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BETTER MOMENTS 2012 - Travel with passion


Travel with passion


“Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.” Steve McCurry


Dear guest, Better Moments’ new travel program – TRAVEL WITH PASSION - was founded on the belief in the importance of travel and exploration.   The signature of the Better Moment workshop program is our network of top-tier award-winning photographers with deep knowledge and respect for photography. They share their favorite destinations and through personal one-to-one tuition, all our guests gets the ideal opportunity to learn from the best, and to capture the greatest moments. When participating on a Better Moments workshop, you will travel not as an observer, but as an active participant, and will explore amazing locations, learn about different cultures and meet local people and share their passion and traditions.   Better Moments was established in 2011 and operates around the globe, with the main focus on Scandinavia and the North Atlantic. Our mission is deliver exclusive landscape, wildlife, and travel photo workshops at unique locations. We want our guests to explore their passion for photography and learn and get inspiration from the some of world’s best photographers. We want to share our excitement for outdoor photography and provide our guests unique opportunities to experience great moments in life. Better Moments Copenhagen, Denmark info@better-moments.com


About the founders of Better Moments Christian Nørgaard has over 20 years experience in international media and photography. He started his career as a professional travel photographer and lists Asia, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica among his favorite destinations. For three years, Christian worked as Photo-Relations Manager at Hasselblad, where he was in charge of building strong relationships with some of the best photographers in the world. Here, he worked to expose these photographers’ amazing work through programs such as the Hasselblad Masters photo contest and the Victor by Hasselblad corporate magazine.   Philip Boissevain has over 15 years experience in the highend photography business, working in sales and global marketing at Phase One, Imacon and Hasselblad. Recently, Philip was in charge of the overall marketing strategy at Hasselblad, where he was also responsible for the rebranding process after their merger with Imacon. Philip has solid experience in organizing digital photo workshops with vendors such as Adobe, HP, Epson and Wacom. Philip has worked in Germany, UK and France for 7 years and is therefore very well acquainted with the European pro-photography scene.

Christian Nørgaard

Philip Boissevain


Svalbard Wildlife and landscape workshop September 2-11, 2012 - SOLD OUT

Svalbard - Land of polar bears

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ravel to the edge of the arctic and into land full of stunning tidewater glaciers, sparkling icebergs, and explore fjords that split the rugged coastlines.

We will trek  in the tundra, and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears, walruses, seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here.

NORWAY Population: 4.513.000 Total area: 385,155 km2 Capital: Oslo Practical information: The workshop includes: · 9 nights on board the M/S Origo. · All shore excursions by Zodiac. · One-to-one field tuition and inspirational seminars with personal feedback on taken images. · All meals The expedition is based on the absolute best and most unique locations on and around Svalbard. We will do our absolute best effort to visit all planned destinations, but changes might occur due to local weather conditions.


Led by Anders Geidemark

Anders Geidemark has worked as a wildlife photographer and writer since 1988. He has combined this with freelance work including graphic design, lecturing, teaching in photography schools around the globe.


Svalbard

Wildlife and landscape workshop September 2-11, 2012

ITINERARY Day 1 Day 9, departure Pick up at the airport and embark M/S Origo - your Photography from M/S Origo. The vessel has relatively base for the following 9 days of adventure. low decks, but are still safe from polar bears. The opportunities for varied photography provided by the Days 2-9 Exploring Svalbard
 ship’s construction are plentiful, and make a decisive We are travelling in the period when the light at Sval- difference compared to the majority of other vessels bard’s latitudes is simply magical. The sun has started that operate around Svalbard with perhaps 50 or more to dip below the horizon at night, and the light is mag- passengers. nificent for taking breathtaking pictures. The concept for our workshop is that we have the time and the All our guests will have their own private cabins demeans to go places that others expeditions cannot. signed for two people. This is to assure your comfort onboard. Maximum number of participants is 12 and a minimum of 8 participants are required to carry though the workshop. PRICE 6,500 EUR - 9,500 EUR SIGN UP Make your reservation now for the 2013 Wildlife and landscape workshop at Svalbard. Sign up for the workshop. To receive information on upcoming workshops or to sign up for our newsletter please click here.


Svalbard - Land of polar bears


Sweden Abisko National Park September 20-23, 2012

Wild, unique and incomparable

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erene, majestic and pristine all describe the mountains, valleys, plains, forests, rivers and flora and fauna of Abisko National Park in Lapland, Sweden.

Wild, unique and incomparable are three more words that describe this Arctic Circle paradise. But to get a sense of what we mean you really have to visit Abisko; take a deep breath, smell the fragrant scent of the mountain air and view  the scenery that will make your heart sing.

