The Holidays

Paul Sansome is an experienced photography tutor and has been leading photography holidays for over 15 years. Paul says "My approach is to organise the trip with an emphasis on the word 'Holiday.' The trips are the result of extensive research, planning trips and the experience of my previous tours. My aims are to provide outstanding photo opportunities and a great holiday with experiences that one simply would not encounter on a conventional holiday."   

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The group sizes are always limited. This allows Paul to allocate more time to helping individual clients, both in the field and in reviewing their photographs back in the hotel. Paul also dislikes the negative impact of a larger group appearing to invade a remote village.The available holidays are displayed on this page. However, many holidays are sold out before being advertised so please register your interest in the holidays so that you get the earliest opportunity to sign up for the trips. 

Destination: India

In India the holidays are based around some outstanding high quality hotels that have real heritage character. Paul says "For me, the better photography opportunities are usually found away from the major tourist locations. Also, the less visited locations normally provide a more valuable interaction with the local people. My camera has lead to hundreds of interactions with friendly and interesting people that I would not otherwise have had."

Tour: Kerala and Karnataka - January 2024

This promises to be an outstanding trip. Beginning in the historic trading centre of Fort Cochin and ending in the former French colony of Pondicherry this is a trip that also encompasses the famous backwaters of Kerala, the highest tea factory in the world, a tiger safari and much more. Please contact us for the full itinerary.


Destination: Iceland

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Following the Covid-enforced break, I was able to resume leading photography trips with four great tours in Autumn 2021 in Iceland.  Iceland is a destination that demands a more active approach as the conditions might be challenging and there will be the desire to see sunrises and sunsets on what can be a long day. Paul says " Iceland is my favourite place and I have made over 25 trips there. It is dramatic on a huge scale and there is always something new to discover."   

Tour: Iceland - The Westfjords and the North - May 10th, 2023 (Sorry, Full)

Concentrating our time in the region least spoiled by tourism, where we sitll have vast beaches to ourselves and one of the greatest of waterfalls to visit. Then going on to the geothermal area around Lake Myvatn.

Tour: Iceland - The South - May 2nd, 2023 (Sorry, Full)

Visiting some of the most iconic locations in the country, including the Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, Stokksnes beach, Skogafoss waterfall and many more.

Destination: Laos and Cambodia

Having completed my first tour here in 2023, I look forward to introducing other photographers to these two interesting countries which provided good photography opportunities. The trip includes several days in Siem Reap to give plenty of access to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex and the floating villages of Tonle Sap. We venture to much more remote locations in Laos and the trip includes several photogenic waterfalls. We also stay in laid-back Luang Prabang.   

Dates to be announced but please express your interest.

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Destination: Vietnam

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Paul says "It is a bit a of a cliche, but Vietnam is one of those places that you need to get to see before it changes. The cities might already surprise with their modern development but what is a particular delight is to witness the lives and costumes of the tribal minorities in the hills of the north. I fear that this will rapidly change". The trips maximise the opportunities in the rural areas and encompass stunning rice terrace landscapes in the north of the country.  

Tours:  Terraces of Gold 1 - September 10th, 2023 

            Terraces of Gold 2 - September 22nd, 2023 (Fully Booked)

Urban photography in Hanoi, stunning rice terrace landscapes, remarkable tribal minorities and tea plantations. So many photo opportunities! For the full 2023 itineraries please email Paul for details.

What the trips are like...

"..... our 2 week trip to India with you was certainly the best holiday we have ever had. I initially thought the photography part would be too much for me and my hardy compact digital camera, but no, it was brilliant. Each day was better than the one before, and we loved interacting with the real India and real people and sights" Christine ( Rajasthan 2015).

"It was a most memorable trip for me and one in which I learned a great deal about Iceland whilst at the same time your instruction extended my abilities as a photographer in so many ways. Thank you for your calm and positive manner which helped to give us confidence to tackle challenging situations and conditions whenever they occurred." Nick (Iceland, 2013)

"I love your pictures as you always have empathy with the people you photograph. I’ve learnt a lot from you". Anne (Rajasthan, 2018)

"Thank you for another great photographic trip - many good memories". Stu (Iceland 2019))

"... thank you so much for leading (and organising) such an amazing trip. I really enjoyed myself, and feel I learned more about using the camera than I have ever done before". Elizabeth (Vietnam 2019)

"Thank you for a superb trip. I had a great time and have returned to a soggy UK with some wonderful memories". Alison (Vietnam 2019)

"Thanks for a wonderful trip. We both think that it was one of our best holidays. Really enjoyable going off the tourist trail and of course the tuition that you gave was very useful". Stewart  (Rajasthan 2015)

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