Sun piercing the mist amongst the Cypress Swamp trees

Enchanted Cypress Swamps


Experience the breathtaking magic of the Cypress Swamps as the season transitions from late Summer into Autumn.

The cooler weather turns this beautiful ecosystem into a photographer’s paradise at this time of the year.
Giant cypress trees draped in Spanish moss and dappled in hues of green, gold and orange reflect in the calm waters.
Whisps of mist and fog float throughout the swamps, illuminated by mystical, golden light.
Creatures nest, slither and bask in the warm sunlight, providing incredible opportunities for wildlife and landscape photographers alike.

Join us on this 5 day workshop!
Whether you’re an experienced, amateur, or beginner photographer, you will add to your portfolio with an incredible array of images that capture the surreal beauty of this unique, delicate landscape.


6 - 10 November, 2022 - SOLD OUT
10 - 14 November, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Group Size

Maximum of 12 participants

Price (USD)

$3,690 (Double Occupancy)
$3,990 (Single Occupancy)

Workshop Highlights

  • Improving your Landscape and Wildlife photography skills with our team of master photographers
  • Exploring the uniquely beautiful, mysterious landscapes of the Bayou and Cypress Swamps
  • Photographing the moss-covered, giant cypress trees – their leaves a patchwork of green and gold during this specially timed workshop
  • Capturing the sunrise as the soft morning light pierces through the mist shrouding the bayou
  • Traveling by motorboat and kayak into intimate backwaters and channels to secret locations within the Great Atchafalaya Basin and Swamps
  • Learning composition techniques to transform your photos into compelling, creative, and engaging images
  • Receiving support and mentoring that is personalized to your photography skills and journey
  • A small workshop so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers


  • 5 day workshop with 4 nights accommodation
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses, and in-field guidance
  • Chartered motorboats that are private to our group
  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear
  • Post-processing sessions with Photo Guides
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners


  • Flights/transportation to and from the workshop’s designated pick-up/drop-off points
  • Food and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Personal Travel, Medical, Equipment or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and/or drivers

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To secure your spot on this workshop, select from the below to either pay a deposit or in full.
Completing your payment confirms acceptance of the Terms and Conditions as outlined.


To be added to the waitlist in case a spot becomes available,
or to be notified when we add this workshop again in the future,
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Enchanted Cypress Swamps Image Gallery

Some of our favorite images our Photo Guides have captured from this incredible location!

Important Workshop Information

Our workshop's itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on factors including but not limited to weather, road conditions, transportation delays, and other factors beyond our control. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions.

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

Fall colors typically start in this area from late October/early-November when the days start to shorten. However, there are many variables that can affect this, for example, the temperatures and precipitation levels in the preceding months. While the workshop has been carefully planned to maximize the chances of capturing the transition to Fall colors, we cannot guarantee that this will be the case.

A mild level of fitness is required for this workshop.

Shooting locations are easily accessible from either a boat or kayak.

Participants should also be able to carry their own camera gear.

Sometimes we may remain in a location shooting for a few hours. Participants should be comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions such as wind, rain, and extremes of temperature.

All participants should be in good physical shape with no mobility issues. If you have any concerns about your suitability, then reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss the particular location details of the workshop with you.

You must advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing to of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your participation during the workshop.

Our workshops require a minimum number of participants to proceed.

We will confirm if your photography workshop will be proceeding 90 days before the start date, at which point full payment of any remaining balance will be required.

Viking International Phototours reserves the right to reschedule or cancel workshops due to low participant numbers.

We will do our best to reschedule the workshop within two years of the original date. 
If this happens, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Retaining your spot on the rescheduled workshop;
    • Transferring to the same workshop on a different date if there is availability; or
    • Canceling your spot on the rescheduled workshop: No refund – your funds will be held as credit which can be transferred or used towards our other photography workshops, self-drive packages, or tours for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation.

In the improbable event that a workshop is canceled altogether rather than rescheduled, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Applying your funds towards a different workshop, tour, or self-drive experience; or 
    • Receiving a full refund minus a $300 USD fee and any non-refundable fees paid to third parties.

Please note that Viking International Phototours are not liable for travel expenses incurred to reach the workshop destination or any other personal expenses incurred in preparing for your workshop. For this reason, we require that you obtain Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking with us.

We also recommend you do not book travel or make any trip-related purchases before the workshop has been confirmed.

We cannot delay or change a workshop in the event of travel disruptions that cause a participant to arrive late.

If this happens, participants are responsible for arranging their own transport to catch up with the group - which can be a very costly expense. In addition, no refunds will be made for any time missed on a workshop due to the late arrival by the participant.

For this reason, we highly recommend you arrive the day before your workshop is scheduled to start at the latest.
At the very least, you will be more refreshed and relaxed for the start of your adventure.

We know that plans can change, and unforeseen circumstances can happen. 

You need to advise us in writing via email to as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop. Your cancellation is not official until you have received a return email confirmation acknowledging your cancellation.

If you cancel and we can fill your spot on the workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 USD fee.
If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, cancellation requests and refunds will be processed according to the following:

    • More than 90 days from the start date of the workshop: Full refund minus $300 USD fee*
    • Less than 90 days: No refund – your funds will be held as a credit which can be transferred or used towards our other self-drive packages, tours, or photography workshops for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation*.

*Please note that some of our workshops with partner companies/third parties may have non-refundable deposits, which will not be refunded or credited to you.

If you are traveling with a partner/friend who is interested in joining you on this workshop but they are NOT a photographer, we may be able to accommodate them. In some instances, this may be at a reduced price.

Please note that this will be at the discretion of Viking International Phototours – please contact us at for information.
Your companion would need to understand that this is a photography workshop and not a typical ‘tourist’ tour – long hours will be spent photographing locations outdoors rather than visiting attractions.

If you are interested in this workshop but would prefer a private experience or to attend with your own group of people, we can arrange that for you – contact us at to discuss.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch with us at

Meet the Guides

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William Yu

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Kah-Wai Lin

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Joshua Hermann