The Holidays - Paul Sansome

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."   


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: Mongolia

For the adventurous photographer. Come and explore the extraordinary home of wilderness nomads and spend time photographing the various landscape photography highlights that the Steppes and Gobi desert offer. Attend a remote annual Naadam Festival gathering where wrestling, horse riding and archery competitions are competed for by the nomadic tribes people. 


Tour: Mongolia's Naadam Festival and Gobi Desert -  next avaiable tour: July 2021


Information upon request. It is recommended that you register your interest in this trip by email as places are limited.

Destination: Myanmar (Burma)

Still emerging from decades of isolation, Myanmar provides one of the most photo rich destinations that Paul has visited. Paul says "Nowhere else on my travels have I taken quite so many photographs - great landscapes and an attractive and welcoming people". 


Tour: Marvellous Myanmar - January 2021

This trip offers a great variety of interest, both as a visitor and photographer.There is a visible influence of Buddhism throughout the trip and we will visit several temples and pagodas, including the exceptional Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and in the temple complex at Bagan. It is a great experience to climb the outside of one of the larger temples and watch and photograph the landscape at both sunrise and sunset. There is also an extended stay on Inle Lake, remarkable for its stilted villages, lotus weaving and the Intha fishermen with their unique fishing techniques. We also go to the less visited region of Kayah, the homeland of Padaung tribe whose women wear traditional brass rings round their necks. One aspect of this trip is how little road travel there is, leading to a relaxed holiday feeling. Please ask for the full itinerary.

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: Rajasthan - January 2020 (Sorry, Full)

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 and the magnificent Temple city of Madurai. Please contact us for the full itinerary.

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Destination: 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 20 trips there. It is dramatic on a huge scale and there is always something new to discover."   


Tour: Iceland - The Westfjords - September 2021 (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. 

Tour: Iceland - The South - August 2021

We travel all across Iceland's southern coast. This is a trip that includes mighty waterfalls, glacial lagoons, stunning beaches and even a super-jeep ride into a surreal valley. 

Destination: Vietnam

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 11th 2021 (11 nights)

            Terraces of Gold 2 - September 22nd 2021 (12 nights)

            Terraces of Gold 1 - September 2022

            Terraces of Gold 2 - September 2022

Urban photography in Hanoi, stunning rice terrace landscapes, remarkable tribal minorities and tea plantations. So many photo opportunities! For the full 2021 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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