Photo Safaris Trip Reports

One of the best ways to learn more about our Photo Tours is by reading our leaders' reports from trips they've recently led. You can also see trip photos—taken both by leaders and clients who have traveled with us—on our Instagram page (jvophotosafaris).

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Aurora Borealis Fairbanks Alaska 2019 Trip Report

The 2019 Alaska Fairbanks Photo Safaris tour started off at the iconic Pike’s Landing restaurant overlooking the Chena River in Fairbanks. Trip participants got acquainted with one another over dinner, sharing past s... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Apr 25, 2019

Wild Hawaii 2019 Trip Report

I can think of only one place on the planet where you can photograph a golden sunrise along a rocky, tropical shore at nearly 80°F, then sunset from 14,000 feet above the clouds at 25°F—all in the same day! T... Read More

By Todd W. Pierce on Apr 02, 2019

Bald Eagles of Kachemak Bay Alaska 2019 Trip Report

To some fair weather nature shooters, the notion of photographing in Alaska in winter might seem cold, dark and forbidding. Yet on the Southcentral coast in March, the late winter days are getting longer and the average da... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Mar 19, 2019

Yellowstone in Winter 2019 Trip Report

If I were asked to select the best season to visit Yellowstone National Park, I would unhesitatingly choose winter. Why winter? In winter the roads are not plowed so the hordes of summer visitors, and their cars, are not p... Read More

By John Shaw on Feb 21, 2019

Horses and Icons of the Wild West in Winter 2019 Trip Report

The setting of the Horses and Icons of the West tour is in central Wyoming, at the base of the Bighorn Mountains.  Formed over 70 million years ago, the Bighorns rise over 9,000 feet and contain sedimentary strata lai... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Feb 21, 2019

The Incredible Faces of India 2019 Trip Report

The Incredible Faces of India photographic journey promised travels into the heart of India and its diverse cultures, conjuring up images of ash-covered yogis and throngs of colorfully adorned tribespeople—and it cer... Read More

By Eric Rock on Feb 18, 2019

Falkland Islands 2018 Trip Report

The Falkland Islands are world-renowned for exceptional wildlife photography opportunities.  The islands are about 300 miles east of the southern end of South America.  Our tour visited three of the best location... Read More

By John Shaw on Dec 20, 2018

Wild Madagascar 2018 Trip Report

Probably the most unusual aspect of our Madagascar 2018 tour was the broad diversity of our photographic subjects.  While we devoted significant time to photographing lemurs, we also had many opportunities to photogra... Read More

By Mike Byrne on Nov 19, 2018

Colorado Fall Colors 2018 Trip Report

For months leading up to this year’s Colorado Fall Colors photo tour, the US Drought Monitor map showed my home state painted in blobs of red, orange and yellow, denoting varying degrees of drought conditions. Since ... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Nov 05, 2018

Denali in Autumn 2018 Trip Report

We left North Face Lodge by bus right after breakfast and headed east with the hope of getting a glimpse of The Mountain and spotting some wildlife within shooting range of the road.  In the first hour, as we drove by... Read More

By Gary Alt on Oct 09, 2018

Spitsbergen 2018 Logbook

Sunday, June 24
The Spitsbergen Pack Ice Voyage aboard the Freya officially began at 3:00 PM in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel in Longyearbyen where 20 participants... Read More

By Gary Alt, Wayne Lynch and Rinie van Meurs on Oct 01, 2018

Ultimate Puffins, Iceland 2018 Trip Report

Tourism is increasing around the world and travel to Iceland is no exception.  This tiny island country is currently one of the darlings of the travel industry and has seen an exponential increase in travelers to its ... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Aug 27, 2018

Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2018 Trip Report

This year I had the good fortune to lead three consecutive Photo Safari tours to the Pantanal. All three tours were full of incredible photo opportunities, yet each was very different from the others. Below, I have combine... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Aug 27, 2018

St. Paul, Pribilof Islands Alaska 2018 Trip Report

Every journey begins with a single step. For our photography journey to St. Paul, one of Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, our group’s trip began with a single flight. After a slight delay, the three-hour flight over ... Read More

By Eric Rock on Aug 02, 2018

Ultimate Galapagos 2018 Trip Report

While traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle, British naturalist Charles Darwin spent five historically significant weeks in the Gal√°pagos Islands studying the flora and fauna.  His research during this... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Jul 09, 2018

Namibia 2018 Trip Report

I've just returned home from leading the 2018 Joseph Van Os Photo Safari to Namibia.  This is an unique tour in that it is split into two distinct parts, with the first half of the trip all about landscape photogr... Read More

By John Shaw on Jun 22, 2018

Wild Hawai'i 2018 Trip Report

There are few places I’ve been to on this planet as dynamic as the Big Island of Hawaii. Its diverse climatic zones, weather, vegetation, and dramatic elevation changes make it one of the most interesting location... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Jun 04, 2018

Slovenia 2018 Trip Report

WOW!  Slovenia!  To my taste Slovenia is one of the nicest countries I have visited in Europe—and certainly my new favorite. Spectacularly photogenic, this tiny New Jersey-sized country sits at the nexus... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Jun 04, 2018

Croatia 2018 Trip Report

The Old City of Dubrovnik has a lot of stairs!  If you are prepared to climb them you are rewarded with spectacular access to commanding locations from which to photograph this beautiful city.  It has been less t... Read More

By Joe Van Os on May 30, 2018

Costa Rica Birds 2018 Trip Report

Costa Rica, with its diversity of habitats and wildlife, is one of my very favorite photo destinations. And this year did not disappoint. After a quick orientation talk, it is on to our welcome dinner where I am able to an... Read More

By Mark Thomas on May 21, 2018

Holland at Tulip Time 2018 Trip Report

Our Holland at Tulip Time tour begins with three full days at Keukenhof Gardens.  The main grounds include hundreds of thousands of blooms, including tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, and much more, all beautifully display... Read More

By Mike Byrne on May 16, 2018

Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes 2018 Trip Report

Our journey to the Mountain Landscapes of Patagonia began as participants met at our Buenos Aires hotel on Avenida 9 de Julio, the location of the widest avenue in the world.  With a total of seven lanes, two parallel... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on May 03, 2018

Ultimate Tigers 2018 Trip Report

Our Ultimate Tigers photo safari began in Delhi, India, where our group assembled before the departing flight to Raipur, the capital of the newly-formed (in 2000) Indian state of Chhattisgarh. When our flight arrived at Ra... Read More

By Eric Rock on Apr 30, 2018

Bald Eagles of Kachemak Bay, Alaska 2018 Trip Report

Even though I had been to Homer many times, until I scouted this adventure in 2017, I never fully realized the astonishing variety of wildlife species available for photographers during the winter months.  The bald ea... Read More

By Perry Conway on Apr 04, 2018

Aurora Borealis, Fairbanks, Alaska 2018 Trip Report

Interior Alaska in winter promises snow-covered landscapes and crystal clear skies along with the chance for a display of the northern lights. This year, with snowfall in the area approaching 80 inches, there were plenty o... Read More

By Eric Rock on Mar 20, 2018