South Georgia and Antarctica 2015 Packing List

In just under a week I will be making the long journey from Australia to the Falkland Islands for my 2015 South Georgia Photography Expedition. The South Georgia island expedition is actually the first of four back-to-back expeditions. At the completion of South Georgia Island I will stay on in the Falkland Islands with a small group of photographers for a week photographing the incredible birdlife on both Saunders and Sea Lion Island. I will then head back to South America where I am going to fly down to Union Glacier in Antarctica on a Russian transport jet (less than 900 miles from the South Pole) for a seven day scouting trip to a very remote region of Antarctica. At the conclusion of this scouting trip I will fly back to South America and board ship for one more Antarctic expedition to the Peninsula for the year. It is going to be a really busy couple of months and I am very much looking forward to sharing the experience with all on these expeditions.

As has become traditional I like to do a packing list post before I depart on an expedition. The purpose of this list is to both help me make sure I have not forgotten anything, but also to share what it is I take with me for those either travelling with me on these trips or considering their own future trip. In this instance I am packing for four back to back photography trips – South Georgia Island, the Falkland Islands, Union Glacier Antarctica and finally the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of these trips are not too dissimilar in their requirements so I have been able to keep my list to a fairly manageable level.SouthGeorgia-2456-Edit42014Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Camera Bag (Carry on Luggage)

– 2 x Canon EOS 1DX bodies
– 1 x Canon EOS 5DSR body
– 1 x Canon 11-24mm F4L Lens
– 1 x Canon 24-70mm F2.8L IS MK II Lens
– 1 x Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS MK II Lens
– 1 x Canon 600mm F4L IS MKII Lens
– 1 x Canon 1.4TC MKIII
– 1 x Canon Drop-in Circular Polariser
Gura Gear Chobe (Carry on Luggage)
– 1 x Apple MacBook Pro 15″ Retina
– 1 x Apple laptop charger
– 1 x Thunderbolt 1 TB external portable hard drive
– 1 x  USB CF card reader
– 1 x Sunglasses and sunglasses case
– 1 x Astell & Kern Hi-Rez Portable Audio Player
– 1 x Astell & Kern Charging Cable
– 1 x Inner Ear Stage Two Driver Headphones
– 1 x Leica Ultra-vid 10×42 HD Binoculars
Etcetera Case #1 (Inside Chobe)
– 1 x Canon 1-Series camera charger
– 2 x Power Adapters for on board ship
– 2 x Canon 1DX spare Batteries
– 2 x Canon 5DSR spare Batteries
Etcetera Case #2 (Inside North Face Duffle)
– 1 x Arctic Butterfly Sensor Cleaner
– 1 x Filter Wrench
– 1 x Zeiss Cleaning Fluid and Lens Cleaning Tissue
– 1 x Micro Fibre Lens Cloth
– 1 x Rocket Blower with Hepa-Filter

There is one other important piece of documentation I will be taking with me on this expedition and that is an Australian Customs Declaration form. If you are travelling internationally from Australia you can read about the benefit arming yourself with this documentation HERE.

The Bitter Sweet

It is always somewhat bitter sweet for me to be heading overseas on a photography expedition. On the one hand I love spending time in the outdoor polar regions with other photographers who are passionate about their craft. I am fortunate to meet and travel with some fabulous people who are not only talented photographers in their own right but also a source of continual inspiration. Many of these participants have become friends and I just want to take a moment to acknowledge their photography and thank them for their participation and input. The bitter for me is that I am leaving my two young kids for an extended period of time. Thank goodness for technology and Skype.

See you in the Falklands!


7 thoughts on “South Georgia and Antarctica 2015 Packing List

  1. I wish I was heading there again Josh, maybe next year. Curious to know why you chose the 600 over the 200-400 this year? Have a great voyage.


    1. Hi Geoff, the 200-400 was great in South Georgia – but I have a lot of images with this lens already, so decided this year to try something longer. Cheers


      1. That is what I was thinking….nice to switch things up….I think next time I go I’ll bring the 300 f/2.8 and the 100-400II to also switch it up from the 200-400 and 70-200 last year.


  2. I am surprised you are not taking your 200-400. I look forward to the images. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.


    1. Hi Michael – I did take the 200-400 to South Georgia last year – so I have a lot of shots in this focal range. Time to try something longer 🙂


  3. Do you have a number for the Customs form – the links in the article don’t work – looks like their website has been re-organised.


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