SOUTH GEORGIA and ANTARCTIC PENINSULA 2022

Oct. 21, 2022 - Nov. 10, 2022
South Georgia Island & Antarctic Peninsula
South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

King Penguin with chick. Photo by Scott Davis

This “South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula Photo Tour ~ 2022” takes place during the vibrant spring of South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.  During this photo tour you’ll observe and photograph unique wildlife behaviors witnessed by very few people in the world. 

Watch Southern Elephant Seal bulls fight for territories while females nurse young beneath the towering, snow-blanketed mountains of South Georgia Island.  Southern Elephant Seals are the largest in the world.  Bulls can weigh up to an astounding 2 1/2 tons and measure up to 20 feet in length! 

Also, look for Antarctic Fur Seals.  These pointy-eared mammals primarily breed on the island and we’ll be there during breeding season.  Since the animals have an 11-12 month gestation cycle, we also have a good chance of spotting some pups.

Stand and do photography among large colonies of King Penguins.  The gregarious birds might even peck at your shoelaces!  King Penguins can dive up to 1000 feet and stay under water for five (5) minutes in pursuit of their ocean prey. 

South Georgia Island and Antarctic Peninsula Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

Macaroni Penguin.  Photo by Debbie Thompson.

Another unique pelagic species we should see are the impressively-crested Macaroni Penguins, which the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists as a “Vulnerable” species. The birds have a 5-month long breeding season.  Females usually lay two (2) eggs and her and the male take turns incubating them.

We hope to see other penguin species, too, including Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo.  Also, plan to experience the cacophony of giant penguin colonies where up to 300,000 birds nest, court and lay eggs. 

South Georgia Island and Antarctic Peninsula Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

Chinstrap Penguin.  Photo by Scott Davis.

Another photo subject will be the endangered Gray-headed Albatross.  Photograph these large birds as they attend to their cliff-side nests. You may even capture images of their awkward young attempting first flights!  We’ll also likely spot whales including Orcas, Minkes, and the endangered Fin WhaleBlue Whales, Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks are making celebrated comebacks! 

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Minke Whale. Photo provided by Cheesemans Ecology Safaris.

During this time of year, the ice in the Weddell Sea can open up to provide opportunities for lone Emperor Penguins to wander on ice floes. And, speaking of ice floes, plan to shoot dramatic landscapes as well!  Rugged snowy peaks and rivers along with blue glaciers provide plenty of photographic fodder.

Because this 2022 tour requires specialized gear and has unique logistical requirements I’m offering it in conjunction with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris.  I’m comfortable working with Cheesemans, a top-notch provider of Antarctic tours.  They have contracted the gear (including costly Zodiacs we’ll need to get to shore) and have experienced staff to help take care of our group.

My group size is limited to eight (8) so that I can be sure to offer photographic assistance and instruction as needed/desired on a one-on-one basis. 

That said, in order to make the trip cost effective, our boat will contain up to 100 passengers, comprised of folks traveling with a variety of tour companies (not necessarily photo tours like ours).   But, given the amazing density of animals in this region, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photographic wildlife during every landing and Zodiac cruise.
* * * IMPORTANT!  When you sign up through Cheesemans, please be sure to let them know you are part of my group.

Join Jeff Parker in Antarctica

Photo by Ron Niebrugge.

 

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Southern Elephant Seal. Photo by Scott Davis.

ITINERARY:

PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences and opportunities to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile in time for Cheesemans’ 4:00 pm welcome reception.

Following the reception, our group of eight (8) + me will enjoy a Welcome Dinner together.  

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Seals abstract. Photo by Scott Davis.

OVERNIGHT:  Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Saturday, October 22, 2022

We’ll fly from Punta Arenas to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.  (NOTE:  Cheesemans will book your flight for you, but the flight is not included in the price of your tour.)

Now it’s time to board our ship — our home-away-from-home for the next 2 1/2 weeks!

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

October 23-24, 2022

We’ll spend these two (2) days sailing to South Georgia Island. Along the way, look for whales and sea birds while taking in views of the Southern Ocean

During this transit time I’ll meet with each of our group members individually to find out how I can help you meet your photographic goals during the journey.

After dinner, enjoy lectures and presentations delivered by scientists and naturalists who know these environs and its wildlife intimately.

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

October 25-30, 2022

Spend six (6) full days enjoying daily excursions and photography on South Georgia Island.  Don a pair of snowshoes and take a short hike and dig into the adventure of a Zodiac cruise.

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Photographing ice field & mountains. Photo by Ron Niebrugge

The 25th brings us a new moon.  Just imagine how bright those stars shine here, considered the darkest place on Earth!

