Learn the skills and techniques of underwater photography from famed photographer Fiona Ayerst and her hand-selected team. Acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater photography while exploring the incredible diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The course uses “top end” dSLR cameras; lighting and accessories. Developed by internationally acclaimed underwater photographer, journalist and conservationist Fiona Ayerst, this course will empower students to see and explore the underwater realm in a totally new and intimate manner. By focusing on becoming part of the marine world; using specialised breathing techniques and capitalising on the marine inhabitants natural curiosity, Fiona’s hand-picked and intensely trained team will teach you how to capture the most unimaginable photographs. Creativity and new techniques are key. The team will also show you how to capture star trails; time-lapses and other interesting land based techniques. The dive sites include some of the top rated dive reefs in the world such as Manta reef. The whale sharks in Mozambique are legendary. During the winter months the humpback whales are omnipresent as they come to breed in the same bay. In Durban you will have a chance to dive the fantastic Aliwal Shoal and also get into the water with the black-tip sharks that frequent the area. Our partner dive company specialises in shark diving and has a cage for those who prefer. Specifically, the program consists of a 20 dive photography package an intensive 2 day free diving course, 1 cultural photography trip and 1 full day outing to the estuary near Barra, Inhambane. The course price includes 3 oceans safaris of which 2 are long-distance safaris aimed to ensure you get to swim with whale sharks and/or sharks and/or humpback whales depending on which month you join the program. Included in the price is extensive daily tuition from Fiona Ayerst’s hand-picked team- in other words you will live eat and breathe underwater photography for a full month. The price includes the use of professional underwater DSLR underwater photography kit and a month of food and accommodation
Eligible to all qualified SCUBA divers and those wanting to learn. However, applications from those who have the following will be given priority as our numbers are currently limited to 12 students per month we are running the program: -Current or graduated students enrolled in academic institutes and studying towards a journalism, conservation, media, photo, video or design degree. -Self taught aspirant photographers and videographers who can prove that they have achieved a reasonable level of expertise in photography and Scuba diving
Africa Media is a wildlife and nature focused content creation company. We are located in the heart of South Africa, and enjoy incredible access to both the marine and terrestrial wonders of the African continent. Our core interest is in the production of unique and captivating wildlife and environmental content in either the written, photographic or video mediums.