CUBA PHOTOJOURNALISM TRIP

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Document the impact of COVID-19 on Cuba and its people

A once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous photographers

Here’s a unique opportunity to join two professional photographers on a photojournalism assignment to Cuba. The trip is designed specifically to explore and document the changes and impact of COVID-19 on the island and its people. 

You’ll venture to Havana, Trinidad, and Vinales; some of Cuba’s most vibrant and stunning places to visit. Through your lens, you’ll document the lives of Cubans, and the way in which they have been affected by the pandemic. The goal of the trip is to use documentary-style and portrait photography as a storytelling tool, and, of course, to explore this unique country and culture.

You’ll have the benefit of photographing alongside two experienced editorial photographers, and learning from them throughout the experience – though you’ll need to have solid photographic skills to join this trip. It’s an excellent opportunity for keen and adventurous photographers who’d like to try their hand at a photojournalism assignment.

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Havana, Trinidad & Vinales
QuickFacts Dates - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Oct 2 – 16, 2021
QuickFacts Photography Type - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Photojournalism
QuickFacts Leader - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Guides: Andy Scaysbrook & Andrew Bell
QuickFacts Group Size - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Group Size: Max. 4
QuickFacts Level - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip All Photography Levels
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
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Explore photojournalism

Gain photo journalism experience.

2
Document COVID affects

Document the aftermath of COVID-19.

3
Tell important stories

Tell people’s stories through your lens.

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Hone your skills

Improve your photography skills.

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Explore Cuba

Explore some of Cuba’s best spots.

  1. Gain photo journalism experience.
  2. Document the aftermath of COVID-19.
  3. Tell people’s personal stories through your lens.
  4. Learn from professional photographers.
  5. Explore some of Cuba’s best cities.
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THE DESTINATION

Over the course of fourteen days, we will be visiting three distinctly different areas of Cuba; Havana, Vinales and Trinidad. You’ll be meeting, interviewing and photographing people from different backgrounds and with lifestyles, documenting their stories and finding out how life has changed for them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Havana; The capital of Cuba and usually a bustling metropolis. Over the past ten years and following the relaxation of laws around ordinary people being able to run their own business, a myriad of new shops, bars and restaurants have sprung up; new hotels have been built and massive infrastructure changes were underway. How has this changed; have those business survived the country being under lockdown with little or no tourism? 

Vinales; In this small rural town, surrounded by beautiful countryside, the farming of tobacco, coffee, sugar and other crops thrives. However, a large percentage these crops are aimed at the export or tourism markets, which have significantly reduced over the past months. How will this have changed the area and affected the people there? 

Trinidad; This stunning, UNESCO World Heritage town dates back over 500 years and in this time little has been changed. Cobbled streets, lined with small brightly coloured homes, cowboys on horseback and old men playing dominoes at the curb-side. In recent years Trinidad has become heavily dependent on the tourist industry to bring much needed money to the area. We will meet with the people who rely on that income and find out how they have survived without it. 

 

Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local friends and guides who will share with us their personal stories and provide further detail and information about the places we will be visiting. We will likely also spend time with good-will causes which they are involved with; finding out the impact on those who already had little or nothing. 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

We will be staying mostly in Casa Particulars; small family homes which offer rooms to guests and tourists. This will allow us the opportunity to spend time with Cuban families and ensure that we are giving back directly to the local community. Rooms may be shared (single sex) however we will, where possible offer sole-occupancy. Due to the nature of the accommodation, it may be necessary to share some facilities. 

Breakfast is included each day, usually at our accommodation. However, we may visit some small, local cafes or market stalls on some days. Lunch and dinner are not included, but we will eat together as a group and ensure that the restaurants we choose are locally and independently owned, furthering our commitment to supporting the community. 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY FOCUS; DOCUMENT THE AFFECT OF COVID-19

During the past decade, Cuba has seen an increase in independently owned companies that to some degree depend on tourism or international trade, all of which have obviously been hit by the pandemic. Andy and Andrew, who have both been photographing Cuba’s people and culture for many years, are returning to the island to understand the full impact of COVID-19.

