us home.
From mid-morning until early afternoon – the hottest part of the day in both temperature and lighting – we will enjoy the comforts of the lodge where we can relax, download, process and edit, partake in one-on-one photo discussions and critiques with the photo leader (or anyone else for that matter!) and ingest and imbibe the gourmet food and drinks on offer.
Every effort will be made to make each and every day a day to remember. At the same time, you are in Africa. The unexpected is included in your tour – free of charge!
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SPOTLIGHT ON 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 a chance to photograph these incredible creatures on their home turf, up close and personal.
Join photographer RICK COLLINS in 2018 for the expanded 8-day Alaskan Grizzly Bear Photo Workshop. You'll spend four days photographing Coastal Brown Bears in their natural habitat along the shores of Alaska’s remote Lake Clark National Park followed by three days shooting brown bears fishing the falls at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. A 3-day extension is being offered on the Kenai Peninsula prior to the bear workshop where you'll get a chance to shoot whales and glaciers in Seward and eagles and marine life in Homer. It doesn't get better than this!
Rick was lead bear guide eight years at a private concession within the 4-1/2 million acre Lake Clark National park, and he offers photographers a unique perspective, combining his knowledge of photography, the landscape and familiarity with the bears with a guarantee for safety and unlimited photo opportunities.
GULL ISLAND, ALASKA
Gull Island, located in Cook Inlet, is one of the alternative rookeries to Duck Island on the Alaskan Grizzly Bear Workshop, 1-6 July 2017. The island is home to nesting colonies of puffins - both horned and tufted, common murres, eider ducks, parakeet auklets among others. See it for yourself; but for now, have a play!
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