Dates: 2020 Dates Coming Soon!
Deposit: $2,000 / Tuition: $5,995
Storytelling and Travel Photography in Majestic Cuba
Cuba is a photographer’s dream. From vintage cars to colonial architecture to a vibrant local culture, this island offers a magnificent location to dive deeper into travel photography and visual storytelling. Join Pulitzer Prize winner and Nikon Ambassador Deanne Fitzmaurice on a photographic journey to explore the history, landscape, and people of this Caribbean gem.
During the Summit Cuba Workshop we will begin our journey in Old Havana, a city renowned for its bright colors, narrow streets, and seaside promenades. We will rise early each morning and wander the streets as the city awakes and markets and cafes fill. Our afternoons will be spent exploring the culture of Havana with visits to the Ernest Hemmingway estate, nearby villages, and the oldest boxing school in the country. And of course, a trip to Cuba would not be complete without a night of mojitos and music at the Buena Vista Social Club.
After Havana, we will travel across the island and into the countryside to Trinidad, a colonial town known for its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and tropical vibes. We will spend our time here learning about the history of Cuba by photographing at rural plantations, in Trinidad, and at Cienfuegos, a beautiful French colonial city on a turquoise Caribbean bay. After returning to Havana, our trip will conclude with a day shooting at one of Cuba’s oldest salsa dancing schools. If you are interested in learning more about photojournalism in a spectacular tropical setting, this workshop is not to be missed! Summit Cuba will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the wonders of this island nation and learn storytelling and travel photography from one of the best in the business.
What To Know
You will be responsible for booking your flight between Florida and Havana. We will provide flight numbers and itinerary information so we are all on the same connection.
Expect warm temperatures and lots of walking.
Bring extra batteries and memory cards, you will fill them every day!
Spouse and companion discounts are available for this workshop! These discounts are for non-photographers who want to share in this amazing experience with you. Please contact us for more information.
2019 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
A Nikon Ambassador, Deanne is a photojournalist and multimedia storyteller with a passion for humanitarian documentary photography, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Formerly, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, she has experience photographing a wide range of subjects including news, politics, sports, and entertainment.
Chris runs the annual series of workshops and is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people. Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.
Workshop Information & Itinerary
Small Group Experience (7 Students, 2 Faculty)
Stay in Historic Old Havana
Visit the Ernest Hemingway Estate
Photograph at Cuba’s Oldest Boxing School
Explore Spectacular Colonial Towns Trinidad and Cienfuegos
Photograph at a historic Salsa Dancing School
Learn About Travel Photography Tactics and Storytelling
Costs Included In Tuition:
Hotels, Transfers, Entrance / Guide Fees, Domestic Flights, Local Guide Tips
Hotel in Florida
2019 Sample Itinerary
Arrive in Tampa, Florida at any time.
Fly from Tampa, Florida to Havana. After checking into our hotel located in Old Havana, we will spend the day exploring the old town.
We will start today early with a sunrise street photography session along Malecon, a stunning seaside esplanade near the old city. The rest of the day will be spent continuing our exploration of Havana. We will spend time photographing from a 30th floor observation floor, visiting the Jose Fuster Gallery, and visiting with locals to learn about life in Cuba.
After breakfast we will drive to the home of Ernest Hemingway to visit the home and photograph the many vintage cars found in the area. We will then continue on to Cojimar to explore its castle and village. The afternoon will be spent photographing at Havana’s oldest boxing school before dinner and music at the renowned Buena Vista Social Club. After dinner we will hop in vintage taxis and see the Old City by night before returning to the hotel.
Travel day from Havana to Trinidad. We will spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets.
After breakfast we will drive to the Valley of the Sugar Mills to visit the plantation of Manaca Iznaga, a tower constructed in the 1700s to watch over the cane fields. The afternoon will be free to relax, explore, and photograph Trinidad on your own.
We will make our way back from Trinidad to Havana. En route we will spend the morning photographing at Cienfuegos, a beautiful French colonial city on the shores of an ocean bay. After lunch we will continue on to Havana.
We will spend the morning photographing dancers at the Habana Queens Dance Company. We will have the opportunity to shoot portraits, dancing couples and students. The afternoon will be free to explore and photograph Havana on your own, or to savor one last Mojito in the Old City.
Fly back to the US.