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PWB SCHOOL SUMATRA


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PWB SCHOOL SUMATRA


PWB School is intended to allow photographers a chance to not only learn from a master photographer and explore the world, but to also give back to our NGO partners. This is a workshop for students interested in wildlife and the relationship between nature and humanity.
 

We are partnering with the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary and the Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra to make this dream trip come to life. You will have the exclusive chance to see how palm oil impacts people on the local and global level, how reforestation is being accomplished, and how everyday heroes are rescuing orangutans in need. Go trekking in the jungle and encounter orangutans that share 97% of our DNA and bathe elephants in the river. Proceeds go directly to conservation of pristine rainforest in Sumatra, home to critically-endangered Sumatran orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger. 

Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, a PWB certificate and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine and/or the PWB News. 
 

TRIP DATES: NOVEMBER 10 - 23, 2017

Save $500 Before July 1!

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


WHAT'S INCLUDED


EXCLUSIONS

  • Entrance fees not listed
  • International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
  • Applicable tourist visas
  • Incidentals
  • Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional tours or optional admissions

INCLUSIONS

  • Trekking and camera permits for Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Elephant washing
  • Workshops and guidance
  • One night cabin stay in restoration site
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations: Shared hotels and cabin (Single Room supplement: $550 USD)
  • Meals: Most meals. Please allow $100-300 USD for meals that are not included
  • Transportation: Private vehicle, boat, ferry
  • Staff & experts: PWB staff, Workshop instructor, Local OIC staff
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COST


COST


EARLY BIRD PRICE: $3,750 USD*

*Before July 1, 2017.

regular price: $4,250 USD

MEMBERS: RECEIVE 5% OFF
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REGISTER


REGISTER


SAVE $500 BEFORE JULY 1!

*Or until full. Max 8 participants.

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ITINERARY


ITINERARY


Physical Rating: Difficult

Day 1 

Fly into Medan and meet anytime during the day.  Meet at the hotel and have dinner together to taste some local Indonesian cuisine and get to know all our fellow travelers.

LESSON 1: ETHICS OF PHOTODOCUMENTARY & PHOTOVOICE

  • Ethics of Photodocumentary: 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. 
  • 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.
  • Introduce a Sumatra Conservation Story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with in Sumatra (Orangutan Information Centre & Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary), and give background of the animals we will photograph and the team working to save them.  On this project we have teamed up with a conservationist recognized for his efforts by National Geographic.
  • Project 1 is assigned.

Day 2 

Medan. Orientation at Orangutan Information Center and first lesson.  (private transport to OIC and use of office room)

Day 3-6 

Travel by private bus to Bukit Lawang for 3 nights and do trekking 2 days. This is where we will see and photograph the critically endangered orangutan.  Having 2 full days of trekking to see these amazing animals that share 97 percent of our DNA in the wild will leave you breathless.  Having the opportunity to photograph a critically endangered animal in the wild is an experience that will leave you changed! 

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.  
  • Project 1 critique.
  • Project  2 is assigned.

LESSON 3: COMPOSITION & EYE MOVEMENT

  • Learn how to storytell 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
  • Project 2 critique.
  • Project  3 is assigned.

Day 6-9  

Drive by private bus towards Lake Toba. Here you will be able to take in the Batak culture of the area and experience a different side of Sumatra.

LESSON 4: PERFECT LANDSCAPES & ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE  

  • 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.
  • Project 3 critique.
  • Project 4 is assigned.

LESSON 5: PHOTOGRAPHY & SOCIAL CHANGE 

  • Through discussion and examples, we will encourage you to venture into social change and impact territory with your photography. 
  • Project 4 critique.
  • Project  5 is assigned.

LESSON 6: EDITING & FINAL PHOTO ASSIGNMENT 

  • Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.
  • Project 6 critique.
  • Project  7 is assigned.

Day 9-10 

Back to Medan to unwind before going to the restoration site, take a trip to the Medan Zoo in route back to the city. Last day at the OIC, share your stories with the group, followed by a night of desserts and coffee at a Sumatran Coffee House.  

SHARING YOUR STORY

  • Put all that you have learned and shot to the test!  Each workshop attendee will have 10 minutes to get up share their images and stories from the trip.  
  • Together there will be a discussion for each presentation on how to share images for impact and change.  

Day 11-12

Restoration site camping trip: The NGO we are working with in Sumatra is the world’s first to successfully turn a palm oil plantation back into forest.  This extension is a bit of rough travel which is why it is an optional extension.  Ride by private bus to the edge of palm oil plantations where you will continue on by motorbike to get to the reforestation site.  The night will be spent on a platform in the middle of the forest (no running water and sleeping is on mats under mosquito netting).  You will learn about the team that has worked together to make a forest and be given the opportunity to plant a tree in your name or a loved one's name.  It is a beautiful and unique experience witnessing a young forest being created.

Day 12

Return to Medan for a night of relaxation before heading home the following day.

Day 13

Depart Medan at any time.

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WHO'S TEACHING


WHO'S TEACHING


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Danielle Da Silva is the Founder of PWB and is an avid traveller, photographer, and director (with credits including the PWB TV Web Series). She has been on the TEDx stage and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic and Huffington Post. Danielle is a passionate conservationist and a co-Founders of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary. Danielle is an instructor at the Royal Ontario Museum's Environmental Visual Communications college-affiliated course, where she teaches Multimedia Narratives and is an expert on campaign psychology and making change through storytelling.

 

 

A seasoned collaborator and worldwide traveller, Brian Hodges is a travel and editorial photographer known for capturing authentic moments and images with a powerful connection to place. Brian believes that great photography is not just about captivating images, but creating images with lasting emotional impact. In love with travel and the lure of the road, he has followed the winds of adventure around the globe and across 60 countries. He speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently. Before picking up a camera, Brian focused his creative energy on designing satellite telecommunications systems. He spent a decade living and working as a software engineer in Paris where, among other projects, he played a key role engineering the XM/Sirius radio prototype system. His award-winning work is featured in such distinguished publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Photo District News, National Geographic Traveler, GEO Magazine, and many others. He regularly contributes his photographic talent to charitable organizations worldwide, leveraging the power of imagery to increase awareness for their causes. Hodges calls Australia and California home, but never gathers dust at either – when not taking pictures, you’ll likely find him surfing, mountain biking, or practicing yoga.

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