Antarctica Photo Expedition

SAFARI DETAILS
SAFARI DATES
14 November 2022 - 3 December 2022 Space available

It is exhilarating – the first moment you step off the ship. Suddenly there is nothing between you and Antarctica. Hundreds of miles of land, snow and ice. You get a sense of how early explorers must have felt stepping off into this vast wilderness – the thrill of the unknown: the adrenaline rush of true exploration, adventure and awesome photography that await.
It is one thing to visit a place, but it is another to immerse yourself in it. To not just see the sights but to understand the history, get to know the wildlife and come home with many iconic photos and unforgettable memories.
Antarctica, for the naturalist and wildlife photographer is the ultimate destination. Once deemed so remote from civilization that men traded their lives to experience it, this destination is now safely accessible on modern vessels where we can stand in awe and photograph the magnificence of this icy domain at the bottom of the world.
In collaboration with Quark Expeditions, this photography workshop is organised by C4 Photo Safaris, South Africa. To see a selection of photographs captured by participants in our 2014 expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic , click here.
The number of participants in the photography workshop is confined to thirty people. We have reserved 30 berths in a variety of cabin categories for these participants, on the vessel Ocean Adventurer and registrations will be accepted in the order they are received. Should you require a cabin outside those reserved by us, this is possible, subject to one being available.
This far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, means you have time for your photography to develop exponentially and at the same time allow you to revel in twenty days of endless photographic opportunities as you are guided and assisted by our professional photographers.
Expect to photograph thousands upon thousands of penguins in rookeries, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens, cyans and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the sweeping ice sheet continent of Antarctica.
The expedition is one of Quark’s comprehensive Antarctic expeditions and offers you the very best opportunities to capture the iconic images of one of the remotest parts of the planet.
One of the main reasons for the extended duration of this voyage is a full 3-day visit to South Georgia island. Ask any naturalist what their favourite place in the world is, and without hesitation they will most likely say it is South Georgia. Teeming with life both mammalian and avian, in their tens of thousands – be prepared to be overwhelmed by one of the great wonders of the natural world – all within a few meters of your lens.
Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina the first stop is the Falkland Islands. Here, you will surprisingly find a relatively warm climate where an abundance of unusual wildlife thrives. Sixty species of migratory birds and the rare rockhopper penguin inhabit these islands.
The expedition continues through the Antarctic convergence to the pristine island of South Georgia. Towering glacier-covered mountains are merely the backdrop to spectacular wildlife sightings including rookeries of the pompous king penguin, several seal species and the laughable macaroni penguin. You may see the South Orkney Islands, often cloaked in mist, on passage to the South Shetland Archipelago and Antarctica.
Even seasoned travellers to polar regions experience a deep sense of awe and respect on their first glimpse of the much-anticipated continent. Here you are greeted by thousands of icebergs that look like modern art sculptures lining the bays of Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. Meanwhile an overwhelming profusion of wildlife is on display from penguins torpedoing through the water to predatory leopard seals staking their claim on ice floes.
We hope to land and photograph on the mainland of the White Continent itself. From this vantage point, it is easy to understand why legendary explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton were so captivated by this haunting region.
As with all voyages, passenger and vessel safety are Quark’s top priorities. Hence weather, ice or other conditions may require a change to the planned itinerary and shore excursions but that is half the fun of Polar Region exploring. Predictability is a term that has no relevance in this environment.
Being part of a small group of like-minded photographers and continually assisted by professional photographers to help you.

It is exhilarating – the first moment you step off the ship. Suddenly there is nothing between you and Antarctica. Hundreds of miles of land, snow and ice. You get a sense of how early explorers must have felt stepping off into this vast wilderness – the thrill of the unknown: the adrenaline rush of true exploration, adventure and awesome photography that await.


It is one thing to visit a place, but it is another to immerse yourself in it. To not just see the sights but to understand the history, get to know the wildlife and come home with many iconic photos and unforgettable memories.

