Borneo Wildlife Photography Expedition


Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatlands (CIMTROP) and Avalon International Academy in partnership with Borneo Nature Foundation will hold a Borneo Wildlife Photography Expedition.

A male orangutan in Sebangau Forest

The event will be held in 16-30 September 2019, and will be an amazing opportunity to capture shots of some of the most incredible wildlife the world has to offer, learning about biodiversity and conservation while improving technical skills as a wildlife and travel photographer.

Participants will stay in CIMTROP managed research station and will follow Borneo Nature Foundation’s International and National researchers in trekking deep into the peat-swamp forest inhabited by key primates and other important species. At the same time we will learn wildlife photography, forest conservation and species conservation.

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and develop your photography skills while giving something back to the planet!

£2,150 Early Bird (£2,650 after 30th June) – For further information please click this to BOOK

An old ex-logging lorry rail, used to transport loggers and personnel.

  • Live in a research camp in the CIMTROP-managed Natural Laboratory of Peat-Swamp Forest (NLPSF).
  • Train in wildlife tracking and conservation skills, trekking in tropical peat-swamp forest with skilled research staff.
  • Explore the role and responsibilities of the travel photographer: interrogating modes of media presence and understanding human impact on biodiversity.
  • Photograph and learn about Bornean primate species: orangutans, gibbons, and red langurs.
  • Hone skills in macro-photography and learn about the incredible invertebrates of Borneo.
  • Go on night-walks through the forest in search of diverse flora and fauna, including rare species like the lesser mouse deer and the clouded leopard.
  • Develop your technical expertise through a combination of on-location shoots and classroom instruction.
  • Masterclasses in photography with exclusive access to research sites deep in the Bornean rainforest supporting the work of Borneo Nature Foundation and the Centre for International Co-operation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatlands (CIMTROP) at the local University of Palangka Raya.

A baby Kelasi, native of Sebangau forest

Award-winning photographer and ex-Marine Noel Marcantel will lead sessions both in the classroom and on location, teaching you how to recognize, predict, and control light to capture the purest essence of your subject and surroundings. You’ll also master composition as a powerful tool to evoke particular emotional responses from your audience and lend gravity to your subjects. He’ll take you step-by-step through approaching and appraising a scene, finding atypical perspectives, capturing your ideal frame, and post-processing your images to fulfill their most engaging potential.

Click here for testimonials from Noel’s previous students. View a gallery of Noel’s images here.

Animal behaviorist and environmental scientist Aaron Hussain together with BNF research staff will provide expertise in wildlife tracking, identification, and conservation to enable you to capture incredible wildlife shots and develop understanding of the role of photography in the charity’s work and in wider conservation efforts.
The blend of classroom instruction, on-location guided shooting, live post-processing demonstrations, and image critique will enable you to fast-track your learning and see immediate results in the improvement of your technique and captures.