February 2016 wildlife photography workshop in Ethiopia
In February 2016, we organized a wildlife photography workshop in Ethiopia for the first time. We took six photographers for a trip that they will remember for a long time because it was a very emotional workshop, and a lot of them checked an item off of their bucket list.
The purpose of this trip was to photograph three species of mammals which are endemic to this country located west of Africa. We chose Ethiopian wolves, gelada monkeys and mountain nyala. However, we also included stops to photograph birds on the many freshwater lakes. In addition, the photographers were able to observe and photograph more than 40 different animal species.
However, a trip to Ethiopia cannot be solely dedicated to the animal world. It is not only the opportunity to realize many pictures of the extraordinary landscapes, but also an opportunity to create beautiful ethnic photographs. Ethiopians are beautiful, extremely photogenic, and friendly. Nobody has ever refused to be photographed when we stopped to photograph scenes of life. Ethiopia is still a poor country, where agriculture is underdeveloped. The fields are still tilled with wooden harrows pulled by oxen. The yoke of oxen is guided by a farmer, who advances step by step under the blazing sun.
February is the month for harvesting crops. Ears of barley are separated from their stems by having oxen walk over them. These scenes from another time allowed each photographer to measure how lucky they are to live in modern countries where good conditions make work much easier.
The memories of our meetings with people, and the beautiful landscapes that we saw, will be remembered by the participants for a long time. They will remember the emotional experience as one of the most intense that they have had to date.
Thanks to Andrew, Patricia, Catherine, Philip and Henry who were kind enough to give me the photos below.