Coronavirus Information & Updates

The situation we are currently in is something very few of us will have ever experienced before. Aside from the fears about our own and our family’s health and wellbeing, we are also faced with not knowing how the next few weeks, and possibly beyond, are going to play out.

Many people have arrangements with me for photography workshops, safaris, talks etc etc.

I’ve prepared this page to give you some information and updates on each of these. This guidance has been updated on:

Wednesday 24th June.

Please do not compare plans on dates for workshops with safaris. The latter involves other country’s arrangements, flights, visas etc which add extra layers of complications.

Alan Hewitt Photography Coronavirus Information and Updates

Photography Workshop – Northumberland Rural Birds of Prey 11th July 2020

At present I have one outstanding date for this workshop, 11th July. In light of Government advice on 23rd June, we have decided to go ahead with this workshop but with an amended itinerary. We have also redeuced the number of participants.

On the 11th July, the general ‘feel’ to the workshop will be the same as the orginal advertised itinerary.  We will be photographing the same species and we will be working outdoors in rural Northumberland. Instead of meeting at Haggerston castle, we will be meeting in Lowick village which is close to the A1 Holy Island / Beal junction. I will send more specific details to participants.

After a briefing session on the itinerary, camera set-up etc, we will take a short drive to our rural location. For this, we ask you use your own cars so we can maintain social distancing throughout.

Our intention is to spend the whole day around this location. There may be some short walks in between our shooting areas. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. There is a possibilty of returning to Lowick to photograph the birds in our falconer’s studio, but we’ll see how the weather goes on the day.

Although social distancing has been relaxed, it is still in place. We’ll need to spread out a little more than usual and take turns to photograph the birds in groups of two or maybe three. Also, using telephoto lenses will help with social distancing.

As always, this is subject to the weather forecast on the day and also to any changing Government advice. Most importantly, if you or anybody close to you is, or has been poorly, please do not attend and let me know.

Please note, this information is not for the FUJIFILM Xperience Days. More information on this can be found below when it is available. Currently they are cancelled.

Photography Workshop – Holy Island Birds of Prey

I am hoping to add more dates for the summer and beyond.

Photography Workshop – Farne Islands Puffins & Seabirds June 2020

The National Trust are gradually re-opening some of their properties but at present, there does not appear to be a plan in place for the Farne Islands.

As a result of the ongoing uncertainty and the social distancing requirements, all bookings have been cancelled as of Saturday 16th May. I have emailed everybody with regards to refunds.

Most refunds have been paid but I still have a couple outstanding due to the details provided being ‘flagged’ by my bank. I have tried to contact people again by email and telephone but I am not receiving replies. I cannot pay these refunds until I am 100% confident the account details are correct.

Photography Safari with Penda Photo Tours – South Africa’s Timbavati July 2020

Penda Photo Tours are currently in the process of contacting people who are booked on the 20th July safari and are making arrangements to postpone this until 2021. Please check the Penda Photo Tours website for information on this safari.

Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Adventure August 2020

We have decided this is not going ahead. There are still doubts about Nairobi accepting international flights from the UK and time has passed to make all of the necessary arrangements. Even if Nairobi and the transit flights to the Masai Mara were to open, we have decided we can not take the risk of travelling with people from some of the worst infected areas of the world to somewhere as remote as the Mara where our friends and their communities are so vulnerable. Photography has to take a back seat in this case. Bookings for 2020 have been transferred to 2021.

Highlands & Eagles February 2021

Booking as normal.

FUJIFILM Xperience Days

These are currently cancelled until further notice.

The Photography Show

This was postponed in March, then re-scheduled to take place on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd September. The show was recently changed quite substantially to be a ‘virtual / online’ show. I’m not sure at this stage if I will be involved. Hopefully 2021 will go ahead.

Club / Society Talks & Presentations – 2020 and beyond

I have talks arranged from November 24th and on throughout 2021. I am currently wokring on the basis that these will be going ahead as planned.

Finally…

I’ll be looking to keep this information up to date, please check back every so often and if you have any queries or concerns you can contact me.

Please stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and I look forward to seeing you, hopefully soon!