Eight Day Christmas Island Photo Expedition presented by Mark Rayner and Pam Jennings

Next Workshop One: 4 - 11 May 2021 - Sorry Fully Booked
and Workshop Two: 11 to 18 May 2021 -
Sorry Fully Booked
Next Workshop TBA

Where : Christmas Island, Indian Ocean
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Come and join professional photographers Pam Jennings and Mark Rayner on a magical photography tour of
Christmas Island.

Christmas Island has only recently become a 'must do' destination for the landscape and wildlife photographer. If you are looking to improve your photography in a new and exciting destination, then this is for you.
David Attenborough described Christmas Island as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
This island will amaze and astound you with it's beauty and diversity of birds and wildlife.
As you come in to land on your flight from Perth, you will be struck by the beauty of the clear ocean waters and the fringing reef below. This may only be a tiny dot in the middle of the Indian Ocean but many wonders await.
Only on Christmas Island will you find their famous Red Crabs wandering around the terminal to meet you. 

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day One – Tuesday 5th May

We depart from Perth International Airport with Virgin Australia direct to Christmas Island. As we approach this tiny spec in the Indian Ocean the clear waters reveal the fringing reef below. The green of the island’s rainforest coverage gives you a hint of the photographic wonders that await. We get a friendly CI greeting at the airport, then it’s into our 4WD’s and off to our lovely accommodation aptly named The Sunset right on the water front with great sunset views. After settling in we gather for a sunset shoot and Welcome dinner.
Day Two – Wednesday 6th May

We are up early to photograph sunrise at beautiful Lily Beach followed by a yummy picnic breakfast. Photographically you can expect amazing seascapes and sea sculptured cliffs with the added bonus of Brown Boobies nesting on the limestone terrace between Lily and Ethel Beach.
Our tour has been timed to coincide with the hatching of the Brown Booby chicks. We will take our first look at the Grotto, hidden down a track in the rainforest. Our sunset shoot is at Flying Fish Cove.

Day Three – Thursday 7th May

Around 60% of Christmas Island has been declared National Park and the area called The Dales is a RAMSAR wetland. Today we explore this area, taking our time to enjoy the surrounding rainforest and Hugh’s Dale Waterfall. There is plenty of variety of subjects as we wander along rainforest floor and onto the boardwalk. Robber Crabs, the Christmas Island Red crab, Blue Crabs, rainforest trees and plants and incredibly friendly CI Thrush and White-eye. (Robber Crabs are the largest land-living arthropod and Christmas Island has the largest population on earth.)

Evening Aerial Photography Presentation by Pam Jennings.

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Day Four – Friday 8th May

Today we split into two groups:

Group 1 will enjoy a morning out on the water. Bring your bathers and jump in for a snorkel in the rich ocean waters that surrounds CI. We will snorkel at three different locations and motor slowly along the coastline to check for nesting birds, photographing the Common Noddy’s on mooring buoys, looking out for the Christmas Island, Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds, the Red–footed, Brown and Abbott’s Booby, and the Silver and Golden Bosun (White-Tailed and Red-Tailed Tropic-Bird). We may also spot Dolphins and other marine life, so if you have an underwater camera, bring it along. Free time in the afternoon. Evening sunset shoot with the whole group at Martin Point.

Group 2 – Will take the beautiful rainforest track and walk to Margaret Knoll, be prepared for great views which may produce images of Frigatebirds, Golden and Silver Bosun, Red-footed and Abbott’s Booby. Time to explore the rainforest for that special rainforest buttress and Strangler Fig shot, with a well-placed CI Red Crab! We will also explore South Point and the Blowholes where we will keep a look out for the CI Imperial Pigeon and the islands raptors. Evening sunset shoot with the whole group at Martin Point.

Day Five – Saturday 9th May

The reverse of yesterday’s activities but no sunset shoot.

Evening: Critique and Post processing after dinner.

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Day Six – Sunday 10th May

Dolly & Greta Beach are a must do on CI. An exciting 4WD track takes you down the rainforest clad terraces to a boardwalk that meanders through the rainforest to secluded Dolly Beach, a white sand, coconut fringed cove. This is one of the few places on the island where marine turtles nest. Nearby Greta Beach has steep steps that lead down to the secluded cove. Fascinating rock formations, cliffs and outcrops provide creative photo opportunities here.

Evening : Wildlife and Travel Photography Presentation by Mark Rayner.

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Day Seven – Monday 11th May

Sunrise at beautiful Golf Course cliffs. After breakfast we will visit the National Parks Blue-Tailed Skink breeding program in the middle of the island, and talk to the staff about their program to save these rare lizards. Later at the Territory Day Park, that overlooks Flying Fish Cove, we will visit the National Park’s seabird rehabilitation area for close up shots of Boobies and Frigatebirds, then take a rainforest walk or enjoy the vantage point at the lookout. Free time in the afternoon to explore the culture and history of CI. Farewell dinner around the pool at our accommodation.

Day Eight – Tuesday 12th May

Our last sunrise shoot this morning. We can revisit the Booby chicks at Lily Beach before we prepare for our flight back to Perth.

About Pamela Jennings:
Pamela is a professional photographer who specialises in wildlife and wilderness photography of remote Australia.

Based in Broome Western Australia, Pamela runs a selection of extended photography tours complimented by short Broome based workshops. She loves nothing better than jumping into the 4WD and taking people photographing and exploring the wilderness of the Kimberley.

Pamela’s images have been highly awarded in professional photography events including the International Pano Awards. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. (AIPP)

Her first solo exhibition was an outdoor installation on 2.5 metre cubes in Darling Harbour Sydney, during May 2015 as part of the HeadOn Photo Festival 2015.

She was recently named

Cost for the photography expedition is $5800.00 (AUD) double occupancy.
Single supplement $1190.00

$1000.00 deposit required to secure your position.

Balance payable 60 days prior to workshop

  • Accommodation for 7 nights at “The Sunset” overlooking the Indian Ocean.
  • All Meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned 4x4 (3 guests per vehicle, all with window seats)
  • Entrance fees to all Parks
  • Snorkelling/photography boat trip
  • Photographers’ fees
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
  • Airfares
  • Incidentals
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory and remains your responsibility.

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This workshop is limited at 6 participants to ensure a high level of comfort and a high student/tutor ratio.

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