Nature Photography of the Year

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"Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Desert"


23rd - 29th October 2019 


PRICE: 485 €




23rd October. Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou


Group meeting at Marrakech airport 13:30h.

Trip by bus to Ait Ben Haddou Kashbah, crossing the High Atlas mountains and the Tzi n Tichka 2.260m. port, where we will stop to admire the spectacular view. We arrive on afternoon, after accommodation short walk around the views of the old town at the entry of the "Route of the slaves", where the caravans used to stop before entering the desert. 

Dinner at the hotel.


24th October.  Ait Ben Haddou


Breakfast at the hotel.

Spare day to enjoy the place. The fortress can be visited. Some films were recorded here as “Lawrence from Arabia”, “Gladiator” and “The jewel of the Nile”. The town is made of mud and is located at a oasis close to a river bed.

Lunch and dinner at the hotel.


25th October.  Ait Ben Haddou - Merzouga   


(Erg Chebbi dunes)


We reccommend you to wake up early and enjoy the sunrise with the palm trees and the old town World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou. After breakfast we go by bus to the Todra river gorgues (Tinerghir). We will see huge palm tree forests. We will arrive to Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes) for the afternoon and sunset. We will spend the night in the desert in luxury tents (Haima).

Dinner in a big tent and night fire.


26th October. Merzouga


(dunes and ancient market Rissani)


Breaksfast in a big tent.

Most of us will wake up early to walk around the sand dunes and the solitude of the desert. Four wheel drive route to go inside Erg Chebbi, approach to the Grat Dune, more than 250 m high. We move to a hotel in a different part of the desert.

Lunch by the hotel.

Afternoon in Rissani market (optional). Visit to the ancient Rissani market (zoco). Is a very ancient and busy market plenty of animals, handcrafts, food... Rissani is one of the oldest markets in the world, where caravans used to stop to trade. Is really worth and safe to walk through the market and get some photos.

Dinner at the hotel.


27th October. Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes)


Hotel free day.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sunrise by the sand dunes. You can choose between a dromedary tour in the desert or just walk for the landscape, caravans, palm trees...

Dinner at the hotel.


28th October. Merzouga - Ouarzazate


After breakfast we go by bus to Ouarzazate, a magnificent town. We will have lunch on the way, we stop at a restaurant by the road. Afternoon at Ouarzazate.

Dinner at the hotel.


29th October. Ouarzazate - Marrakech


Breakfast at the hotel.

After lunch we depart by bus to Marrakech. Arrival about 20h.

Dinner and transport to airport or hotel.




Price by person: 485€


(in double/triple rooms)



 Bus to transport between locations (7 días)
• 6 night hotels 3 - 4 stars
• Breaksfasts and dinners at hotel.
• 6 lunches (sometimes at hotels, sometimes on the way in restaurants).
• Please note that in many cases lunches and dinners can be at different times of the day, sometimes late for north european standars, please have always something to
eat/drink in the bus.
• 4 Wheel drive vehicles, route in the desert.
• Guide.
• Assitance car for logistic.
• Touristic Assitance Insurance.



*Beverages in meals.
*Entry to monuments.
*Extras not specified in the “Included List".



Valid Passport.



The official money is Dirham, you can get them in your bank or just change euro or pounds at the airport in a bank or currency change office. 1 euro is 10 Dirhams. Although you can pay in many places with euro, you can rebate in markets and get better offers in Dirhams. Change to some small money for tips and drinks or fruit by the markets. In most hotels, museums and restaurants you can pay with credit card.



The cost of the trip is 485 euro per person.

This trip is only for IFWP end members. The association has to be in current payment of our fee.

Transfer to: Asociación Fotográfica Miradas. ES6130580961562720018288. CCRIES2AXXX

Please indicate: -IFWP trip to Merzouga. -Complete name/s. -Association member.

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Trip to Sahara

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It is a pleasure to announce our: IFWP Congress on trip to Sahara desert. 23-28 October 2019.


Welcome to a stunning trip to Sahara desert where We will have presentations, IFWP news and projects but... in different places with good photo opportunities.


Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group (CWTPG) are planning to host the IFWP 2020 congress at Perranporth on the North Cornwall coast 18th to 22nd, May 2020.

But for 2019 we are offering an unprecedent experience, a guided trip to photograph and experience the magical sand dunes of Sahara desert. We are preparing a detailed PDF from our association host Miradas from Ceuta and the photo travel agency that will give us coverage. The trip is totally designed to take photos.


