We deliver exclusive workshops in landscape, wildlife and travel photography, in the most unique locations around the globe. No matter your photography style or interests, we help you explore your passion for photography together with some of the most renowned photographers in the business.
Steve is recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, and has won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, Steve, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Steve’s work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic Magazine with recent articles on Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. McCurry is driven by an innate curiosity and sense of wonder about the world and everyone in it. He has an uncanny ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.”
“I was born very prematurely, two months to be precise. The nurses who took care of me gave me the nickname “Sisse”. Later on I was baptized Marie-Louise, but it never stuck, I have always gone by Sisse.”
Sisse Brimberg is a highly experienced photographer who has photographed over fifty stories for National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Traveler ranging from the far corners of Japan’s paper industry to northern Europe’s Viking culture. Her work is exhibited around the world. Her particular passion is for historical/cultural stories that require a great deal of research and even more imagination. You can’t photograph history, of course, so you have to find ways to make the past visible. Together with Cotton Coulson, her deceased husband and colleague, Sisse has been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts.
PASSION FOR THE SEA
“I was raised near the sea and spent my youth sailing with my friends in Øresund,” says Sisse. It has therefore been perfect with the opportunity to travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Polar Regions and gain access to some of the most amazing photographic destinations imaginable. The frozen landscapes are spectacular with its unique light and surroundings. And with that comes the arctic species, many of them endangered, making it important to document their lifestyle and environment.
BACK TO THE ROOTS
Sisse Brimberg has been a National Geographic Contributing Photographer since she was in her twenties, when she met and married Cotton Coulson in Washington DC. At that time, they often traveled in opposite directions spanning the globe on photo assignments for the magazine. Sisse focused her energies on cultural and historical subjects that had interested her since childhood and while growing up north of Copenhagen. Some of her favorite feature stories took her back to Scandinavia, “The Vikings”, “Denmark”, “Hans Christian Andersen”, “Hanseatic League”, just to name a few.
“Good travel photography is all about conveying your emotional response to being some place new. The images have to convey details, context, and people that can provide a contextual sense of being in this very special place. It’s also important to be very familiar with your equipment, keep your gear simple, and don’t run out and buy something the day before departure,“ tells Sisse when asked to give us a handful of tips on photography based on her amazing career.
WORKING TOGETHER WITH BETTER MOMENTS
In 2004, while living in Paris, Sisse and Cotton made a life-changing decision; to work together as a creative couple. They formed their company, and spent part of the year traveling to remote and exotic locations shooting for National Geographic Traveler and teaching photography.
In association with National Geographic Nordic, they launched an exclusive photo workshop program with Better Moments to Bhutan, one of the most desirable locations to visit today for photographers and filmmakers. Bhutan is from our point of view, the last country in Asia that has maintained its own unique culture, history and religion. The landscapes are unique and beautiful and the people are open and genuinely welcome you with a smile. Bhutan is much like Tibet was 60 years ago – unspoiled and innocent with a strong thread of autonomy and dignity – the last real kingdom in Asia.” says Sisse Brimberg.
In the early nineties, during a safari holiday, Steve Bloom began photographing animals, and within a short time he had swapped his established city career for the precarious life of an international traveling photographer. Steve Bloom’s concern for the environment is strongly evident in his wildlife images. He strives to capture the animal’s spirit, and blur the lines separating different species. His photographs of people reveal a compassionate understanding of his subjects, evident in his books Living Africa and Trading Places: The Merchants of Nairobi. He has won international awards for his work, including The Power of Photography Award, The Golden Eye of Russia, and Lucie Awards. Numerous magazine publishers such as Life, Time, Terre Sauvage, National Geographic, Geo, Airone, and Geographic, as well as many other photographic publications, have featured his pictures. His own books have been published internationally in over seventy editions.
Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel photography. He also shoots editorially, selectively in advertising and portraiture. For more than 30 years, Peter has been involved in photographic magazine, establishing his own title with Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. Today it is one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.
His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography, as well as having his work featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia and in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an Apple television commercial.
He has worked with Phase One cameras, researching and promoting its high-end medium format cameras and Capture One raw processing software. And he featured in the television series Tales By Light as seen on the National Geographic Channel, produced in partnership with Canon Australia.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography, a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He won the 1996 and 1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Award. He is also a member of the ND5 Ninety Degrees Five collective with Christian and Michael Fletcher, Tony Hewitt and Les Walkling. More recently, he won the 2009 Kodak Award of Distinction at the international WPPI Print Competition held in Las Vegas, USA; the AIPP NSW Professional Photographer of the Year 2010; and the AIPP NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013.
A NEW TRADITION
Peter’s early landscapes were primarily black and white, carefully printed and toned, but with the advent of digital photography, he is taking a leading role internationally in creating a New Tradition of high quality landscape imagery. Peter speaks nationally and internationally on topics including landscape photography, Photoshop techniques, publishing and the business of professional photography.
