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Master Classes in Mexico with National Geographic Photojournalists


Photo courtesy of James Batt

Next month, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, an luxury eco-resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, will host a series of Wildlife Photo Master Class weekends (from $2,500) in collaboration with National Geographic contributing photographers Brian Skerry (September 4–7), Steve Winter (October 30–November 2) and Tim Laman (December 11–14).

With access to the carefully conserved Caribbean shores of the five-star property—replete with dunes, mangroves, forests and coral reefs—guests have the chance to photograph 200 species of birds and native wildlife, explore protected sanctuaries and take on-foot excursions through nearby reserves and heritage sites—including Mayan ruins—under the guidance of the world’s foremost experts.

During the three-night program, neophyte and advanced photography students alike will receive one-on-one instruction on composition, lighting, metering, equipment and photo editing while staying in a privte villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

“Any time you do what you love, it is an incredible experience to share it with others with similar interests,” says Winter. “I like to help folks individually and solve any questions or problems that might be holding them back from being the photographer they want to be. I am an open book during these workshops.” Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 298; 52-984/877-3688; banyantree.com.

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