Antarctica 2023 Photographers Only Expedition


Whale Tail and Icebergs
Whale Tail and Icebergs

It’s time to get back out there and to get back to Antarctica. My last trip to Antarctica was February 2020, and we returned from that trip two weeks prior to the world shutting down. A lot has happened since then and we have endured shutdowns, cancellations, travel bans and so much more.

I had a trip scheduled to Antarctica in February 2022 and that was canceled a few months ago because of the reluctance of passengers to book trips in these times and being able to rely on an infrastructure to support the tourist industry in Chile and elsewhere. Travel restrictions, mandates, vaccinations, and more were all over the place as to what is required to enter different countries.


Working with Antarctica 21 who I have been doing these trips since 2005, I have now booked a trip for Photographers Only for February 11-18, 2023. I am very excited about this trip and this is what many photographers were asking for.

This trip is for photographers only, so it will be intense and non-stop as we travel to the most photogenic locations at the best time of day for light and subject. This isn’t a leisurely cruise we will fill it with picture taking, lectures, and more. You might not sleep much.

The great Ocean Nova, our expedition ship
The great Ocean Nova, our expedition ship

You will enjoy amazing photography, new friends, great instruction, wonderful food on one of the most famous and capable ships in the Antarctica fleet, the Ocean Nova.

I have sailed the Ocean Nova on countless trips in both the south and northern polar regions. Its ice-hardened hull, along with the finest crew there is will get us places no other cruises go. The staterooms are comfortable, the food incredible and the ship’s crew has been on board as long as I can remember.

Up close and personal wildlife
Up close and personal wildlife

The expedition team looks forward to a trip like this as they are all photographers too and will work hard to make sure your experience is second to none. Each day the expedition leader myself and other photo instructors will confer with the ship’s captain to chart out a course based on light, timing, and weather to get you where you need to be for amazing photographs.

The Videos

Below are some videos that should orient you to what to expect on this trip. We made these on our last trip in February 2020. Michael Durr, our video producer, beautifully produced them. If these don’t make you sign up immediately for this trip, then we must be doing something wrong.

The Trip . . .

The Environment . . .

The Polar Plunge (optional) . . .

A Wet Zodiac Ride To Shore . . .

Past Articles

Below are past articles on the Antarctica trip you may want to peruse. Each title is below will open a new window with the story.

Punta Arenas Cemetery – Antarctic 2020 Part 1

The Streets Of Valparaiso

Antarctica Workshop Expedition – February 15-21, 2020

Fun With One Iceberg Image – Many Looks

An Evening In Antarctica – Our Live Event

My Visit To Antarctica

Sony a7R IV Pushed To The Limits

Before or After The Trip

Punta Arenas

I always arrive in Punta Arenas a few days early. I like to make sure I get there with a buffer for any canceled flights, lost luggage, etc.. Once I arrive in Punta Arenas, I take anyone from our trip that are interested for an optional tour of the area. There is a lot to photograph in Punta Arenas, like the cemetery and coastline. I can arrange the tour and depend on how many are in the group, we will split the costs for a guide and transportation. It’s a great way to start the trip out. More details on this will be emailed to attendees prior to the trip.

After the trip, I spend an extra day in Chile before flying home. There is a Holiday Inn at the airport. I book a room there and enjoy a good rest. The following day I hire one of my favorite guides for a tour of Valparaiso, Chile. This is a coastal town built on several hills and is famous for its graft. My guide will get us on the money for getting the best images. You can see what our last trip was like HERE.

A door in Valparaiso
A door in Valparaiso

Visit Rockhopper Workshops For More Information

Rockhopper Workshops is another of my companies and is solely dedicated to the edge of the planet workshops that I offer. I have been doing workshops in all parts of the world since 2005. Please visit Antarctica Expedition – Photographers Only – February 11-18, 2023 website page for a lot more detailed information and registration form. This is an amazing trip and we are offering it far enough out that the pandemic issues shouldn’t be a problem. Also, it gives you plenty of time to make work vacation arrangements.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at or you can call me. My phone number can be found on the Rockhopper Workshops site. While you are at it, please check out the other workshops we are offering. Our Greenland and Svalbard workshops only have a few berths left. So, if you are interested in them, please don’t hesitate to book yourself on one of them immediately.

Coming soon: Iceland March and October 2022 as well a new series of workshops for Fine Art Printing to be offered at our new studio space.

Thank you and please stay safe.

Kevin Raber
September 2021
Kevin Raber
Indianapolis, IN

Photography is my passion and has been for 50 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of picture taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can, hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through, this site, as well as Rockhopper Workshops, and other projects, as well as teaching as Artist In Residence at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Article Type: News, Columns, Videos, MISC

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