A low level image of a herd of elephant, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

Photograph the African Wildlife of Zimanga in 2018

Head to South Africa to photograph the African wildlife of the Zimanga Reserve, the first reserve in Africa to be designed specifically to satisfy the needs of today’s wildlife photographer.

A low level image of a herd of elephant, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

The 2018 event is now full – please consider booking for the 2019 event, which is already open for bookings, you can join the NaturesLens Zimanga African Hides & Safari Photography Holiday, which is taking place in 3rd – 10th May 2019, for the same price as 2018, that is £3599 – hold your places with a 20% deposit only.

A low level image of a rhino, typical of those that may be captured at Zimanga Game Reserve during the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

The African bushveld is an environment famed for its variety of wildlife, & the unique safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join NaturesLens photography leaders on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.

This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime. Places are limited so make sure to book early to avoid missing out.

Our trip offers you 5 traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than two photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks, so off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the African wildlife at their eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the park.

Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip to keep things simple for you & NaturesLens will provide photography tuition as needed.

This is a trip you will never forget – book now to avoid disappointment & to take advantage of the special offer pricing!

Limited spots available on our Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays for 2018

Year on year, our Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays produce stunning imagery, with the photogenic Dalmatian Pelicans, a vast lake & the backdrop of the mountain range, it is not hard to see why.

Now only two places remain available for the 1st of our Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays in 2018 – full details of the trip are available here …

In full breeding plummage with their pouch a vibrant orange the dalmatian pelicans make for an entrancing photographic subject photographed on one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays

The second set of dates is now full!

Almost prehistoric in appearance the dalmatian pelicans of Greece are extremely photogenic photographed on one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican photography holidays

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (10 of 13)

Photograph the White Horses of the Camargue in 2018

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (4 of 13)

Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have 7 photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

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You will photograph the iconic white horses, alone & in groups, as they posture, trot & gallop through the marshes, surf & lakes, their grace & elegance reflected back through the surface of the water.

With several drives per shoot, you will have ample opportunity to capture images from a range of perspectives, including horses running towards the lens & across your field of view.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (1 of 13)

We have included a special portrait session, to be conducted during one of the afternoon sessions of the trip, this will include both the white stallion & the black stallion, against a moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic feisty close-up shots.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (2 of 13)

Accommodation is a 3-star hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. In trip transportation is also included in the cost. International flights, lunch, dinner, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WHITE HORSES OF THE CAMARGUE FOR YOURSELF?

We have an opportunity in 2018 for you to undertake photography of the White Horses of the Camargue in the dunes, beaches and surf of the Camargue for yourself, the photography holiday costs £2099 each participant, this price excludes air travel to & within France itself – all ground transportation within France, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday are September 14th – 18th, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Puffin photography holiday in June on Skomer – one place re-available

Normally, this does not happen, but we have had a place become re-available for our puffin photography holiday in June during which we spend three nights living on Skomer Island.

A serene portrait of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer – typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

This trip is to be held over the dates of June 17 @ 8:00 am – June 20 @ 10:00 am, & is to be lead by myself, David Miles, & Sean Weekly; the trip encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population & many other mammals.

Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. The island has the largest colony of breeding seabirds in Southern Britain Beginning in early spring, thousands of colourful puffins crowd the island, popping their heads out from the entry to their burrows, they skim the visitors to the island as they pass overhead carrying sand eels or burrow materials.

Additionally, they are often to be seen socialising in huge groups on the sea. The puffins, the “clowns of the sea”, are endearing & utterly photogenic. You can expect them to come within feet of you & even to walk between your feet – they also have an uncanny attachment to walking right up to a camera lens, making for some amazing close-up shots. It should also be noted that the landscape of Skomer lends itself to wider-angle shots, incorporating the scenic backdrop & birds in the foreground, to show the subject in it’s environment.