Antarctica, for the naturalist and wildlife photographer is the ultimate destination. Once deemed so remote from civilization that men traded their lives to experience it, this destination is now safely accessible on modern vessels where we can stand in awe and photograph the magnificence of this icy domain at the bottom of the world.


In collaboration with Quark Expeditions, this photography workshop is organised by C4 Photo Safaris, South Africa. To see a selection of photographs captured by participants in our 2014 expedition to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic, click here.


The number of participants in the photography workshop is confined to thirty people. We have reserved 30 berths in a variety of cabin categories for these participants, on the vessel Ocean Adventurer and registrations will be accepted in the order they are received. Should you require a cabin outside those reserved by us, this is possible, subject to one being available.


This far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, means you have time for your photography to develop exponentially and at the same time allow you to revel in twenty days of endless photographic opportunities as you are guided and assisted by our professional photographers.


Expect to photograph thousands upon thousands of penguins in rookeries, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens, cyans and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the sweeping ice sheet continent of Antarctica.


The expedition is one of Quark’s comprehensive Antarctic expeditions and offers you the very best opportunities to capture the iconic images of one of the remotest parts of the planet.



One of the main reasons for the extended duration of this voyage is a full 3-day visit to South Georgia island. Ask any naturalist what their favourite place in the world is, and without hesitation they will most likely say it is South Georgia. Teeming with life both mammalian and avian, in their tens of thousands – be prepared to be overwhelmed by one of the great wonders of the natural world – all within a few meters of your lens.


Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina the first stop is the Falkland Islands. Here, you will surprisingly find a relatively warm climate where an abundance of unusual wildlife thrives. Sixty species of migratory birds and the rare rockhopper penguin inhabit these islands.


The expedition continues through the Antarctic convergence to the pristine island of South Georgia. Towering glacier-covered mountains are merely the backdrop to spectacular wildlife sightings including rookeries of the pompous king penguin, several seal species and the laughable macaroni penguin. You may see the South Orkney Islands, often cloaked in mist, on passage to the South Shetland Archipelago and Antarctica.

Even seasoned travellers to polar regions experience a deep sense of awe and respect on their first glimpse of the much-anticipated continent. Here you are greeted by thousands of icebergs that look like modern art sculptures lining the bays of Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. Meanwhile an overwhelming profusion of wildlife is on display from penguins torpedoing through the water to predatory leopard seals staking their claim on ice floes.


We hope to land and photograph on the mainland of the White Continent itself. From this vantage point, it is easy to understand why legendary explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton were so captivated by this haunting region.


As with all voyages, passenger and vessel safety are Quark’s top priorities. Hence weather, ice or other conditions may require a change to the planned itinerary and shore excursions but that is half the fun of Polar Region exploring. Predictability is a term that has no relevance in this environment.


Being part of a small group of like-minded photographers and continually assisted by professional photographers to help you.





Note: This expedition
• Begins Ushuaia
• Ends in Ushuaia

 

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

 

Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet boasts many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking.

One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast is included in the expedition cost. (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travellers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)

Day 2

Embarkation day

As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travellers and get acquainted with your ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. On board your team will be there both to ensure your comfort and safety as well as help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Day 3

At sea

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

 

 

Day 4 to 5

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily excursions.

Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favoured landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit the cathedral and museum. In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck and possibly the elusive Cobb’s wren.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

 

 

Day 6 to 7

At sea

Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, helps nourish the abundance of krill that attracts whales, seals, and birdlife to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.

Day 8 to 11

South Georgia

This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it’s incredible densities of wildlife make it truly memorable. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, will open your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures.

One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and interwoven relationship is something your Expedition Team will instill in you during your time here.

 

 

Day 12 to 13

At sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival.

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

Day 14 to 17

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. During Zodiac cruises, keep an eye out for Antarctic whales such as minkes, as you may get a chance for an intimate experience with these majestic animals. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the Polar Plunge!