SWEDEN Population: 8.940.000 Total area: 450,000 km2 Capital: Stockholm Practical information: The workshop is based on the very best and most unique locations in Lapland, Sweden. We will do our absolute best effort to visit all planned destinations, but changes might occur due to local weather conditions. The workshop includes: · On and off location workshops with Hans Strand · Hotel stays including breakfast and dinner. · Lunch will be served at the locations by a renowned, Iocal cook. · All ground transport and aerial photography with helicopter. · Transport to and from Lapland, Sweden is not included.

Led by Hans Strand

Better Moments and Hans Strand invite you to participate in a unique photography workshop, where you get to the very best and most beautiful locations by van, trekking and helicopter. After evening meals, we will also keep our eyes out for aurora borealis, “Northern Light”. The workshop is a unique opportunity to combine an adventurous journey into the wild with award winning nature photographer Hans Strand.

This workshop is led by Hans Strand. Many of his pictures for his books and calendars has been photographed in Abisko National Park. “This is my backyard.” Tends Hans Strand to say about Abisko.


Sweden

Abisko National Park September 19-23, 2012

ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival by flight to Kiruna Hans Strand and the Better Moments staff will pick you up at the airport. Lunch in Kiruna and transport to Abisko Mountain Hotel. Slideshow and presentation on Lapland. Dinner at the Mountain Hotel.

Day 4 The art of macro photography Macro photography of plants in the forest. Departure for airport. Maximum number of participants is 12 and a minimum of 8 participants are required to carry though the workshop.

Day 2 Abisko Canyon
Exploring and shooting limestone formations and river rapids in the upper section of Abisko Can- PRICE yon. Lunch at the Mountain Hotel. Hike into the birch 1,495 EUR forest and evening shoot of the mountain range. Dinner at the Mountain Hotel. VIP ARIAL HELICOPTER WORKSHOP Better Moments offer a VIP aerial helicopter workshop. Day 3 Mount Njulla
 Breakfast at the Mountain Hotel. Cable car lift up to The price includes a two hour evening seminar, a perthe top of Mount Njulla. Hike down through the birch sonal training in the air by Hans Strand and a 30-60 forest. Lunch at the Mountain Hotel. Aerial photog- min helicopter flight. The flight includes two students raphy from helicopter. Afternoon shoot in the lower and Hans Strand. section of Abisko Canyon. Evening workshop in conference room. Dinner at the Mountain Hotel. HELICOPTER PRICE PER PERSON 30 min: 600 EUR Possibility to visit the Kebnekaise mountain region by 60 min: 1,080 EUR helicopter. Sign up for the workshop. To receive information on upcoming workshops or to sign up for our newsletter please click here.


Wild, unique and incomparable


Bhutan

National Geographic Nordic and Better Moments November 1-10, 2012


Land of the Thunder Dragon

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hutan is one of the last kingdoms in Asia. The country is bordered by Himalaya’s milky white peaks and deep lush valleys. The country is locally known as Druk Yul or the land of the thunder dragon, named after the northeast wind, which blows down through the mountain passes. The people are Buddhists and they practice their religion without fear of persecution. Bhutan, which has been a closed kingdom for many years, has preserved its rich culture and beautiful historical temples and royal palaces.

Led by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson

Discover Bhutan with award-winning National Geographic photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson. BHUTAN Population: 700,000 Total area: 39,000 km2 Capital: Thimpu The workshop includes: · All transportation in Bhutan. · Hotel accommodation including full board (excl. beverages). · All hotels are 3 or 4 star and approved by the Bhutanese Tourist Board. · English local guides. · Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulsen are present during the entire voyage. · National Geographic photography workshops on location. All tickets to tourist attractions. The workshop does not include: Not Included in price: International flight ticket to Delhi and return ticket to your home destination. Extra luggage. Personal travel insurance. Cancellation insurance. Meals other than the above mentioned. Visa for India and Bhutan, local tourist tax to Bhutan (132 EUR per person). Personal expenses and tips.


