by Mark Alberhasky, May 2, 2014

syn·er·gy noun ˈsi-nər-jē
: the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together

One of the benefits of teaching photo workshops has been meeting lots of great photographers, both as participants and instructors. It’s especially fun when you come across an individual who shares not only your passion for photography, but your vision about how to teach it. Layne Kennedy, a photojournalist based in Minnesota, is one of those individuals. He and I started talking a couple of months ago about combining our enthusiasm for the medium and travel. We both saw an opportunity, one defined by the title of this post: synergy. PhotoZoneTours is the result of this pairing and we’re excited to be announcing our venture with two amazing itineraries, domestic and international.

The Palouse (May 29 – June 1, 2014)
A unique region of the Pacific Northwest that has been described as the Provence of the United States, the Palouse is characterized by a rolling landscape that inspires artists of all kinds. For photographers it is a cornucopia of shapes and textures as the seasonal variations in ground covering shift through a gorgeous palette of colors. You won’t want to take your eye away from the viewfinder as the changing light conditions redraw the landscape from dawn until dusk.

Namibia (Aug 31- Sept 9, 2014)
Africa is a continent of diversity, and Namibia is a perfect example of these contrasts. From mountains to deserts, coastal shorelines to boundless savannah, there is something for everyone. The infamous Skeleton Coast is a graveyard of bleached skeletal remains. Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft, contains some of the highest accessible sand dunes in the world drawing hundreds of photographers every year to capture their mysterious beauty. Etosha, one of Africa’s largest game viewing parks is home to 114 mammal and 340 bird species. It’s sure to be a fantastic adventure and different from almost any other African experience.

So, for those of you who have traveled with me using IMAGEMA Travel, there’s a new game in town: PhotoZoneTours.com
Come by and check out the trips and keep an eye on our offerings! There are more exciting destinations to come.