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With travellers on a quest to improve their holiday snaps, specialist photography tours are popping up around the globe. Guided by experienced photographers, these tours combine opportunities to capture spectacular subject matter – from stunning landscapes to unique wildlife to colourful cities – with expert support to gain new camera skills.

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Photographer Chris Bray, who has been running tours globally since 2010, explains expert tuition is just part of the appeal. “Increasingly, people don’t really come on photo tours just to get photos – photography is becoming a lovely reason for them to travel in a small unhurried group to unique and beautiful places, often away from the crowds, and to create memories,” he says.

For the ultimate inspiration, try one of these upcoming photography-focused tours.

Photographing bears in Alaska. Picture: Chris Bray


When a top nature photographer says it’s “perhaps the best wildlife photography experience in the world” you know this trip is going to be special. Chris Bray’s 13-day Alaska tour gets up close with bears catching salmon in Geographic Harbor, cruises around Kodiak Island, and takes in the scenery of Prince William Sound, including otters, puffins and whales. This year’s tour is fully booked, but bookings are now open for August 2025. 

Scenic Eclipse in the Kimberley.


With its dramatic waterfalls and stunning reefs, the striking landscapes of Western Australia’s Kimberley region have always captivated photographers. But thanks to luxe cruise ship Scenic Eclipse II, now it’s an even more attractive destination for camera-toting travellers. Guests on board the ultra-luxury discovery yacht will be joined by nature and travel photographer Jake Wilton on an upcoming departure. The itinerary features on-board lectures and daily hosted photography excursions. The 11-day Uncover the Kimberley Coastline cruise from Broome to Darwin departs on June 29, 2024. 

Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana.


Who better qualified to guide you towards a stellar safari shot than a zookeeper turned award-winning wildlife photographer? Diana Andersen is the driving force behind a spectacular 12-day tour of Botswana, including a six-night immersion in Mashatu Game Reserve – known for its leopards, lions, cheetahs and large elephant herds. That’s followed by three nights at Chobe National Park, with days spent cruising the Chobe River on dedicated photography boats for close encounters with hippos, buffalos and birds. The tour departs on November 5, 2024. 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan.


You don’t need a fancy camera – Alfonso Calero’s landscape photography tours of Japan welcome smartphone snappers. The award-winning photographer’s 12-day springtime tour of Central Japan is timed to coincide with cherry-blossom season.

Highlights include photogenic hotspots like Kyoto’s Inari Shrine and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing and Mount Fuji. The small group tour from Kyoto to Tokyo departs on March 28, 2025. 

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