It’s been 4 years since we did our last South Georgia photography workshop and what a workshop that was. In November 2021 we will once again travel to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica for one of the most amazing photography workshops you could take part in. Organized by photoPXl and Rockhopper Workshops with Kevin Raber and Steve Gosling as your hosts.

I hope you can join us and 3o photographers for this incredible experience.

Risk-free bookings – Refund or Rebooking

For Expedition Antarctica 2021, we now offer a risk-free booking policy. If the trip needs to be canceled due to the Covid-19 virus you will receive a rebooking to the next year’s trip or a refund. Otherwise, our general terms apply.

The Falklands, South Georgia Islands, and Antarctica
November 9th – 29th, 2021
With Kevin Raber, and Steve Gosling

It’s been 4 years since we did our last South Georgia photography workshop and what a workshop that was. In November 2021 we will once again travel to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica for one of the most amazing photography workshops you could take part in. Organized by photoPXL and Rockhopper Workshops with Kevin Raber and Steve Gosling in collaboration with Polar Quest, we will embark on a trip that will leave you with memories and images you will cherish forever. Kevin has lead photographic workshops and expeditions to some of the most picturesque places on the planet, and this will be his 23rd trip to Antarctica.

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Join Kevin and Steve on a magnificent Antarctica cruise with the possibility of sighting 7 different species of penguins! We are proud to once again sail off to Antarctica with the small polar expedition ship, Ocean Nova, carrying a maximum of only 78 passengers! We sail from Ushuaia in Argentina to the Falkland Islands, home to charming rockhopper penguins and graceful albatrosses. Our next stop is the remote island of South Georgia, a wildlife haven said to have more wildlife per square meter than any other place on the planet. To watch the huge elephant seals fight for their harems and be greeted by hundreds of thousands of breeding king penguins is a truly unbelievable experience. We continue to the most remote and isolated continent – Antarctica. Here we explore the dramatic landscapes with gigantic icebergs, scenic channels, and bustling penguin colonies. Welcome on board!

 

Griviken Whaling Station, South Georgia
Griviken Whaling Station, South Georgia

Our focus on this trip will be all about getting the best images you can imagine.  Kevin Raber and Steve Gosling will be there to help you with everything you might possibly need help with.  We’ll guide you with lectures and in the field.  We will help you select the right camera and lens combination for each excursion as well as assist with editing when needed.  During our days at Sea, we will be leading lectures along with the expedition team.

South Georgia Island at sunrise
South Georgia Island at sunrise

On the aproach to South Georgia Island
On the approach to South Georgia Island

We will be experiencing this trip aboard the Ocean Nova.  This is a famous Polar exploration ship.  I have sailed on her over a dozen times and have had some of my most memorable moments on her.  A little over 5 years ago the captain of the Ocean Nova performed the marriage ceremony for Debra and me.

Check out This Article from the BBC on South Georgia

Below is a video from our last South Georgia trip.  The video is a slideshow put to music with highlights of the trip as well as images from the photographers on the trip. I’m sure you’ll feel the excitement I do every time I watch this show.

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Your Instructors

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Steve Gosling

I am a professional photographer who specializes in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (my ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).

My images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of my work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. My work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

I particularly enjoy writing & teaching about photography. As well as being a contributor to many of the major photography magazines in the UK and abroad I regularly give talks to photographic societies and other groups. I have run a successful workshop program for several years encouraging and inspiring photographers of all levels from across the world.

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Kevin Raber

I see the world through the lens and a frame. Photography for me is an extension of who I am. I have gone through many stages in my career. At one time I was a portrait photographer with many prestigious clients. Over time I grew restless for something else in the field. I truly enjoy my current work as a fine art landscape photographer. There is something special about examining and photographing everything from grand scenes in nature that are there for a moment and then gone to industrial landscapes and focusing on the incredibly minute details of peeling paint and rust. I am most fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful places.

I have fond memories of nights and weekends spent in the darkroom creating prints. The stereo blasting. It could be fun and it could be tedious. You didn’t always know what you were going to get and, at times, it required extensive hands-on darkroom manipulation. I can still smell the chemicals. I was taught by the masters of the darkroom.

Today, that has all changed thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. The darkroom is the computer. Some things are still unpredictable, but the tools to achieve the final result allow you to see them immediately on the screen in real time and right in front of you. Digital allows you to capture a range of tonalities and exposures that were impossible with film. Variables such as emulsion, temperature, chemistry and exposure are taken out of the equation. What you see on your computer monitor is what you will get when printed. One thing that hasn’t changed is the music. It goes along with creating and working on images. Thank God for iTunes.