“Many people think professional photography would be a great way to earn a living, and they are right. But too many forget the first word – professional. My advice to newcomers would be to do a business course before starting a career as a photographer. Here’s a quick joke: How do you become a photographer with a million dollars? Start out with two million!” Peter say in an interview to Tristan Jud / Raw.
“I love surfing and when I was young, I wanted to photograph my friends surfing as well. In fact, I couldn’t understand why people photographed anything other than surfing, but my views on that have now changed.” At 57 years of age, Peter still rides a short surfboard, believes two skis are better than one, and in case you’re buying him lunch, he is vegetarian.
Peter Eastway Major Awards Summary
2013 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Commercial Photographer of the Year
2009 Kodak Award of Distinction, WPPI
2009 1st, 2nd, 3rd Landscape Category, WPPI, Commercial Category
2008 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2007 New Zealand Overseas Photographer of the Year
2006 AIPP Grand Master of Photography
2005 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2004 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
2004 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 NSW Professional Photographers of the Year
1995 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1995 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1995 Master of Photography, AIPP
1986 Kodak Achievement Award
1986 Associateship of the AIPP
I don’t divide my time between work and leisure. I just live.
Arne Hodalič grew up and studied biology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After finishing university, he was working for five years as a professional sailing boat skipper and diver and had his own charter company on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. He began taking photos, mostly of boats, diving and nautical activities. His first trip to India in 1989 changed his professional career when his photos were published in a prestigious Swiss magazine Animan. He received more than 20 assignments from the magazine and travelled extensively around the world with his camera. In Paris he joined Gamma Press agency and began working for French press as a member of several photo agencies. He was a member and organizer of several expeditions; he crossed Papua New Guinea in a dug-out canoe on the Sepik river (1500 kms), he crossed the Sudan desert from Khartoum to Egypt on the Nile river in a small boat, he was the photographer for a French and Slovene caving expedition in Hunan (China) and Tawi Atayr (Oman), he was the photographer for a mountaineering expedition at Nanga Parbat (8125m) in Pakistan and he was the photographer and a crew member for the L’Esprit de Bougainville expedition (two and half years sailing on a Chinese sailing junk in South East Asia). His photos and photo stories have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Life (USA), Time, Figaro Magazine, GEO, Paris Match, Marie Claire, VSD, Die Zeit, Cosmopolitan, Stern, Liberation, Grands Reportages, Gala, Airone, Espresso, L’Illustré, Oggi, Sette-Corriere della Sera, Gioa, Nature, and many others.
In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the Academy of Arts and Design / University of Ljubljana and became a lecturer in photography and photojournalism at FDV (Faculty of Social Sciences) University of Ljubljana and at VIST (Visoka šola za storitve) in Ljubljana. He is currently the photo editor of National Geographic Magazine (Slovene edition). Arne Hodalič is a Nikon ambassador.
Marco Di Lauro is a World Press award-winning photographer working for, among others, Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times Magazine and Der Spiegel. He has worked under an exclusive contract for Getty Images Reportage since 2002, covering the Middle Eastern conflict in the Gaza Strip and spent almost all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, documenting the American invasion and the plight of the Iraqi people. Along with his wartime coverage, Di Lauro also covers events such as the Palio of Siena horse race and the Battle of the Oranges that breaks out every year in the city of Ivrea in Italy, Easter processions in Sicily, the Easter procession in Seville, and the religious life in Italy and the Vatican City. In his stories, whether large or small, in Italy or abroad, he always attempts to capture the sacred side of life and its deeper meaning.
Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments. For years he has photographed and traveled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events. His workshops in Burma and India are unique opportunities for any photographer to combine adventure, travel and reportage photography and to work with one of the best in the field.
A landscape architect by training and originally from Hungary, Orsolya turned her passion for photography into a profession when she moved to Norway in 2005.
In her work, Orsolya looks for the unusual in everyday nature. She seeks the detail or the unexpected moment of light that adds atmosphere, drama or magic to a landscape. She has won prizes in competitions worldwide, including the prestigious Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year, where she also served in the jury in 2009 and 2016. She has twice been awarded the title Hungarian Nature Photographer of the Year.
Orsolya met her husband, Erlend Haarberg, in 2004. They have been working together as freelance nature photographers in the last decade, specializing in photographing landscapes and wildlife in the Nordic countries. They work in the field on assignments and personal projects more than six months a year.
The Haarbergs are the authors of three books: Lapland – the Alaska of Europe, Iceland – land of contrasts, and Iceland in all its splendor.
