More time on the Antarctic Peninsula — more than most expeditions! Ten photo pros and five naturalists on board our own private ship. Other expeditions have but one or two. A 7:1 ratio of guests to pros! We go where other ships can’t, so you can capture more amazing photographs.
Join us on one of the best ships that sails the Antarctic waters, the ice-strengthened Ushuaia. We have assembled an amazing team of pro photographers, expedition leaders and naturalists to provide photography instruction, information and guidance throughout the expedition.
We 'own' the boat. We control the itinerary. This allows us to maximize photographic opportunities with as many shore landings as possible, and as many days in Antarctica as possible. Our ship is small and can go to all landing sites. Our group size will be between 60 and 70 guests, with 10 pros and 5 naturalists.
On this 12-day all-inclusive photographic expedition you will have opportunities to photograph the beautiful and diverse wildlife and incredible polar landscapes of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula. We have timed our expedition at the end of Antarctic spring and the very beginning of summer, when there is still a chance for fresh snow and the wildlife is beginning to be most active.
This year’s expedition is longer than our previous trips: we have 7 full days at the Antarctic Peninsula, more than most expeditions. Because our ship and group size are smaller, we have access to all approved landing spots in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica — we can go places where the large cruise ships can’t. Not only that, but our smaller group size allows us more time for photography at each landing, something that is severely compromised when you are on a ship that has more than 100 passengers.
You can expect to see and photograph abundant wildlife: whales (orca, minke and humpback), crabeater, elephant, leopard and Weddell seals, countless numbers of penguins, blue-eyed shags and many, many albatrosses, petrels and other sea birds.
Everything is all-inclusive from the time we embark our ship on December 2, 2019, until the time we say goodbye on December 13, 2019. There will be plenty of on-board instruction on wildlife photography, beginning and advanced Lightroom, photographic composition, technical refreshers, naturalist lectures and more.
On board the Ushuaia there is plenty of space in the common areas to relax, read a book or talk photography. We have two big rooms available for instruction, lectures, presentations, image reviews and critiques. Meals on board are quite good: the breakfast buffet has both continental and hot options, lunch is served at your table, there is an afternoon tea in the common area and the day ends with a three-course dinner. Mealtimes are set by us and are based on our shore excursions – photography first!
Most Antarctica trips are not dedicated fully to photography and because they are on tourist cruise ships with 150, 200, or 250+ passengers, they can’t get as close to the landings as we can. Our Zodiacs will zip you to shore safely and quickly, so you have more time for photography. With Muench Workshops you will be with like-minded photographers and travellers who are interested in maximizing every opportunity to capture amazing wildlife and landscape images, and to learn as much as possible from the pros and naturalists on the team. Don’t worry, your non-photographer spouse/partner/traveling companion will enjoy this expedition just as much as everyone else, and they too will enjoy the landscape and wildlife and the guiding from not only us but the expedition staff and naturalists.
All-inclusive tuition for this expedition starts at $11,495. We have two types of single cabins available and four different types of twin cabins available, and four suites as well. Tuition for this expedition depends on your choice of accommodation. Click the button in the sidebar for details on the ship, pricing, accommodations and more.