Skomer is not only about the puffins, although they are without a doubt the stars of the show. The more sedate razorbills & guillemots watch visitors from the rugged cliffs that make up the island’s terrain. If we are lucky, we might observe Gannets diving into the sea. It is also worth noting that inland of the island there are colonies of short-eared owls, these beautiful birds of prey fly & hunt during the day on the island.

The puffin photography holiday cost is £499 for the 3 night stay, this includes hostel-like accommodation in the converted farm house, breakfast & dinner, photography tuition from myself & Sean on an as-needed basis.

As mentioned, it is unusual for us to have a place become available at this late stage – if you would like to book it, please drop us an email using our contact page.

One of the young snow monkeys found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A special pricing offer for Japan in Winter 2018

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple, we have an offer that might entice you to join our Japan in Winter Photography Holiday in February 2018, for a room that is shared, can you book a pair of places for £5199 each instead of £5499!

You & a companion can join us & spend time with the gorgeous snow monkeys as shown in this post, also several days with the red-crowned cranes & the whooper swans, then four days focussed on stellers sea eagles & white-tailed sea eagles on our six boat trips & also at a couple of other locations.

A young snow monkey of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

For travelling companions happy to share a room or a couple, you can book a pair of places for £10,398 – details of the whole trip are available here, quote JAPANPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

One of the juvenile snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

We had a couple of non-photographer spouses on the recent tour – & it would be fair to say that they got as much from the tour as anyone else, more in some areas in fact, as their face was not pressed against the back of the camera, focussed on only what they could see through the viewfinder!

One of the young snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WILDLIFE OF JAPAN IN WINTER FOR YOURSELF?

We have an opportunity in 2018 for you to undertake photography of the blakiston’s fish owl, red-crowned cranes, snow monkeys, steller’s sea eagles, ural owl, white-tailed sea eagles, whooper swans & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan for yourself, the photography holiday costs £5199 each for a sharing couple or sharing travelling companions exc. air travel to & within Japan itself – all ground transportation within Japan, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the dates for the Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour is February 10 February 23, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

February 2018, join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens & venture across magnificent winter landscapes in Utah, the Teton Mountains & Yellowstone National Park, capturing a wide range of native wildlife on camera, including bird species, deadly predators & others, as they live side by side in throughout harsh winter months. Join us to photograph bald eagle, bison, bobcat, elk, moose, trumpeter swan & more in the dramatic scenery of Utah, the Teton mountains & Yellowstone in Winter.

We will travel between different locations so that you will witness the rich variety of wildlife that this region of North America has to offer, capturing stunning images that will benefit from the magnificent backdrops that these wintery landscapes provide. Book now for the photography experience of a lifetime!

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers to join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday, to experience & photograph the spectacularly diverse wildlife that Utah & Wyoming, & Yellowstone itself, have to offer during winter months.

A coyote, one of the best predators to encounter in Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The trip begins with the exploration of the wetlands of Farmington Bay along Great Salt Lake in Utah. This stunning landscape is rich with wildlife, & winter conditions make the animals more exposed in their appearance & behaviour, which benefits wildlife photographers. For example, the colder, shorter days force owls & raptors to hunt in the daytime, giving you the chance to capture them on camera in flight & as they track their prey. Here you will also have the chance to photograph a wide range of bird species, including short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, & rough legged hawks, amongst others.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Moving on to Antelope Island, you will witness pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, coyotes & red fox which roam the area, made ever more bleak by challenging winter conditions. We will then travel out of Salt Lake City & make a 300 mile journey to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, making the most of wildlife to be spotted across the wide reaching vistas along the way. You will then have the chance to spend several days experiencing the rich wildlife that the local ecosystem has to offer.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The Teton Mountains become covered in a blanket of snow throughout winter, offering a unique perspective of the landscape & providing a magical background for wildlife photography. Harsher winter climates in the Yellowstone & Teton regions attract an abundance of wildlife that complements their unparalleled scenery. Many of the species tend to be less mobile in these conditions, making them easier to spot & therefore enables photographers to capture images of superior quality.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

