If you have a group of friends or camera club with an itch to travel then we can help you with a private tour that fits your preferred dates. Any of the current tours can be adjusted to suit, or pick from some of our unique research trips from recent years. We've run private groups to raise money for charity and do the same for your club too. Just email or call to chat about the tour you want to do.
Images From Recent Photo Tours
2013 Home Valley Station / Outback Australia
2013 Purnululu National Park / Outback Australia
2013 Streets of Xian / China
2013 Tibetan Temples of Labrang / China
2013 Way out west in Turpan / China
2013 Market Moods from Kashgar / China
2013 Smoke and Sadus in Nepal
2013 Pokhara Valley in Nepal
2013 Foodly Fabulous in Daylesford
2013 Blue Lofoten in Arctic Norway
2013 Jokkmokk Winter Market in Arctic Sweden
2012 Stars On The Water / Myanmar
2012 Living Amongst The Temples / Myanmar
2012 Pindaya Market / Myanmar
2012 Bumthang Bumthang / Bhutan
2012 Monks of Chimi Lhakhang / Bhutan
2012 Far from the Temples / Bhutan
China Photography Tour / PDF for DP Magazine
2012 Outback Australia Photography Tour / Black and White
2012 Nepal Photography Tour / Valleys and Villages
2012 Nepal Photography Tour / Foodies Favourites
2012 Nepal Photography Tour / Photographers and Mountains
2011 Ancient Kingdoms Photo Tour / Khamu Village in Laos
2011 Ancient Kingdoms Photo Tour / Angkor Wat
2011 Bhutan Photography Tour / Festival in Tamshing
2011 Bhutan Photography Tour / Phobjikha Valley
2011 China Photography Tour / Journey in B+W
2011 Arctic Russia Wilderness Cruise / Wrangel Island
2011 Arctic Russia Wilderness Cruise / Puffins and Polar Bears
2011 Outback Flying Photo Tour / Arnhem Land Wildlife
2011 Nepal Photo Tour / Jomsom
2011 Nepal Photo Tour / Muktinath
2011 East Antarctica - The Book
2010 Elephants of Laos / Caravans in the Forest
2010 Elephants of Laos / Golden Triangle Elephant Camp
2010 Ancient Kingdoms Tour / Luang Prabang
2010 Outback Flying Tour / The Red Heart
2010 Outback Flying Photo Tour / The Kimberleys
2010 Sichuan Exploration / Monks of Sichuan Provence
2010 Guizhou Photo Tour - Rice wine in Da'Tang
2010 Nepal Photo Tour / Chitwan National Park
2010 Nepal Photo Tour / Newari Villages
2010 Nepal Photo Tour / Kathmandu
2010 Sub-Antarctic Islands - The Book
Ewen Bell's first photography tour was run in 2005 and since then he has maintained a modest schedule of just 4-6 trips each year. Sharing his passion for photography and travel comes together to make the most professional, educational and bespoke journeys available to photographers.
Feedback from Past Travellers
"For someone who has a passion for photography, adventure and life, Ewen's photo research trips are just perfect. I was lucky enough to be able to join Ewen on his Elephant Photo Research trip from Thailand to Laos in 2010 and it far exceeded my expectations. What made the trip particularly great was that it was off the beaten path, which allowed us a closer experience with the locals and immersion in their culture. And on top of all that was Ewen's obvious passion and compassion that make him a great tour leader and teacher. Unlike other large tour groups, Ewen's tours are small and he is able to give personal attention to everyone on their photography, which I greatly appreciated. This was such an amazing trip filled with great people, fun and love for elephants that I hope to come on another one soon. :)"
- Grace C, USA
Laos Elephants Research Trip, December 2010
"My recent trip on the Silk Road with Ewen and Simon was everything I wanted and more. Every day included extensive opportunities for photography followed by feedback on my efforts; the accommodations, food, and transportation were excellent, especially the camel ride; Ewen and Simon are terrific travel companions. My photography has improved and my appreciation of China has expanded even further. Well done!"
- Nanciellen D, Canada
Silk Road Photography Tour, October 2009
"I was one of the lucky three people to join Ewen when he did a research trip into the province of Yunnan, China in March 2009. What an unbelievable experience it was, full of amazing people, scenery, adventures and most of all fantastic photographic opportunities. I have to say it was one of the most memorable trips I have ever done and was a photographers dream, not to mention some of the best food I have ever tasted! This trip takes you off the usual tourist path giving you greater freedom and more opportunities to really immerse yourself into the local culture and meet the people and find out more about their way of life. Under the guidance of Ewen, I also learnt so many more tips and tricks to take control of my camera and achieve the results that I wanted. For anyone who may be contemplating this trip, an opportunity not to be missed."
- Eve W, Australia
Yunnan Research Trip, March 2009
"My third trip with Ewen and Jason from Grasshopper Travels and definitely not my last! Rajasthan is an amazing and confronting region and this trip was packed full of highlights from the Thar Desert to the bustling towns. With Ewen's guidance I was able to photograph the wonderfully friendly people of the region and, along with his forays down busy streets, temples and markets, I brought home the best travel photos I have even taken. Once again the trip was flawlessly planned and smoothly delivered. We stayed in former palaces, tried out local restaurants and rode camels across the desert. Jason even organised a cricket match with the eager people of Mandawa. I can't recommend these two professionals highly enough - for photographers or just those who like to travel to somewhere different. Thanks guys for yet another wonderful adventure."
- Heather H, Australia
India Photography Tour, February 2008
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."