Day 18 to 19

Crossing the Drake passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy your final moments celebrating with your fellow shipmates. The busy, populated world awaits your return, so savour the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Day 20

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

 

 

Accomodation
Who is Quark Expeditions
We have collaborated with Quark because of their common sense approach to pricing, limited passenger numbers and their commitment to ecological preservation and conservation. These values sit very comfortably alongside those of C4 Photo Safaris.
Quarks co-operation allows us to deliver a specialised on-board and zodiac/land-based small group photographic workshop, to make this polar expedition a very special photographic event.
To read more about their history, click About Quark Expeditions.
Together we have created a “top-drawer” photography workshop within a “first class” Antarctica expedition. Of course, you also have the advantage of full access to Quarks specialist Polar Region expedition leaders and presenters – a unique combination in the one trip.
The Vessel: MV Ocean Adventurer
Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favourite among guests and crew who’ve appreciated the charm and intimacy of this 128-passenger vessel, its ample outdoor deck space, numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard—and the outdoor jacuzzi. A few years ago, Ocean Adventurer underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation involving a talented team of marine architects, engineers, interior designers and polar expedition specialists. Quark Expeditions is proud of the enhancements to the much-loved polar vessel. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 130 on the Ocean Adventurer, her flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

Accommodation

Who is Quark Expeditions?

We have collaborated with Quark because of their common sense approach to pricing, limited passenger numbers and their commitment to ecological preservation and conservation. These values sit very comfortably alongside those of C4 Photo Safaris.

 


Quarks co-operation allows us to deliver a specialised on-board and zodiac/land-based small group photographic workshop, to make this polar expedition a very special photographic event.


To read more about their history, click About Quark Expeditions.


Together we have created a “top-drawer” photography workshop within a “first class” Antarctica expedition. Of course, you also have the advantage of full access to Quarks specialist Polar Region expedition leaders and presenters – a unique combination in the one trip.

 

The Vessel: MV Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer has long been a fleet favourite among guests and crew who’ve appreciated the charm and intimacy of this 128-passenger vessel, its ample outdoor deck space, numerous cozy spots to socialize onboard—and the outdoor jacuzzi. A few years ago, Ocean Adventurer underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation involving a talented team of marine architects, engineers, interior designers and polar expedition specialists. Quark Expeditions is proud of the enhancements to the much-loved polar vessel. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 130 on the Ocean Adventurer, her flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

 

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our safaris. Please read more about our policy at the bottom of this page and also in our Terms and Conditions.

Please familiarise yourself with Quarks terms and conditions: https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/expedition-terms-and-conditions



 

To confirm your reservation, C4 requires a 20% non-refundable deposit along with our completed reservation form. Full payment for the confirmed final reservations is due 120 days prior to departure. We will guide through the process of registering for the expedition prior to the voyage.

 

Included in the expedition:
Included in the expedition:
• including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
• All shore landings as per the daily program
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary
requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately,
the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
• Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and
cocoa available around the clock
• Formal and informal presentations by Quarks Expedition
Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• A photographic journal documenting the expedition
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings
and Zodiac cruising excursions
• An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to
a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
• Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to preexpedition
hotel on Day 1
• One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in
Ushuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per
room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due
to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on
board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.
Triple rooms may not be available.)
• Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
• Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility
Leadership throughout
  • Including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on boardthroughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietaryrequirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately,the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea andcocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by Quarks ExpeditionTeam and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  •  pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landingsand Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port chargesthroughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers toa maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  •  Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to preexpeditionhotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation inUshuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests perroom is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Dueto limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite onboard are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaiafrom ship to local airport or to luggage storage facilityLeadership throughout.

 

The expedition costs do not include:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses 
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended and mandatory on all C4 Photo safaris
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges,unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

 

Please familiarise yourself with Quarks terms and conditions: https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/expedition-terms-and-conditions, specifically regarding cancellations and refunds. These overarching Terms and Conditions are applicable to every passenger aboard the vessel Ocean Adventurer, booked privately or via C4 Photo Safaris.

Should the expedition be cancelled for any reason whatsoever, C4 Photo safaris cannot guarantee that itwill run the workshop on a new expedition date.

