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Photo Tours

AP has teamed up with world-renowned tour specialists Zoom Photo Tours to introduce Amateur Photographer Photo Tours, a programme of fantastic photo holidays and workshops to some of the most unspoilt and photogenic destinations in the UK and around the world, led by a team of internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographers. Here are the details, which we will update regularly as needed.


 

Travel broadens the mind, feeds the soul and ignites our creativity. Being in nature makes us feel connected to the world and boosts our mental health. As a photographer what could be better than finding yourself in a beautiful location filled with visual wonder? Well there is one thing better: being in that location with one of the world’s leading photographers whose sole purpose is to help you to develop your skills behind the camera.

AP is thrilled to be able to offer readers an exciting programme of tours and workshops to a hand-picked selection of great photographic locations in the UK and great bucket-list destinations beyond, accompanied by the likes of National Geographic photographers Steve Winter and Mattias A Klum, Travel Photographer of the Year Philip Lee Harvey, world-renowned bird photographer David Tipling, and landscape pro Jeremy Walker.

Organised by a professional team with a lifetime’s experience in the travel industry and a leading provider of photo tours since 2013, you can be assured of a great holiday adventure with good food, quality hotels, reliable transportation and of course unparalleled photo opportunities. Each Amateur Photographer photo tour will be accompanied by a tour coordinator who will take care of all the planning and logistics, leaving the workshop leader free to concentrate solely on helping you to become a better photographer.

Running throughout 2022 and 2023, with more to come, our workshops span everything from photographing birds at Slimbridge to tigers in India; from the scenic landscapes of Skye to the abandoned ruins of Chernobyl; and from the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica.

AP’s Photo Tours offer something for everyone so take a look at the destinations we’ll be visiting on our tours and the photographers who will be leading them.


Why travel with AP Photo Tours?

Amateur Photographer Photo Tours, in association with Zoom Photo Tours, offers unique photo adventures to amazing destinations around the globe, perfectly tailored specifically for photographers.

  • Personal guidance and tuition of world-leading and award-winning photographers including daily photo activities, image-editing workshops and lectures to help you improve your photography.*
  • Always small groups.
  • High-quality food, accommodation and transportation throughout.*
  • We always work with experienced local agents to ensure the smooth running of each tour.
  • A dedicated Tour Coordinator from Zoom Photo Tours takes care of the logistics and leaves the tutor free to concentrate on the photography.
  • Free cancellation up to 120 days before departure.
  • Full refund if tours have to be cancelled or rescheduled for any reason.


UK Tours

Slimbridge Wetland Centre with David Tipling 28-30 January, 2022

With over 30,000 wintering waterfowl that could include Bewick’s swans, bittern and water rail as well as wheeling flocks of lapwing and golden plover, this wetland provides the opportunity for creative flight photography with subjects that are often very close.

David Tipling will show how he creates artistic images of birds using both technique and his imagination.

The large grounds and well-placed hides will allow you to explore at your own pace, while David will be on hand for one-to-one tuition to help you improve your technique and get the most from the visit.

Details here.

Isle of Skye with Jeremy Walker 13-16 February, 2022

The Isle of Skye is a paradise for landscape photographers and is like no other place in the UK, with its stunning landscape of rugged mountains,spectacular waterfalls and a remarkable coastline.

Join internationally recognised landscape pro Jeremy Walker as he shows you the best of Skye, including the iconic Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and dramatic Cuillin Hills, the Fairy Pools Waterfalls, Neist Point Lighthouse, the ruins of Duntulm Castle and Talisker Bay at sunset.

Jeremy will be on hand to offer personal guidance out in the field, lectures, and constructive criticism on your photos.

Details here.

Glencoe with Jeremy Walker 17-20 February, 2022

Glencoe is considered to be one of the most spectacular locations in the UK. The valley of Glencoe stretches from Rannoch Moor to Loch Leven and offers a variety of dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lochs that make it perfect for a photography workshop.

In February its soft winter light makes it an experience not to miss. Join award-winning landscape photographer Jeremy Walker for this workshop which will visit places such as the Three Sisters of Glencoe, the Waterfalls of Glen Etive, Castle Stalker, the famous Blackrock Cottage on Rannoch Moor and many more great photo locations.

Details here.

Beginner’s Wildlife Photography with Ben Hall 8-10 April, 2022

To become a good wildlife photographer demands a lot of training and guidance. When the tiger emerges from the bush, or a deer is jumping over a fence you have to be prepared.

All camera settings should be ready so you just can follow the animal in the camera’s viewfinder and press the shutter at the exact right moment to get the image you always dreamed of.

On this workshop award-winning photographer Ben Hall will help you improve your wildlife photo skills, and answer your questions so that you gain the full benefit of his tuition and practical advice.

Details here.

Beginner’s Bird Photography with Tesni Ward 6-8 May, 2022

This workshop at The Lakes, near Uttoxeter, is designed for those new to bird photography who want to develop their skills in this genre.

Under the guidance of award-winning wildlife photographer Tesni Ward, the workshop will focus on easy to shoot subjects to give you the greatest opportunities throughout the day to develop and improve.

