Join Richard Young on an unforgettable photography tour departing from New Zealand to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica! This is an exclusive opportunity to capture stunning images of one of Earth’s most remote and pristine wilderness areas.
On this tour, you will have the chance to photograph towering icebergs, snow-covered landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, including penguins, seals and whales. Richard will guide you during zodiac trips and landings and provide expert tips to help capture the perfect shots, with a maximum group size of just 6 participants in the photography group. With dedicated time for tuition and review sessions onboard the boat and help to photograph on deck and land to ensure you come away with great images from the trip.
In addition to the incredible photography opportunities, this tour will provide a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You will have the chance to explore the historic huts of early Antarctic explorers, witness the stunning beauty of the Ross Ice Shelf, and possibly even visit the southernmost point on Earth at the South Pole. This tour is not to be missed for any photography enthusiast or adventurer looking to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Antarctica.
The dramatic landscape that awed early explorers, Mt Erebus, Mt Discovery and the Transantarctic Mountains, are as inspiring today as they were 100 years ago. The penguin rookeries described by the early biologists fluctuate in numbers from year to year, but they still occupy the same sites. The seals, no longer hunted for food, lie on ice floes seemingly unperturbed. The whales, which were hunted so ruthlessly in the 1920s, are now returning. Snow Petrels, Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Antarctic Prions and South Polar Skuas all breed in this seemingly inhospitable environment.
There is so much to do and see, from exploring historic huts and sites to visiting penguin rookeries, marvelling at the glacial ice tongues and ice shelves and understanding the icebergs and sea ice. Then there are all the seabirds, seals and whales to observe and photograph, modern scientific bases and field camps to visit and simply the opportunity to drink in the marvellous landscape that has always enthralled visitors.
Lying like stepping stones to the Antarctic continent are the little-known Subantarctic Islands. Our journey also includes The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands. They break our long journey, but more importantly, they help prepare us for what lies ahead, for these islands are part of Antarctica’s amazing and dynamic Southern Ocean ecosystem. It is the powerhouse which drives this ecosystem upon which the world depends.