We invite you to join us on a 14-day photography expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. We will be chartering the entire ship, M/V Ushuaia, for a photographers-only expedition early in the season with the focus on penguins, seabirds, seals, landscape and ice. There will be a maximum of 74 guests, together with 7 Photo Guides.
Our photo tour dates are early in the season during a time when few tourists and ships are around. The winter months’ after effects will offer landscapes with clean and white backgrounds, while the golden hour will bathe the region in pastel shades of pink and blue, with dazzling sunrises and sunsets of kaleidoscope colours. Time will be arranged for zodiac trips during ideal lighting conditions, ice and weather depending, in order to capture the mesmerising penguin colonies, sea birds, mountainous peaks and ice sculptures.
Join us on an Antarctica photography tour that is sure to capture your heart and soul as a nature photographer who dreams of capturing the unspoiled scenery that awaits at the bottom of the world!
We recommend you plan to arrive at least one day early for this Antarctica photography tour in Ushuaia in case of lost luggage or other delays.
Today our photo tour commences as we depart from Ushuaia, sailing out the Beagle channel and into the Drake Passage.
We will cross the Drake Passage and begin our journey towards Antarctica. Our photography begins almost immediately with Albatross, Petrels and many other sea birds that follow our ship as we traverse the Drake. We will have a number of briefings and lectures during the voyage in order to help us prepare for the first photography session on our Antarctica tour.
Our first landing at the South Shetland islands is expected and our landing site will be chosen based on the prevailing weather conditions.
As this is a dedicated photography tour, maximum time will be spent on the beaches of the peninsula. Photographers dream of exquisite light and we hope the cloudy conditions will stay at bay in order for to make the most of prime shooting hours during the golden hour. Evening sessions will also be optimised where possible.
We will be visiting some of the best areas for wildlife and landscape photography during our time in Antarctica. Areas we plan to visit include Antarctic Sound (home of gigantic tabular icebergs), the surreal Deception Island in Whalers Bay (home of rusty whaler’s remnants), Astrolabe and south toward the spectacular Lemaire channel.
At this time of the year we expect areas such as the Weddel Sea and Lemaire Channel to be closed with ice but there will be many other areas for us to explore and photograph!
Late spring in Antarctica plays host to colourful interactions between Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. These quirky yet adorable creatures will be busy nest building and wooing for a mate on the icy slopes of the peninsula, while the seabirds will also be putting on their own displays of affection to court a potential partner. Although this period is usually prime mating season, chicks are sometimes found when the wooing commenced earlier than expected, which means there is a chance of witnessing the hatching of penguin chicks too!
Seals are found in good numbers throughout these waters, and we’ll be on the lookout for the stealth Leopard Seal, placid Weddell Seal and socialable Crabeater Seal as they graciously swim through the frigid waters or perhaps lazily chill on the floating ice sprinkled across the sea.
We will take advantage of weather and light to maximise our photographic opportunities at all times, weather and ice depending.
Our Antarctica safari of the Peninsula has sadly come to end and we make our way back to sea we head back to Ushuaia.
Return back to Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport or your hotel where this magical voyage comes to an end.
Ole Jørgen Liodden from WildPhoto Travel, has previously been both Canon and Nikon Ambassadors in Norway and he was chosen as one of the photographers in the Wild Wonders of Europe project – the biggest photo project in Europe ever. He has published several books in the last few years. Ole Jørgen’s images have received multiple awards in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, as well as in European Wildlife Photographer of the Year – GDT (Germany).
Ole is considered to be one of the top wildlife photographers in Europe. He is an experienced photo guide and expedition leader to destinations like Svalbard, Antarctica, Africa and Galapagos. Svalbard, Polar Bears and Arctic nature and wildlife are some of Ole Jørgen’s ́ specialities where he has led, and leads, a great number of summer and winter expeditions to this archipelago. With more than 250 encounters with Polar Bears, Ole’s vast knowledge of Norway’s wildlife and landscapes is evident in every image he creates.
In 2015 he published the book Svalbard Exposed with his colleague Roy Mangersnes.