Bhutan

National Geographic Nordic and Better Moments November 1-10, 2012

ITINERARY

Day 6 Punakha - Trongsa.
 We leave early in the morning for the drive toward central Bhutan, and we will stop en route for mornDay 1 Copenhagen - Delhi.
 We meet in Copenhagen airport where we fly to Delhi, ing photography. And what a landscape it is. Among other things, we will see the impressive Trongsa Dzong India. monastery, which is seemingly glued to the rock wall, before reaching our next destination, the village of Day 2 Delhi - Paro (Altitude 2250 m). We land in the beautiful Paro valley in Bhutan, and are Trongsa. Trongsa Dzong once belonged to the royal transferred to the hotel for check-in. We take a walk family and is today it is considered the most beautiful around Paro town to see and capture the city’s impres- and important monastery in Bhutan. sive Dzong (temple). Day 7 Trongsa - Paro
 Travelling to Paro with many photo stops and private Day 3 Paro (Altitude 2250 m).
 We begin the day with a general Bhutan introduction lessons by Sisse and Cotton. We arrive in the afternoon and continue with short trips around town and in the at Paro. gorgeous surrounding landscapes. There will be plenty of time to do your own photography. In the evening Day 8 Paro
 there will be a joint dinner and lecture on “A life with After breakfast we drive up to Ramthangkha (10 km from Paro). From here, we (slowly) trek to 3,100 meNational Geographic” by Sisse and Cotton. ters and the famous monastery Taktsang. Taktsang can be translated into something like “Tiger’s Nest”, and is Day 4 Paro - Thimphu (Altitude 2350m).
 We leave Paro and drive to the capital Thimphu - wel- frequently called just that. The monastery is situated come to the modern Bhutan. The capital is growing on a rocky ledge overlooking the Paro Valley. In the rapidly, and you will see how tradition and modernity afternoon we return to Paro. meet. Thimphu is a fascinating and unusual capital. There are no high-rise buildings, limited traffic and no traffic lights. After check-in at our hotel, we take a walk around town before we eat lunch. We spend the rest of the day in Thimphu, and after dinner we spend a few hours to talk about the day’s photography. Day 5 Thimphu - Punakha (height 1350 m).
 After breakfast, we leave our hotel and take the bus through the lush valley, from which you are able to see the more than 7000 meters high Himalayan peaks in good weather conditions. We will make stops to enjoy the special peace of the magnificent landscape. We reach our next destination, the town of Punakha, where we will visit one of the most important and also most impressive dzongs Punakha Dzong from the 1600th century. Hereafter, we walk across Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge (100 meters). In the evening we meet Sisse and Cotton for an entertaining session and mini-workshop on photography as a National Geographic photographer.

Day 9 Delhi
 We leave Bhutan and fly back to Delhi. Arrival at the hotel and farewell dinner. Day 10 Delhi - Copenhagen
 Transfer to Delhi Airport and departure to Copenhagen. Maximum number of participants is 16 and a minimum of 12 participants are required to carry though the workshop. PRICE Special Price: 3.995 EUR for accommodation in shared double room. Single supplement: 360 EUR. NB! 5 single rooms available at double room rate on a first come first served basis. Sign up for the workshop. To receive information on upcoming workshops or to sign up for our newsletter please click here.


Land of the Thunder Dragon


Sweden

Sรถderรฅsen Spring Workshop April 26-28, 2013


Scandinavian Spring

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öderåsen National Park is possibly the most scenic location in southern Scandinavia, with a unique mix of deciduous forests, mighty screes, high cliffs, flowing streams and wide views. In the rift valley and along the slopes you encounter an almost primal forest. Tall beech trees mixes with mighty oak. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to operate and shoot with the latest, professional DSLR camera models with a wide selection of Medium format models and lenses, guided by competent operators. Epson Large format printers will be available, allowing you to print your preferred work on professional fine art paper from­­ Hahnemühle.

Led by Hans Strand

The workshop is a unique opportunity to combine an adventurous journey into the wild with award winning nature photographer Hans Strand. SWEDEN Population: 8.940.000 Total area: 450,000 km2 Capital: Stockholm Practical information: The workshop is based on the best and most unique locations in Söderåsen National Park. We will do our absolute best effort to visit all planned destinations, but changes might occur due to local weather conditions. The workshop includes: · One-to-one field tuition and short practical seminars in conference room with personal feedback on taken images. · Hotel accommodation including dinner and breakfast. · Lunch will be served at the locations. · All ground transport · Transport to and from the hotel and drinks at dinner are not included.


Sweden

Söderåsen Spring Workshop April 26-28, 2013

ITINERARY Day 1 - Departure to the south rim of the ravine 4.00 pm: Check-in at the hotel. 4.30 pm: Departure to the rim of the ravine. We will spend the evening in the area and Hans Strand will bring us to the most scenic locations for our sundown shooting, including strategic vantage points overlooking the dramatic landscape. 9.00 pm: Dinner at the hotel. 10.00 pm: Briefing about the program of the next day. Day 2 - Sunrise shooting 5.00 am: We arrive at Kopparhatten with plenty of time to get prepared for a sunrise shot, when the first rays of the sun gives the spring colored leaves a radiant light. Hans will take you to his best spots and teach you how to handle contrast and exposure. We work with this short and warm light for one hour. 9.00 am: You will be divided into small groups and Hans will take you to a number of photogenic locations inside the park. He will move from group to group and give instructions and coach. 12.00-1.00 pm: Lunch on location. 1.00-2.00 pm: Group instruction and further coaching by Hans Strand. 2.00-4.00 pm: On your own 6.00-7.00 pm: Dinner at the hotel. 7.00-9.00 pm: Working on your images from the day’s shooting on your own computer. 9.00-10.00 pm: Hans Strand will go through your best images and provide feedback to you. 10.00 pm: Briefing on tomorrow’s shooting.

