Discover Cuba Photo Workshop 2018
Join me for a photo adventure of a lifetime to the incredible island nation of Cuba. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Cuba is an island paradise that has eluded many US based travelers over the years. It is here that you will find a large variety of unique and engaging photo experiences that are nearly impossible to come by in any other country. From the classic cars of Havana to capturing the mountainous region of Vinales to walking the cobble stone streets of the Trinidad (a world UNESCO site)…Cuba is truly a photographers paradise. With the recent US Government changes to the VISA process for US citizens, my team is here to help you secure your VISA so that you can join this incredible adventure. The workshop begins early in the morning of February 1st, 2018 in the Miami International Airport, where we will meet as a group before flying over to Cuba together as a group. Your flight to Cuba from Miami as well as your VISA (if you are a US citizen) is covered with your tuition costs.
February 1st – 8th 2018
When it comes to travel destinations, Cuba is currently one of the most popular countries for travel photographers worldwide. While the local landscapes are beautiful, it is the Cuban people that make the country so unique. Throughout our time in Cuba, you will find plenty of opportunities to talk with and engage with Cubans (we will help translate as necessary) as we explore all that the country has to offer. On this trip of a lifetime, we will spend our time traveling between three main cities: Havana, Vinales, and Trinidad. While Havana offers incredible opportunities to photograph classic cars, city skylines and the amazing people that call it home, Vinales takes us into a mountainous region of Cuba where we will dedicate some of our time to the tobacco farms and farmers that inhabit the valleys. Last but not least, we have the picturesque city of Trinidad. With its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets and proximity to a variety of amazing experiences with some Cuban cowboys.
Throughout our time in Cuba, we will be staying at local Casas rather than the government run hotels. This not only provides us with a much more intimate experience as we interact and engage with local families each day, but it is one of the few ways where we can make sure that the money we spend in Cuba goes to the families that need it. Also, while your workshop tuition covers Breakfasts and Dinners, there will be times when you have free time to explore during the middle of the day, where you will then be responsible for purchasing your lunches.
At the end of the day, Cuba is one of the safest and most photogenic countries in the world, and I look forward to having you join us for an incredible island adventure that you will never forget!
What is Included?
All Ground Transportation
From the moment you land to the moment the trip ends, you will be covered
While in Cuba, all casa home stays are included
All Group Meals
All group meals are included in your tuition
Flights Between Miami & Cuba
Your flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba and from Santa Clara, Cuba to Miami are covered as part of your Workshop Tuition
Part of your Tuition Fees include the costs of securing your Cuba Visa if you are a US Resident
What is Not Included?
Flights to Miami
The workshop starts on February 1st as our group meets in the Miami International Airport. Your flight to Miami is Not Covered
As we move throughout Cuba you will be responsible for paying for your own alcoholic drinks and snacks
Tips & Gratuity
Please consider bringing extra cash to help with Tipping and Gratuity as we travel around Cuba
The Wonder that is Cuba
What Will Your Experience Be Like?
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Meet Your Instructors & Guides
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.
Lifelong action sports enthusiast Rene Lecour founded the skateboard charity Amigo Skate Cuba was a family project with his wife and son in 2009. Since their inaugural visit Rene has traveled to Cuba over 45 times and their small family mission has turns into an international movement which has donated several tons of skateboards, music instruments and art supply’s to children across Cuba. The group also partner with other like minded individuals to host free skateboarding safety classes, art instruction, skateboard competitions, yoga clinics, photography instruction, concerts, and all types of events to promote peace and international brotherhood between our two nations.
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Cancelation & Refund Policy
No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time...but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies...
All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies: