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Join award-winning photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde, along with expert animal handler Jungle Jonathan, on this one-off photography workshop in Oxford.

Using captive-bred subjects like mantids, lizards and snakes (all harmless), we will recreate the experience of photography in a rainforest and similar exciting tropical habitats. Good close-ups and portraits of such animals are always dramatic, but taking photos of these creatures is not necessarily straightforward and can seem challenging. However, this doesn't have to be the case....

Expert wildlife photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde will introduce and explain the necessary principles and techniques of this type of photography, so you too can create images with impact and successfully photograph small creatures next time you travel to the tropics or indeed in your back garden. During the workshop, they will explain the basics and fundamentals and improve your ability to observe and ‘see a photo’. Concepts and techniques will be demonstrated, then, working in small groups or individually, with Alex and Nick’s guidance, you will be able to put what you have learned into practice.

The aim is that this weekend be informative and enjoyable and that you will leave with a selection of pleasing images and a new set of skills that you can put into practice on your next trip abroad or while visiting your local nature reserve.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Oxford

    Once the group have arrived, and settled into their accommodation in Oxford, there will be a welcome and introduction by Alex and Nick. The afternoon will then comprise of talks, theory and demonstrations, with practical tuition.

    Accommodation: Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, 2-nights

  2. Day 2: Workshop Activities

    Today we have a full day of workshop activities including talks, theory and demonstrations from Nick and Alex, with practical tuition using the captive subjects provided by expert animal handler, Jungle Jonathan. 

  3. Day 3: Workshop Activities

    This morning, we will have additional time for tuition, before the workshop comes to a close at lunchtime. 

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 3 days from £595 pp
  • Single supplement: From £130
  • Group size: 16
  • When to go: Jan
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 2 nights at the Oxford Thames Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
    • Lunch and refreshments on day 2
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde
    • Services of expert animal presenter Jungle Jonathan
  • Activities available:
    • Photography

Expert leaders

Alex Hyde

Photo of Alex Hyde

Often working with moving creatures smaller than a grain of rice, Alex has established himself as an expert in macro photography.

By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Although his photography takes him all around the world, the Austrian Alps are a particularly special place for Alex and he returns annually to these favoured haunts to photograph the incredible insect and plant life.

An experienced tutor, Alex regularly delivers workshops and seminars on macro photography and has taught at venues such as the University of Nottingham and the Wild Photo photography festival in London. Alex supplies major international agencies and his photographs appear worldwide in newspapers, books and magazines including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Wildlife and New Scientist.

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Jonathan Cleverly (‘Jungle Jonathan’)

Photo of Jonathan Cleverly (‘Jungle Jonathan’)

Jonathan Cleverly is a lifelong naturalist with a particular passion for weird and wonderful wildlife, especially the reptiles and invertebrates. He has been keeping and breeding these animals for more than 30 years and, as a former teacher who is now running his own educational business, loves to share these amazing animals with people of all ages.