 

Terms:

Quarks Terms & Conditions Applicableto All Passengers

As the voyage is being run by Quark Expeditions, that company’s overarching Terms and Conditions are applicable to every passenger aboard the vessel Ocean Adventurer. Passengers registering through C4 Photo Safaris are obligated to abide by Quarks’s Terms and Conditions. These Terms & Conditions outline our and your agreement with Quark and contain important information. You are requested to pay particular attention to the section headed “Age, Health & Fitness” as you will be asked to confirm you have read and understand this section when completing the Registration Form. The Quark Terms and Conditions can be downloaded by clicking: Quark’s Terms & Conditions. We again ask that you read these Term & Conditions carefully.


Day 1

International flight arrivals at Ushuaia and overnight

Day 2

Transfer to the ship for embarkment

Day 20

Disembarkment and transfer to the airport for International flights home.

 

 
Thank you for your Testimonial, it's much appreciated!

Antarctica 2014

"Your photographic tour to Antarctica 2014 exceeded our expectations by far. The interaction with you, Shem, Frans and Art and other fellow photographers broadened our views on conceptional photography in a pristine environment. We are grateful for the expertise and experience that were shared with us to make it a very memorable and unique experience. The way you planned the expedition, executed it in combination with One Ocean Expeditions needs to be commended. It was fantastic to have enjoyed Antarctica with old and new friends together."

Derek and Annelie de Beer
01 February 2015


Antarctica 2014

"I have no words to describe how amazing this trip was. Every aspect from the crew of the Akademik Ioffe, to the members of the One Ocean Expedition team, to the professional photographers who helped us digitally capture the magnificence that is Antarctica to bring home, was beyond expectation. Every single person put 100% into every single detail, from the morning wake up calls from David McGonical to the hot (alcoholic) beverages that awaited us after returning from a cold yet exhilarating zodiac ride and everything in between. It was such a special treat to be able to share our experiences, as clients, with the crew who not only joined us on land, but at meals, in the bar (some more than others) as well as in class. Sharing their own stories and experiences of past trips added that extra something that gave it more character. The addition of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting to the Denis Glennon/Shem Compion team was beyond incredible. The entire trip was so well executed by such an incredible collaboration between One Ocean members and the Iconic Images/C4 Images team that it allowed for the absolute best experience. It was such a great idea on their part to make the entire trip a “photographic safari” so that we had the added benefit of our own professional photographers and additional classes, one-on-one sessions, fireside chats, etc. I could go on and on and on. Suffice it to say, it was the trip of a lifetime, but I plan to squeeze in a few more with this wonderful group of people in MY lifetime!!! Thank you to every single person involved, including some amazing travelers with whom I plan to remain in contact and see again some day. Until our paths meet again..."

Laura Olivier
12 January 2015


Antarctica 2014

"Thanks a lot for a wonderful trip. A perfect combination of wildlife experience and brilliant workshops & lectures. We have been to Svalbard with Shem in 2013 as he told us about his plans to organise this trip with Frans and Art – we knew instantly that we had to book … We had a really good time, met new friends, learned a lot about photography, had superb landings with exciting wildlife and brought many photos and memories with us. This expedition topped our last antarctica trip in 2012!"

Susanne & Peter Scheufler
11 January 2015


Antarctica 2014

"Once again a remote and distant destination proved flawlessly easy due to the organisation, planning and attention to detail of Iconic Images, C4 Images and Our World Travel. I felt very privileged to visit and experience Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with you and the team of world class nature and wildlife photographers. The wildlife was incredible and I learned a great deal not only about photography but about the destinations themselves. I return to Perth with many fabulous photos but even better memories. I also would loved to have spent more time in the field with Art and Frans, however I was lucky enough to come across Frans several times who was very generous in his teachings. Thank you for another unforgettable adventure."

