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Snap A Place on “Desert Islands Digital Memories” Photography Course

05 Mar 2010

Hosted by Ira Block; a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Books division with over 30 years experience in landscape, wildlife and travel photography. The two day photography course will provide a rare opportunity to learn the craft of photography in the morning and evening light to capture the natural beauty and striking wildlife of Sir Bani Yas Island on camera. The resort which is situated on Sir Bani Yas Island, the Royal Nature Reserve established by the late ruler and founder of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is surrounded by rich wildlife and picturesque landscapes providing the ultimate back drop to perfect your photographic eye.

After celebrating its one year anniversary, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, is running a competition to win a place on this exclusive photography course. Entrants are invited to submit their favourite desert scenery and/or wildlife image by uploading it onto the competition section on the following website by Sunday the 28th February 2010. 

Ira Block and Anantara will then review all entries and select the winning photo to be announced on the 7th March 2009 on the website. One lucky winner will win a three night stay at the exceptional Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. The three night stay will include breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner at The Palm restaurant, as well as a unique two day photography course with Ira Block.

During the interactive workshop Ira will take the participants through a two day seminar dedicated to landscape, wildlife and travel photography. The mornings at the resort will be spent out "on location" shooting landscape and wildlife pictures. Whilst the afternoons will be spent critiquing work and going on additional shoots involving everything from the sands and ocean vistas, to the rare Oryx that call the island home.

So that no one misses out on this once in a lifetime artistic experience, the "Stay and Click" packages can be booked online at For individuals there is a special rate starting from just AED 6550++ including the two day photography course and three nights with breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Palm restaurant. There is an additional AED550++ for a 2nd person sharing the room for three nights but not participating in course.

Double room rates at the exclusive rate of AED8,600++. The rate includes the two day photography course based on two participants sharing one room for three nights with breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Palm restaurant.

Note: For the two-day workshop, photographers must have a digital SLR camera, lenses and all cables along with a laptop computer and editing software.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn from a skilled professional and take advantage of the idyllic location and supreme facilities that Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers. 

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