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Travel Photography Live! Festival at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse will appear at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on 17 July 2013, starting this year’s Travel Photography Live! festival of photography in style.

Some of the world’s leading travel, landscape, adventure, people and wildlife photographers – including Colin Prior, Steve Bloom, Chris Weston, Jim Marks, Martin Hartley and Nick Danziger – will be speaking at the Society during this highly interactive, informative and hugely entertaining event, which takes place on the evenings of 17 and 24 July 2013, and all day over the weekend of 27 and 28 July 2013.

The festival is set against the backdrop of the magnificent, free-to view, Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition, featuring the latest winning images from the TPOTY awards together with fascinating historic images from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) archive, which runs for the public from 12 July to 18 August 2013.

Festival tickets cost £25 for each evening event, £40 for both evenings, £75 for Saturday or Sunday, £130 for a Saturday/Sunday two-day ticket and £150 for a Festival Pass covering all four dates.

Special pricing for Fellows and members of the Society

Prices are reduced to £17.50, £30, £55, £95 and £110 respectively for members of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), registered students, current or former Travel Photographer of the Year entrants and anyone aged 65 or over. Festival tickets are available to purchase online.

Festival Programme

Wednesday 17 July 2013, 6.00pm-9.00pm

10 of the Best – world-renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse gives a rare insight into the processes behind his work as he discusses his 10 most successful images, and is then interviewed by journalist and personal friend, Andrew James – with the audience joining in.

Wednesday 24 July 2013, 6.00pm-9.00pm

You Don't Have To Be Crazy But It Helps! (A Year In Pictures) – award-winning photojournalist Nick Danziger takes the audience through a year in his working life, and is then interviewed by award-winning picture editor and photographer, Eamonn McCabe – with the audience joining in.

Saturday 27 July 2013, 9.30am-5.00pm. Talks include:

Shooting Travel - Gavin Gough, whose images have appeared in everything from Vanity Fair and the New York Times to postage stamps, explores what it takes to make a career in the competitive field of travel photography.

Shooting People - Jim Marks created the stills campaigns for brands including The Apprentice and Lynx, Nintendo Wii and DS and Comic Relief and has worked with an eclectic range of celebrities from Madonna to Norman Wisdom, Alesha Dixon to Rowan Atkinson.

Shooting Wildlife - Wildlife specialist Chris Weston describes his approach to photography, how he conceives ideas for images and the techniques he uses to bring the natural world to print.

Up Close and Personal - Moving away from his 'a year in pictures' theme from 24 July 2013, Nick Danziger covers another dimension of his photography.

Shooting Landscape - Colin Prior is known as one of the world’s most respected landscape photographers. His images capture sublime moments of light and land, which are the result of meticulous planning and preparation and often take years to achieve.

How to Cost and Plan a Shoot - Philip Lee Harvey, one of the worldʼs leading location photographers, and Chris Coe, founder of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards, look at everything involved in a commercial travel shoot.

Shooting a Brief - Philip Lee Harvey covers everything from understanding the brief, to asking the right questions, managing the client's expectations, working with the clients etc.

Sunday 28 July 2013 9.30am-5.00pm. Talks include:

The Digital Photographer's Workflow - Gavin Gough provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step digital workflow, with the tools required to build and manage a comprehensive image archive.

A Sense of Adventure - One of the world’s leading expedition and adventure travel photographers, Martin Hartley specialises in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth.

Images with Impact - Eamonn McCabe won Sports Photographer of The Year a record four times, covering three Olympics. He’s also a News Photographer of The Year, and won Picture Editor of the Year a record six times.

Rites of Life: Photographing people and culture - Over a period of more than seven years Swedish photographer Anders Ryman travelled the world documenting lifecycle rituals. His efforts resulted in an award-winning book published in seven languages and in an exhibition shown in several European countries.

Wildlife: Beyond the Image - Steve Bloom takes the audience on a global journey to discover, through photography, the worldʼs amazing wildlife. How do you approach a grizzly bear? What is the correct behaviour in the presence of gorillas?

A fascinating history of photography – Debbie Ireland, former Head of the AA Picture Library, has curated the archive images from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for this year’s Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Images for publication – Eamonn McCabe, former Picture Editor for The Guardian, and Colin Finlay, former Head of Image Resources at the Natural History Museum, discuss how to catch a picture editor's eye.

On the Saturday and Sunday, festival visitors can also book one-to-one image critique sessions with the photography experts, and visit the photography and travel advice centre.

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