-23rd October. Marrakech. Meeting at 13,00 h. You can start checking flight combinations to Marrakech airport. We leave on a private bus from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou World Heritage site at 13,30 h. 
-23rd October. Arrival and accommodation at Ait Ben Haddou, in the small village in front of the Kashbah.
-24th October. Full day at Ait Ben Haddou.
-25th October. 9,00 h. Depart from Ait Ben Haddou to Sahara Erg Chebbi at Merzouga.
-25th-27th October. 9,00 h. Different locations at Sahara Erg Chebbi at Merzouga. Including one night in a luxury Jhaima tent in the sand dunes.

We´ll have the chance to photograph magnificent sand dunes, palm trees, camel caravans, cities, people, natural landscapes... 
-28th October. 9,00 h. Depart to Marrakesh and end of the trip.


José B. Ruiz will be assisting the trip and taking care as a volunteer as he has been before on the locations. Guaranteed that we will see the best places at the best moments of the day. Also enough time on each locations to experience on our own. We will have a local guide.


This trip has been organized before with great successes. It is the best price for the best quality available in lodging and meals. We will reach the locations on a short walk from our rooms. Miradas association has organized this trip for CEF (the Spanish Confederation of Photography) for 80 participants. No trouble with photos and participants, the Sahara is the biggest warm desert in our planet. The weather won´t be so hot at that time of the year and you´ll have a unique experience.

-Be sure you belong to an association member of IFWP.
-Watch the flight combinations to be at Marrakech on 23rd October before 12,30 h, so that you can meet the group at the point we will agree.
-Check if you need Visa or special documents from your country. For many european countries you don´t need.
-Fully charge your batteries.
-Be patience, in a short time we will deliver a PDF with details, booking, prize, programme...

IFWP Board Meeting

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Dear IFWP delegates, some of our board members are meeting 11th to 16th June in Sweden. We have a wide range of subjects to discuss as the increase in participation in our still open Photo Competition, our long term conservation project which pretends to be a referent, our next congress, the last arrangements for our new bank account, and the proposal for a board renewal.

We´ll keep you posted in our website an media:

IFWP Fanpage

IFWP Facebook Group

2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition

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Hello everyone!


We are very pleased to invite every photographer from our member associations to participate in this year’s competition,2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition.


The competition is open from May 1st, 2019 to 1st August 2019 at midnight.

The 2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year Competition is open to all participants officially registered in an IFWP member association at the date of entry. 

It is an online competition and there is no entry fee. The participants shall select and upload their images at this site: ifwp-photo.fotogenius.

You will find there as well information regarding the rules and all details concerning the different categories to participate in this year’s completion.

There are several categories for different disciplines in nature photography, in which photographers of any age can participate.


The IFWP will announce a category winner and 3 Finalist in each category and in both groups, general and young (born after 2000).

From the category winners the jury will choose the picture to be the 2019 IFWP Photograph of the Year in both Editions, General and Young (born after 2000).


You are all invited!


Good luck to all participants in this year’s competition!

Karlo Pesjak in memory.

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We sadly have to announce that our IFWP Board member (Vocal) and dear friend Karlo Pesjak (Sweden) has passed away recently.

He was an active member of PhotoNatura (PN) and the Swedish Nature Photographers (N). During my five years as secretary in PN and now as secretary of the IFWP there was not one single time when we needed volunteers for activities that his hand wasn’t upp. He was generous, helpful and sweet, and with his cheerful self and wonderful sense of humor always made things take a more positive turn.

For those who met him know what a big heart he had, always putting people first. For those who had the pleasure of joining forces with him in nature photography know what a fantastic photo enthusiast, photographer and nature lover he was. 

He will be dearly missed and our hearts reach out to his family.

Summary of the XXVI Aefona´s Congress 2018

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We have just returned home from this year’s AEFONA congress, and we are very happy to have shared lots of beautiful moments with friends and colleagues for a long weekend.

The XXVI AEFONA congress was held in Valdellòs i Hospitalet de l’Infant (Spain) last weekend and there we enjoyed activities and talks for three days, 6-8 of December.

The first day, Thursday the 6th of December, started - as always - with the General Annual Assembly for our members, and this year it was very special since AEFONA’s board has changed. The board team leaded by Pablo Bou have left after four years of amazing work, and the new board lead by the new president, Miguel Ángel Pedrera, was voted and elected.