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

October 31 – November 1, 2022

Sail from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula.  Keep an eye out for albatross, petrals, whales and other pelagic wildlife.

When our ship is in transit you’ll be offered presentations, lectures and/or workshops, led by experts. 

And, during transit days I’ll schedule one-on-o

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Grey-headed Albatrosses. Photo provided by Cheesemans Ecology Safaris.

ne review/problem-solving/whatever you need time.  I want you to go home with awesome images and will gladly do what I can to make sure that happens!

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

November 2-7, 2022

Spend six (6) full days exploring and photographing wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.  Zodiac cruises, excursions on land, and optional hikes daily.

The moon will be almost full so don’t forget to check out the moonlit coastline visible from our ship.

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

November 8-9, 2022

Cross the Drake Passage — which averages a depth of 11,000 feet and, in some spots, reaches 15,700 feet! 

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina where the dramatic sight of Mount Olivia welcomes you.

OVERNIGHT:  On board our ship

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth.  Catch your flight home from here. 

Once home, process all your amazing images (don’t forget to shoot me some of your favorites!).  Reach out to the new friends you made on the tour.

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

King Penguin colony.  Photo provided by Cheesemans Ecology Safaris.

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:

  • How to master manual exposure (& when it’s better than priority exposures)
  • Help with photographing ice & snow
  • Techniques to capture sharp images of birds in flight
  • Wildlife behavior clues to help you get action shots
  • Landscape photography composition & metering tips
  • Tips for creating “animalscapes”
  • How to improve your wildlife photography skills
  • The natural history of the region & its wildlife (thanks to nightly lectures)

A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs.  Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Six (6) full days on South Georgia Island
  • Another six (6)  full days in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • A Welcome Dinner in Punta Arenas featuring just our Explore in Focus group.
  • Accommodations (double occupancy, unless booked cabin as a single) for the night of October 21 in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Cheesemans’ welcome reception
  • Nineteen (19) nights on board our ship.
  • Workshops, lectures & presentations led by polar habitat experts. 
  • Guided excursions & Zodiac cruises
  • Landing fees, passenger fees (including IAATO), and port taxes.
  • Meals from dinner on October 21 through breakfast on November 10.
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to Hotel Cabo de Hornos, regardless of arrival day.
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport on October 22.
  • Transfer from Mount Pleasant Airport (on the Falkland Islands) to our ship
  • Transfer from our ship to the Ushuaia airport or your hotel on November 10.
  • Hot coffee and tea throughout the voyage.
  • Expedition Log (Following the tour, Cheesemans will send you a color booklet of the expedition).
  • Rubber boots & snowshoes to borrow
  • USB drive with daily schedules.
  • One-on-one instruction and image reviews with Jeff as desired.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Airfare to Falkland Islands.  IMPORTANT:  Cheesemans will book this for you, but it is NOT included in your tour price. Flight averages $650.
  • Airfare to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Airfare home from Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Passport and visa fees
  • All airport and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips (Cheesemans suggests budgeting $10 to $15 per day for October 22 to November 10 for the ship crew.)
  • Optional trip cancellation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., laundry, phone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and canned/bottled beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc.)

LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Vast penguin colony! Photo by Scott Davis.

GETTING THERE / ARRIVAL:

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) by 4:00pm on October 21 in time for Cheesemans’ welcome reception.  

Afterward the reception, our small Explore in Focus group will meet separately for a Welcome Dinner.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Our ship has stairs so you’ll need to be able to navigate those, including at times when the sea may be somewhat rough.  In addition, plan to utilize the gangway that hangs along the side of the ship.

It will be necessary to get in and out of the Zodiac (you will have assistance from the crew).

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

Click on this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) to see what gear I suggest you bring along. You do NOT have to own it all nor bring it all. If you have any questions about suitable or minimum equipment needed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

FOOD:

Meals from dinner on October 21 through breakfast on November 10 are included.

Special dietary needs can be met.  J

South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Grey-headed Albatross. Photo by Scott Davis.

ust let Cheesemans know when you register for your photo tour.

GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:

    • DURATION:  19 days, 20 nights
    • DATE: Friday evening, October 21, 2022 through Thursday, November 10, 2022
    • PRICE:  $15,500 – $23,500 (follow “Sign-up Link” for details)
    • SIGN UP:  In order to assure that you are placed in my group  please contact me so that I can provide you with sign-up information.
South Georgia Island and Antarctica Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Elephant Seal at King Penguin colony. Photo by Scott Davis.

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