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June 16, 2015

Nikonians Academy adds Sri Lanka to 2016 calendar

Academy-Sri-Lanka-SQ_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has added a proven popular photo adventure to next year's schedule. 

Based on the success of last year's adventure, Lester Picker will be leading another trip to what has been called "the most beautiful island in Asia." 

The 12-day (11-night) Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photo adventure covers March 12-23, 2016 and is limited to 12 participants.

This will be your opportunity to photograph wildlife and culture in an exotic and safe location. 


Wildlife opportunities rival that of Africa and include leopard, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo, monkeys, eagles and all types of colorful birds.

Each morning you will embark on an adventure taking you from fog-shrouded tea plantations to cascading waterfalls, en route to photographing mountain sunsets. 

You will visit the country's most picturesque temples and historical structures for architectural photos and opportunities to interact with Sri Lanka's wonderful people.

One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds. 

The group will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. 

Most evenings you will have an optional image review and critique session.

Your air-conditioned bus will also have a certified country guide and a porter throughout the trip to help with luggage at each stop. 

Porters are also available inexpensively at each location for those who wish to hire someone to help carry gear.

Lester Picker is a Nikonians Academy faculty member and professional photographer who has more than 600 published credits in National Geographic books and magazines, Forbes, Fortune publications, Better Homes & Gardens and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. 

His blog ( is widely followed and often quoted by media. Les received the prestigious 2011 Canada Northern Lights Award for Best Travel Photography. 

He received his doctorate in ecology from the University of Maine and has worked as a nature and photography guide in many locales.


For those Nikonians wanting to explore the east coast of the USA, Les has a wonderful photographic workshop scheduled in Maine's Acadia National Park , October 15-19, 2015.

Les completed his graduate studies in Acadia NP and knows the area like few others do. 

His workshops takes participants to the most dramatic scenes at the right time of day to help participants capture stunning images.


Posted by flashdeadline at June 16, 2015 11:03 PM