I embraced digital early on. It continues to evolve and provide flexibility to all who embrace it. The digital age is still young and has completely transformed our industry. Never before has a switch from analog to digital been so prevalent as in photography. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years takes us.

My career in photography has evolved since 1972 when I first began making a living with photography. Today I am also CEO and Publisher of photoPXL.com as well as this site. I lead photography workshops to edge of the planet locations as well as provide instructional videos to photographers on how to improve their craft.

There doesn’t seem to be anything that can dampen my passion and enthusiasm for photography. It has opened doors to the world for me and I am most grateful I can share my experiences with others. You can visit my personal; webiste kevinraber.com

The Ocean Nova, Itinerary and Prices

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Our great Antarctic adventure starts in Ushuaia, beautifully surrounded by snow-covered mountains, where we stay one night at a centrally located hotel. This little town is also referred to as the “End of the World”.

Day 2: Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Today we visit the southernmost National Park in the world – Tierra del Fuego. We explore this thriving park, filled with dramatic sceneries of forests and mountains. The National Park is home to guanacos, Patagonian foxes, and beavers, but also to many bird species such as Magellanic woodpeckers, condors, and austral parakeets. In the afternoon, we embark on our expedition ship and sail along the Beagle Channel. Our expedition cruise has started and we may see penguins straight away! Keep a lookout for Magellanic penguins swimming in the Beagle Channel.

Day 3: At Sea

An Orca Whale swimming along with our ship

We spend a day at sea followed by a range of sea birds such as petrels, fulmars, and albatrosses that gracefully follow our ship. Whales and dolphins may also be seen in the surrounding waters and our polar experts start their exciting lecture program.

Day 4: West Falkland

Our plan is to explore the western islands of the archipelago, which are isolated and windswept but home to many seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross. We hope to land on Carcass Island, to encounter nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent resident. Weather permitting, we go ashore and explore Saunders Island a penguin hotspot that is one of the only places on earth where 4 penguin species nest side by side. Here we can find Gentoo, rockhopper, king, and Magellanic penguin rookeries as well as nesting black-browed albatross. You can sit on the white sand beach watching the penguins come and go while the striated caracaras patrol overhead.

Day 5: Stanley, East Falklands

We visit Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. As we wander through the charming streets with small houses and learn how this quiet harbor was once a major port in the 19th century for ships attempting to round the waters of Cape Horn. We also make a stop in Stanley’s famed philatelic museum with its impressive collection of historic stamps.

Day 6 – 7: Southern Ocean

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We sail southeast, South Georgia bound. The anticipation grows especially when we cross the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature. Shipboard presentations will continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia. Wildlife will guide us into the island; keep a lookout in the ocean for whales, seals, and penguins swimming and diving.

Day 8 – 11: South Georgia

Majestic mountains, mighty glaciers, and beaches full of king penguins greet us on the island of South Georgia. We arrive in the beginning of summer when there are few ships in the vicinity and the peaks of the dramatic mountain ranges are still snow-covered. If you are interested in wildlife, South Georgia is a true oasis. Hundreds of thousands of penguins greet us at places like St. Andrew’s Bay and Salisbury Plain. Huge elephant seals lounge on sandy beaches and this time of the year we may see dramatic fights for a position as the king of a harem. The island is also home to several other species of penguin such as macaroni, gentoo and chinstrap penguin, along with the playful and feisty fur seals. South Georgia played a significant role in Shackleton’s epic adventure. After his ship Endurance sank, he crossed the treacherous ocean in an open lifeboat to reach the islands. We hope to visit Shackleton’s grave at Grytviken, once an active whaling station, which now houses a charming small museum.

Day 12 – 14: At Sea

Antarctica 2014

We now set sails towards the world’s most remote continent – Antarctica, faithfully accompanied by many seabirds. Our polar experts continue to fill our minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. We also keep our eyes open for the first iceberg, which may appear on the horizon at any time now!

Day 15 – 18: The South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

This is a true Antarctic expedition cruise and our exact route the following days is subject to weather and ice conditions. Below are examples of places we may visit.

