primates, birds and safari drives
Escape to Uganda
Join Looking Glass Photo's Jen Waicukauski and Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom in Uganda for an Epic Photo Escape.
Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa and is home to an astonishingly diverse range of African wildlife including rare tree-climbing lions and the highly endangered mountain gorilla. Covered with vast savannahs, dense forests, and verdant mountains, Uganda has much to offer for both the casual sightseer and the adrenaline driven explorer.
This workshop takes place over 10-days and visits Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Our mission is to provide our guests with life changing experiences and to give them the tools to share their stories. Whether you are a professional photographer or just purchased your first camera, we believe that you can change the world through your own visual storytelling.
LEARN, EXPLORE & CREATE
With Kristi and Jen by your side throughout the experience, you will receive guided instruction, insights and answers to your questions. You will learn about camera settings, receive help with your photography gear and receive ideas for tapping into your personal creative voice. Bottom Line: Not only will you get to explore somewhere new that feels like a different world, you’ll also become a more confident photographer throughout it all!
We know that everyone is unique, with their own style. This adventure has been crafted to help all guests photograph birds by tapping into their unique ways of seeing the world. That said, on this adventure you decide what you want to focus on.
Prior to traveling to Uganda, Jen will lead an instructional Zoom session regarding how to outfit yourself and gear up for this once in a lifetime adventure, ensuring that you have everything you need before we start our journey.
During your time in Uganda, every guest will receive a 20 minute one-on-one with both Kristi and Jen.
During your 10 day escape, while at our cozy lodges, every evening each participant will have the option to share a few of their favorite images from the day with the group for an image critique.
Kristi and Jen will be close by throughout for any questions on that journey.
CONSERVATION IS CORE
Uganda has some of the most kind and beautiful people in the world. We believe strongly in giving back to the locals in the countries we visit by staying at locally owned lodges and work with a women run tour company in East Africa for all our logistics. We want our tours to help local economies thrive.
Conservation is fundamental to all of our workshops. To keep stress off the wildlife we travel during off seasons when the wildlife is still abundant, but the tourists are not. Sometimes we do encounter rain on our trips, but personally we prefer to photograph in the rain.
Itinerary & LOGISTICS
A TYPICAL DAY (click for full itinerary)
Our trip has it all, from a boat safari floating past elephants to trekking with gorillas and chimpanzees. We also have safari days in our jeep, while no wildlife is guaranteed, in 2022 we photographed giraffes, leopards, lions, elephants, warthogs, hippos and we lost count of both monkey and bird species. All the photos on this page are from our 2022 trip.
This escape is limited to 10 guests, ensuring a positive and personalized experience.
Timing: February 2024
Pricing: US$9,480 early bird registration until March 31, 2022; Thereafter registration will be US$9,780. A reservation fee of $2,000 is required at time of registration with the balance due no later than December 1st, 2023.
Included with Reservation:
Airport Transfer (from Kampala to your Lodge- if you arrive and depart during as per the itinerary)
All ground transportation in a 4x4 WD Safari Vehicle
All Park Fees
Full time driver/guide
Lodging and Accommodation during the 10 days
Gorilla trekking Permit
Chimpanzee trekking Permit
3 Domestic Flights inside Uganda
All meals during your stay in the cloud forest
Shared double occupancy rooms (single rooms available for an additional $675 subject to availability)
Photography guides and education
Travel Insurance (required)
Flight to Kampala
Personal Expenses (such as alcohol, laundry, telephone calls)
Tips and Gratuities
For more information and to reserve your spot now, click here!
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Kristi Odom is an internationally acclaimed photographer, a Nikon Ambassador, an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a motivational speaker. A photographer and filmmaker, her work focuses on connecting people emotionally to animals and celebrating those who have a connection to the natural world.
Her accolades include over 60 international photography awards including 2 Nature’s Best Photography awards, which exhibited her images at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Her work has appeared either online and/or in print for the following clients: National Geographic, Nikon, Forbes, Rollingstone, Microsoft and Outside Magazine. Learn more about Kristi on her website: https://www.kristiodomfineart.com/
Jen is midwest raised with a west coast heart. It was her love of the Bay Area that helped her decide to drop everything and travel across the country to earn her BA in fine art photography at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. While earning her degree, Jen displayed her work in dozens of art shows and galleries. Shortly after graduating, Jen was honored to be invited back as a substitute instructor. While Jen was teaching at Academy of Art, she also branched out to assist artist Rondall Partridge and continued to hang her art in various art shows in the Bay Area and beyond.
Though she was deeply in love with the art world and just beginning to grow her reputation there, Jen also saw the potential of Looking Glass Photo and wanted to take it to the next level. She saw how the store and its staff were inspiring and helping a whole community of photo enthusiasts and wanted to maximize this potential. After taking the helm at Looking Glass Photo, Jen quickly established a photography school curriculum designed to further inspire and nurture the community she serves. She also masterminded numerous charitable events and photography campaigns to raise money for various causes. To put it simply, Jen runs Looking Glass the same way she leads her life: with a commitment to community and social responsibility. She truly believes that photography can change the world and make people’s lives better.
To see some of Jen's recent work, click here.