"Ethiopia has one of the most diverse and photogenic populations in the world, with fascinating traditions and customs, as well as some incredible landscapes."
CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

EXPLORE

Ethiopia’s landscapes are dramatic. The mountainous country in eastern Africa holds a vibrancy that captivates and enchants. It has more UNESCO-listed sights than any other country on the continent. The lush mountains with its jagged spiers and magnificent views hide animals and birds seen nowhere else on earth and the lowlands are home to some of Africa’s most fascinating tribes. It is the only country on the African continent that has not been a colony. It is authentic, intoxicating and truly a photographer’s dream.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about how to approach the unique challenges of travel and reportage photography. How to capture images of people in a natural environment and how to approach locations and subjects.
  • A cruise on Lake Chamo. Here you will find a great variety of birdlife, hippos and crocodiles.
  • Meet tribes such as the Kara, the Hamer, and the Mursi, who decorate themselves with beads, feathers, and elaborate body paint and pride themselves around ancient traditions.
  • Travel by 4X4 to the terraced hills of the Konso region, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its rich culture.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

ON LOCATION

  • Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice.
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, background and middle ground.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure and aperture.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
  • How to approach local people in natural way.
  • The secret behind the travel and reportage photography.

IN CLASSROOM

  • Expert review and constructive criticism/feedback of the images taken during the day.
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.

 


ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel.

Those who have the time and spirit can spend their first day exploring the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia’s sprawling capital is located in the highlands bordering the Great Rift Valley, serving as the country’s commercial and cultural hub. Its National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, representing a rich history dating all the way back to the earliest known hominid, “Lucy.” The burial place of the 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie, the copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a neo-Baroque architectural landmark of particular interest.

After dinner, Christian Nørgaard will introduce the workshop and present his work from previous trips to Ethiopia, to prepare you for the adventure ahead. This will be followed by a workshop on how to capture great portraits and how to approach the people along our way.

DAY 2: AFRICA’S LARGEST MARKET

We spend our morning at Addis Mercato, known as Africa’s largest market. A truly visual experience with craft shops, cattle, spice stalls filling the narrow alleyways, providing many fascinating and colourful photo opportunities. This is uniquely intriguing place to get lost with your camera and immerse yourself in the beautiful chaos.

After Addis Mercato we fly south to Jinka, the “capital” for the Mursi people.

After settling in, we will join each other for an enjoyable outside dinner with a nice view of the nearby river.

DAY 3: EXPLORE MAGO NATIONAL PARK & MURSI VILLAGES

We spend the day exploring the stunning Mago National Park, located on the east bank of the Omo River. The park is 1,343 square miles and its highest point is Moun Mago. We will have an opportunity meet the Mursi, a community that inhabit Mago National Park, known for the lip plates worn by the women.

During the day there will be hands-on sessions with Christian, and you will receive an individual review of your images so far, as well as personal tips and advice to help optimize your photography.

We stay at a tent camp (each guest has their own tent) in the heart of a local Mursi village. Here we will melt in with the tribe and photograph the many everyday tasks the tribe performs. Among the many activities to photograph, one of the highlights is when the tribe gather the cattle home from the savannah evening.

DAY 3: EXPLORE TURMI

In the early morning, we walk around the village and explore how the Mursi take their cattle out on the fields and how they cook on an open fire. This experience is unique and an great opportunity to learn about their culture, in a spirit of authenticity and mutual respect. 

After breakfast, drive to the market town of Turmi in southwestern Ethiopia. Here we will visit a number of surrounding villages and tribes, such as the Tsemay, Erbore and Konso, who decorate themselves with beads, feathers and elaborate body paint, priding themselves on ancient traditions.

During the day there will be many unique opportunities to practice shooting scenes of everyday village village life, as well as portraits of women, men and children, including some intriguing initiation rites.

DAY 4:  HAMER BEMA, TSEMAY, BESHADA KARO AND THE ARI PEOPLE

We will use the day to meet the Hamer Bena, Tsemay, Beshada, Karo and the Ari people –  enjoying a busy and a fascinating day together with tribes and local people.

Christian Nørgaard will assist, guide and teach how to approach people and how to find locations, and there will be great opportunities to practice some more landscape and portrait photography in some of worlds most stunning locations.

