„Photographs are tiny slices of frozen time; moments captured and shared.
The camera is an extension of the heart: a paintbrush, a musical instrument, a notebook of memories.“

STEVE BLOOM

EXPLORE

Ethiopia’s landscapes are dramatic. 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. 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 their 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.
  • Meet the Arbore people, who live in tall, rounded huts.
  • 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.

After dinner Steve Bloom will introduce the workshop, and present his magnificent work from Ethiopia. This will be followed by a workshop on how to capture great portraits and how to approach the people along our way.

DAY 2: HISTORICAL TREASURES

We will spend the morning at the National Museum of Ethiopia. Here we will enjoy the historical treasures as well as some of the most important early human fossils.

In the afternoon we will fly south to Arba Minch.

DAY 3: 4×4 DRIVE TO TURMI

In the morning we drive to the market town Turmi in southwestern Ethiopia. We visit surrounding villages and tribes, such as the Tsemay, Erbore and Konso, who decorate themselves with beads, feathers and elaborate body paint, and pride themselves with ancient traditions.

During the day there will be unique opportunities to practice portrait and reportage from everyday village scenes to portraits of women, men and children to intriguing initiation rites.

DAY 4: MARKET DAY IN TURMI

We will use the day to explore the market in Turmi, and to photograph fascinating tribes and local people such as the Hamer Bena, Tsemay, Beshada, Karo and the Ari, who lives in the Omo Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The program of the day is quite flexible. Steve Bloom will assist, guide and teach our guests how to approach people and locations, and there will be great opportunities to practice portrait and reportage photography in some of worlds most stunning locations.

DAY 5: JINKA

After breakfast we drive to Jinka to explore the market in Dimeka. The variety of color, culture and customs of the Omo Valley tribes will inspire us to practice both portrait and reportage photography under Steve’s supervision.

Towards the end of the day a workshop will offer constructive feedback to your best shots of the day.

DAY 6: EXPLORE MAGO NATIONAL PARK & MURSI VILLAGES

We will spend the day exploring 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 Steve, and you will receive constructive criticism and personal tips to help optimize your photography.

DAY 7: KONSO

On our last full day in the Omo Valley 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 day is truly an adventure with our camera – from great landscape photography to fantastic opportunities for unique portrait photography.

DAY 8: ARBA MINCH AND VISIT A DORZE VILLAGE

In the morning we return to Arba Minch where you will have time to explore the city. We will also visit the Dorze people, who belong to one of the Omotic groups in the southwest Ethiopia. They are a hard working tribe renowned for their skill in weaving, bamboo carpentry and other traditional crafts.

Farewell dinner and a thorough review of some of your best workshop photos led by Steve Bloom.

DAY 9: CRUISE ON LAKE CHAMO AND DEPARTURE

Cruise on Lake Chamo, where you will find a great variety of birds, hippos and crocodiles. After lunch return by plane to Addis Ababa and explore the city before your transfer to the international airport for your return flight.

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ETHIOPIA

THE TRIBES OF OMO VALLEY

Apr 1 – 9, 2018

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.

STEVE BLOOM

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Steve Bloom began to photograph wildlife in 1993 while on vacation in Africa. In 1996 he devoted all his time to wildlife photography Steve 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, Terre Sauvage, National Geographic, Geo, Airone, and Geographic, as well as many photographic publications, have featured his pictures.

He has had a number of exhibitions, both current and in the planning stage, including large outdoor exhibitions in city centers. The free outdoor exhibitions, promoting environmental issues, are major events staged in conjunction with city authorities, and attract visitor numbers in the millions.

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OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: 4×4
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Wildlife
Weather in June: Average 16.5°C

PRICE

€4.450 per person in shared double room.
€4.750 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
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Safari by Land Rover/bus with 2-7 people
All transport with driver and safari guide

Excludes:
Transport to/from Addis Ababa
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.