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2015 Weekend Workshops at the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort – Mexico


Wildlife Photo Masterclass has partnered with the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort, an eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico for a series of

Wildlife Masterclass Photo weekends at the Fairmont Mayakoba

The three-night program lets photographers of all levels – from the novice enthusiast to the advanced – step into the role of a nature photojournalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways.

Master Class students will receive one-on-one and group guidance on all aspects of photography from Steve Winter or Christian Zielger, who have captured some of the world’s most recognized wildlife images for National Geographic Magazine. Through comprehensive lectures and daily hands-on field excursions with the photographers, as well as their personal company, the workshops provide an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to sharpen their technique with the industry elite.

Guests will stay at Fairmont Mayakoba, a five-star luxury hotel built around Mayakoba’s four carefully conserved ecosystems: mangroves, dunes, low forests and coral reefs. An eco-conscious development, Mayakoba has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Rainforest Alliance as a world leader in sustainable tourism. Six miles of crystal clear waterways flow throughout the resort while more than 148 acres of protected mangrove forests along the coastline provide an important habitat for more than 200 species of tropical flora and fauna.

The package includes: 

  • Three-night stay at the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort
  • One-on-one guidance and review from Christian Zielger or Steve Winter on composition, lighting, metering, equipment and how to achieve the “wow factor”.
  • Welcome conference, photography lessons and closing lecture where participants can showcase their work from the weekend
  • Opportunity to photograph wildlife around the nature trails, waterways and mangrove jungles of Mayakoba during daily eco boat tours and walking excursions guided by professional photographers.
  • Three-course welcome dinner for two adults
  • Three-course farewell dinner for two adults
  • Additional inclusions/activities: Use of BMW bikes to tour the property; Non-motorized watersports; Tennis and paddle courts; Transportation within the resort via chauffeured golf carts, 24 hours a day; Complimentary Wi-Fi; Valet Parking


  • October 23-26 with Photographer/Instructor Steve Winter
  • December 11-14 with Photographer/Instructor Steve Winter


Rates start from US$432 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, plus 19% tax and US$20 per adult per night resort fee.

Reservations must be made directly through the Fairmont Mayakoba resort here, using Promo code PNGE.


  • Steve Winter ( has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1991. Steve specializes in wildlife, and particularly, big cats. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and won 1st prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. He lectures globally on photography and conservation issues and has been interviewed on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, BBC, and CNN. 

 Steve feels we have a great responsibility not only to show and excite the readers about the natural world, but about its fascinating people and cultures as well. He wants to give people a reason to care. In November 2013, National Geographic published Steve’s photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat.
  • Christian Ziegler ( a tropical biologist turned photojournalist, specializing in tropical ecostsyems has worked extensively in rain forests around the world  for  the last 15 years. He has completed dozens of magazine assignments, 8 of them for National Geographic Magazine covering topics ranging from ocelots tree frogs and monkeys to batsdeception in animalsvisitors to a flowering rain forest tree, and orchids. Christian is interested in showing species in their ecosystem context, and sharing interesting behaviors. Christian sees himself as a visual translator, sharing the extraordinary beauty and scientific fascination of tropical ecosystems with the general public and thereby raising awareness for their conservation.

Location: Mayakoba is a 40-minute drive from Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the town of Playa del Carmen.

About MAYAKOBA: Located in the Riviera Maya just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an eco-friendly resort development on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools and sugar sand beaches, Mayakoba is home to three luxury hotels – Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman. The signature course is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba – the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico. Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with turquoise waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all of the hotels. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being called “the Venice of the Yucatan.” Mayakoba is an eco-conscious development and has implemented significant practices to encourage sustainability.

For more information on Mayakoba, please visit