We hope to go ashore at Elephant Island, where we will learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea more than 100 years ago. Following the loss of their ship, the men reached Elephant Island after a harrowing ordeal on drifting ice floes. They established a camp at a place they called Point Wild, named after Shackleton’s commander Frank Wild and now the home of nesting chinstrap penguins.
We will spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await us on our excursions to some of the islands including King George, Half Moon, Barrientos, or Livingston. Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. Hopefully, we will also have a chance to visit the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Along the coastline of the South Shetlands, we keep our eyes open for humpback whales foraging for krill.

We continue south along the Antarctic Peninsula, where pack ice still covers large parts of the bays, and we watch the experienced officers navigate our ice-strengthened ship. We cruise through labyrinths of icebergs some of which may have resting penguins looking curiously back at us. In good ice conditions, we hope to set foot on the Antarctic continent in Hope Bay or Paradise Harbour. The scenery here, from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet, is truly breath-taking.

Day 19 – 20: Drake Passage

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As we leave this magical place, heading across the Drake Passage, time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. As we approach the South American continent its possible to see whales, dolphins and seals. We celebrate the conclusion of our Antarctic expedition with a farewell dinner on board.

Day 21: Ushuaia, Argentina

A moonrise that can only be seen in Antarctica

In the early morning, we disembark in Ushuaia and explore this quaint little town on our own.
Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice and weather conditions. The planned itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favorable conditions. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Pre and Post Cruise Extension

For those of you who want to experience the bustling city of Buenos Aires, we offer a pre and post-cruise extension, including two hotel nights, sightseeing, tango show and flight Buenos Aires – Ushuaia with the return. Please contact us for more information.

Book early as this trip is one of our most popular

The Perfect Trip For Significant Others

As a photographer, we often take trips without our significant other.  This should not be the case with such a location as the Falklands and South Georgia.  This trip will change you.  You’ll see things that will leave you in awe.  This is a very comfortable ship and your significant other will not only be comfortable but will also be able to experience what you as a photographer will.

I assure you that this will be an adventure both of you will share and talk about for the rest of your lives.

The Vessel

The Ocean Nova

The expedition ship Ocean Nova (sister ship to our popular M/S Quest) was built in Denmark in 1992 and in 2006 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. The Ocean Nova takes up to 78 passengers in twin and triple cabins, all with exterior views and en suite facilities. In your cabin, you also find a desk with a chair as well as storage space for clothes and equipment.

In the dining room, you are treated to delicious meals, and in the panorama lounge, you can enjoy a drink with breath-taking views of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where your guides entertain and educate you with lectures on the area’s flora, fauna, and history.

 Onboard there is also a library with a collection of polar books and DVDs. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. The atmosphere onboard Ocean Nova is relaxed and very friendly. Traveling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

PASSENGERS: 100 maximum
EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 60
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, a capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, a capacity of 160)
LENGTH: 90.7 m
BREADTH: 16.2 m
DRAFT: 4.3 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
ICE CLASS: LR PC6
CRUISING SPEED: 14 knots in open water

Prices (per berth)

Triple Cabin           Bunkbeds                  USD 13,990
Twin Cabin             Bunkbed                    USD 16,990
Twin Cabin.            2 Lower Berths.      USD 18,790
Single Cabin.                                                 USD 25,000

 

PAYMENTS – A deposit of $2500 USD is due at the time of registration.   The second payment of 2500 USD per person is due on January 15, 2020, and the final balance is due 120 days prior to the trip.  All payments are non-refundable.

Price includes

  • 1 hotel night in Ushuaia
  • 19 nights on board the expedition ship Ocean Nova
  • All meals onboard
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, water, and snacks on board the ship throughout the expedition
  • All landings and excursions
  • 8 polar expert guides
  • Guiding ashore and lectures on board
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings and Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • The trip is 100 % climate compensated

Not included

  • Airfare to and from Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses on board such as in the bar, the shop or laundry service
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew

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November 9th - 29th, 2021 With Steve Gosling and Kevin Raber

Price Per Berth

Triple Cabin           Bunk beds                  USD 13,990
Twin Cabin             Bunk bed                    USD 16,990
Twin Cabin.            2 Lower Berths.      USD 18,790
Single Cabin.                                                 USD 25,000

  • Availability: First come first served. Couples will share a cabin. Individuals traveling alone will share a double or triple with others of the same sex unless a dedicated Single cabin is selected. These fees may be paid in installments, and are all-inclusive.

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PAYMENTS – A deposit of $2500 USD is due at the time of registration.   The second payment of 2500 USD per person is due on January 15, 2021, and the final balance is due 120 days prior to the trip.  All payments are non-refundable.

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