Photographer Brendan Van Son


Whether you are a budding photographer, a professional photographer or just have an interest in being able to capture beautiful photos of your adventure in Antarctica, the 2023 Photo Explorer itinerary suits people of all abilities and experiences. While there will be the opportunity to rub shoulders with seven world-class photographers, the Antarctic itself will always steal the show.

On every voyage we do, there is a dedicated photography coach at your disposal. We find that having them as part of our team is incredibly valuable to our guests as they can offer tips and advice on how to capture the natural beauty of the unique landscapes in Antarctica and all the fantastic creatures that inhabit it. There can be unusual light and weather conditions to grapple with, and we feel that having a photography expert onboard provides vital guidance to guests of all skill sets.

On the Photo Explorer itinerary departing January 13th, 2023, guests will be spoiled by not 1 but SEVEN pro photographers, each with their specialties and expertise. Guests on this voyage will rub shoulders with the team but also shoot with them in the field, enjoy informal chats in the bar, or be able to attend formal presentations in our cozy conference room. From wildlife to landscapes, portraiture to nature, these photographers will join you as part of our expedition team to Antarctica – and we can’t wait to see the images that come back from that trip!

Let’s take a closer look at each of our featured photographers:

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Brendan Van Son

Brandon is a travel photographer and YouTuber from Canada. He’s been nomadic for most of his career, visiting more than one hundred countries on assignments for major publications and global brands. He is currently based in Portugal, where he owns The Studio Coffee alongside his travel photography business.

Learn more about Brendan on his website or check out his Instagram.

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Jeff Bartlett

Jeff’s photography focuses on the art and craft of adventure, blending photography, video and writing with a keen passion for story. His work portrays rugged landscapes and ambitious adventures for a single purpose: to inspire people to get outside and explore our planet.

Discover Jeff’s style and personality on his website or give his Instagram a visit.

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Julia Trotti

Julia is a portrait photographer and YouTube creator based in Sydney, Australia. Julia’s lifestyle, fashion, and wedding photography have been published regularly in print and online. While working as a full-time photographer, Julia creates photo editing tutorials and teaches the creative and technical aspects of photography to her audience on YouTube.

Learn more about Julia’s style of photography and her tutorials on her website or be to check out her Instagram.


Photographer Brendan Van Son

Mike Mezeul II

Mike is a photographer and photojournalist who is addicted to storytelling and adventure. If you know him, then you know he always has a camera in his hand. He will surely have some amazing tales and experiences to share with our guests.

Get to know Mike better through his website, or visit his Instagram to see more.

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Erin Babnik

Erin is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, author, and speaker. She is honored to be a Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the illustrious nature photography team Photo Cascadia. Her expressive style of landscape photography springs from an unusual integration of wilderness exploration, progressive techniques, and classical education in the arts. Erin’s wide range of publications and talks have made her one of the most highly requested speakers in the field of landscape photography.

Explore more about Erin on her website and give her Instagram a look.

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Rachael Talibart

Raised in England, Rachael is a professional seascape and coastal photographer. Her critically acclaimed photographs of the ocean and coast have been featured in the press all over the world. Rachael is represented by galleries in Europe and the USA, her work is frequently exhibited and her limited-edition prints are collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs, including Sirens and, most recently, Tides and Tempests, and she writes for photography magazines.

Discover Rachael’s incredible work on her website and her Instagram.

Photographer Brendan Van Son

Simon Baxter

Simon is best known for his YouTube videos in which he shares his relaxed and considered approach to woodland photography. His videos also communicate the benefits of an emotional connection to the landscape and the joys of sharing your time outdoors with a four-legged friend. Simon has devoted much of his time to photographing peaceful atmospheres of important and magical places and he can’t wait to experience the other-worldliness of Antarctica.

Learn more about Simon, his photography style and personality on his website or Instagram.


Prepare yourself to explore Antarctica’s towering icebergs, awe-inspiring wildlife, historical sites and colossal and dynamic landscape. Photographer or not, this is a trip that will forever change how you view the world. We hope you’ll join us!

Voyage Highlights

  • An extra day on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Full access to the onboard photo experts
  • Nearly 24 hours of daylight/twilight
  • Camping & Kayaking available
  • Daily Excursions (weather permitting)

Have some questions? Reach out to our team anytime, we’re happy to help.