We are planning for next year’s schedule of photosafari trips. If you are interested in some of the trips you can email us [email protected] so that we can put you on the mailing list will inform you once the trips are confirmed. Here is a short description on what to expect from each of these photosafari trips.
Brief Description of the trips
1. Winter Photosafari
Winter photosafari – We will be flying in from Kuala Lumpur to Tainjin, China. From Tianjin we will fly to Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province. Harbin is famous for its annual Ice Festival. We will be spending some time going around Harbin and its surrounding villages. We will visit the Siberian Tiger reservation. After that we will take a train ride to Qiqihaer. Qiqihaer is a town north of Harbin towards the Russian Border. There is a Crane Nature Reserve. Cranes usually roost there in winter and prepare for mating. It is an experience to shoot at sub-zero temperature. The stark landscapes and human interest photography will be an experience not to be missed.
2. Nepal – trekking to Manang
This is a 14 days trip to the mysterious Kathmandu and Manang. We will be trekking up the Himalayan Range from Besi Sahar to Pisang and Manang. Manang is located on the rain shadow of the Himalayans. We will be trekking on the Himalayan Range. The trekking is classified as easy to moderate difficulty. However, this trekking trip is tailored made for photographers and ample time is allocated for photo hunting along the way. Nepal boasts one of the best trekking experiences in the world. The treks are well laid stone paving and steps. These treks are used daily by local inhabitants and one can often find small villages along the way, about 1 hour walk from each other. Trekkers can stop at any of these quaint villages for a cup of the famous “masala tea”.Last year, the oldest participant on the Gorepani – Poon Hill trek was 68 year old.
3. Yogyarkarta – Borobudur, Indonesia
This is a 5D and 4N photography journey to Yogyakarta, Klayar and Borobudur. A thousand years ago, Yogyakarta was the center of ancient Mataram Kingdom which was prosperous and high civilized. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Some other relics are Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko Palace, and dozens of other temples scattered throughout Yogyakarta. This journey is designed by photographers for photographers. So you will expect a lot of early morning sunrise and sunset shoots and people interest shoots in the villages and wer markets.
4. Pacu Jawi (Bull Run), Padang, Indonesia
This is a 3days and 2 nights trip to Padang Indonesia. There will be some human interest and landscape shooting. However, the main highlight is the adrenalin rush Bull Run or Pacu Jawi as it is called in Indonesia. Usually after harvesting season, Farmers who have extra bulls or Breeders would show case their bulls for sale. The bulls are grouped into various pens, one as a holding pen for bulls waiting for the race, one for cleaning up the bulls after the race and one for display of the bulls and prospective buyers would gather and negotiate the price of the bulls. The sellers would pay professional jockeys to ride their bulls on a flood rice field. The buyers would gather to judge for themselves the bulls that they would want to buy. The jockeys do not wear any safety gears and they step dangerously onto a yolk harness made of bamboo and wood. To increase the speed of the particular slow bull, the jockeys would bite on its tail to speed it up. Photographers will usually gather at the finishing line or on any bunds surrounding the racing field. The path of the racing bulls is unpredictable…and hence the adrenalin rushes to get out of its way. Photographers who have attended this Bull Run will usually come back for more.
5. Kashmir – Delhi photosafari
Take an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi. From Delhi we travel to Srinagar, a place famous for lakes and houseboats. We will travel to a mountain region called Gulmarg. This place has good potential for landscape photography. From there we travel to Pahalgam. This place is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and Lidder River. There are lots of small villages around this place and it is great for landscape and human interest photography. On the way back to Delhi, we will stop by Agra where we will visit the Taj Mahal.
6. Cebu – Malapascua Island photosafari
Cebu Island is the southern island of Philippines. It has some very beautiful landscape and human interest environment very suitable for landscape, travel, street and BnW photography. From Cebu we will journey South to a beautiful and idyllic island called Malapascua Island. It is very famous recently for its great dive sites. The island offers a lot of opportunity for landscape, sunrise and sunset photography. It also has a very active fishing community where it offers great opportunity for human interest photography.
7. Crossing Bridges 9
This is an annual event that is organised by photographers of Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines. There will be about 15 participants from each country participating in this annual event. These participants represent members of the largest online photography community in their respective country such as fotographer.net (Indonesia), clubsnap.com (Singapore) photo,vn (Vietnam) and Philippines Photographers Association. In total they represent more than 800,000 members throughout the region. This year PhotoMalaysia is the host and we will be bringing in more than 80 photographers from the different countries to Kuala Lumpur and Trengganu. This 6days and 5 nights event is a great promotion opportunity for local Camera and Equipment Distributors.
8. Autumn in Tibet
Tibet is a new mysterious destination in China that is opening up to foreigners and tourist. The new Tibetan Railway brings Tibet closer to the other parts of China. We will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu. From Chengdu we will fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. we will travel to Gyangtse, Shigazer, New Tingri and Mt Everest base camp. We will be renting an entire bus from Lhasa throughout the whole journey and each participant will have one extra seat for their photography equipment.
9. Photo documentary in Siem Reap, Cambodia
This is a 5days and 4 nights trip to Siem Reap Cambodia. We will be visiting the Angkor Temple Complex and surrounding villages where we have adopted. The highlight of the trip will be a photo documentary of a traditional Cambodian wedding. Cambodian weddings are very elaborate and will span a period of 3 days. However, due to economic constraints, weddings are scaled down to a 2 days 1 night affair. We will be sponsoring a couple who could not afford to go through such and wedding ceremony in exchange for our photographers documenting it and perhaps give them a wedding album as our gift to them. We will also be staying one night at the floating village in Tonle Sap Lake where the wedding will be held
10. Bangladesh – Panchuria
This is an 8days/ 7nights photosafari trip. Bangladesh offers a lot of opportunities for shooting human interest, landscape and travel photography. We have made a photography trip there is 2010 and was very impressed with its unspoilt landscape and city scenes. We may be travelling north to Sylet or south to Chittagong. This time we will be spending a night at Panchuria, a jute and mustard growing village about 2 hours boat and bus ride from Dhaka. The villagers in Panchuria are very friendly people. We have made friends in this village and have even sponsor a school renovation project.