Daintree 2017 – Photography Workshop

Presented by Les Walkling with Christian Fletcher
4th to 11th June 2017


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Daintree 2017 is a contemporary photography workshop for anyone who is wondering ‘how do I get to the next level’? That is, how do I progress beyond merely beautiful images and prints, beyond the mastery of camera craft and production skills, workflows and clients, competitions and associations, to develop and infuse my work with more meaning, significance and purpose?

This is no easy task, and there are many prerequisites: we need time and space away from the hurly-burly distractions of everyday life. We need an unbelievably beautiful and inspiring location that only asks the best of us. We need state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities that won’t let us down. And we need incredibly experienced teachers and mentors who not only work ‘at that next level’, but also possess the empathy, compassion, understanding and intellectual frameworks needed to facilitate your journey ‘to the other side’. These are rarely found qualities, but at Daintree 2017, we supply them all, and in abundance.

cf_karijini_headshotThis year my co-presenter is the remarkable Christian Fletcher. Christian is one of my closest friends and a trusted ND5 colleague. We constantly encourage, inspire and support one another, and aim to do even more for you. Christian is an incredibly successful professional artist. and his work over 25 years as a photographer, teacher and mentor has become world renowned. He has presented workshops for Luminous Landscape as far afield as Antartica, and in 2011 the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) awarded him both the Western Australian and the Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of The Year. In 2014 he was named the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of The Year, and was once again awarded the AIPP Western Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of The Year. Christian’s images are permanently on display in his two Western Australian galleries in Dunsborough and Mandurah, which have also won numerous tourism awards for excellence. Christian’s unrivalled enthusiasm, passion, humour and breathtaking creative and technical skills will ensure an unforgettable Daintree 2017.

The Venue:

The venue is the James Cook University’s world class Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRO) education and research centre at Cape Tribulation in far North Queensland. It is adjacent to Australia’s World Heritage listed wet tropics lowland rainforests which are home to a substantial proportion of Australia’s biodiversity. This is also one of the few areas in the world where the ‘reef meets the rainforest’ and the only place where two World Heritage Areas sit side by side.


The modern teaching and conference facilities are designed with student-centred learning and inquiry-focused practice in mind. The open design and flexible spaces create many vistas where one can look up to rainforest-clad mountains or down over sweeping views to the Coral Sea. With brand new accommodation and catering infrastructure, well-equipped laboratories and a tower crane providing canopy access to nearly 1 hectare of rainforest, the DRO provides an unforgettable hands-on experience in a unique and inspirational environment.

The Syllabus:

The workshop begins with a thorough analysis of your individual workflow which we then refine and polish from capture to print. This ensures your workflow is ‘working’ so well that you are not distracted by it. We can then focus on ’what comes next’ – and how to take your photography there.


Guidance, inspiration and support will flow from the history of photography, painting, sculpture, music, literature and philosophy, as we form a deeper understanding of how pictures capture ‘hearts and minds’ while trading in ‘secrets and mysteries’ beyond our immediate understanding. We will learn from other artists and their production methods, artist statements, finished works of art. and historical circumstances what is required in order to convey significant and lasting impressions, not just through your pictures, but also to your artistic confidence.


You will photograph in pristine environments, process and edit your files with fully colour managed professional workflows, and make prints of the highest quality with the most beautiful papers and profiles available. Our chefs and support staff will take care of everything else, so all you have to work on refining and extending your photography, and thereby change not only your relationship to your ‘hardware and software’, but even more significantly, take your pictures and yourself to that ‘next level and beyond’.

Highlights of the workshop include formal presentations, small group tutorials, extensive one to one consultations and opportunities to practice and consolidate what you learn in a supportive and supervised environment.

DROvisitThis is an ambitious workshop that I couldn’t imagine presenting without my 30 years’ experience of doing this day in and day out for generations of undergraduate and post graduate fine art and media arts students. I also couldn’t imagine doing this without over a decade’s experience running our annual Orpheus Island residential workshop. And I also couldn’t imagine d0ing this without the incredible talent and support of my co-presenters, tutors, organisers, sponsors and friends who have encouraged me to dedicate a workshop to ‘going to the next level and beyond’.

And this is that workshop.

The Cost:

AIPP/ACMP/NZIPP Members $3260
Non-Members $3650
Students $2760

The cost includes share accommodation and all meals at the DRO, plus coach transport to and from Cairns. The only additional costs are travel to Cairns and possible overnight accommodation in Cairns depending on your flight times and /or other travel arrangements.

Register for this workshop at: www.leswalkling.com/bookings/

If the workshop description intrigues or fascinates you, don’t hesitate to contact us. For further information or expressions of interest please email: events@leswalkling.com or phone: +61 7 4725 4660