The British Red Fox: A Conservation Storytelling Photo Workshop


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Did you know the European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a completely different species than the North American Red Fox (Vulpes fulva)? Are you between the ages of 16-25 and interested in learning more about them as well as learning how to tell a strong visual story? Join photographers Amy Shutt of The Canid Project and Karine Aigner of Kids Conservation Photography Workshops July 19-29, 2019 for a unique youth conservation photography storytelling workshop focused on urban and suburban British Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes crucigera).

From fairy tales to folklore, fox hunts to the urban wildlife predator conflict, the British Red Fox remains an important character in the history of the United Kingdom. For those who love the fox, we have created an opportunity to learn about the species, get an up close and personal look into some of the issues surrounding it, meet some of the people who fight to save it, and those who are not so fond of it.

We will take 6 participants into the field with a fox rescue organization, working in real situations with rescuers, rehabbers, fosters, and fox enthusiasts and haters.  In nine days on the ground you will conceive, shoot and edit together an individual photo project to be presented to your peers.

Part of the proceeds from this workshop go directly to The Fox Project UK and The Canid Project.


ABOUT:

Current Workshop Dates: 

  • July 19-29, 2019: Spots Available 

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WORKING ITINERARY for July 19-29, 2019 Workshop:

You will receive a detailed itinerary which includes airport and lodging information once your deposit has been paid, but please see these exciting points below that make up this unique conservation storytelling workshop. Please feel free to email with any questions: thecanidproject@gmail.com

Lodging is include for the nights of July 19-29, 2019. 

  • July 19: Arrive in London and make your way to our lodging

  • July 21-28: Nine full days of in the field shooting, presentations, editing, reviews, and final project presentation

  • July 29: Head back to London to catch your flight

We will instruct you in the many facets of wildlife photography, conservation storytelling and ethics including:

  • The natural history of the Red Fox in countryside and urban UK

  • Techniques and the realities of working in a real life working situation

  • How to think about and conceive a story idea

  • The culture of FOX in the UK

  • Making a cohesive edit

  • Working alongside other photographers

  • What happens ‘after the edit’

  • Narrative vs. story

  • We will devote time to setting up a camera trap and leave it out over the course of the workshop on the farm where we will be staying!  Will Burrard-Lucas is partnering with us for this workshop and we will have a few of his camera trap sensors and set ups to experiment with! Will is the founder of Camtraptions: A UK-based company that develops remote-control camera traps for wildlife photography and filmmaking using DSLRs. 


REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:

If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities.  Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go (clients receive a 10% off discount for LensProToGo as well) . Email Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this workshop: amyshutt@gmail.com and she''ll let you know! :)

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera that does well at high ISOs

  • Telephoto lens, like a 100-400mm

  • A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm

  • A wide angle, 14mm to 50mm

  • Tripod

  • Headlamp and flashlight

  • Laptop with photo editing program (Lightroom, Photoshop)

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather

  • Bug spray is a good idea!


DETAILS:

  • Price: $3986 USD (includes all photographic instruction from two photo leaders, guiding, presentations, lodging for 11 nights, transportation during the workshop)

  • Non-refundable deposit of $750 USD

  • Balance is due on May 5, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Price includes lodging for the 11 nights from July 19 - July 29, 2019

  • Transportation is provided for participants during the workshop.

  • The workshop price does not include flights to and from London, travel insurance or meals. We recommend using Pinkberrycars.com for your journey from London to our lodging (approx. 1.5 hours away).

  • It's a good idea to have travel insurance in case something goes wrong or you need to cancel your trip. Amy loves World Nomads travel insurance.

  • Once your deposit is paid you will receive a full itinerary with detailed information about the workshop and lodging.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

We will be staying in a historic 500 year old farmhouse in a village (population approx. 1600) that straddles the border between Kent and East Sussex, in England. The oldest part of the village is believed to have its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period.  c. 500–1066. It has a general store, a bakery, a post office, a hairdresser, a car dealership, two public houses (restaurants), a church, and a florist. It always has a few rotating weekly food trucks as well. While it is a quiet and quaint village with rolling fields and public footpaths that take you through the magical woodlands that surround it, it is also just a handful of miles away from the larger town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The farmhouse is located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is an area of countryside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. Deer, Badgers and Red Fox, to name a few, make this area their home and there is evidence of this nocturnal wildlife all around. Also, to be noted, the farmhouse is less than 10 miles to Ashdown Forest, which is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh. The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat.

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP SEE OUR WEB FORM BELOW!


YOUR INSTRUCTORS: 

 
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Karine Aigner is a conservation photographer based out of Washington, DC. For nine years, as the Senior picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine, Karine used osmosis to suck in all she could about good storytelling and the makings of a "good picture." In 2011 Karine ventured outside the office walls to a life of freelance photography and picture editing. Her adventures uncover her fervor to tell the stories of life through the lens of a camera; her passion became stories of animals, their relationships to humans, and their own world.

Karine leads photographic tours across the globe to places like the Galapagos and Tanzania. She has worked with children all over the world, using the camera as a tool to teach awareness and conservation. Karine is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of NANPA. Karine’s work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, GEOLino, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and BBC Wildlife to name a few. Her imagery is represented by National Geographic Creative, and Tandem Stills & Motion.

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Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation.  Amy also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas and Africa. She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids.  Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start this project. She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors.  Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been awarded by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition. 

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How to Sign Up:

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Partners and Sponsors


Camtraptions is a UK-based company founded by photographer Will Burrard-Lucas. They develop remote-control cameras and camera traps for wildlife photography and filmmaking.  Camera traps are stationary cameras that are triggered automatically when an animal moves into a pre-determined position. This is the most effective technique for photographing elusive and nocturnal wildlife. In order to achieve high-quality results, we recommend using a DSLR camera, triggered by a motion sensor .Camtraptions carried all the gear you will need to set up your own. 


Kids Conservation Photography Workshops strives to give today’s young people the tools to connect with and understand their natural world through fresh eyes. By fostering a love for the environment through photography, and mastering storytelling skills, we help youth to become better earth ambassadors. Our goal is to get our students on the ground with real people and real issues, introducing them to the ways they can effectively portray and relay what they are seeing. We want our students to connect with their natural environment, the creatures and humans that use it, and to learn to tell the stories they find there.


LensProToGo is the perfect place to rent cameras, lenses, and other photography and video gear including Canon, Nikon, Kessler, FreeFly Systems, Steadicam, RedRock Micro and much more, all shipped to anywhere in the US. Receive an exclusive discount for your rentals when signing up for a workshop through The Canid Project


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