Cuba 2018 Photo Workshop Option

 This exceptional program is specially prepared for enthusiasts who wish to capture artistic and exciting pictures of close encounter with crocodiles, sharks and our very own mermaid Odessa Burgarin from the Philippines! Conducted by Michael AW & Noel Fernandez the workshop modules offered detailed instructions & techniques by three award winning underwater photographers who specialised in big animal encounters and artistic photography with over 25 years’ experience at Gardens of the Queen.

Join Departures 27 Jan - 3 Feb 2018 or 3 - 10 Feb 2018  -  USD 3800 plus workshop option USD 600

Additional nights in HAvana Recommended prior to the trip for Workshop Cultural components ( self guided)

Deposit : USD 1800 per trip

Make your reservation now – only 12 spots per trip.

Workshop Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday)  10am Artistic appreciation – introduction to the fine art masters at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana)

 7pm – Buena Vista Social Club performance (optional)

Day 2 (Saturday)

4am – transfer to Gardens of the Queen via Jucaro

3pm – Mojito session at Tortuga

5pm – Masterclass Orientation and Briefing

Day 3 to 8

Three classroom and three in-water photographic sessions with sharks, crocodiles and mermaid conducted by Michael AW, Aaron Wong and Noel Fernandez

Day 9 – 9am – transfer to hotel in Havana.

600 USD per person* (this program must be purchased with diving package for Gardens of the Queen from Ocean Geographic - this program qualifies for US citizens and those wishing to fly via the USA for legal travel to Cuba.)   READ ABOUT THE Accomodation and DIving Package 

About Noel Lopez Fernandez (Cuba)

Noel Lopez is perhaps the most ingenious underwater photographer in the world. Noel owns the only SEACAM Nikon F100 film camera housing that is modified to house a current model digital SLR. He did the conversion and he is now able to access all manual controls, including shooting hi res videos. His photographic skills are self-taught, having observing from the many professionals such as David Doubilet, Michael AW that he served as dive guide in his 20 tenure at Gardens of the Queen -Jardines de la Reina. He is a prolific shooter and whisperer of sharks and crocodiles.

About Michael AW (Australia / Singapore)

Michael AW is an author, explorer, photographer and conservationist. His accolades include wining more than 65 international awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. In 2013 he was awarded the NOGI for Arts by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. His essays and pictures have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Times, Nature Focus to name just a few.

In 2008 Stan Waterman conferred Michael with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award by Sharks Research Institute in recognition of his highly-effective and unrelenting campaign against shark fin soup consumption in the Asia Pacific region. Michael is also a recipient of the prestigious WYLAND ICON award for Conservation in 2011 and in 2012; he was presented the Diver of the Year Award at the Beneath the Sea Festival in New Jersey. 

Michael has authored 55 books. In 2013 the “Elysium Shackleton Antarctic Visual Epic” was published, now a movie and an exhibition touring worldwide and his latest book is the “Essential Underwater Photography Masterclass. Michael is a Senior Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers and Fellow International of the Explorer Club whose members include Sir Edmund Hilary, Roald Amundsen, Neil  Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Sylvia Earle. Michael has lead expeditions to all seven continents including the Antarctic, Arctic and five expeditions to Cuba.   

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