After this, the program started with the talk of the association Young Nature Photographers, who came to present the international community of young nature photographers, and they presented the work of one of the young members of the community, Arnau Pou.



Later that morning we enjoyed the talk by Fran Parody, Foxes, a look at their privacy: Silacea project, and after we could listen to José Luis Gómez de Francisco, who presented his book 35 years of photos on the backpack.

The afternoon continued with the talks of the Catalan Society of nature photographers (SCFN) and the Spanish Photography Confederation (CEF).

Later, we enjoyed the talk by Uge Fuertes, with the presentation of his new book Imagining worlds, and after him, we listened to the talk by Javier Puertas, Photographic Nature; followed by the last talk by Oriol Alamany and Eulàlia Vicens, After the trail of the snow leopard.

On Friday the 7th we started early morning with a photographic activity outdoors at sunrise in one of the iconic places in town, the beach of Torn.

Once back at the auditorium, we started the second day watching the audio-visuals by AEFONA members, we talked about the news for this coming year and we got to know our sponsors this year, which are: Arcadina, FotoRuanoPro, Eltima, Olympus, Fujifilm, Akashi Travel, Photopills, PhotoLogistisc, FotoK, Kamera, EGM, Canson, Ajuntament de Vandellòs i Hospitalet de l’Infant.

Later the same morning we continued with the talk by Óscar Díez, Time is what it is, followed by Mario Suárez with his talk on Artistic bird photography.

We finished the morning with the presentation of the award-winner for the Conservationist Photographer of the Year 2018, prize awarded by AEFONA. And the winner for the 2018 edition is Jaime Culebras for his project “Ecuador, the biodiversity in extinction”   

After the lunch break, we enjoyed the talk by Pere Soler, Bird’s eye view, followed by the presentation of Ramiro Díaz’s personal project, Once upon a time there was a mouse, and J.B. Ruiz’s personal projects, Nature video with drone.

The afternoon was closed by the award-winner of the contest Conservationist Photographer of the Year (FCA), Jaime Culebras, who presented us his talks Ecuador, a megadiverse country and Loosing the biodiversity in Ecuador.



We started the last day of the congress with a new outdoor photographic activity at dawn, this time to enjoy the beach of Torn, emblematic landscape of Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, from another perspective.

Once we all gathered again in the auditorium we listened to the presentations by Juanjo Peñafiel, From the invisible to the visible and by Ilñaki Relanzón, From Malvinas to Galápagos: the wild archipelagos.

The last talk was given by the Portuguese photographer Ricardo Lourenço, who showed us two presentations: the first by the collective to which he belongs with three other photographers, Alentejo Salvaje, and the second his personal work, Realces.




All this without forgetting our fantastic exhibition, which this year took the title Our magic nature, and contributed to this magnificent weekend.

And as always, receiving the newly printed IRIS with the work of our members is always a very emotional part of our congresses.

Thanks to everyone for another year!

New contest

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Hi, everyone!


Yes, we know Christmas is around the corner, but we just wanted to let you know that our friends from the Slovenian Nature Association are having a

photo contest in the beginning of next year.


The contest Magical Nature/The nature Photography of the Year is open to amateur as well as professional photographers from around the world.


You have time to present your photographs until February 17th next year, 2019.


The competition is now open! Go to the link bellow and entry your photos!


Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


IFWP Congress Report

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Our congress took place in a beautiful place plenty of photo opportinities. We have to thank all the efforts made by our secretary, Anita Campbell to make it possible and well organized.

Five days plenty of activities, convivence, friendship, landscape...making the most of surises and sunsets.

Before the congress we received many General Assembly documents completed with the votes and proposals for IFWP, so we had a meeting to inform about the results and decissions for the future.



Provide more information about:
-The budget for USB present for last congress.
-The conservation project.
-Members that do not have an administrator for the facebook webpage.


-No change of name.
-Change the treasury system.
-Category in our competition with digital manipulation.
-Allow cropping in our competition to a maxximum of 3.500 px.



-The budget for USB present for 2017 congress. Every year the board wills to thank all our members that effort coming to the congress by giving a gift. This items serve also to represent us, given to sponsors and everywhere we have a meeting about conservation agreements and other representative matters. Last year it was an USB pendrive marked in laser IFWP in green colour that costed 918 euro. We made 1.200 units and we have 982 that will last some years. This year present has been a soft lens cleaner cloth in green colour, printed IFWP. We made 200 and the cost was 94 euro.

