For PWB School Mozambique, we are partnering with Love The Oceans (LTO) to make this dream trip come to life. Participants will have the exclusive chance to experience and document marine research on humpback whale migration and vocalization patterns, visits to local schools where students learn about water safety and marine resource management, and take part in guided dives (or snorkel trips) to assess coral populations and maybe spot a whale shark or manta ray.
The proceeds from your participation in this program will directly support LTO’s mission of developing sustainable ecotourism practices where local residents can benefit from the adjacent ecosystem through respect, understanding, and a partnership with the endangered species that live there.
The PWB School program aims to improve both technical skills for photographers and to help our students gain new confidence as ethical, engaged storytellers. We welcome students at all levels of expertise to participate in our practical, hands-on lessons that will focus on environmental portraiture, editing for impact, and developing compelling, engaging campaigns that support grassroots non-profits that are putting people and the planet first.
Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, a PWB certificate, and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine.
Day 1 - July 7, 2019
Fly into Inhambane and get picked up at the airport by LTO staff. Participants will then make their way via private vehicle to their bungalows to drop off their bags, followed by a site tour of the LTO property, lead by Founder and Managing Director Francesca Trotman. After dinner, participants will gather for an orientation and overview of the next two weeks.
Day 2 - July 8, 2019
Introduction to the Love The Oceans story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with in Mozambique and provide a background of their work, their team, the local community, and the animals that participants will document during the next two weeks.
Participants will then get to visit with the local community where LTO operates, including a site visit to a local school, home visits with staff, sampling of traditional cuisines, and maybe even a playful game of football with kids from the area!
We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change.
Participants will also learn about PhotoVoice, a technique that involves teaching others how to use photography to tell their stories. Throughout the workshop, various PhotoVoice activities will be demonstrated.
Assignment #1: Take photos throughout the day and be ready to present your top 3-5 images to the group on Day 3.
Day 3 - July 9, 2019
Participants will venture out onto the water for their first ocean safari guided by an LTO marine biologist. The group will learn about the local megafauna - including whales, whale sharks, and manta rays - and they’ll have the opportunity to snorkel at Coral Gardens, a suspected nursery ground. The shallow, beautiful corals are a great opportunity for new underwater photographers to test their skills.
LESSON 2: ART OF STORYTELLING & POWER OF VOICE
Art of Storytelling: Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story. In your first storytelling assignment, you will get hands-on, guided practice in telling a story with your images.
Power of Voice: We will work on bringing your own narrative and emotions into your work. Make your photos speak and say what you feel.
Day 4 - July 10, 2019
Participants will have the chance to see the shark and ray fisheries that LTO is studying to determine their sustainability. This site is about a 40 minute walk and participants should have plenty of water - and their cameras!
In the evening, participants will gather to present photos from Assignment #1.
Day 5 - July 11, 2019
Another trip out onto the water for whale watching. This will include observing the marine biologists as they gather data on whale vocalizations, coral reefs, fisheries, and beach cleaning efforts. For those participants with PADI certification, an optional SCUBA dive can be arranged.
Learn how to tell stories by the way you move your viewer throughout your frame. Use of light, color, shapes, multi-level photojournalism will all be shown as ways to use a single image to tell more of a story and to trap the viewers eyes.
Assignment #2: Take photos during the following day’s activities and be ready to present your top 3-5 images to the group on Day 7.
Day 6 - July 12, 2019
Since the beginning of 2017, Love The Oceans has led on the removal of over 500 kg of plastics from local beaches. And this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. On this day, participants will see first hand the impact of the India Ocean garbage patch, a 5 million square kilometer mass of trash that people have thrown into the sea and that is trapped by ocean currents. Participants will be able to document and participate in a beach cleanup.
Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.
Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next step.
Assignment #3: Take photos at the beach (or elsewhere) using the techniques discussing during the lesson.
Day 7 - July 13, 2019
Participants will have the morning to themselves to wander, edit photos, relax, or venture to the water. In the afternoon, participants will have the chance to document swimming lessons where more than 40 students from ages 8-18 learn about water safety. There will also be a chance to speak with their Ocean Conservation Champions, local leaders who are trained in marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices.
In the evening, participants will gather to present photos from Assignment #2.
Day 8 - July 14, 2019
Another chance to venture out for some whale watching (or SCUBA diving!) and and to document additional efforts to clean the local beaches.
In the evening, participants will gather to present photos from Assignment #3.
Day 9 - July 15, 2019
Ocean safari & snorkeling followed by some free time to work on assignments, edit images, etc.
Day 10 - July 16, 2019
Another visit to the fisheries to document the work that happens here and how staff are assessing the sustainability of these practices.
Through discussion and examples, we will encourage you to venture into social change and impact territory with your photography.
Overview of final assignment that will be due on Day 14!
Day 11 - July 17, 2019
Participants will venture into Inhambane, about a 40min drive from the LTO base of operations. In the city, participants will have a guided walking tour to learn about its history, the impact of colonial rule, and the slave trade. There will also be an opportunity to visit the local museum.
After the city tour, participants will enjoy dinner at the Sunset Lodge.
Day 12 - July 18, 2019
Spend another day out on the water whale watching, scuba diving, or both! Continue working on final story assignment throughout the day.
Learn the basics of video and video editing so you can go out and make an even bigger impact!
Day 13 - July 19, 2019
Participants get a day to themselves to spend it as they see fit. Whether that's relaxing, exploring, or photographing, the choice is theirs! It’s also a good chance to practice some skills and work on final assignments.
Day 14 - July 20 2019
The last ocean safari of the trip followed by presentations of the final assignment to the LTO team. There will also be a farewell dinner to celebrate the time spent and the new friends made in Mozambique!
Day 15 - July 21, 2019
Depart Mozambique with memories that will last a lifetime!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: APRIL 7, 2019
Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Inhambane
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodations: Rustic, beach-side bungalows with a sea view. Each one has running water, hot water, electricity (save for the occasional power cut…), mosquito nets and daily maid service for rooms and common areas. The bungalows accommodate up to four people. Single room supplement is 900USD (with shared washrooms).
Continental breakfasts, packed lunches & a hot dinner comprised mainly of local dishes
Tea, coffee & drinking water in the bungalows
Photography workshops, including group work, assignments, evaluation, and personal coaching
Six whale watching trips and three ocean safaris.*
Inhambane city tour
Staff & experts: PWB staff, Workshop instructor, and local staff, including the LTO Founder & Managing Director as well as their lead marine biologist!
*Whale watching trips can be upgraded to SCUBA Diving excursions for 20USD per shallow dive (PADI Open Water certification required) or 30USD per deep dive (PADI Advanced certification required).
International air fare
Applicable tourist visas
Incidentals (e.g. snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
Tips or gratuities
Optional tours or optional admissions
SIM cards (bring an unlocked phone to access the internet)
Jeff Garriock is a cinematographer & video editor with nearly ten years experience in the field. He's worked in over 15 countries shooting video and photos for various travel initiatives and destinations. Jeff is passionate about the power video has to connect people from different walks of life and different countries around the world, and hopes to use his position at PWB to do just that - connect people. He's worked with companies ranging from National Geographic to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the CBC, University of Waterloo and many more.