With more than 35 species of waterfowl you will develop an extensive portfolio in a short space of time. Tesni will be on hand to offer personal guidance in the field, as well as lectures, and constructive criticism on your photos.

Details here.

Birds of Bempton Cliffs with David Tipling 12-14 June, 2022

This world-class seabird breeding colony is a bird photographer’s paradise, being home to half a million seabirds, among them the iconic puffin. Gannets hang in the wind, while the cliffs teem with guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.

David Tipling will be on hand to help you get the most out of this spectacular seabird colony. We will be making the most of the magical light Bempton offers by visiting early in the morning and evening.

Weather permitting, we will also take a boat out into the North Sea to photograph diving gannets and hopefully auks including puffins in flight and on the water.

Details here.

Sea birds of the Farne Islands with David Tipling 4-7 July, 2022

The Farne Islands are home to more than 100,000 seabirds, including spectacular puffin and tern colonies, terns, auks, kittiwakes, shags and eider ducks that you can get so close to that you can photograph them with a wideangle lens.

Nowhere else in Britain offers such close encounters with breeding seabirds. David Tipling has been visiting the Farne Islands annually for more than 30 years to photograph one of the world’s great bird spectacles, so there is no better guide to help you to get the best from the trip.

Details here.

Red Grouse with Ben Hall 2-4 September, 2022

With the heather in full flower, the moorlands of the Dark Peak turn to a sea of pink, providing the perfect backdrop for capturing striking images of this charismatic bird.

In this workshop we will be spending the days on the moors looking for opportunities to capture the grouse amongst the heather, with the possibility of capturing wider views showing the landscape.

During the entire workshop award-winning photographer Ben Hall will be there to help you to develop your photography skills through personal advice, guidance, lectures, and constructive image criticism.

Details here.

Deer Rut in Bradgate Park with Tesni Ward 14-16 October, 2022

Photograph deer at close range during rut season in the beautiful, varied surroundings of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, which offers a fantastic population of both red and fallow deer, as well as peacocks, jays, egrets, green woodpeckers, and widgeons and other waterfowl species.

The workshop dates are timed to coincide with the peak of the red and fallow deer rut, starting at dawn in order to give you a variety of light conditions to work in. Tesni Ward will be on hand throughout the workshop to offer personal guidance and tuition on both shooting and photo editing.

Details here.


Overseas Tours

Iceland Winter Magic with Hans Strand & Florian Warnecke 12-18 February, 2022

A lava landscape covered in white that stretches towards the horizons where the mighty Vesterhorn rises with its snow-covered mountain slopes, the highest peaks surrounded by clouds while over the mountain shines a soft evening light.

This is a magical photo experience that won’t be forgotten. Join internationally known landscape photographer Hans Strand and the German nature photographer Florian Warnecke – who both have experience from multiple trips to Iceland – on this trip to Iceland during the winter, and you will experience a dramatic landscape with frost, ice, snow and amazing views.

Details here.

Kenya Travel Photography with Philip Lee Harvey 19-27 February, 2022

Join one of the world’s top travel photographers on a photo adventure to Kenya. In Amboseli we will encounter giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippopotamus, and lions, and have the opportunity of photographing large elephant herds moving through a fantastic landscape with Mt. Kilimanjaro as our background.

We will also visit and photograph life in a Masai village. From Amboseli, our journey takes us to the coast where we will be able to photograph the fishermen and everyday life around the beaches of Mombasa.

Details here.

Northern Lights in Abisko with Goran Strand 10-15 March, 2022

Capture the Lapland night in pictures; a sky dotted with planets and galaxies, mountain birches in a beautiful landscape while the seductive aurora borealis dance takes place over our heads. You will experience this in the best place in the world for aurora borealis photography – Abisko National Park in the very north of Sweden.

Under the guidance of award-winning astrophotographer Goran Strand you will learn how to capture the Northern Lights, the stars and the fantastic landscape around us at night. We will visit Aurora Sky Station which offers magnificent views of Torneträsk and Lapporten.

Details here.

The Rainforests of Costa Rica with Mattias A. Klum 31 March – 13 April, 2022

Costa Rica is a nature photographer’s paradise – beautiful national parks teeming with birds and other animals, rainforests, volcanoes as well as a vast biodiversity that transcends most other countries.

Accompany world famous National Geographic photographer Mattias A. Klum on an unforgettable photo tour to this tropical paradise. Photograph everything from tiny insects, spiders, frogs and snakes to larger animals such as bears, tapirs and crocodiles.

We’ll be staying in great accommodation connected to the national parks.

Details here.

In the Shadow of Chernobyl with Mats Andersson 4-8 May, 2022

Decaying buildings slowly taken over by nature, a Ferris wheel that has long stopped spinning… it’s as if time has stood still.

This tour explores the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the nearby ghost town of Pripyat, an area that was evacuated and abandoned following the terrible nuclear accident of 1986.

Mats Andersson will guide us around abandoned buildings and famous locations, and show how to best use the surroundings to create atmospheric images. Enjoy personal tutoring, fascinating lectures and challenging assignments set by Mats.

Details here.

