• DATE 1: June 18 - July 2 2025 - JOIN WISH LIST
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 8 Photographers
  • FROM: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • WORKSHOP LEADERS: Glenn Bartley and Local Guides




Brazil is a very large and extremely diverse country. On this trip we plan to visit two of its most exciting ecosystems - the Atlantic Rainforest and the Pantanal. From fruit feeder set ups for stunning tanagers to Jaguar searching along the river banks and photography in the wide open wetlands this trip is sure to have something for everyone.


Our photo adventure starts in the vibrant city of Sao Paulo. Participants will be met at the international airport or meeting hotel and transferred directly to our first lodge of the trip. Nestled away in the heart of the Atlantic Rainforest we will spend 3 nights here working away at the dazzling array of different tanagers, hummingbirds, toucans and other types of birds that inhabit the area. We will focus on doing some great feeder setups for some brightly coloured tanagers and also hummingbird photography.

After 3 days in the Rainforest we will zip back to Sao Paulo to board a domestic flight into the Pantanal. From here we will have a solid 6 days of photography along the transpantaneira road. During this time we will stay at four different lodges and spend our days searching for a wide variety of different critters.

The Pantanal is one of the largest freshwater ecosystems on the planet. In the dry season (when we will visit) it has to be one of the great wildlife spectacles in the world. While the diversity of birds may not be what it is in the rainforest that fact is more than made up for by the relative ease at which wildlife can be spotted, observed and photographed. It is a true photographers paradise!

Some of the highlight species that we will search for in the Pantanal include the gorgeous Hyacinth Macaw, Jabiru, Sunbittern, plus Kingfishers, Herons and many different types of water birds.

Birds will remain our focus. But when in the Pantanal we will also be on the lookout for Giant Anteaters, Giant River Otters and we will have excellent opportunities for the magnificent Jaguars that can be found in the area at this time of year.

Once our time in the Pantanal has come to an end we'll head back to Sao Paulo for another two and a half days of Atlantic Rainforest action! This time we'll head to the other side of the city and target some really fantastic birds like the Festive Coquette, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia and Saw-billed Hummingbird. We'll set up at some really nice fruit feeders and try to add to our tally of INCREDIBLE Tanager species.


On this photo adventure we will focus on the following opportunities:

Using flash effectively as a source of fill light: Because tropical regions are often cloudy - it is extremely important to learn how to use flash - either as fill or as a main source of light. Participants will also learn how to do set-ups for birds using more than one flash. These skills can easily be taken home and applied in your very own backyard!

Dynamic action Photography: Especially in the Pnatanal we have some really fantastic opportunities for flight and action photography!

Attracting birds to a perch setup: Participants will learn strategies to attract birds to a given perch and how to achieve images that have attractive light, an outstanding perch and a smooth background.

Strategies for successful tropical photography: Glenn has spent over a year and a half photographing wildlife in the tropics. Throughout the workshop he will share tips and tricks that he has learned along the way.

Macro photography of tropical insects and frogs: At each of our locations there will also be opportunities to find and photograph an amazing diversity of colourful frogs, butterflies and insects.

Nocturnal photography: During the nights around the lodges we will keep our ears open for night birds like owls and potoos. If we hear any we will try to track them down and learn techniques for successful night time bird photography.

Digital Workshops:  During the evenings for those who wish to participate, we will have image review sessions and talk about techniques and what we can expect to see the next day.  In these post processing workshops participants will have ample opportunities to improve skills in Adobe Photoshop.  Guided by Glenn, participants can learn how to take their images from straight out-of-the-camera RAW images to stunning final works of art (ready for printing or websites).

