The ultimate destination for people photography, and for a trip of a lifetime - Papua New Guinea is home to a dizzying diversity of authentic indigenous cultures. From painted faces & bodies to wigs, masks and feathers, Papua will bring to life your wildest exotic images, and easily exceed them.
We are going there at the time of two major festivals, giving us an opportunity to sample all this cultural variety in its full glory. We will also experience the ethnic diversity of the country, from fierce & short-tempered highland tribes to mellow polynesian vibe of Trobriand islanders.
Expect the most exotic people images & encounters of your life. Be prepared for 2 nights in a real polynesian village, living in people’s houses, with no electricity, toilet or running water.
Hidden deep in Papua's highlands, this is home to Huli tribe, famous for their elaborate face paintings and wigs. In Huli tradition, women do all the work, so that men can concentrate on their appearance - which they do with a great gusto. Especially during tribal wars - when you can see warriors in full colourful attire having a snack on the roadside before joining the fight.
Once a year, the highland town of Goroka hosts a 2-day festival, which brings over 100 tribes - with dazzling variety of stunning dresses, face paintings and masks - to perform their tribal dances. A hair-raising, other-worldly experience and an ultimate photographers paradise. With VIP tickets, we will be free to move among the dancing groups, as close as we want.
Hiri Moale is a festival held in capital Port Moresby on Independence Day, on a beach. It culminates with a beauty contest, where over 20 contestants compete in traditional dresses - topless with elaborate body paintings. The festival also features numerous dancing troupes in gorgeous Polynesian-style dresses - very different from the highland tribes in Goroka,
Trobriand islanders, who are of Polynesian descent, are polar opposite of the highland tribes - gentle, soft-spoken and avoiding conflict. We will stay 2 nights in the local village, integrating with the villagers, watching their dances, and witnessing weekly Traditional Day at school, when all kids are required to show up in traditional dresses, complete with intricate face paintings.
Trip dates and itinerary sequence may change, depending on flight schedule next year (some locations have only 1-2 flights a week)
Mon 12 Sep - Tari
Arrival in Port Moresby (early morning)
Flight Port Moresby - Tari
Tue 13 Sep - Tari
Encounters with Huli tribe
Wed 14 Sep - Tari
Encounters with Huli tribe
Thu 15 Sep
Flight Tari - Port Moresby
Hiri Male festival
Fri 16 Sep - Port Moresby
Hiri Moale festival (including beauty contest)
Sat 17 Sep - Goroka
Flight Port Moresby - Goroka
Goroka Festival Day 1
Sun 18 Sep - Goroka
Goroka Festival Day 2
Mon 19 Sep
Flight Goroka - Port Moresby
Tue 20 Sep - Trobriand Islands
Flight Port Moresby - Losuia
Wed 21 Sep - Trobriand Islands
Losuia street photography
Transfer to a village
Thu 22 Sep - Trobriand Islands
Traditional dance at the village
Fri 23 Sep - Trobriand Islands
Traditional Day at school (including preparation - face painting etc)
Sat 24 Sep
Flight Losuia - Port Moresby
Departure home (evening)
Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski
Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed
Camera settings for travel portraits
Location-specific briefings & assignments
Daily reviews of best photos
Written feedback on your 15 best shots after the trip
Full-time travel portrait coaching
Accommodation in 4/3-star hotels, lodges and 2 nights village stay in Trobriand Islands
All meals (with beverages)
All 6 domestic flights
Ground transportation in private minivan / 4WD where needed
Security where needed
Tips for guides & people we photograph
International flight into Port Moresby
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
20% (CHF 1,400) refundable deposit to reserve your place
Balance 3 months before the trip
CHF 700 (10%) for returning trip customers
Single room occupancy: CHF 850
Based on twin room sharing
This Trip Is For...
This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.
During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.
You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens for the churches (inside & outside) & when we can get up close to our subjects.
Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.
Important To Know
Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip
Mandatory vaccinations (list available) + malaria prophylactic
Visa on arrival for all developed and some South-East Asian countries. Check eligibility: PNG Visa
Singapore Airlines & Air Niugini (via Singapore)
Out 22:40-04:50 (+2), return 14:30-06:10 (+1)
Air Niugini (direct)
Out 20:15-04:50 (+1), return 14:30-18:40
FROM HONG KONG
Philippine Airlines via Manila
Out 18:00-07:05 (+1), return 08:05-17:00
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International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits
30+ years of photographic experience
An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures
Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before trip start
50% refund if canceled 30-59 days before trip start
No refund if canceled less than 30 days before trip start