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Location: Pantanal / Brazil
Duration: 10 nights / 11 days
Group Size: Max 7
Level of fitness required: Easy

Join Tatra Photography in the The Pantanal of South America one of the most immense, pristine and biologically rich environments on the planet. The Pantanal has the largest wetland area in the world and the ecosystem with the greatest concentration of wildlife, fauna and flora of the entire American continent.

This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly coloured flowers and shoals of fish. Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans and tapirs help create an aquatic and sylvan theatre of sights and sounds. The endangered Jaguar, Hyacinthine macaws and giant river otters all make their home in the Pantanal.

Our first 3 days of the tour are based at Piuval Lodge with key subjects Hyacinth Macaws, Toucans, Woodpeckers, Monkeys, Deer, Coati Herons, Jabiru Stork, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Kingfishers, Hawks and other bird species, Caimans, Capybaras, and monkeys. After dinner night safaris searching for deer, fox, raccoons, tapir, potoos and nightjars.

Our second part of the tour is based at Pousada Jofre a stunning riverside location perfect for jaguar expeditions. Our key subjects will be Jaguar, Ocelot, Puma, Giant Otters, several species of monkeys, including the Capuchin and Howler Alouatta, the Giant Anteater, Tapir, Capybara and the Marsh Deer, reptiles the Cayman Jacaré and the Anaconda. Our 4 days Boat safari in the river Cuiabá and Piquiri in the “Meeting of the Waters State Park” is considered the area with the highest concentration of jaguars in the world. We have only 3 photographers per boat, which provides each photographer unrestricted views and valuable extra space for large lenses, tripods and camera bags.

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Your tour leader and photographic tutor will be with you throughout the trip in order to help you make the most of your passion for the photography of wildlife. He has a wealth of knowledge to share, and will be on hand at all times in the field to offer guidance in a relaxed and informal manner. To expand on the field based instruction your tutor will also provide further teaching by way of group tutorials held during breaks between drives and on some evenings. In these sessions he will discuss the creative processes behind recording thrilling and memorable images of the wildlife in the Pantanal as well as provide inspiration for new ideas and photographic techniques for you to try.

Feedback on your pictures is crucially important to help you expand and refine your wildlife photography skills. Our tutors are keen to provide this at any time during the trip, whether on a one-to-one basis, or during the tutorial sessions. You will also be encouraged to seek instruction and ask questions to ensure you learn and gain the most from the photographic opportunities. In short your tutor will help you acquire the photographs you have come to capture!

Your tutor for this workshop is Ben Hall. Ben is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife photographers. His personal approach to nature photography lies in the creative art of ‘seeing’. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer’s aesthetic sensitivity. He is described by “Living Edge” magazine as ‘a passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail’. Ben’s work is represented by Getty images, RSPB Images and Naturepl and is sold worldwide.
Ben specialises in bird and mammal photography and has won numerous international awards including category wins in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. In 2009 he was named ‘Geographical’ Photographer of the Year. He is a regular contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, PhotoPlus magazine, Digital SLR User, Photography Monthly and many more. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC’s Walk on The Wild Side and is a member of the 2020VISION photo team. Ben has just finished writing his first book, Wildlife Photography Workshop, which he co-authored with Ross Hoddinott.

Accommodation

The Piuval Lodge is located 110 km from Cuiabá and 10 km from Poconé in the state of Mato Grosso. It is the first lodge along the Transpantaneira Highway, which begins in Poconé. The lodge is situated on a 7000-hectare cattle ranch with one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pantanal.

There is a terrace area outside the rooms with hammocks, chairs and tables, all overlooking the extensive abundance and diversity of Pantanal flora and fauna.

The lodge has guest rooms with air conditioning and ceiling fans, private bathrooms, TV, W-Lan, Frigobar and screened-in windows providing fresh air. The fully screened restaurant serves typical Pantanal meals. Leisure facilities are a swimming pool, volleyball court and playground.

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The new Pousada Porto Jofre is located at the end of the Transpantaneira road on the Cuiabà river. They offer private rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning. On the hotel grounds it’s possible to observe hyacinth macaws, toco toucans and other bird species. The riverside location is perfect for jaguar expeditions.

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