A Few Highlight species include:

  • Saffron Toucanet
  • Green-headed Tanager
  • Festive Coquette
  • Black Jacobin
  • Yellow-fronted Woodpecker
  • Blonde-crested Woodpecker
  • Blue-naped Chlorophonia
  • Blue Manakin
  • Burnished-buff Tanager
  • Golden-chevroned Tanager
  • Magpie Tanager
  • Swallow Tanager
  • Kingfishers
  • Toco Toucan
  • Hyacinth Macaw
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari
  • Greater Rhea
  • Southern Screamer
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal
  • Scarlet-headed Blackbird
  • Jabiru
  • Many types of herons and water birds
  • Tropical Screech Owl
  • Jaguar
  • Giant Anteater and Giant River Otter
  • And so many more!!!


On this photo adventure participants will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Proper exposure settings for challenging tropical lighting conditions
  • Proper use of flash as fill or ambient lighting
  • How to "set up" a nature photograph and get pleasing images
  • How to place your subject in the frame and get beautiful backgrounds
  • Image workflow and digital processing that will ensure your images are the best that they can possibly be


  • Glenn focuses on more personalized attention,instruction and guidance.
  • Glenn is regarded one of the world’s top professional photographers in bird portrait photography. Just go pick up a birding magazine and you will almost certainly find his images.
  • Glenn often utilizes local guides with years of experience in their home areas.
  • Glenn has more experience.  He has been to the places that he will take you – not for a week or two – but for months and years!!  Glenn knows where to get the best possible images and can show you how to achieve them. 
  • Having completed his Msc. in Environmental Studies Glenn is very environmentally and socially aware.  When we visit communities around the world we give something back to these places and the people who live there. 
  • At the end of the day Glenn’s goal is simple – To give you the best possible photographic workshop imaginable.


  • This is a fairly relaxed trip.
  • All of the shooting is done near the lodges or vehicle.


This workshop/tour is limited to 8 photographers to ensure the best photographic opportunities and instruction possible.


  • The cost of this photo workshop is USD $9999 / person
  • I preffer payments and deposits to be made by check. Paypal can also be arranged (send email).
  • Accommodations are designed to be two persons per room. If you will be traveling alone and would like a private room there will be an additional charge of $999
  • Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation invoice and registration package.

Prices include:

  • All expert photo instruction
  • Local guides and drivers
  • All entrance fees to natural areas visited
  • All accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals from the first evening of the tour to breakfast on departure day
  • Land transportation during workshop
  • Internal flight to Cuiaba and back to Sao Paulo
  • Airport transfers to hotel

Price does not include:

  • International airfare to place of tour origin (Sao Paulo)
  • Departure flights from place of tour end (Sao Paulo)
  • Any additional nights accommodation outside of the tour dates
  • Additional tips for staff such as guides and camp staff
  • Fees for overweight baggage, passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
  • Bar bills at lodges
  • Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

Payment Terms:

A $2000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on this tour.  The balance of the payment is due before March 5, 2023.

Suggested Equipment:

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and a lens of 300mm or greater.
  • A wide angle lens (if you are interested in landscape photography)
  • A tripod is recommended
  • A flash (if you have more than one)


We like to keep our workshops small, so space is extremely limited. Once the workshop seats are full – that’s it…  If this exciting photo workshop sounds like fun to you, then now is the time to register.

STEP 1 - Read the booking and refund policies below.

STEP 2 - To confirm your registration you will need to mail a check for the $2000 deposit to Glenn Bartley. Payments can also be arranged through Paypal. Please email me to let me know that you are sending a deposit or for paypal instructions. Once a deposit is received it is understood that you have read, understood and accepted all terms and conditions as outlined in the Booking and Refund Policies.

Please make checks out to: Glenn Bartley - Email me for mailing address

Once I have received your deposit I will send you your complete registration package by mail.

Please see the complete booking and refund policy by clicking the link below.

If you have any questions before registering, send me an e-mail with any inquiries to:

Please note:

  • Glenn Bartley Nature Photography strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance.
  • All funds are quoted in USD dollars and subject to exchange rate fluctuation and gas surcharge if we are billed additionally.
  • We will attempt to stay true to this itinerary. However, certain unforeseeable conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may require changes to the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will do our absolute best to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible.


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