DAY 5: OMO RIVER AND THE KARO TRIBES

Early in the morning we drive to a Karo village that is located on a hill top overlooking the Omo river.  We will set up our equipment in the nice and soft morning light and spend the rest of the morning capturing every detail in the village. The Karo is undoubtedly the most fascinating tribe with regard to their personal decoration. The tribespeople paint their bodies from toe to face white expressive patterns – truly an amazing sight and a magnificent location.

In the evening we hold a workshop with constructive feedback on your best shots of the day.

DAY 7: KONSO

Today we will drive to Konso and visit the market in Key Afer where we will meet tribes such as the Ari, Bena, Tsemay, Hamer. The market in Key Afer is a wonderful mix of local crafts, cattle sales and small hostels where local men meet. Another day full of adventure with our cameras – shooting everything from great landscape photography to fantastic opportunities for unique portrait photography.

Tonight we all meet after dinner to work on our images. Christian will support one to one with his point of view in regards to framing and basic photoshop workflow.

DAY 8: KONSO

Many tribes live around Konso, which is located on a mountain top, and there are many small isolated villages scatters on the surrounding hillsides. We will spend most of the day in a village that is one of the most beautiful in the area. Here we will photograph the daily life where men and women are working in their clay houses together with their kids and cattle.

A farewell dinner and a thorough review of some of your best workshop photos will by led by Christian Nørgaard.

DAY 9: CRUISE ON LAKE CHAMO AND DEPARTURE

On the final day, we will all take a cruise on Lake Chamo, where you will find a great variety of birds, hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. After lunch return, we will return by plane to Addis Ababa International Airport for your return flight home.

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ETHIOPIA

THE TRIBES OF OMO VALLEY

20-28 February, 2019

23-31 August,  2019

9 days

Encounter Ethiopia’s dramatic landscapes. The mountainous country in eastern Africa hold a vibrancy that captivates and enchants. It has more UNESCO listed sights than any other country on the continent.

CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

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.

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OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 4-6 

Local transport: 4×4
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels and private tent 
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Portraits, Landscape and with some luck Wildlife 
Weather in August: Average 16.5°C

PRICE

€4.545 per person in shared double room.
€4.945 per person in single room.

Groups
If you sign up a group of 4+ participants, you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.

Includes:
Hotel accommodation with private bath and toilet
One night in private tent
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Transport by private V8 Land Cruiser

Excludes:
Transport to/from Addis Ababa
Flights from Addis Ababa to Jinka, about 300 €, Better Moments orders these flight tickets and our guests pay before departure
Visa for Ethiopia
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

Fly to  Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, where we meet and pick you up at the airport.


VISA

The Ethiopian embassy in your home country is the best source of up-to-date information.


WEATHER

Expect sunny skies and warm days in June.


LANGUAGE

Ethiopia has about 200 dialects but many speak English.


CURRENCY

Ethiopia’s currency is the birr. It’s divided into 100 cents in one, five, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins as well as a one birr coin, and there are one, five, 10, 50 and 100 birr notes.


QUICK GUIDE

Top things to do in Addis Ababa:

  • Ethnological Museum. Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of Addis Ababa University’s main campus is the enthralling Ethnological Museum – it’s easily one of the finest museums in Africa.
  • Yekatit 12 Monument. Rising dramatically from the roundabout Siddist Kilo is this moving monument to the thousands of innocent Ethiopians killed by the Italians as retribution for the attempt on Viceroy Graziani’s life on 19 February 1937. ‘Yekatit 12’ is a date in the Ethiopian calendar roughly equivalent to 19 February.
  • Tomoca. Coffee is serious business at this great old Italian cafe in Piazza. The beans are roasted on and Tomoca serves what’s likely the capital’s best coffee. If that isn’t enough, it’s also dripping in 1920s atmosphere. Beans are also sold by the half-kilo.
  • St George Cathedral & Museum. Commissioned by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate his stunning 1896 defeat of the Italians in Adwa, and dedicated to St George (Ethiopia’s patron saint), whose icon was carried into the battle, this Piazza cathedral was completed in 1911 with the help of Greek, Armenian and Indian artists. Empress Zewditu (in 1916) and Emperor Haile Selassie (in 1930) were both crowned here.