You are welcomed to join NaturesLens co-founder, David, on a photography adventure consisting of several days of photography of Helgoland’s Grey Seals on the harsh coastline of a German Island in the North Sea, home to an impressive population of Atlantic grey seals & harbour seals. David will guide you throughout, aiding you in capturing stunning images of these impressive animals, while respecting their fragile natural environment.
Wildlife photography of any seal population has been a controversial issue in recent years, & therefore ethical & respectful photography practices are necessary to ensure that the seals & the environment do not come to any harm. NaturesLens have created this photography holiday with issues of sustainability & animal welfare in mind by devising a schedule which allows wildlife enthusiasts to experience the seals first-hand & capture striking photographs, all the while being mindful of their welfare & what precautions are necessary to preserve their natural habitat.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the grey seals colony at Düne Island, in Germany, during the Helgoland’s Grey Seals photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1299per participant.
NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers on a 5 night long adventure to the harsh coastline of Düne & Helgoland, a pair of small islands in the North Sea, capturing images of the impressive seal population of Helgoland’s Grey Seals within this bleak weather-beaten landscape.
Each day, you will travel to the Düne beaches by ferry, where you will be able to photograph seals with guaranteed sightings & great shots. At all times, David will guide you during the photography activities & will be heedful of the seals, preventing any disturbance of the animals by keeping at a safe distance from both adults & pups, while using longer lenses to capture the best possible images.
The cost of this photography tour is £1299per participant per participant which includes return transport between Hamburg Airport & Cuxhaven, ferry costs to reach Helgoland from Cuxhaven, luggage costs on the ferry, five nights accommodation, the first in Cuxhaven, then on Helgoland itself on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, & a final night in Hamburg; four crossings to Düne from Helgoland. Numbers are restricted to ensure that the trip is sustainable, ethical & enjoyable for every photographer, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: grey seal
Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.
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You are making an enquiry for the Helgoland’s Grey Seals photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 21st - 26th January 2023 & costs £1299per participant, this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £200 to secure a place.
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How to Book
Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
Recommended Camera Equipment
For this photography workshop, we recommend that you bring the longest lens that you own whether this is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. If the longest lens you own is a 300mm lens but you have a 1.4x or 2.0 extender this would be suitable for our workshop. In fact, you should pack your extenders as this will allow you to further vary your focal length on this photography workshop. Similarly, if you own a 100-400mm lens, this would work too.
We recommend that you bring weather covers to protect your expensive lens from the weather in case it rains or you get caught in a sudden sandstorm.
You should also pack a tripod that can go down low on the ground or beanbag to help steady your lens. This will come in very handy when you are trying to capture eye-level shots of the seals.
For this photography workshop, the weather can be changeable so we would recommend that you pack layers of thin fleeces or mid shirts & jumpers since you can remove items of clothing as you start to warm up. You don't need to bring camouflage clothes but please do pack neutral coloured clothes so that you blend into the landscape. You should also bring a warm waterproof coat & waterproof trousers in case it rains, so you are covered for all eventualities.
Silk gloves or a thin pair of thermal gloves with rubber grip on the fingers & palm will help to keep your hands warm. Silk gloves are great for wicking away moisture from your hands, leaving them dry & therefore lovely & warm. Gloves where the fingers are cut away so that you can operate your camera with them on would be a good substitute.
Don't forget to pack sensible waterproof walking boots & a warm hat to protect your head in case it is windy.
NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens.
NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
Travel Insurance Requirements
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
The Helgoland’s Grey Seals photography holiday is a photography holiday of 5 night/6 day duration, that costs £1299per participant & takes place in Helgoland in Germany, between the dates of 21st - 26th January 2023. It is ideal for photographing grey seal & more. This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 7, plus David. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Hamburg Airport. Transfers between Hamburg Airport & Helgoland are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £200 to secure a place.