Veteran Wildlife Photographer George Ritchey Hosts Amazon Cruise Photography Workshop

International Expeditions' April 22 Guests Develop Their Photography Skills While Exploring Earth's Greatest Wilderness

Oct 20, 2010, 08:15 ET from International Expeditions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is offering travelers on its April 22, 2011 Amazon River cruise an opportunity to refine their photography skills with enriching lectures and field instruction by photographer George Ritchey.  

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With over 35 years of wildlife photography experience and credits including Robb Report, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Birmingham Magazine, Ritchey will teach travelers how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while exploring the narrow tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon.

"I use every opportunity to help guests have a successful photography expedition, and to make sure they bring home beautiful photos to share," said Ritchey. Prior to their expedition, Ritchey issues questionnaires to each traveler to gauge their skill level and interests. During the Amazon cruise, Ritchey will offer instruction on composing the best wildlife shots in the field, and also teach editing techniques.

Daily outings on this small-ship adventure aboard the 28-guest La Amatista take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to photograph diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. Guests also spend time with riberenos in remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Photos from previous outings with IE were featured in Outdoor Photographer's March 2010 issue.

When not discussing photography, guests can stargaze on the open-air top deck or sip cocktails while enjoying the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship's local crew.

Prices for the 10-day Amazon Photo Workshop start at $3,498 per person, and include accommodations, excursions, complimentary laundry aboard La Amatista, most meals, guides, transfers, and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

Celebrating 30 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth's most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure's list of "World's Best" tour operators & safari outfitters for seven consecutive years and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine's list of "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."

For more information or a brochure on the Amazon River Cruise, call International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734, e-mail, or visit

SOURCE International Expeditions