“Pack up your camera and go where you’d rather be!”
Whitsundays! There’s visiting a beautiful place… and then there’s visiting a beautiful place for the very first time. Inhaling the very essence of what that place is at its core. Marvelling at the unique features that make it what it is, in a way you’ll never do it in quite that same way again. It’s an experience for all of the five senses to be sure. Let the white pure silica sand caress your toes gently as you gaze across the deserted and endless beach with your camera. Admire, be mesmerised and capture the untouched beauty and magical curls of pristine and the white sea foam. Reconnect with mother nature and let the sounds of splashing waves and seagulls inspire you. Relax, breath, feel the salty breeze and have a taste of that jewel-like water. Are you ready to feast your eyes on the silky-smooth waters teeming with flora of glorious colours and elegant sea creatures gliding gracefully through the porous reef.
This is Whitsunday Islands Paradise Photo Tour, a tour we designed to create the perfect setting for you to bring home not only a peaceful and relaxed mind but also inspiring images.
If you were here, would you want to be anywhere else? Register now, places are strictly limited.
Exploring the Whitsunday Islands located in the heart of endangered Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the most magical destinations one can cross off “THE” bucket list, it’s also the closest thing comparable to paradise. From day one, you will be staying on one of the most prestigious islands, Hamilton Island, a privately owned but publicly enjoyed getaway for those seeking luxury amidst isolation. You will escape to Whitehaven Beach, an island paradise of unrivalled beauty, or a “Slice of Paradise” as we like to call it. With the white silica sand encased in glistening azure water and endless cobalt blue sky, this destination is a coveted Australian jewel. Standing upon the uneven earth of One Tree Hill, you will enjoy the view (and some drinks) overlooking the smooth curve of Catseye Beach.
The full itinerary will be sent to you once the booking is confirmed. However, you can already count these highlights spots on the list of places we’ll take you to (subject to weather conditions).
The essence of our Photo Tours is to ensure all attendees have a wonderful time and are able to produce great images. Therefore, we tend to limit the workshops to 6 attendees for an optimum instructor-to-attendee ratio and an intimate experience for everyone. That being said, there’s no minimum number of attendees and our photography workshops will still run regardless of the size.
Jump on a flight or charter a yacht and join us on Hamilton Island, you will be in good hands. Our Workshops are specially designed for a full experience of Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays best sights so you can truly escape the daily stresses of the 9 to 5. We cover deluxe accommodation, fine dining, photography training, comfortable chauffeuring and entry passes.
Enjoy Fine Wine & Dining for the entire Whitsunday Tropical Photo Escape. From day one, all your main meals are included. We’ve sourced some of best local eateries and restaurants serving some of the freshest foods in the country. Once you’ve tasted the local produce nothing will ever compare.
We’re not going to sit you down and tell you what you have to do, that’s just not how we roll. ‘Training’ is a rather strong word, we’d rather offer you hints and tips and the odd ‘secret formula’ to landscape photography and then let your creativity run wild. While the photography tour isn’t hardcore training, we can guarantee you’ll learn something new.
Sit back, relax and just enjoy the scenery. We chauffeur you around the country leaving you completely hands free to capture as many shots as your heart desires… or simply get some shut eye. We know the roads and are experienced in all weather conditions. Safety is our number one priority, you’re in good hands.
There are no hidden costs, however please carefully read through our terms and conditions to confirm what costs are included and excluded from the Workshop price. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Who else can you go with other than Destin Sparks?
Self-taught and renowned film landscape photographer featured several time in ‘Australian Traveller’ or in ‘National Geographic’, etc.
Destin’s incommensurable passion for photography and love for Mother Nature will make you reconsider what you think you know. Destin spends most of his time wandering to places to create his awe inspiring images. Driven by his passion for photography, Destin is used to wake up at 3 or 4AM and drive hours in the dark to be at the perfect location during the best light, sometimes to no avail. A Lifelong love of light and colour as well as predicting weather helps him achieve his vision of including dramatic skies and intense weather conditions.
Destin is a frequent contributor to Photography websites like Digital Photography School or Photography Blogger where he’s dedicated to helping other photographer to achieve remarkable images.
Not only has he received multi accolades and numerous awards for his work, but also his photographs are sold, displayed, sought after & collected by casual enthusiasts, seasoned collectors and investors on an international basis.
Don’t collect images but capture perfect moments. And forget about Photoshop or any heavy post processing work. Instead of relying on those, Destin will share with you how he leverages and value the ‘click’ on the camera and excellent timing.
Join Destin Sparks and small team of likeminded photo and adventure enthusiasts on this one of a kind trip to the azure islands of the Whitsundays
Terms & Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By registering for a Workshop you confirm that you have fully read, understand and agree to the following Terms and Conditions.
To secure and confirm your reservation for a Workshop, a deposit of 20% of the full amount is required at the time of booking.
The remaining balance is due and must be received 60 calendar days prior to the Workshop Commencement Date. Payment can be made by Direct Deposit, Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or via PayPal, without any surcharge for the latter.
Inclusions & Exclusions
For your convenience and for a full experience, our Workshops are all inclusive. However, some costs are not included. Please make sure you fully read our brochures and terms and conditions to confirm what costs are included or excluded from the Workshops price.
Landscape Photography hints and tips
All main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (best accompanied with a complimentary glass of wine)
Premium Accommodation in a single room
All transports between photos location
All excursions specified on the brochure
National Park Passes and Excursions Entrance Fees
Airfares & Airport Transfer – We highly recommend you do not book any flights or travel arrangement until we confirm your booking for the Workshop.