Sarah Clozza
08 January 2015


Antarctica 2014

"What a fantastic expedition and photography workshop! This was my first photographic safari and everything was so beautiful and so well organized that I am still dreaming about it: looking over my pictures everyday trying to remember every minute of the sensational feeling that I had being in such an amazing world of nature, peace and beauty. The ship staff was excellent and top experienced, we were helped and assisted every minute of our trip. The food and the service were first class. We were also so privileged to have two of the world’s most famous photographers, Art Wolf and Frans Lantic sharing with us their knowledge and their photographic skills. Shem and Denis, from C4 Images and Iconic Images, were always ready to help us and to assist whenever they were asked. Being a beginner in photography they were always very patient and helpful with me The experience was so fullfilling that I will join them in another photographic safari soon. I feel much more confident now when I handle my camera because of the knowledge that I have acquired during this trip. Thanks very much to all of you who made this holiday so special to me. Happy New Year and see you soon!"

Mirella Rovida
05 January 2015


Antarctica 2014

"We were invited by friends to visit Antartica before, and were unable to attend. Derek de Beer via Shem invited us again and as people who love travelling and always taking photos, we could not in our wildest dreams imagine how this trip would change our view of photography. We would like to thank you, Shem and both Frans and Art for sharing your knowledge and experiences and to make this a trip of a lifetime. We enjoyed the boat the food the old and new friends and hope to see you next year in South Africa."

Stefanus & Ina Booyse
01 January 2015


Antarctica 2014

"A really excellent trip. To have as photographic guides Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting supported by Shem and Denis made the trip quite exceptional – we really enjoyed all the lectures, photo critique and technical advice. Thanks should also go to the One Ocean Expedition crew for the work they put in to make the voyage so enjoyable and for facilitating so many landings in what were not the most ideal conditions. An excellent choice of tour operator and of ship, the Akademik Ioffe. A very well organised and enjoyable trip."

Peter & Liza Paisley
28 December 2014


Antarctica 2014

"Dear Denis, Shortly after we first met you promised to “change my life” if I travelled with you of a photo safari. Now after five trips over nearly as many years, you have lived up to your word. The just-completed Antarctic voyage was truly one of discovery for me, offering a variety of new experiences (Zodiac is no longer just an astrologic sign). It was the most rewarding photo safari yet. As always, the accommodations aboard the Akademik Ioffe were first rate, especially considering that it was a working scientific research vessel. I felt quite at home. My initial concerns about the size of the tour group quickly evaporated, and the Iconic Images tour was deftly integrated with the One Ocean trip participants. If fact I quite enjoyed participating in both sets of photographic sessions. The tutorials offered by Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Shem Compion and you were well done and quite informative. I found Art’s lectures to be particularly entertaining and informative, and I now find myself seeing the world through the lens in a different way. One of the more enjoyable aspects of all Iconic Images tours is traveling with like-minded and compatible fellow photographers. I’ve made several new friends in Antarctica and I hope to travel with them on future trips. I sincerely look forward to our next photo safari in October 2015."

David Kachey
28 December 2014


Antarctica 2014

"Thank you very much for organising such an exceptional photographic workshop. This was my very first photographic expedition and although I did not know what to expect, it was fantastic. It truly was a once in a life time experience. The One Ocean team were absolutely fantastic and I have never experienced such a well run and well organised tour. The entire experience went well beyond my expectations and even the loss of my luggage couldn’t dampen the wonderful experience that I had. Everyone was very caring and very friendly. On this tour we were not just “another passenger” and this is what made the experience so wonderful. I loved the lectures given by Art, Frans, Shem and Denis. It was also wonderful that we could attend the lectures offered by the Once Ocean team. I am a complete novice in terms of photography so I learned a huge amount. All I can say is ‘thank you’. I would recommend the team of Iconic Images, C4 Images and One Ocean to anyone who asks (I already have). Hopefully I will be in a position to join one of your future photographic tours. May I wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year. May 2015 bring you everything you wish for."

