WWH & Gypsy Festival

Camargue / France

Photography Tour Information

    • Camargue / France
    • 6 days – 5 nights
    Booking Details

    WWH & Gypsy Festival

    Photographing the Wild White Horses is a dream come true for most people, capturing this world-renowned and noble breed splashing through the shallow waters of the marshland and lakes with the Gardians (Camargue Cowboys) on horseback. On this workshop, you get to photograph not only the horses but also stunning portraits of weathered Gardians (Camargue Cowboys) and also some amazing street photography during the festival.

    The gypsy festival witnesses the Pilgrimage that transforms the seaside town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer into a place of rituals, traditions and a wild carnival of Flamenco as Europe’s Gypsies come together to celebrate their faith and culture. A procession, headed by the king of the Gypsies and the archbishop, alongside the Gardians, dressed in their traditional outfits on beautiful Camargue horses, traditional Arlesian women and children, takes the relics of Saint Sara, the Patron saint of the Gypsies, through the village streets, singing their chant and wading into the Mediterranean with the crowd, to the sacred waters. This is the perfect combination for Wildlife, Streetlife and Equine photography.

    Key facts at a glance:

    Create Away is the only photography workshop company actually based in the Camargue, making us the number one specialists

    • We have built up strong relationships with the locals who highly respect traditions, wildlife and their treasured land
    • Exclusive access to private land, unavailable to everyone else
    • Galloping horse shoot with several ‘drives’ per shoot, single stallions on the beach, sparring stallions & portraits
    • 2 days Festival photography
    • Led by a highly successful, professional photographer whose international career spans over 3 decades
    • B&B at a charming hotel in a picturesque Mediaeval walled city
    • Airport transfers to and from Montpellier airport – arrivals day between 09h00 and mid-afternoon/departures day between 09h00 and 19h00 (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
    Day 1

    We head back to Saintes-Maries for the second day of the Festival.

    Following the morning s solemn mass, the craft, with the statues of the two Marys aboard, is borne to the sea, accompanied by the crowd of gypsy and non gypsy pilgrims, carried by the ranchers on horseback and the Arlésienne girls in costume. The bearers go into the sea to symbolise the arrival of the Saints Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome and of the Faith. The Bishop, on board one of the traditional fishermen’s boats, blesses the sea, the region, the pilgrims and the Gypsies. The Procession then returns to the Church amidst the joy and acclamations, accompanied by musical instruments and the ringing of bells. In the afternoon at the Church, with prayers and a popular fervour, the ceremony of bringing the reliquaries back up to the ‘High Chapel’ takes place.

    Single occupant (en-suite bathroom): £1950 per person
    2 people sharing room: 5% off the workshop price
    Discounts available for group bookings. Please enquire to find out more
    A deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking

    * To join our workshops, you need to have a good understanding of how your own camera works (how to set it up in Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority) and understand about exposure.

    Pre-workshop course (subject to availability)
    If you would like to arrive a day early to benefit from a course on your camera, settings, techniques and how to obtain the best out of your workshop, please let us know. We consider the pre-course very worthwhile for intermediate-level photographers and essential for beginners or photographers with new equipment they are not familiar with. Cost including hotel £370 pp.

    What is included in the price:

    • 5 nights B&B in charming 3-star Hotel (4-star hotel with price available on request) in Medieval Aigues-Mortes
    • Airport transfers to and from Montpellier airport – arrivals day between 09h00 and mid-afternoon/departures day between 09h00 and 19h00 (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
    • All transportation during your course
    • Expert tuition

    Before you book your flights, you might like to consider arriving a day or two earlier or staying a day or two after the workshop to make the most of the beautiful region and sunshine – we also offer an amazing horse riding experience and can recommend other excursions & activities – just ask Ros for further details.

    Bookings & Payment:
    Payment by bank transfer (please request our banking details) or by PayPal online



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