Joe's Top Picks Photo Tours

It's highly likely that Joe Van Os—the namesake of our company—has led more photo tours to more destinations than just about anyone—past or present! And when you've traveled as much as Joe has, you're bound to develop some favorite spots for photography. Below you'll find Joe's current favorites. As he scouts and develops new trips, this list is likely to change, so you may want to bookmark this page and visit it from time to time.

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Slovenia in Autumn
Oct 16 - Oct 27, 2023
Explore timeless, tiny Slovenia, ablaze with autumn color.  Photograph spectacular lakes, majestic mountains, striking waterfalls, alpine meadows, vineyards, bucolic farms and architecturally picturesque villages.  Shoot some of Europe's most beautiful natural areas virtually devoid of tourists. 
Japan's Winter Wildlife
Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2024
Incredible photographic access to snow monkeys, Japanese cranes, whooper swans, white-tailed and Steller's sea eagles in snowy landscapes. One of Earth's finest—yet little-known—winter wildlife shoots. Ranks in Joe Van Os' Top 10 wildlife photo trips in the world!
Yellowstone in Winter
Jan 27 - Feb 11, 2024
Capture the very best of Yellowstone’s snowy interior—unique geothermal features, snow-encrusted landscapes and foraging wildlife—with our expert leader who knows the park intimately. Four snow coach days and time to explore special areas on foot.
May 24 - Jun 10, 2024
From its beautiful quiver tree forest, surreal sand-conquered ghost town of Kolmanskop, and the colossal red sand Sossusvlei Dunes to the superlative Etosha National Park, Namibia provides exciting photo subjects at every turn. Photograph vast numbers of wildlife at Etosha's numerous water holes.
Whales, Wildlife and Wilderness—Alaska
Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2024
Experience the breathtaking excitement of world-class humpback whale photography in the pristine waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage during the prime summer season. Whales breach, tail-slap, and bubble-net and lunge feed amidst snowcapped mountain backdrops on this luxurious photo cruise.
Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal
Jul 13 - Aug 21, 2024
The world's premier wetland with photo access to stunning birds and mammals, with a focus on jaguars. Five full days are dedicated to jaguar photography from small boats—3 photographers per boat. Travel with a local photo guide who intimately knows the wildlife and natural history of the Pantanal.
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Botswana Wildlife
Aug 05 - Aug 17, 2024
Two incredibly productive wildlife areas—private Mashatu Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Photograph elephants and other animals up close and below eye level from waterhole photo blinds. Shoot from boats specially designed for photographers for a unique below eye-level perspective. 
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Botswana—The Okavango Delta
Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2024
Explore two 200,000-acre private wildlife reserves and the variety of habitats within them. The short rain brings low lush grasses, the birth of many “prey species” and energize the big cats and wild dogs that hunt them. Shoot from open safari vehicles—4 photographers per vehicle and small boats.