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Top 9 photography trips

Whether you want to hone your skills or just get to grips with your new camera, we pick the trips to make sure you bring back envy-inducing snaps

Come back from your next trip with envy-enducing images

1. Finland

Shoot the Autumn Aurora

Don’t fancy braving the Arctic winter? Book your place on The Aurora Zone’s Harriniva: Autumn Aurora Photography trip instead for celestial magic in the colourful ‘Ruska’ season. Local expert Antti Pietikäinen will help capture the essence of the lights and the landscape – entrancing whether the summit of Pallas Fell or the shores of River Muonio! There’s time to visit a husky kennel, reindeer farm and to try canoeing and whitewater rafting before relaxing in the hot tub.

Who: The Aurora Zone
When: 19-23 Sept 2013
How long: 5 nights
How much: from £1,495 pp (incl flights)

2. Zambia

Go on a photo-safari

Spend a week on safari in the South Luangwa National Park snapping the local wildlife on Zambia Holiday Architects Photographic Odyssey. Mix game walks and drives with time in the two safari camps’ specialist photography hides – as used by the BBC! Move on to Livingstone for a workshop and visits to Victoria Falls and Zambezi River.

Who: Zambia Holiday Architects
When: Tailormade departures May-Oct
How long: 11 nights
How much: from £4,490 per person (incl flights)

3. South Georgia

Picture-perfect penguins and more...

Visiting the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’ is most likely a once-in-a-lifetime treat so make sure you make the most of it on Exodus’ South Georgia Spectacular.

The trip charters an exclusive flight from the Falklands, giving you a full week among South Georgia’s mountain ranges, tumbling glaciers and penguin-choked shores. Going this early in the Antarctic season means you’ll see smaller chicks, plenty of snow and ice, millions of birds and masses more wildlife. There’s also the opportunity to visit significant sites from the early days of Antarctic exploration.

Expert leader and photographer Paul Goldstein plus special guest, zoologist Mark Carwardine – both Wanderlust contributing editors – will help you get the best possible shots in this incredible place. It’s the perfect adventure for any wildlife enthusiast.

Who: Exodus
When: 6 Nov 2013
How long: 15 days
How much: from £7,195 (ship only)

4. India

Take magical Indian images

World Expeditions’ India Through the Lens takes you through the vibrant villages of Rajasthan, into the Thar desert on camel-back, to the pink city of Jaipur and the iconic Taj Mahal… and all while the Holi festival is in its powder-throwing pomp. Acclaimed photographer Peter Walton will help you capture the colours whatever your experience.

Who: World Expeditions
When: 17 March 2013, 16 March 2014
How long: 15 days
How much: £2,390 per person

5. Iceland

Fire, ice and photography

Capture the otherworldly splendour of this incredible island on KE Adventure’s Iceland Photo Workshop with John Gravett. Snap geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes, icebergs and an array of wildlife – puffins, whales, dolphins and seals.

Who: KE Adventures
When: 16-23 June 2013
How long: 8 days
How much: £1,995 (excl flights)

6. Galapagos Islands

Capture wildlife heaven

Cruise this bucket-list location for diverse wildlife and incredible landscapes on Rainbow Tours’ Galapagos Photographic Safari. Snap marine iguanas, giant tortoises and more, guided by a real pro.

Who: Rainbow Tours
When: 25 May-1 June 2013
How long: 7 nights
How much: from £3,550 per person (excl flights and National Park entrance fee)

7. UK

Back to basics

Combine walking with brushing up your composition skills under the eye of pro-snapper David Lewins. Ramblers’ Holidays Walking with your camera… in Northumberland is set along the atmospheric North Sea coast. Staying at Wooler, you’ll wander and snap Bamburgh, Holy Island and College Valley.

Who: Ramblers Countrywide
When: 29 April 2013
How long: 4 nights
How much: from £559 per person

8. Cuba

Click with your kids

Come home from your family jaunt with great pics and fun-sated kids too with The Adventure Company’s Viva Cuba! Young Photographer trip. Challenges in Havana and Trinidad let the clan practise what they’ve learnt, while you’ll visit the Bay of Pigs and landscapes around Viñales. A free photobook filled with your favourite shots is included.

Who: The Adventure Company
When: 12-23 Aug 2013
How long: 12 days
How much: £2,069 per person (incl flights)

9. Turkey

Get your pics published

We’ve got two Wanderlust Journeys to help you hone your photo skills this autumn! There’s Istanbul photography workshop with pro Paul Harris; or you can explore Cappadocia On Assignment with the Wanderlust editorial team. Keep an eye on the website for updates...

Who: Wanderlust Journeys
When: Autumn 2013
How long/How much: TBC

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