5 epic journeys for photography enthusiasts

Hone your skills on these five intimate experiences led by some of Canada’s top adventure photography pros 

  • Sep 08, 2021
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In my previous column, I looked at different ways to travel given our new pandemic reality.  This week, I check in with some of the country’s top photographers (and Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society) to explore another growing trend: travelling to learn or master a skill. From Algonquin Provincial Park to the Rockies, the poles to the Nile, why not consider a workshop or journey with an award-winning Canadian pro? 

Rob Stimpson

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Each fall, Ontario’s forest canopy becomes a masterpiece of red, gold and green. Capturing this dazzling palette though a camera lens is an art, and Ontario-based photographer Rob Stimpson is a grand master. His award-winning work has been featured by Parks Canada, Ontario Parks and Ontario Tourism, and he runs workshops throughout Ontario. Rob is offering a Fall Colours Photo Workshop over two days (October 3rd and 9th), limited to 10 participants. It takes place at Lake of Bays, the western gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park. If your gaze extends higher than the trees, Rob is also offering a Celestial Photo Workshop over the weekend of October 1st in Lake of Bays, limited to eight participants. 

For more info, visit Rob’s website

Michelle Valberg


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Fresh off her recent Worldwide Photography Gala Award, Nikon ambassador and Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg is offering a winter wildlife photography adventure in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Michelle has been obsessed with documenting nature for more than 30 years, visiting all seven continents and capturing iconic wildlife, landscape and portrait images that have appeared in dozens of publications and galleries. Limited to eight participants and taking place January 27 to February 2, 2022, the Yellowstone Adventure includes special guests Marshall Lewis, owner of Bozeman Camera and Repair and Jeff Mitchell from Nikon USA, allowing you to learn from three veteran photographers in a truly exceptional part of the world. 

For more info, visit Michelle’s website

Paul Zizka


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Legendary Canadian photographer Paul Zizka co-founded the company Offbeat specifically to guide passionate photography enthusiasts to some of the most incredible destinations on the planet. His 2022 workshops include such far-flung destinations as Namibia, the Faroe Islands, Mongolia and Greenland. Closer to home for the Banff-based photographer, Paul is leading  Portraits in High Places: Banff from September 27 – 30, 2021. Creatively mixing place and people, he’s lined up fashion, wedding, adventure and yoga models for a portrait workshop bound to deliver epic Rocky Mountain imagery. The workshop is limited to 17 participants and is open to all skill levels. If you’d prefer to learn your art from the comfort of home, register for Offbeat’s online workshops about the Power of Blending, Astro-Photography, Marketing Tools and the Business of Photography. Paul is a Canon ambassador whose work has appeared in dozens of major books and publications. 

For more info, visit Offbeat

Daisy Gilardini


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With work featured in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, the WWF and of course Canadian Geographic, Daisy Gilardini captures the beauty of species at risk, raising awareness through the universal power of images. The renowned photographer has completed more than 80 expeditions to the poles, and also leads small group workshops to capture exceptional wildlife and landscapes. You can join her on a number of epic expeditions in 2022, including Svalbard, Antarctica and the Galapagos. After capturing these iconic global destinations, Daisy and her husband, acclaimed watercolour artist David McEown, will be leading a RCGS expedition into the Great Bear Rainforest in fall 2022.  

For more info, visit Daisy’s website

George Kourounis


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RCGS Explorer-in-Residence George Kourounis is well known for chasing extreme weather events, and occasionally dancing with lava. In partnership with Exodus Travels, he’s leading a far less risky but no less fascinating adventure in spring 2022: exploring Egypt, from Alexandria to Aswan. George will lead a small group of 20 travellers from the pyramids of Giza to the ancient catacombs of Alexandria, followed by a Nile cruise to the Valley of the Kings. Expect camel rides, desert sunrises, mythical tombs, Nubian villages and a bucket list journey into the past with a legendary filmmaker and explorer. 

For more info, visit Exodus Travels — and be sure to check out the other exciting Exodus RCGS Quests

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