Lynn van der Merwe
28 December 2014


Antarctica 2014

"The whole Antarctic 2014 photography workshop was brilliant. You could not have chosen a better ship than the Akademik Ioffe and the One Ocean crew were the absolute best. The were so helpful and friendly and nothing was too much bother. I wish the dining room hadn’t been so good though as I will have to get some serious exercise in the lose some of the weight I no doubt gained. Having four amazing photographers as our mentors was a huge plus and the reason I booked this trip. I really enjoyed their lectures and was really appreciative of the way that timing was worked in with the One Ocean schedule so that we could take the opportunity to enjoy lectures from both groups. It was a pity there wasn’t enough hours in the day to make the most of all that was on offer. Having participated in a number of photo tours over the years there was only one aspect that I was a bit disappointed with and that was the fact that there was very little interaction with our wonderful mentors once we hit the shore. I know it would have been hard to locate each other when we are all wearing the same red outfits so maybe I was expecting a bit much. I thought there may have been the opportunity once ashore to join Art or Frans for a hands-on type workshop. I did see Frans a few times and he was interacting with a few people. But I must have been in the wrong places as I never saw Art at all. I did catch up with Shem quite a bit and he was great. A few tips where needed plus help for not so agile photographers (me) over the tussocks. But other than that minor point it was a trip of a lifetime that holds so many great memories that will last with me forever. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015. Shem I wish you and Zendre all the best for your wedding day and for a wonderful life together."

Carol Darby
27 December 2014


Antarctica 2014

"Whilst we have been on four previous photo safaris with the Iconic/C4 venture this was the first one outside of Africa (Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica). As we have come to expect, this tour continued to maintain the exceptionally high standards that all of our previous trips have set. Not surprising to us was that a lot of our travelling companions were familiar friends from previous Iconic/C4 trips. In order to have such a successful voyage an enormous amount of planning and research was undertaken by Denis and Shem to find the right vessel, voyage timing, itinerary and a willingness to satisfy the demanding needs of keen photographers. The addition of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting to the Iconic/C4 team not only brought amazing photographic expertise but also an incredible level of knowledge about the region from many previous visits. Working with both of these outstanding professionals was truly inspiring and teaches one to think very differently about photography. As a result of the meticulous planning the voyage was an outstanding success with the added bonus of a very good run with the weather. The One Ocean Expedition Leader and crew together with the Akademik Ioffe Master and crew did an exceptional job of working around the ice, the swell and the wind to find alternate sites so that we could land to capture our prized images. To Denis, Shem, Art, Frans, One Ocean and Akademik Ioffe many thanks for a fantastic once in a lifetime experience."

Neville & Vivienne Bryant
22 December 2014


Antarctica

"Your photographic tour to Antarctica 2014 exceeded our expectations by far. The interaction with you, Shem, Frans and Art and other fellow photographers broadened our views on conceptional photography in a pristine environment. We are grateful for the expertise and experience that were shared with us to make it a very memorable and unique experience. The way you planned the expedition, executed it in combination with One Ocean Expeditions needs to be commended. It was fantastic to have enjoyed Antarctica with old and new friends together."

Derek and Annelie de Beer
21 November 2014


Antarctica

"A really excellent trip. To have as photographic guides Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting supported by Shem and Denis made the trip quite exceptional – we really enjoyed all the lectures, photo critique and technical advice. Thanks should also go to the One Ocean Expedition crew for the work they put in to make the voyage so enjoyable and for facilitating so many landings in what were not the most ideal conditions. An excellent choice of tour operator and of ship, the Akademik Ioffe. A very well organised and enjoyable trip. Thanks again."

Peter and Liza Paisley
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"I have no words to describe how amazing this trip was. Every aspect from the crew of the Akademik Ioffe, to the members of the One Ocean Expedition team, to the professional photographers who helped us digitally capture the magnificence that is Antarctica to bring home, was beyond expectation. Every single person put 100 into every single detail, from the morning wake up calls from David McGonical to the hot alcoholic beverages that awaited us after returning from a cold yet exhilarating zodiac ride and everything in between. It was such a special treat to be able to share our experiences, as clients, with the crew who not only joined us on land, but at meals, in the bar some more than others as well as in class. Sharing their own stories and experiences of past trips added that extra something that gave it more character. The addition of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting to the Denis GlennonShem Compion team was beyond incredible. The entire trip was so well executed by such an incredible collaboration between One Ocean members and the Iconic ImagesC4 Images team that it allowed for the absolute best experience. It was such a great idea on their part to make the entire trip a “photographic safari” so that we had the added benefit of our own professional photographers and additional classes, one-on-one sessions, fireside chats, etc. I could go on and on and on. Suffice it to say, it was the trip of a lifetime, but I plan to squeeze in a few more with this wonderful group of people in MY lifetime!!! Thank you to every single person involved, including some amazing travelers with whom I plan to remain in contact and see again some day. Until our paths meet again~"