Over the course of fourteen days, we will be meeting, interviewing and photographing people from different backgrounds and lifestyles, documenting their stories and finding out how life has changed for them as a result of Coronavirus. 

As this is a journalistic assignment, this once in a lifetime trip is aimed primarily at people who have an interest in editorial and documentary photography and who have at least a reasonable understanding of their camera and equipment. Though there will be no formal tutoring, Andy and Andrew will be happy to give you guidance and answer questions throughout the trip. Optional daily photographic challenges will be set and reviewed as a group for those wishing to participate. 

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Havana, Trinidad & Vinales
QuickFacts Dates - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip October 2 – 16, 2021
QuickFacts Photography Type - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Photojournalism
QuickFacts Leader - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Guides: Andy Scaysbrook & Andrew Bell
QuickFacts Group Size - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Group Size: Max. 4
QuickFacts Level - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip Some photographic experience required

£3295

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in comfortable bed & breakfasts and casas (shared)
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers to and from Havana International Airport
  • All transport on the ground
  • Entrance fees
  • Constant and personal photographic tuition
  • A welcome meal on the first night
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal travel insurance including camera insurance
  • Drinks
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera and a range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Computer with editing software, if you’d like to work on post-production during the trip
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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDES: Andy Scaysbrook & Andrew Bell

Andy Scaysbrook:
From musicians and artists such as B.B. King, Pavarotti and Lee Scratch Perry to African tribesmen and Cuban tobacco farmers, Andy’s pictures get inside the subject. His style is reportage; one of observation and patience; a master of the decisive moment and of knowing when the image will emerge. Andy was the photographer behind the world’s first charity e-book; Holding onto Hope; which ran as an exhibition at London’s Menier Gallery – A series of celebrity photographs in aid of OvaCome, a charity which is particularly close to Andy’s heart.

Andrew Bell: 
From sunrise in the Annapurna mountains to sunset at Stonehenge, stopping at frozen beaches, forgotten villages and disused railways: Andrew’s travels have taken him all over the world. Andrew’s style is documentary; shooting real life, just as he finds it; whether that’s locals on the beach, landscapes in rural France or rock concerts in Cuba. Andrew’s projects have been exhibited on their own and as part of collections of work with other photographers, including one with Goldsmith’s University & Magnum.

$ 3 295

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation in comfortable bed & breakfasts and casas (shared)
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers to and from Havana International Airport
  • All transport on the ground
  • Entrance fees
  • Constant and personal photographic tuition
  • A welcome meal on the first night
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal travel insurance including camera insurance
  • Drinks
QuickFacts Photography Type 2 - Cuba Photo Journalism Trip
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera and a range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Computer with editing software, if you’d like to work on post-production during the trip
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WORKSHOP LEADER

Andy Scaysbrook:
From musicians and artists such as B.B. King, Pavarotti and Lee Scratch Perry to African tribesmen and Cuban tobacco farmers, Andy’s pictures get inside the subject. His style is reportage; one of observation and patience; a master of the decisive moment and of knowing when the image will emerge. Andy was the photographer behind the world’s first charity e-book; Holding onto Hope; which ran as an exhibition at London’s Menier Gallery – A series of celebrity photographs in aid of OvaCome, a charity which is particularly close to Andy’s heart.

Andrew Bell: 
From sunrise in the Annapurna mountains to sunset at Stonehenge, stopping at frozen beaches, forgotten villages and disused railways: Andrew’s travels have taken him all over the world. Andrew’s style is documentary; shooting real life, just as he finds it; whether that’s locals on the beach, landscapes in rural France or rock concerts in Cuba. Andrew’s projects have been exhibited on their own and as part of collections of work with other photographers, including one with Goldsmith’s University & Magnum.

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