$3520 (on twin-share)

$3520 (twin share based on 8 participants, including internal flights)
$ 600 (Single Supplement)
$150 (Tip Kitty)

The cost of the expedition includes photo shoots, editing and multimedia guidance, as well as the assistance of a Vietnamese photographer, transfer services from airport-hotel-airport, hotel accommodation with breakfast, local guides (subject to locations), some meals and taxes levied on hotels. It does not include all meals, any expenses of personal nature, laundry, or any beverages.

International Flights:
The cost of international flights from the USA (or elsewhere) to and from Hanoi are not included, and must be arranged so that you are in Hanoi in the afternoon of 15 September , 2012. The workshop ends on the morning of September 28, 2012

A deposit of $800 is required to secure a place on the Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™. This down payment is fully refundable if notice is given 120 days prior to the departure date. The balance of the cost is due 120 days prior to departure date.

Important Notice
This photo expedition is not recommended for starting photographers.

The Travel Agent
Our travel agent is based in Hanoi, and is one the top local companies.

A Note On Our Hotel Accommodations:
We shall be staying in resort and boutique hotels during this photo-expedition. All rooms have attached private baths. Traveling Hanoi-Sa Pa-Hanoi is on the Victoria Express overnight trains.

I assume no responsibility for accidents or injury to individuals participating in the Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™. You will be requested to read, accept and sign an agreement which releases me from any responsibility of liability in the event of any of the situations mentioned below.

I also assume no responsibility if a traveler is refused entry into a country for any reason. It is the traveler's sole responsibility to ensure all travel documents are valid and effective. A passport, valid for six months after the intended date of return is required in many cases for travel overseas. Some countries may require visas for US or non-US citizens. Please check with the corresponding consulates prior to leaving. This is the traveler's responsibility.

I cannot assume any liability whatsoever for injury, sickness, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence of or default of any travel agent, hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, airline, or person rendering any of the services included in the Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™, or by act of God, act of war or terrorism. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage, changes or delays due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or other causes beyond my personal control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omissions and schedule changes, forced stopovers, rerouting or acts of any governments or authority. I reserve the right to decline or accept any person as a member of any tour or to cancel or alter the tour without notice. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to keep informed on deposit and payment date requirements. It is highly recommended that all individuals obtain adequate travel insurance.





On this photo expedition-workshop, we are to explore the street life of bustling Ha Noi, the colorful villages and ethnic minority tribes around Sapa and the Sunday market of Bac Ha, the daily life in the ancient port city of Hoi An, the beauty of the Forbidden City in Hue and the fishing village of Lang Co, as well as spending a night on Halong Bay.


MULTI-PRONGED: As befits the context of this photo expedition/multimedia workshop, our objectives will be multi-pronged; the primary aim will be to photograph the street (and alleys) life of the various towns and villages we encounter, as well as the photogenic hill tribe minorities in Sa Pa and Bac Ha.

OBJECTIVES: Emulating real-life photo assignments, the aim of the workshop is to assist its participants produce multimedia bodies of work ready for publishing. Participants will merge their still photography and audio to create compelling narratives. This is largely for color photography, but black & white for street photography might be an option. Participating photographers will have to own/use portable audio recorders, and specialized audio-slideshow software.

WHO FOR: Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition & Workshop™is structured for photographers interested in documentary photography, ethno-photography and multimedia, and for those ready to create visual projects from their inventory of photographs, and learn how to control story length, intent, pace, use of music and ambient sound, narration, field recordings and interviews.

HOTELS: The accommodations for Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™ will be resort and boutique hotels, such as The Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (Ha Noi, Imperial Hotel (Hue), Hoi An Hotel (Hoi An), Victoria Sapa Resort (Sa Pa) and the Victory Star Junk (Ha Long Bay)

The Travel Photographer's Photo~Expeditions™ are best described as a mixture of documentary photojournalism, ethno-photography and travel photography" adventures. As with other previous expeditions, Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™ will include both documentary-style (candid and on-the-run) photography, as well as posed photo sessions with selected people we may encounter.

Tewfic El-Sawy is The Travel Photographer, a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. He's enthusiastic about documentary-travel photography and produces multimedia stories, merging still photography and ambient sound.

His favorite destinations are to South and South East Asia. He's the founder of the popular The Travel Photographer blog, and is also a faculty member of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, tutoring the essentials of multimedia to emerging photojournalists.

Maika Elan (Nguyen Thanh Hai) is an award winning freelance photographer from Hanoi. Recognized for her creativity using various photographic tools, she's also a documentary photographer currently working on a long term documentary on gay life in Vietnam. Her website is HERE.

Important Notice: Vietnam: North Of The 16th Parallel Photo Expedition/Workshop™ is limited to 8 participating photographers only. Participation may be subject to a portfolio review.





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