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Charge your camera batteries and smartphone, and come take a photographic sojourn around these visually inspiring destinations…

1. Photo-friendly Bangkok…

Thailand’s capital presents photographers with a world of colour, culture and non-stop energy throughout the day and night. Three subjects offer particularly photo-friendly gateways to the city’s visual riches. Check out Bangkok’s famous floating markets, which bustle with activity as local vendors on traditional longboats sell exotic fruits, fresh flowers and street-food dishes. Many of the city’s temples are easy to access with camera in hand; they’re boldly beautiful and they make an excellent opportunity for exquisite images – during the day and in the evening when they are illuminated in colourful light. Bangkok’s thriving street-food scene also offers the chance to unleash your creativity in an informal setting and add some foodie touches to your portfolio.

2. Kathmandu and Nepal…

From the old architecture of Dubar Square to Thamel neighbourhood’s maze of alleyways, tiny coffee shops and tea houses, antique dealers, quirky cocktail bars and dusty second-hand book shops to the sacred sites of Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and the sprawling temple complex of Pashupatinath, Nepal’s buzzing capital of Kathmandu presents endless opportunities for photographers. As you make your way north out of the city, you and your camera will also come face to face with the glory and grandeur of the Himalayan peaks.

3. Paris: The “City of Lights”

One of the surest ways to take in Paris’s visual treasures – from the iconic Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe to the countless hidden details tucked away in random streets and squares, cosy cafes and eateries, and in green spaces dotted around the city – is to take a professional, guided photography tour with someone who knows the city well. Aperture Tours offer a three-hour Paris Street Photo Tour that takes you strolling over the capital’s cobblestones and along the banks of the river Seine, through the centre of the city while exploring its most iconic sights and some hidden gems. They also offer a Paris Night Photo Tour to help you capture some remarkable views while giving you tips for taking some striking long-exposure shots.

4. Great Migration: Africa’s wildlife wonder

The annual movement of an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem every year, along with the apex predators that this attracts, remains one of the most impressive and sought-after wildlife events in the world. These animals are perpetually on the move throughout the year as they follow the annual rainfall in search of nutrient-dense grass. Between the months of July to early October in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve and Tanzania’s Serengeti North is where much of the action takes place. The herds can often be found in the Serengeti North during early to mid-November before they continue their migration to the Serengeti South. If you’re a wildlife photographer or photography enthusiast, witnessing and recording the action on camera can be a dream come true. “The Maasai Mara and Serengeti North offers a mind-blowing number and diversity of both mammals and birds in addition to the big cats. It is an area of breathtaking vistas, soul-soothing sunsets and a soundscape dominated by the noises of a myriad of game and birds,” explains the team from ORYX Photo Tours, who do privately guided and scheduled photo safaris to both Kenya and Tanzania during the times when the migration numbers swell to gigantic proportions.

5. India: Visual splendour

“You could visit India ten times in ten years and come away with startlingly different images each time – together with a renewed resolve to go back the following season,” say the team from Travelshooters, who provide private photography tours around the nation and other destinations. Just as the first-time traveller to India can be faced with an overwhelming question of where to begin, the photographer is faced with a similar, question about what to photograph. The good news is that from the moment you land, India will present you with an endless array of subjects. But if you’re serious about getting the best shots, take a photography tour with a well-established tour operator like Travelshooters. Also, keep in mind that many photographers familiar with India suggest travelling light; it can be tough work walking around with a heavy camera pack in India’s heat or heavy rain.

Travel Info!

Aperture Tours: www.aperturetours.com/paris

Oryx Photo: www.oryxphoto.com/photo-tours

Travelshooters: www.travelshooters.com/india-photography-tours

Photographic Society of Oman: www.psocontest.com

Fly Oman Air! Oman Air offers direct flights to Kathmandu, Nepal; Bangkok, Thailand; Paris, France; Nairobi, Kenya; 11 destinations in India; and dozens more cities across the globe. For more information, visit www.omanair.com

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