Iceland Photo Adventure with Jeremy Walker September 2022

Join renowned landscape photographer Jeremy Walker on a trip to experience Iceland’s spectacular scenery. Enjoy the many beautiful waterfalls; discover lava beaches with fascinating rock formations; capture the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón with its ice blocks on the black beaches; photograph Westerhorn with its dramatic mountains and water reflections.

Deep ravines, waterfalls and dramatic mountains are found in every direction and Jeremy, with his extensive experience of Iceland, will be there offering his personal guidance to help us to get the best out of our visit.

Details here.

Magical Marrakech with Philip Lee Harvey October 2022

Strong scents, spicy food, oriental music, street performers and a cavalcade of colors. Join one of the UK’s top travel photographers on a photo tour to the mysterious Marrakech.

Explore Marrakech’s colourful bazaars, old streets and narrow alleys where new photo opportunities await behind every corner.

During the tour we also visit one of Morocco’s most beautiful oases, Skoura, and we get the opportunity to photograph old forts and beautiful desert cities as well as the world famous Djemaa El Fna market.

Philip will be on hand throughout to give personal guidance as well as lectures and photo critique.

Details here.

Expedition Papua New Guinea with Ulla Lohmann 17-29 November, 2022

Join an unforgettable expedition to one of the most isolated places on earth with a National Geographic photographer who has visited more than 30 times.

Climb and photograph the active volcano Tavurvur, explore paradise islands and snorkel at one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. Then we head off road to spend several days in the deep jungle with the indigenous people to experience their unique culture and document life in their village.

On jungle hiking expeditions we will see beautiful limestone caves, ancient burial sites and fascinating wildlife.

Details here.

Tigers Forever with Steve Winter 1-9 April 2023

Join world-renowned photographer and big cat specialist Steve Winter on this unforgettable trip to two of India’s best national parks – Bandhavgarh and Kanha – where you will experience and photograph the most majestic of all big cats, the tiger.

Steve will take you to some of India’s best tiger areas where he’s been on assignment for National Geographic and laid the foundation of his book, Tigers Forever. Throughout the trip, Steve will be there to help you develop your wildlife photography skills through personal advice, guidance, lectures and constructive image criticism.

Details here.


Our photographers

Steve Winter has been a National Geographic photographer for 25  years and won multiple awards for his wildlife work, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo. He has filmed numerous documentaries for the National Geographic channel, inc on tigers, leopards and jaguars.

Mattias A. Klum is a world-renowned nature photographer, cinematographer, film director and environmentalist. He has shot many features and cover stories for National Geographic, who referred to him as ‘one of the most important natural history photographers of our time.’

Philip Lee Harvey has worked in over 120 countries from the Antarctic to the Sahara for clients such as HSBC, British Airways and Lonely Planet. He has won the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year and is listed as one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.

Ulla Lohmann is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist and explorer who shoots for the likes of National Geographic, GEO and the BBC. An ambassador for Canon and Manfrotto, she conducts workshops for National Geographic and is a fellow of the prestigious Explorer’s Club in New York.

Jeremy Walker is an award-winning landscape, architecture and people photographer and a highly experienced workshop leader, tutor and mentor. A former Nikon Ambassador, Jeremy is currently working with ZEISS, and is recognised as a LEE Filters ‘Master’. He writes regularly for AP.

David Tipling is one of the world’s most widely published wildlife photographers, with his numerous books on birds achieving combined sales of over 300,000. A former European Nature Photographer of the Year David has appeared on the BBC and worked behind the camera on many documentaries.

Tesni Ward has had a meteoric rise to success to become one of the UK’s youngest professional wildlife photographers. A regular AP contributor who has been widely published, she also runs regular tours and workshops as well as hosting sell-out talks at events such as the Photography Show.

Ben Hall is one of the UK’s leading wildlife photographers. A regular contributor to numerous magazines including AP, his images are sold through agencies worldwide. Ben has made many TV appearances including on BBC Countryfile, The One Show, and Walk on the Wild Side.

Hans Strand is an internationally published landscape photographer and winner of multiple awards including the Hasselblad Master Award. He has published seven books of his photography, mostly on subjects relating to the environment and the human relationship to nature.

Mats Andersson is a Swedish photographer specialising in black & white photography. The winner of multiple awards including Nature Photographer of the Year and the b&w category of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Mats has published ten books on his photography.

Göran Strand is an award-winning astro and Northern Lights photographer. His photos have been published by National Geographic and NASA and in 2016 five of his Northern Lights photos were released as stamps. Göran has twice won the prestigious Astrophotographer of the Year Award.


Zoom Photo Tours is the largest photo tour operator in the Nordic countries and one of Europe’s three largest.

The company was established in 2013 and runs around 60 to 70 photo tours per year – from short two-day workshops to overseas tours all over the world.

All of the tours are led by world-leading and award-winning photographers who are there to help the guests to improve their photography skills. Zoom Photo Tours has more than £120,000 in travel guarantee under the Travel Guarantee Act.

Course details released August 28th. We will be updating this page regularly with prices and further details. Email us at ap.ed@kelsey.co.uk to go on our mailing list.