Iceland – The Highlands 2016 Expedition Availability

Daniel Bergmann and I have a couple of spaces available this year on our Iceland Highland workshops. Both workshops will have an emphasis on different regions of the Highlands as well as different coastal areas. These are workshops that will get you off the usual tourist route and into some of the more inaccessible, interesting and least visited areas of Iceland. We all also visit a few of the iconic locations as well as a few tucked away gems we want to keep up our sleeves. If you have never been to Iceland before and want to avoid the tourist traps, or if you are an Iceland regular and want to get into new territory then these are the workshops for you.

The first workshop will run from August 14th until August 23rd 2016 and will focus on the Highlands and Northern area of Iceland.  We will also visit the precipitous basalt cliffs and rock formations of the Snaefellsness Peninusla, amongst many other areas. You can download a detailed itinerary and information PDF form for the first workshop HERE.The second workshop will run from the 28th of August until the 6th of September 2016 and will focus on the Southern Highlands and eastern coastal regions of Iceland. Our intention on this workshop is to focus on some of the lesser known highland areas in the southern part of Iceland. We will also visit the precipitous ocean lined mountains at Stokksnes as well as vising the spectacular Laki Volcano and the world famous Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. You can download a detailed itinerary and information PDF form for the second workshop HERE.We have chosen August and early September for these workshops as this is an ideal time to visit Iceland for photography. The days are still long with Sunrise around 5 a.m. and sunset just before 10 p.m. The best light for landscape photography is therefore during the evening and early morning. This means that we may have an early dinner and then head out to photograph and sometimes be out before breakfast for a morning shoot. On cloudy days we’ll have a more normal routine. What we’ll do exactly on any given day will be decided around the weather and other conditions and there will be small changes to our original plan to make the most of our time in each area.

Cost: The cost for each workshop is $7,450 USD. There is no single supplement and single rooms will be provided wherever possible.

Duration: 11 days/10 nights for each workshop
Includes: Accommodation for ten nights in single rooms. Food and beverages (excluding alcohol). All transport during the duration of the workshop in a modified 4-wheel drive vehicle. All tuition and guiding services.
Excludes: International flights, travel insurance and alcohol
Group size: 12 per workshop

If you would like to register your interest for one of the remaining places or would like additional information please contact me at info@jholko.com.

AIPP Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2016

The AIPP 2016 Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards were held here in Melbourne Victoria in February this year. This was the first time in several years that I was unable to attend due to overseas workshop and expedition commitments. Truth be told, I actually hadn’t planned to enter this year. My schedule has been so hectic that I really didn’t have ample time to devote to making prints for the awards. I felt a bit guilty about not entering at the last minute as print competitions are near and dear to my heart and I want to support the local industry and the AIPP. So in the end I opted to enter a finished print from the 2015 APPA awards along with seven other prints that I had been working on and felt were in varying stages of being finished. I split the prints across the Science, Wildlife and Wild Places category and the Documentary category. I was pleasantly surprised to find on my return that not only had the majority of the prints scored Silver or Silver with Distinction awards, but that I was also a finalist in both the categories.

What caught my attention this year on my return to Australia was that a print I previously entered at the National Level in the 2015 APPA Australian Professional Photography Awards that had scored a high Silver with Distinction (falling just short of Gold) (and was part of the winning portfolio for 2015 Global Arctic Photographer of the Year) only scored a Silver at the State level (go figure..) Just goes to show how subjective awards can be at times. The awarded images are included below:Svalbard-9725-Edit _H9P15170-Edit Antarctica-2358-Edit Antarctica2015-5548-Edit Antarctica2015-6409-Edit SouthGeorgia2015-8184-Edit SouthGeorgia2015-8201-Edit Svalbard-8616-Edit-2

 

Global Arctic Awards 2015 Exhibition in Russia

An exhibition of the best photographs from the 2015 Global Arctic Photographer of the Year Awards are now on display in Salekhard in Russia. Salekhard is a town located on the Yamal Peninsula. It is the administrative center of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug region in Russia. It is also the closest town to the Polar circle, making it the ideal venue to host the Arctic Awards exhibition. The exhibition includes all five of my photographs that won medals in the 2015 Awards and won me the overall title of 2015 Global Arctic Photographer of the Year. If you happen to be in the area and stop past for a visit please drop me an email and let me know what you think.arcticawards3ArcticAwards1Arcticawards2

Namibia Overland Safari Workshop Complete

Last night I wrapped up my 2016 Namibia Desert overland Safari and I am now making the long journey back to Australia (currently at the airport lounge in Windhoek). I have been on the road since early February with back-to-back workshops and expeditions to the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, Iceland in Winter, the Iceland Arctic Fox Project, Lofoten in Winter and finally Namibia.  This time away amounted to twenty four flight sections and an awful lot of miles travelled. I am now very much looking forward to a couple of weeks at home before I head to the South Island of New Zealand for my Masterclass workshop.

As is always the case it is going to be many weeks before I can sort through all the photographs I made during these trips, edit and process my selects and share them on my website and social media. My priority is actually to now finish my work on the Arctic Fox Project and have the book ready for release later this year (I will also be formally announcing a new gallery showing of this work). In the meantime I hope you enjoy this image from  the abandoned diamond town at Kolmonskop in Namibia. See you back in Australia.Kolmonskop

Photo of the Month April 2016 – Golden Dune Namibia

It seems appropriate that the photograph of the month for April 2016 should be one from Africa; as I currently in Namibia leading a small group workshop to photograph the incredible landscapes of this country. This photograph of the golden sand dune was taken near Dedavlei in the late afternoon as we were returning to our camp for dinner. I took a short hike up into the dunes to gain a more top down perspective and then focused on the play of light across the dune. The wind was whipping the sand off the top of the dune and was beautifully illuminated against the dark backdrop. In many ways this is an iconic photograph for me that really captures the feeling of the desert here in Namibia.Namibia