Laura Oliver
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"Once again a remote and distant destination proved flawlessly easy due to the organisation, planning and attention to detail of Iconic Images, C4 Images and Our World Travel. I felt very privileged to visit and experience Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with you and the team of world class nature and wildlife photographers. The wildlife was incredible and I learned a great deal not only about photography but about the destinations themselves. I return to Perth with many fabulous photos but even better memories. I also would loved to have spent more time in the field with Art and Frans, however I was lucky enough to come across Frans several times who was very generous in his teachings. Thank you for another unforgettable adventure."

Sarah Clozza
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"I have no words to describe how amazing this trip was. Every aspect from the crew of the Akademik Ioffe, to the members of the One Ocean Expedition team, to the professional photographers who helped us digitally capture the magnificence that is Antarctica to bring home, was beyond expectation. Every single person put 100 into every single detail, from the morning wake up calls from David McGonical to the hot alcoholic beverages that awaited us after returning from a cold yet exhilarating zodiac ride and everything in between. It was such a special treat to be able to share our experiences, as clients, with the crew who not only joined us on land, but at meals, in the bar some more than others as well as in class. Sharing their own stories and experiences of past trips added that extra something that gave it more character. The addition of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting to the Denis GlennonShem Compion team was beyond incredible. The entire trip was so well executed by such an incredible collaboration between One Ocean members and the Iconic ImagesC4 Images team that it allowed for the absolute best experience. It was such a great idea on their part to make the entire trip a “photographic safari” so that we had the added benefit of our own professional photographers and additional classes, one-on-one sessions, fireside chats, etc. I could go on and on and on. Suffice it to say, it was the trip of a lifetime, but I plan to squeeze in a few more with this wonderful group of people in MY lifetime!!! Thank you to every single person involved, including some amazing travelers with whom I plan to remain in contact and see again some day. Until our paths meet again"

Laura Oliver
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"The trip to Antarctica met and exceeded all expectations! Well organized, well run, it was simply superb – an experience of a lifetime. The presence and guidance of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting, as well as the support from Denis and Shem were simply outstanding. The choice of ship was excellent and the staff and crew on board made sure our voyage was truly memorable. Looking forward to my next trip to Svalbard!"

David Mierowsky
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"The whole Antarctic 2014 photography workshop was brilliant. You could not have chosen a better ship than the Akademik Ioffe and the One Ocean crew were the absolute best. The were so helpful and friendly and nothing was too much bother. I wish the dining room hadn’t been so good though as I will have to get some serious exercise in the lose some of the weight I no doubt gained. Having four amazing photographers as our mentors was a huge plus and the reason I booked this trip. I really enjoyed their lectures and was really appreciative of the way that timing was worked in with the One Ocean schedule so that we could take the opportunity to enjoy lectures from both groups. It was a pity there wasn’t enough hours in the day to make the most of all that was on offer. Having participated in a number of photo tours over the years there was only one aspect that I was a bit disappointed with and that was the fact that there was very little interaction with our wonderful mentors once we hit the shore. I know it would have been hard to locate each other when we are all wearing the same red outfits so maybe I was expecting a bit much. I thought there may have been the opportunity once ashore to join Art or Frans for a hands-on type workshop. I did see Frans a few times and he was interacting with a few people. But I must have been in the wrong places as I never saw Art at all. I did catch up with Shem quite a bit and he was great. A few tips where needed plus help for not so agile photographers me over the tussocks. But other than that minor point it was a trip of a lifetime that holds so many great memories that will last with me forever. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015. "

Carol Darby
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"Thanks a lot for a wonderful trip. A perfect combination of wildlife experience and brilliant workshops lectures. We have been to Svalbard with Shem in 2013 as he told us about his plans to organise this trip with Frans and Art – we knew instantly that we had to book … We had a really good time, met new friends, learned a lot about photography, had superb landings with exciting wildlife and brought many photos and memories with us. This expedition topped our last Antarctica trip in 2012!"

