Workshop:
Penguins of the Falkland Islands

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

February 6th-23rd, 2020
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Across the southern hemisphere many of the seventeen species of penguins are “threatened” or “vulnerable.” These scientific terms suggest a future at risk.

Despite numerous evolutionary traits that permit these beautiful animals to thrive in some of the world’s most challenging marine environments, climate change tends to affect indicator species like the penguin whose existence ebbs and flows so intimately with nature’s responsive rhythms. As a species so inherently adapted to the environment in which they live, penguins visibly suffer and show the first warning signs of a compromised natural system.

Where their breeding strongholds persist—from rocky outcrops and icebergs to sand dunes and beaches—we need to protect their home increasing the likelihood of survival.

The opportunity to witness a colony of penguins might be enough to engage with this workshop, but more than that, this experience will extend the invite for participants to actively engage in putting their images to work.

What is Conservation Photography?

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

It’s What You Do With Your Images That Really Matters

Skilled photographers the world over have long been using the camera to document wildlife and landscapes but more recently there has been a wave of interest in using these skills to document the relationship between humanity and our natural planet. Looking through the lens with a heightened sense of awareness for our ecological footprint provides enriching experiences to elevate your photography.

Conservation photography combines nature photography with the proactive, issue-oriented approach of documentary photography and can be used as a tool for change. Conservation photography uses the art of high-quality photography and visual storytelling to elicit action that creates tangible and meaningful conservation measures.

In short, conservation photographers “put their images to work.”

You can learn more about conservation photography in a widely viewed documentary made for the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) here.

This documentary film was inspired by “Conservation Photography”, a thesis authored by Carlton Ward, Jr.

Workshop Objectives

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

Build Awareness and Alliances

  • participate in a social media campaign that features your images made in this workshop to create awareness for the important conservation work being done by Falklands Conservation

Raise Funds

  • use a portion of your expedition fee to support real conservation action being done by Falklands Conservation

Workshop Itinerary

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

February 6th

  • travel to Santiago, Chile from your home destination
  • night in hotel in Santiago, Chile

February 7th

  • day in Santiago, Chile
  • night in hotel in Santiago, Chile

February 8th

  • travel to Mount Pleasant from Santiago, Chile
  • travel from Mount Pleasant to Riki’s Place
  • afternoon survey of rockhopper penguins
  • night at Riki’s Place

February 9th–10th

  • morning rockhopper penguin photography
  • afternoon rockhopper penguin photography
  • night at Riki’s Place

February 11th

  • morning rockhopper penguin photography
  • travel from Riki’s Place to Port Stanley
  • day in town
  • night in Port Stanley

February 12th–13th

  • volunteer point excursion for king penguin photography
  • day in town
  • night in Port Stanley

February 14th

  • travel from Port Stanley to The Neck
  • arrive in camp
  • sunrise photography
  • night at The Neck

February 15th–18th

  • mixed penguin colony photography at The Neck
  • albatross nesting colony at The Neck
  • night at The Neck

February 19th

  • sunrise photography at The Neck
  • travel from The Neck to Port Stanley
  • day in Port Stanley
  • night in Port Stanley

February 20th–21st

  • day in Port Stanley
  • night in Port Stanley
  • king penguin excursion option

February 22nd

  • travel from Port Stanley to Santiago, Chile
  • night in Santiago, Chile

February 23rd

  • travel to home destination from Santiago, Chile

Workshop Inclusions

What’s Included

  • transportation from Santiago, Chile to the Falkland Islands and the return flight
  • hotels in Santiago, Chile
  • lodging throughout your travels in the Falkland Islands
  • all meals in the Falkland Islands excluding alcohol
  • guide fees
  • conservation photography guide fees

What’s Not Included

  • travel to Santiago, Chile from your home destination
  • other travel not noted; this can include taxis and Uber rides
  • meals in Santiago, Chile
  • camera equipment

Recommended Photo Gear

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

  • at least one DSLR camera body
  • a wide angle lens
  • a telephoto lens at least 300mm focal length (longer focal lengths will be advantageous)
  • a tripod or monopod
  • at least 32 gb memory card x2

Recommended Workshop Gear

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

© Neil Ever Osborne

  • running shoes or hiking boots
  • durable socks
  • long johns and heavy field pants; also rain pants as the weather can turn cold, wet, and windy anytime
  • layers of clothing; it can be very hot and then cold in minutes
  • rainkacket
  • gloves
  • sunhat or sunglasses are useful to stay comfortable

Workshop Guide

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Neil Ever Osborne

TreeHugger named Neil Ever Osborne “one of conservation photography’s most vocal advocates” and the UK’s best selling Practical Photography Magazine called him “one of the world’s best conservation photographers.”

Whether he’s trudging through miles of dense jungle in the Amazon or crossing a frozen Northwest Passage braving the elements, Osborne works as a conservation photojournalist and visual artist to make photographs that link people and planet.

He is represented by National Geographic Image Collection, has been recently named as a National Geographic Explorer, and he holds titles as an International Fellow with the Explorer’s Club; a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society; and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.

For Osborne photography is only part of what he does. The real work starts after you trip the shutter.

Osborne’s previously held positions as a Nikon Ambassador and he was the first ever Photographer-in-Residence with Canadian Geographic Magazine.

When he’s not in the field on assignment for international magazines, environmental organizations, or corporations interested in a sustainable footprint, he works as a Partner at Evermaven Inc. and teaches environmental communication courses and workshops at universities and colleges across North America.

Collaborating Organization

Reserve Your Spot

Documentary For Organizations: Frontier Penguins with Falklands Conservation

LIMITED TO 7 SPACES
Cost: $xxxx.00 CDN per person
Reservation deadline: September 1st, 2019