Passport & visa fees
All insurance: Travel, Medical, Photography gear
Alcoholic and extra beverages (unless specified)
Optional extra activities and all personal expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, gratuities, tips, hotel in-rooms expenses, losses or damages, etc
In the event that you must cancel your reservation, you will be charged a fee according to how much notice is given.
Any cancellation prior to 90 days of the Workshop Commencement Date will be refunded all moneys paid less a $100 administration fee per person.
20% Fee for any reservation cancelled within 90 days of Workshop Commencement Date.
75% Fee for any reservation cancelled within 60 days of Workshop Commencement Date
100% Fee for any reservation cancelled within 30 days of Workshop Commencement Date and for all No-Shows.
We reserve the right to cancel, substitute or reroute any specific part of the Workshop that may be inaccessible due to weather, safety concerns, or other uncontrollable circumstances such as third parties delayed, cancellation or changes (ie. hotel, restaurant, excursion operator, etc). We take no responsibilities for these uncontrollable events. No refunds will be given for parts of the Workshop affected by these uncontrollable events.
Change of attendee
You may transfer your reservation to a friend or relative at the last moment at no additional charge. We must be notified in writing of any such changes no later than 14 days prior to the Workshop Commencement Date.
Passport & Visa
All attendees must have a valid passport. We strongly recommend you consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure you are in possession of any applicable visa or other travel documentation.
You are responsible for meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements and paying all costs accordingly.
We take no responsibilities if you are refused entry to the country or for any delay or missed portions of the Workshop resulting from incorrect visas or travel documents.
Insurance (travel, medical and equipment)
We strongly recommend all attendees purchase comprehensive traveller’s insurance at the time of reservation to cover themselves in the event of (including and not limited to) cancellation due to any unforeseen circumstances or ie. personal or family illness, interruption, accidents, or anything else that may come up. Travel insurance may also cover you in the event of any third party cancellations, loss or damage to baggage, loss of money and/or travel documentation, medical injury and expenses, and any other liabilities that will not be covered by us.
We also strongly recommend all attendees purchase adequate insurance to cover loss of, or damage to any of your photographic equipment whilst on the Workshop.
Our Workshops involve travel to locations sometimes removed from the main tourists’ areas. A reasonable level of personal fitness is recommended to fully participate in the activities provided. By registering for a Workshop, you acknowledge our recommendations regarding your personal ability. You also acknowledge & agree that failure to participate in any of the scheduled activities will not result in a refund of any costs paid.
Responsibilities & Limitation of Liability – Losses, damages & acknowledgment of risks
We accept no liability, whether caused by railroad, motor coach, private car, boat, aircraft or any other conveyance we might use during the Workshop, for any injury, damage, loss, accident or delay from the acts or defaults of any company or person, or in carrying out the arrangements of the Workshop, as a result of any cause beyond our control.
Attendees release us from all claims for loss or damage to baggage, photography gear and property or from personal injuries, accident, sickness, irregularity or death, or from loss or damage from delay, arising out of the acts, omissions or negligence of any other party, such as air carriers, hotels, excursion operators, restaurateurs, transportation providers, medical personnel or other providers of services and facilities.
We take no responsibilities for:
Any costs incurred by attendees in relation to travel or related arrangements,
Any costs caused by any damages in hotel rooms,
Any third parties delayed, cancellation or changes.
When alcohol might be available during the Workshop, we will not be held responsible for any of your actions under the influence of alcohol.
You acknowledge that you are responsible for all additional charges to your room during your stay (room service, mini bar, damage etc). Failing to pay for any additional charges on check-out will result in a charge on your credit card.
You are responsible for your Photography equipment and all property. We accept no liability for any loss or damage of your belongings. Hence, we strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance to cover loss of, or damage to any of your photographic equipment whilst on the Workshop.
You acknowledge that photos and/or videos may be taken during the Workshop and by accepting these terms & conditions, you irrevocably consent to these photos and/or videos being used by us for marketing or advertising purposes without any compensation to you.
Law of Contract
These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Queensland, Australia. Each customer irrevocably agrees that the courts of Queensland shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and decide any suit, action or proceedings and/or to settle any disputes which may arise out of or in connection with these Photography Workshops.
Updates to the terms and conditions
We reserve the right to update these terms and conditions at anytime, and it is your responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions can always be found on our website https://DestinSparks.com and will supplant any previous versions.
There are no strict requirements for what cameras and equipment to bring. However, we do highly recommend all participants bring with them; an SLR style camera with manual controls, a study and lightweight tripod, a wide-angle lens and lastly some graduated filters + filter holder. We’ve provided some links to some products and brands that we recommend below. If you require any further assistance with what to bring please don’t hesitate to contact one the friendly team via our contact page.
Hey folks, I’m a passionate landscape photographer from Brisbane Australia. I’ve been shooting on film for the past several years & loving every minute. I love to travel and always look forward to our photo tours. They’re the best way to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of the world. Breathtaking pictures will prevail!
Destin Sparks, Australia
Hey friend, I’m Ninie, freshly arrived in Australia for a new life of adventure and travelling. I left behind me my sweet France and all the comfort of a Parisien girl to taste new opportunities and possibilities. Photography is one of them. Yes, it’s scary to make big changes and yes you can be doubtful but at least there’s no room for regrets and when you’re well taught and mentored, it does make life easier (winky face to Destin).