Day 3 
From the top of the rim.
 9.00 am: Leaving for Kopparhatten, in the centre of the National Park. Hans Strand will start by teaching you how to shoot this fantastic location professionally. The workshop session will start by shooting from the top of the north rim, overlooking the 3km long and more than 100m deep ravine. From there we will work us slowly through the park by following the rim to the west and decent into the floor of the ravine. Here we will shoot the chaotic vegetation as well as the Skärån river with its reflections of spring colored trees. Here we will practice all kinds of landscape photography, everything from large to small. We will cover how to use the color and direction of light to accomplish the “perfect” image.
 12.00-1.00 pm: Lunch.
 1.00-2.00 pm: We will divide the participants into small groups and Hans Strand will give you individual shooting tasks for the rest of day.
 2.00-4.00 pm: On your own.
 4.00 pm: End of workshop Maximum number of participants is 16 and a minimum of 8 participants are required to carry though the workshop. PRICE 890 EUR Sign up for the workshop. To receive information on upcoming workshops or to sign up for our newsletter please click here.


Scandinavian Spring


The experts gallery We proudly present...

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teve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons. His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world which were among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from

“I like to tell stories about my subjects through my photographs – especially those I have shot in areas of conflict.”

McCurry’s work has been featured in every major magazine in the world and frequently appears in National Geographic magazine with recent articles on Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and the temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. McCurry is driven by an innate curiosity and sense of wonder about the world and everyone in it. He has an uncanny ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.” McCurry has published books including The Imperial Way (1985), Monsoon (1988), Portraits (1999), South Southeast (2000), Sanctuary (2002), The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003), Steve McCurry (2005), Looking East (2006), In the Shadow of Mountains (2007), The Unguarded Moment. (2009), and The Iconic Photographs (2011).


RESPONSIBILITY Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. Better Moments, its designated tour operator, or its tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Included in Better Moments workshops: Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner); educational materials; pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; all gratuities except those for train or ship’s crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; ground transportation during the workshop; transfers to and from group flights where applicable; services of Better Moments experts, lecturers, guides, workshop manager and any other staff; taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges. Please note: the “B, L, D” notations apply to the period during the workshop only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the trip. Internal airfare is included on some international workshops as indicated in the itinerary. Not Included in Better Moments workshops: Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities for train or ship’s crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specifically noted as included. Single/shared Accommodations: A limited number of single rooms/cabins are available at an extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. We will assist persons requesting a roommate. Participants will be notified if a suitable roommate is not available, in which case the single rate will be charged.

Payments: A 25% deposit is required to reserve a place on a BetTERMS AND CONDITIONS: ter Moments workshop. Balance of payment is due Basis of rates: All prices are normally based on two no later than 75 days prior to departure. The paypersons sharing a room or cabin. All prices and fares ment terms can be stricter when the workshop inare quoted in Euro. The prices are based on current cludes chartered ships or planes, and any variation tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen will be communicated clearly in our sales material circumstances. While we will do everything possible and on your invoice. to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.


Cancellations and refunds: All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel 75 days or more prior to departure your deposit will be lost. For cancellations that occur 30–75 days prior to departure the cancellation charge is 50% of the total price. There will be no refunds for cancellations received later than 29 days prior to departure. This policy also applies to preand post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, the tour operator will provide you with a full refund; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the workshop as planned, in which case the tour operator will provide you with a refund and/or credit toward a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid to the tour operator. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent. We strongly recommend that you buy cancellation and travel insurance. Group Discounts: Parties of five people or more travelling together will each receive 5% group discount on the workshop list prices. Other terms and Conditions may apply. Please ask upon making the reservation. Itinerary Changes: The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

Health requirements: You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. Photography: We reserve the right to take photo- graphs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the trip. Other: Other terms and Conditions may apply to some workshops and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By registering for a Better Moments work-shop, the participant agrees to the responsibility statement and the terms and Conditions herein.


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BETTER MOMENTS 2012