Their work has been widely published in Europe, including GEO and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Their first story for National Geographic Magazine entitled Iceland’s resilient beauty (May 2012) shows a glimpse of their work achieved during a ten months stay in Iceland. In November 2013 they reached a milestone with their ongoing project in the Norwegian coast when NGM published their story, Follow the water—journey to the heart of Norway. Their third NGM story about the largest wilderness area in Europe, the Laponia World Heritage Site, was published in October 2015.
In the past years they have been focusing on projects where they can use their skills exploring remote areas, and staying for long periods in tents even in the coldest Scandinavian winter temperatures. “When you make your way deep into the mountains, you need to be in good shape and prepared for all incidentals that may happen. For me, it is a very good way to calm my mind—it brings me to a kind of meditative state that is difficult to achieve at home during busy working days.”
At the moment, Orsolya and Erlend is working on long-term projects in Swedish Laponia and the Carpathians in Romania.
She has twice been nominated Hungarian Nature Photographer of the Year.
Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, for which he has received numerous awards, among others the International Photography Award 2017 (Nature-Sunset Category) and the European Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well-deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature.
His work represents artistic photography with simple and yet complex compositions. Tom’s perspective introduces us to a world of perplexing beauty, serene and simple compositions with light and depth, always containing a creative touch of momentum. During the workshop, Tom will deliver educational and inspiring seminars and give personal guidance on location.
A native of Alabama, Michael Nichols is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for the National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named Editor-at-Large in January 2008. From 1982 to 1995 he was a member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. He has photographed 26 stories for National Geographic magazine. From 1999-2001 Nichols documented conservationist Mike Fay’s Megatransect expedition across Africa. Fay walked 2,000 miles (3,219 km) on foot from Congo’s deepest rainforest to the Atlantic Coast of Gabon, studying Africa’s last great wilderness. Nichols’ work from this undertaking can be seen in the 2001 National Geographic magazine articles “Megatransect: Across 1,200 Miles of Untamed Africa on Foot,” “Green Abyss: Megatransect, Part II,” and “End of the Line: Megatransect, Part III.” Nichols’ work has appeared in six books, including Keepers of the Kingdom, a photographic essay reflecting on changes in U.S. zoos; The Year of the Tiger, which focuses on the world’s remaining tigers; and Brutal Kinship, a look at the timorous bond between man and chimpanzee, with text by Jane Goodall. This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated to the work of one of the world’s leading photographers. WILD: Michael Nichols will survey his remarkable achievements over the course of several decades.
Renowned photographer, documentarist and scholar, Hamid Sardar-Afkhami, has a Ph.d. in Inner Asian Studies from Harvard University. Hamid is therefore uniquely qualified to introduce the often reclusive and enigmatic cultures of Mongolia. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Le Figaro and Paris Match, and he has produced several internationally acclaimed documentaries about the nomads of Mongolia.
Lars van de Goor is an award winning Dutch photographer, renowned for his enchanting photographs reminiscent of the romantic landscape painters of the 19th century. Lars draws inspiration from the idyllic rural scenery of Gelderland. He has previously been honoured with a gold medal from the prestigious Trierenberg Super Circuit and several first place prizes in the Hasselblad Masters Awards.
Joel Santos is professional travel photographer and videographer. Winner of national and international photography awards, namely Travel Photographer Of The Year, in 2016. Author of 9 best-selling books and former editor in chief of the Portuguese leading photo magazine.
Published more than a hundred articles and chronicles in the national and international press, including The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail and National Geographic (cover).
His photographs are used frequently by international brands, namely Canon, IKEA, Microsoft, ABC Studios, Samsung, DJI, among others. Creator of several short documentaries for TV, namely about Ethiopia, Mongolia, Ghana, Norway, Iceland and Portugal (43 episodes).
Canon Ambassador for Europe, Africa and Middle East, since 2012.
Magali Tarouca was born in 1981, Paris, France. Journalist for some of the main national publishing houses, professional photographer, trainer and photography travel guide.
Cooperated with several media agencies. In “Primeira Imagem”, she worked directly with international channels Discovery Channel and People & Arts, and participated in a media rehabilitation project in Guinea-Bissau.
She has worked with several editorial groups, namely Cofina (Record and PC Guia), Bit Sociedade Editora (Bit and PC Mais) and Goody (“O Mundo da Fotografia Digital”). Despite a course in Journalism, it was in the last publishing house that her passion for photography blossomed, having dedicated three years (2007 to 2010) to “O Mundo da Fotografia Digital” magazine (market leader) as journalist and photographer. In 2011, she took the role of technical reviser for the same publication and, afterwards, as the magazine’s technical consultant.
Since 2010, she dedicates most of her time to photography training and photography travel guide all over the world, together with Joel Santos. On the side, she embraced a personal project dedicated to people photography, especially celebrities, children, expecting mothers and families.
Co-produced, in partnership with Joel Santos, 43 episodes of the TV series VISÃO de Portugal, broadcasted by SIC/SIC Notícias channels and published in VISÃO magazine.