Susanne and Peter Scheufler
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"Whilst we have been on four previous photo safaris with the IconicC4 venture this was the first one outside of Africa Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. As we have come to expect, this tour continued to maintain the exceptionally high standards that all of our previous trips have set. Not surprising to us was that a lot of our travelling companions were familiar friends from previous IconicC4 trips. In order to have such a successful voyage an enormous amount of planning and research was undertaken by Denis and Shem to find the right vessel, voyage timing, itinerary and a willingness to satisfy the demanding needs of keen photographers. The addition of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting to the IconicC4 team not only brought amazing photographic expertise but also an incredible level of knowledge about the region from many previous visits. Working with both of these outstanding professionals was truly inspiring and teaches one to think very differently about photography. As a result of the meticulous planning the voyage was an outstanding success with the added bonus of a very good run with the weather. The One Ocean Expedition Leader and crew together with the Akademik Ioffe Master and crew did an exceptional job of working around the ice, the swell and the wind to find alternate sites so that we could land to capture our prized images. To Denis, Shem, Art, Frans, One Ocean and Akademik Ioffe many thanks for a fantastic once in a lifetime experience."

Neville and Vivienne Bryant
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"What a fantastic expedition and photography workshop! This was my first photographic safari and everything was so beautiful and so well organized that I am still dreaming about it looking over my pictures everyday trying to remember every minute of the sensational feeling that I had being in such an amazing world of nature, peace and beauty. The ship staff was excellent and top experienced, we were helped and assisted every minute of our trip. The food and the service were first class. We were also so privileged to have two of the world’s most famous photographers, Art Wolf and Frans Lanting sharing with us their knowledge and their photographic skills. Shem and Denis, from C4 Images and Iconic Images, were always ready to help us and to assist whenever they were asked. Being a beginner in photography they were always very patient and helpful with me The experience was so fullfilling that I will join them in another photographic safari soon. I feel much more confident now when I handle my camera because of the knowledge that I have acquired during this trip. Thanks very much to all of you who made this holiday so special to me. Happy New Year and see you soon!"

Mirella Rovida
20 November 2014


Antarctica

"We were invited by friends to visit Antartica before, and were unable to attend. Derek de Beer via Shem invited us again and as people who love travelling and always taking photos, we could not in our wildest dreams imagine how this trip would change our view of photography. We would like to thank Denis, Shem and both Frans and Art for sharing your knowledge and experiences and to make this a trip of a lifetime. We enjoyed the boat the food the old and new friends and hope to see you next year in South Africa. Kind regards Blikkies Ina"

Stefanus and Ina Booyse
18 November 2014


Antarctica

"Thank you very much for organising such an exceptional photographic workshop. This was my very first photographic expedition and although I did not know what to expect, it was fantastic. It truly was a once in a life time experience. The One Ocean team were absolutely fantastic and I have never experienced such a well run and well organised tour. The entire experience went well beyond my expectations and even the loss of my luggage couldn’t dampen the wonderful experience that I had. Everyone was very caring and very friendly. On this tour we were not just “another passenger” and this is what made the experience so wonderful. I loved the lectures given by Art, Frans, Shem and Denis. It was also wonderful that we could attend the lectures offered by the Once Ocean team. I am a complete novice in terms of photography so I learned a huge amount. All I can say is ‘thank you’. I would recommend the team of Iconic Images, C4 Images and One Ocean to anyone who asks I already have. Hopefully I will be in a position to join one of your future photographic tours. May I wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year. May 2015 bring you everything you wish for. God bless, Lynn"

Lynn van der Merwe
18 November 2014








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