Ole Jørgen Liodden is an ORYX Photo Tour Partner and hosts our tours to Svalbard, Lofoten, Alaska, and Antarctica Peninsula.
Roy Mangersnes from WildPhoto Travel, is a trained behaviourist and professional wildlife photographer living in Sandnes, south-west Norway. Roy is a Nikon ambassador and is considered amongst the most influential nature photographers in Norway today. He is former chairman of the two largest nature photography associations in Norway: BioFoto and Norwegian professional Nature Photographers Association. He has published several books and has won multiple international awards including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (UK), European Wildlife Photographer of the Year – GDT (Germany), Nature Best Awards (USA) and was awarded Arctic photographer of the year 2013 by the Global Arctic Awards (Russia). Roy works around the world and his images are widely published in magazines and books on a global scale. He is also an experienced speaker and has presented his work at several international photo festivals. In 2015 he published the book “Svalbard Exposed” with his colleague Ole Jørgen Liodden.
Besides his career as a photographer, Roy is a Photo Tour Partner to ORYX – Worldwide Photographic Expeditions. He has extensive experience as an expedition leader and photographic host, undertaking assignments around the world to destinations ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic, while also visiting areas in Africa and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.
Roy Mangersnes is an ORYX Photo Tour Partner and hosts our tours to Svalbard, Lofoten, Alaska, and Antarctica Peninsula.
“This was my second big expedition with ORYX. As I write this I am reminded of the full title of this young and dynamic company: ORYX Worldwide Photographic Expeditions.
The Antarctic is certainly at the end of our wide world and no doubt on many bucket lists.If you have thought of wanting to go to the Great White continent then plan and book now. If you are a photographer then do it with ORYX.
We travelled in a group of nine with Marius Coetzee, founder of ORYX and expedition leader from 28 December 2013 until 15 January 2014. We were aboard the sturdy purpose-built Russian ice-capable research vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov with a total of 90 passengers. The expedition was managed and run by super staff from One Ocean Expeditions based in Canada. They were professional in every regard, from on ship duties to Zodiac outings and landings, and there was a great emphasis on education with numerous interesting and informative lectures, including from their resident photographers Ira Meyer and Tony Beck.
Even with an expedition crew that has two professional photographic guides you need to have someone like Marius Coetzee to really help you get the shots you want.
Marius has an easy way of discussing the days planned activities and sharing gems about the shots to get. His advice on equipment is first rate and in the field he will seek out the best vantage points and preferentially let his clients shoot. Even with more creative photographers he continuously looks for compositions and movement and shares his ideas freely. This is a rare capability in a first class photographic guide.
ORYX has an extensive network of ground contacts, and landings and transfers are facilitated professionally at ports and airports with no stress for the traveller. As an aside, Marius and I went up to Iguaçu Falls with a private guide, Miguel, and all of ORYX’s abilities including their choice of venue, accommodation and guide scored top marks.
Booking and communication details and other requirements are effortless with Kirsty at the home office.
Get out there and live your life: go on an expedition with ORYX Worldwide Photographic Expeditions.”
“Thanks Marius for a great trip! We had a wonderful time and you managed it all fabulously: Asanti Sana! Your tips and suggestions to make the photography more interesting were enlightening. Even the other passengers were impressed.”Antarctica
“I’ve been back two weeks now, following a trip of a lifetime to Antarctica with ORYX Photography Tours. It was a phenomenal adventure and exceeded all expectations. Marius is a pleasure to travel with; he has a great sense of humor and is very attentive to all.
I was the least experienced photographer in our small group, but was given all the help and guidance I needed not just from Marius but from all in our group. Marius is very good at reading people and understanding what they will like and when they need help, he ensures that his clients get the shots they want and always puts them first.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants an epic adventure and go with ORYX as you won’t regret it! Wish I was still there, but alas not, so instead I’m in the process of booking my next trip with ORYX and Marius for later in 2014!”
I arrived home safely at midnight on the 16th and was so busy at work that I’m just finding the time now to write to you. I only have positive things to say about the trip, Antarctica was a fantastic experience, Dale was perfect (as always) and the rest of group very easy to get along with.