This trip also offers you the chance to spend a day at the National Elk Refuge, which provides a winter habitat for Elks when weather often becomes too challenging for these animals. From here we will travel to Jackson Hole, at the most northerly point of Yellowstone, where we will be based for a further 5 days of the trip so that you will be able to really experience the native wildlife & winter landscapes, & add a plethora of stunning images to your photography portfolio.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Yellowstone in winter offers photographers abundant opportunities to capture magnificent images of the huge variety of free-ranging wildlife, which inhabits the park, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters & eagles. This photography safari is therefore highly predator-orientated, as their camouflage is weakened due to the snow. We have chosen to include at least one day venturing to inner-Yellowstone, to photograph frozen rivers & waterfalls, as well as the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

Full details of the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday may be viewed here, a 20% deposit secures your place, with the balance due late 2017.

No bird typifies time on Hokkaido more than the Red Crowned Crane photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Another successful Japanese Winter Wildlife tour to Hokkaido & Honshu

I’ve just returned from spending two weeks, in good company of some great NaturesLens clients, where we were on a trip to attempt photograph the fantastic Japanese Winter Wildlife, including the Blakiston’s fish owl, the red crowned crane, the adorable snow monkeys in their spa & in the snow, the fantastic Steller’s Sea Eagle, & their close relations the White-Tailed Sea Eagle, dreamy Whooper Swans & more in the wintery landscapes of Japan.

One of the young snow monkeys found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

This year, for potentially the last time, we started our Japanese Winter Wildlife trip with the snow monkeys; for next year, we will be starting on Hokkaido & finishing with the snow monkeys, this is mainly so that we can get into a truly wonderful hotel, that no-one should miss out upon. This year, as every year, the snow monkeys did not disappoint, all our clients captured some fantastic images of these primates in their hot spa & in the surrounding snow-clad valley.

A young snow monkey, as can be found in the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The first photographic target species on Hokkaido are always the red-crowned cranes, every year, we try for sunset, sunrise & daytime images of these graceful birds – this year, we only had a decent sunset on the first day of two in the area, but the cranes obliged & flew over the tree-line & in-front of the setting sun.

No bird typifies time on Hokkaido more than the Red Crowned Crane photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Moving on from the cranes, we spent several days photographing the beautiful whooper swans on their caldera lake, these are a subject people always fall in love with. Our hotel for the swans was one that boasts wildlife literally outside the windows, & we had a Blakiston’s fish owl & fox come up from the river. The next morning, sable & Hokkaido squirrel were spotted, along with another fox.

After a couple of days in the area, we moved on, northwards, three days of bitter cold, early morning starts & a plethora of eagle action was promised, & delivered upon. Each of the days was very different in conditions, with pack ice forcing us back into the harbour on the second day. Each day, the eagles kept us entertained & the memory cards just kept being filled with superb images of the birds diving, posing, performing flypasts & more.

One of the Sea Eagles soars over the ice laden seas of Hokkaido photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A quick sojourn down the peninsulas on our way towards the south of Hokkaido, saw us photographing fox & deer in large quantities, & heading to a large frozen lake to photograph the morning squabble for fish amongst Black-eared Kites, White-tailed Sea Eagles & Steller’s Sea Eagles. This location produces some of the cleanest background images of the eagles that I believe are achievable, the action is frantic, like a kite-feeding station, the interactions often harsh, but the photographic opportunities are plentiful.

A steller's sea eagle flies over one of the frozen lakes of Hokkaido in the Winter photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

A Steller's Sea Eagles lands on the ice of one of Hokkaido's lakes photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the Steller's Sea Eagles soars over the ice of one of Hokkaido's lakes photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

February 2018 is yet another return visit to Japan to photograph the various species on offer, including the blakiston’s fish owl, red crowned crane, snow monkey, stellers sea eagle, ural owl, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan & more; so if you fancy photographing the wonderful winter wildlife & the amazing bleak landscapes, whilst absorbing the culture & everything else Japan in Winter has to offer, then join me for this spectacular Winter Wildlife experience, all the details of the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday may be viewed here.