Further to the availability of two places on this years expedition to South Georgia Island in November in my previous post. Both places (twin-share cabin) are now being offered at a considerable discount by the participants who are unable to attend. This fifteen day photography expedition will depart from the Falkland Islands on the 7th of November 2015 and will conclude on the 21st of November. The expedition is singularly focused on providing the definitive South Georgia Island photography experience. Please drop me an email if you would like further details on how to take advantage of the discount being offered or to express your interest.
Month: August 2015
Wild South Georgia 2015 Expedition – Availability
I have two places available as a result of a cancellation on the South Georgia Expedition this November. This fifteen day photography expedition will depart from the Falkland Islands on the 7th of November 2015 and is singularly focused on providing the definitive South Georgia Island photography experience. We have arranged permits for an extended stay in South Georgia that will allow us not less than ten days of photography (compared to the usual 48 hours only) at this incredible location. Best of all we have timed our expedition with the breeding season for the Penguins, Albatross and Seals. At this time there will be a lot of activity in the colonies and lots of action to photograph. We will sail from the Falkland Islands (the closest port) directly to South Georgia Island where we will zodiac cruise through a maze of icebergs before landing ashore on a beach bedecked with penguins, seals and lichen encrusted boulders. South Georgia Island promises fantastic wildlife and landscape opportunities. We will see and photograph the world’s largest King Penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests, seals and a plethora of bird life. Kelp strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and hundreds of penguins that will prove a wildlife photographers dream. Stromness and Grytviken harbour 3000 metre rocky peaks that rise up from the ocean to form amazing backdrops to the remains of whaling stations that will fulfil every landscape shooters wishes for dramatic landscape. South Georgia Island is a wildlife photographers paradise. There is absolutely nothing that prepares you for the enormity of the landscape or the miracle of the abundant wildlife. This is indeed a place where you are likely to only put down your camera when your finger is so tired you can no longer press the shutter and you can no longer see for the smoking cameras. It is an absolute photographic mecca and a true experience of a lifetime.
South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape is simply stunning. Scattered across the mighty Southern Ocean, the tiny arc of windswept islands and harbours are some of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries set against world class landscapes. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to literally millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. After we finish photographing in this breathtaking area we will sail back to the Falkland Islands where we will dock on the 21st of November and conclude this photographic expedition. We will be using an ice hardened expedition ship that will enable us to get into the best possible locations. Our expedition ship the ‘Polar Pioneer’ is equipped with sufficient zodiacs and crew for all photographers to be shooting simultaneously with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment – So bring what you need! If you would like to reserve one of the two remaining places or would like further information you can download a detailed itinerary and PDF flyer HERE. Due to ship logistics it will likely be the last expedition I lead to South Georgia on a small ship. If you want to get an idea what it is like to travel and photograph in South Georgia be sure to watch the short video.
StudioVox interviews Master Photographer Joshua Holko
I was recently interviewed by StudioVox on my photography, thought process and background and the contents of the interview are now online. You can download a PDF of the complete interview HERE.I am now in Iceland and enjoying a couple of days of R&R before Daniel Bergmann and I kick off our 2015 Highlands Workshop. Looking forward to getting off the tourist route and photographing in the highlands of Landmannalaugar and Veiðivötn in the heart of Iceland with a fantastic group of people. The 2015 Highlands Workshop has long been sold out – but there are still a few places on the 2016 Highlands expeditions. Don’t miss this workshop into the very best parts of Iceland.I also have a single female twin-share place that has become available this year on my expedition to South Georgia in November. If you are interested in travelling and photographing in South Georgia please just drop me an email for further details. This expedition has an extended permit for South Georgia and due to ship logistics it will likely be the last expedition I lead to South Georgia on a small ship. If you want to get an idea what it is like to travel and photograph in South Georgia be sure to watch the short video.
BBC News Features Travel Photographer of the Year Images
I just wrapped up my 2015 Wild Polar Bears expedition in and around the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic and was very pleased to learn on my return to Longyearbyen yesterday that BBC News had just featured the best images from the 2014 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards including one of my own from Svalbard.I will have a full travel report later in September when I return to Australia on the Wild Polar Bear expedition. In brief: During the ten day expedition we encountered numerous Polar Bears on the pack ice around the archipelago including three individual bears on separate seal kills which resulted in some really incredible images from all participants. We also saw and photographed Walrus, Reindeer, Arctic Fox, numerous sea birds including the rare and angelic Ivory Gull as well as dramatic arctic landscapes. I am really looking forward to editing and processing some of the photographs from this expedition when I return to Australia as well as seeing some of the finished images from all aboard the expedition.
I am now headed to Iceland for my 2015 Highlands Expedition before I return to Svalbard for one more Polar Bear expedition (The Kingdom of the Ice Bear) this year. See you in Iceland.
August Photo of the Month Winner: Linda Herd
Congratulations to the eighth print winner ‘Linda Herd’ for the photograph of the month for August 2015: ‘Landmannalaugar Super Moon’.
What Linda said: “A stunning photograph of an amazing landscape! I love the light and texture on the rocks. I would be proud to add a Joshua Holko print to my collection of fine art photographic prints.”Congratulations Linda (and thank you for the wonderful comment!), your print will be sent to you in September when I am back in the studio in Australia. Keep an eye out on my blog for the next print giveaway with the September photograph of the month. Remember the best way to get instant updates is to subscribe via email.