It’s late in Geneva and I’ll be brief: there is no doubt that I will join another ORYX expedition, I don’t know when, but soon I hope (and with Dale again for sure).
Enjoy your weekend.
I recently got back from Antarctica and it was absolutely spectacular. Out of about 10 photographer-guides I’ve traveled with in the past, Dale is the best overall. He’s a wonderful teacher, has almost no ego, and is always concerned about his clients getting great shots. I never fail to be impressed by his talent in photographing animals and landscapes, his technical ability, attention to detail, and aesthetic sensibility. He’s highly attuned to the animals and their behavior, which is one reason why his photos are so successful. My photos are much better when I travel with him.
I loved the Akademik Ioffe ship and staff. The mostly Canadian staff and Russian crew were excellent and exceeded expectations in professionalism and competence. The food was very good, with many courses and options, and different every single day. The cabins were comfortable with stunning antarctic views. The staff planned activities all day long to fill up the downtime days so we were constantly entertained and the 3 weeks flew by. There were other options for Antarctica, but I’m so glad I chose this one and it’s a memory of a lifetime!Antarctica
Thank you and the ORYX team so much for your email welcoming us home!
In every respect, we truly did have a wonderful time in Antarctica. I do not know where to start… comprehensive and regular communication from the time of our initial enquiry, the friendly tone of all your emails, your promptness in responding to our enquiries, your care and concern.
The One Ocean experience on Akademik Ioffe: this was our first cruise and it exceeded all expectations. The professionalism and friendliness of all staff, service, amenities, activities, conservation principles, amazing variety and healthy choices at every meal, a surprise birthday cake from Bob for me on 5 January (every birthday was celebrated with a personalised cake with a candle! – so thoughtful), fellow passengers from all ages and stages!
Graham learnt so much from Dale, not only about his camera, but also about new and varied angles for photographing wildlife! This was also our first photographic tour and we look forward to many more. Graham’s passion for birdwatching and photography was more than fulfilled– he has so many amazing shots and our bird count tally was increased by 50 new species!
It is difficult to relate to others what you experience in Antarctica – the stillness, purity, abundance of wildlife, pristineness, the ocean in every shade of blue, the privilege of being there…
I will recommend our overall experience with you all in a heartbeat!
Thank you again for helping us to achieve this bucket list item in such a memorable way.
Kind regards and take careAntarctica
Hi Nicolette, Thanks to you and the entire ORYX team. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. My only wish was that my wife was there to share it with me. Having said that Penny did everything possible to make this trip the absolute best it could be. She was so attentive – to both shooting and post production, that I know my photography skills took a big jump forward. I have been on many photo expeditions over the last 6 or 7 years and Penny’s instruction and attention were well beyond what I have experienced previously.Antarctica
You guys have been fantastic, from my initial enquiries, through supporting me with payments to the information you provided beforehand. But most importantly Penny was an absolute super star. It was an incredible trip. Exhilarating, intense, thought provoking and really fun. Penny was patient, really easy to get along with (for 3 weeks on a boat is not easy to achieve!), supportive and taught us both so much. Having Penny with us the whole time opened my eyes to a different way of seeing things. She has an incredible creative eye, and the way we looked at animal behaviour, and thought about the context that surrounded Antarctica, moved my photography beyond basic documentary to something that had more purpose. Instead of solely trying to capture beautiful images we were trying to tell stories in a place where there are so many important stories to tell. This has not only made my photography better and more interesting (I hope!) but it also given it more meaning. And having more meaning for me has given me a whole new excitement and sense of purpose for my photography in general.Antarctica & South Georgia
“Many thanks for the warm welcome back, all your organisation went off seamlessly. We had an amazing experience and after South Georgia and the Peninsular, our souls were enriched and hard drives full of amazing photos. The rest of the trip was also amazing, with a lot of great memories.We are eventually getting over the jet lag and would really like to thank you and your team for all the hard work that you put into making this once in a lifetime expedition such a success.”