-The conservation project. We discuss about this project in our congress and informed about its basement. Very soon a large pdf with all details will reach our members and published in our media. Basically is a campaign with different photo equipment brands and dealers to distribute a foldable brochure to promote the respect to  nature from some of our most renown nature and conservation photographers in IFWP.

-Members that do not have an administrator for the facebook webpage. Please write an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



We had a fast and positive response from our members in Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Cornwall, France and Spain and some of the GA documents arrived later. Our main works this year are:

-Change the economic system.
-Start our big conservation project.
-Keep our competition and congress dates.
-Get our members more involved.



Campbell, Anita. Secretary.
Hermansen, Pal. Vicepresident.
Westh Hansesn, Svend Erik. Treasurer.
Pesjak, Carlo. Vocal.
Ruiz, Jose B. President.



There is a new initiative to add to hides for conservation from SAM, a foundation to buy land in Menorca island for a wildlife and autoctonous horses sanctuary. We will start helping the founders by sepetember 2018.

We are looking for a new competition manager so that the last volunteers can join the competition. We have asked about in the Gereral Assembly document. There is a compensation as having free accommodation in our congress. A B plan is to fix the volunteering for 4 years and offer some expenses or compensation.

This year we will delay the dates waiting for proposals from our members. There should be a fixed budget for congress every year to help organizers 1.000 euro. 2019 IFWP Congress. We expect to have proposals from our members for 2019. Cornwall will be the proposal for 2020, kidly offered from our member Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Anita Campbell, our secretary, has been judge in Montphoto competition and lecturer in Montphoto Fest 2018. She had a great success.

YNP Camp 2018

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YNP CAMP, 1-4 November in Berlin


Welcome to the First Meeting of Young Nature Photographers community. An amazing long weekend that will take place this November 1-4 in Berlin, the YNP CAMP 2018.
This event is open to just 20 Young Nature Photographers, up to 25 y/o and it’s free. Just a 20 euros donation is required. We provide you all activities along the long weekend, accomodation at a very nice Hostel (shared rooms & breakfast incl.) and some meals.
If your passionate about nature photography, join us!! :)

Main contents along the long week-end are:


We are pleased to confirm the following speakers: Sandra Bartocha (Thursday), Klaus Tamm and Hermann Hirsch (Saturday) and Jon A Juárez (Sunday)



Two workshops will take place on Saturday morning. One about microscopy thanks to Zeiss, and another one about birds.

Photo Rally

Nature in the city. On Friday. Berlin is a super green city, we will arrange a nice photographic rally along all the day…pictures pictures and pictures! with some surprises!

Portfolio review

Time to chill, to talk and enjoy with YNP CAMP participants, and to have a look at your photo profile as well, if you want to.

YNP presentations

All YNP CAMP participants are invited to make a short presentation (about 5 minutes talk) to show your work – On Sunday.

A lot of fun

We are preparing an amazing long weekend to learn, to share, and of course, to enjoy it!!



YNP CAMP 2018 Opening. We and our friends - that make possible this event occurs - will welcome you in the afternoon. We will introduce each other, and after that we will have a nice conference with Sandra Bartocha.

If you plan to arrive earlier, we have some touristic recommendations to you.




On Friday, we will do what we like the most, nature photography. As we are in super green city: Berlin. We have prepared an amazing activity for today, a photographic rally in the city. Plenty of surprises and nice awards.


Two stunning workshops will take place in the morning. Microscopy and birds workshops. We will learn and take a lot of pics!

In the afternoon, two amazing lectures with Hermann Hirsch and Klaus Tamm!!!



YNP members portfolio presentations and portfolio review.

An amazing lecture by Jon Andoni Juarez  in the morning.

Closure event, and short YNP CAMP 2019 presentation.


Young nature photographers is the community for youth, a platform to facilitate connections and meetings among all members. We want to support the discovery of new environments and the development of creativity and artistic sensibility without forgetting all environmental and conservationist values.

Book your tickets at:

* Minors, up to 14 years old, must be accompanied by an adult. Minors between 15-17 years of age must provide a disclaimer for their parents or guardians.

** The contents of the festival will be entirely in English.