Riviera Maya, Mexico (PRWEB) September 09, 2013
Mayakoba, an eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico, has partnered with three of the world’s most respected names in wildlife photojournalism – National Geographic Magazine contributing photographers Steve Winter, Tim Laman and Brian Skerry – for a new series of “Wildlife Photo MasterClass” weekends. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels – from the novice enthusiast to the advanced – step into the role of a nature photojournalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways.
MasterClass students will receive one-on-one and group guidance on all aspects of photography from Winter, Laman or Skerry, who have captured some of the world’s most recognized wildlife images for magazines from National Geographic to Time and Esquire. Through comprehensive lectures and daily hands-on field excursions with the photographers, as well as their personal company during meals, the workshops provide an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to sharpen their technique with the industry elite.
Guests will stay at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a five-star luxury hotel built around Mayakoba’s four carefully conserved ecosystems: mangroves, dunes, low forests and coral reefs. An eco-conscious development, Mayakoba has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Rainforest Alliance as a world leader in sustainable tourism. Six miles of crystal clear waterways flow throughout the resort while more than 148 acres of protected mangrove forests along the coastline provide an important habitat for more than 200 species of tropical flora and fauna.
The “Wildlife Photo MasterClass” Package Includes:
Dates: December 6-9, 2013 and January 24-27, 2014, with additional 2014 dates to be confirmed shortly. Reservations are extremely limited.
Price: Packages start at $4,158 for three nights, plus taxes and fees. Rate is per Villa and based on double occupancy. A minimum stay of three nights is required.
Joining the MasterClass weekends will be Riviera Maya-based professional wildlife photographer, Ivan Gabaldon. Ivan is a regular guest speaker at regional bird and conservation group meetings and a passionate advocate for nature and bird related tourism to the Yucatan. Originally from Venezuela, Ivan is bilingual (Spanish and English) and will provide an important local ingredient to the Mayakoba weekends. His website about bird photography in the Yucatan Peninsula, http://www.rideintobirdland.com, is a useful primer for visitors and tourists alike.
Location: Mayakoba is a 40-minute drive from Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the town of Playa del Carmen.
For more information or to reserve a spot on an upcoming "Wildlife Photo MasterClass" weekend, please call 1-800-591-0439. For more information on Mayakoba, please visit http://www.mayakoba.com. To view images of birds at Mayakoba, visit the Flickr site “Birds of Mayakoba.”
Located in the Riviera Maya just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an eco-friendly resort development on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools and sugar sand beaches, Mayakoba is home to three luxury hotels – Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman. The signature course is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba – the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico. Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with turquoise waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all of the hotels. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being called “the Venice of the Yucatan.” Mayakoba is an eco-conscious development and has implemented significant practices to encourage sustainability.