Whether you’re a budding photographer, a seasoned professional or an adventure junkie looking for your next bucket list experience, Craig Parry Photography’s tours and workshops are designed to move you out of your personal and creative comfort zone, whilst also giving you the experience of a lifetime! Offering both group based or private tuition, we focus on oceanic and land based adventures and work with local suppliers to provide each guest with a fully immersive experience based on respectful interaction with the wildlife and surrounding habitat.

From Byron Bay and Botswana to Tonga and beyond – make this the year for adventure!

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The art of ocean photography is like no other. It takes an awareness of the external elements and the ability to be able to read, understand and make the most of what’s going on beneath the surface. The challenge can be great, but the satisfaction when you nail that perfect shot is even greater.

Join me at an upcoming one day intensive ocean photography workshop in Byron Bay, where I will be covering all the fundamentals to take your photography to the next level. From camera settings and prepping your waterhousing through to practical sessions in the breaks of Byron Bay, you will walk away with a broad understanding of how to make the most of your time in the ocean.


Byron Bay, NSW


Late 2018 – Date TBC


Over the course of the day we’ll be combining ocean based practice with classroom theory to give you the chance to make the most of your time. In summary, we’ll be covering the following:

  • Review of cameras, lenses, housings and settings – what’s best to capture wave images in different conditions and how to prep your gear.
  • Technique intensive – before we hit the ocean we will spend time discussing image composition by reviewing a selection of pictures I have captured, the story behind them and how the outcome was achieved.
  • Practical session in the ocean practicing the techniques learnt in the first half of the day (this session will be made up of either a trip to Julian Rocks, a kayak or a swim off main beach – exact activity is weather dependent and TBC closer to the event date).
  • Post Production and Editing session and review of the day’s images.

Additional Information

You will be required to bring your own camera, water housing and snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, wetsuit and towel). Light refreshments will be provided and lunch will be at your own leisure. Should weather conditions prevent us following the above schedule, alternative arrangements will be made.

About Craig

With 15 years experience as a ocean and nature photographer, Craig has travelled to all corners of the world to capture the world from beneath the surface. He is an Ambassador for SONY Australia, Aquatech and Cressi and his work regularly appears in publications including Australian Geographic, The Australian, White HorsesTracks Magazine and Surfing Life. Recent accolades include being awarded International Photograph of the Year (2014) and Underwater Photograph of the Year (2014).

For booking enquiries and to be notified of the next session please contact Craig Parry Photography HERE

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If you’re an avid water photographer looking to take things to the next level or a beginner wanting to jump in the deep end then Craig Parry Photography’s Tonga Whale Photography Workshop is for you.

Joining internationally acclaimed and award winning photographer Craig Parry, each tour is open to all levels of photographic ability and offers the chance to get up close and personal with humpback whales as they migrate through the Kingdom of Tonga.

Staying on the beautiful Tongan Island of Vava’u, Craig and a professional guide will take you out on the water where Craig will provide you with personalised photography tuition to help you capture the perfect image as you swim with the whales and other marine life. Over the course of your stay, Craig will also be on hand to review your images and provide post production / editing guidance to help you improve the following day.

Each workshop is strictly limited to seven guests to ensure you receive maximum time in the water, and one on one tuition with Craig.


Vava’u, Tonga


Option 1: Friday 24th August – Saturday 1st September 2018 – 1 place available 

  • Six days on a chartered boat 
  • Eight night’s accommodation 
  • Additional inclusions etc below

Option 2: Friday 14th September – Monday 24th September 2018 –SOLD OUT

  • Seven days on a chartered boat 
  • Ten night’s accommodation
  • Additional inclusions etc below


The tour cost includes the following:

  • A chartered boat as indicated above, with a professional whale guide (approx timings 7am to 4pm)
  • Daily photographic and editing tuition with internationally acclaimed photographer Craig Parry
  • Accommodation as indicated above – all guests receive their own room
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily lunches whilst on the boat
  • All snorkelling gear whilst on boat

Not included in the cost are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Meals (ex lunches on the boat)
  • Photography and editing equipment

Please note that due to a high level of interest we are unable to reserve places without a deposit.

For pricing and booking enquiries please contact Craig Parry Photography HERE

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If you’re an adventurous soul looking for your next bucket list experience then this is the tour for you. In response to an overwhelming demand we have curated the trip of a lifetime where the focus is on swimming with the whales and relaxation is the order of the day!

Join internationally acclaimed and award winning photographer Craig Parry on the remote tropical Tongan island of Ha’apai where you have the daily option of swimming with the humpback whales, snorkelling the warm crystal blue waters, exploring the island or simply relaxing on the island’s pristine white beaches. Craig will be on hand to offer photographic tuition upon request, however this journey is more for those looking for a premium adventure experience with the additional option to relax in a tropical setting and explore the island.

This tour is limited to six guests only so be quick to secure your place.


Ha’apai, Tonga


Monday 13th August – Tuesday 21st August 2018


The tour cost includes the following:

  • Six days whale watching / swimming on a chartered boat with a professional whale guide (approx timings 9am to 1pm)
  • Eight night’s accommodation at an eco retreat in a wooden fale (twin share)
  • Airport transfers from Ha’apai Airport
  • All Meals including one night’s Tongan feast
  • All snorkelling gear whilst on boat
  • Optional photographic tuition with internationally acclaimed photographer Craig Parry

Not included in the cost are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Beverages
  • Photography and editing equipment if required

For pricing and booking enquiries please contact Craig Parry Photography HERE


If you’re looking for something more local or shorter in duration, Craig Parry Photography is able to offer personalised private tuition. Fully designed to help you achieve your goals, each session includes a preliminary consultation prior to the lesson from which Craig then devises your personal program. From oceanic, to landscapes and portraiture – anything goes!

Prices available upon application. Please contact us HERE


I’ve been travelling the world as a professional photographer for over 35 years and this was the experience of a lifetime for me. The opportunity to swim with Humpback whales in Tonga with Craig is ‘absolutely’ the experience of a lifetime. His extensive photographic knowledge is coupled with an infectious enthusiasm to share his affinity with the ocean and these magnificent creatures. I say to anyone having thoughts about doing a workshop in Tonga with Craig – DO IT! If you have a bucket list, fill it with this one, it’s exhilarating, you’ll be buzzing and talking about your experience until you can get back to do it again… I am…

– Peter Joli Wilson (Tonga Whale Photography Workshop, 2016)


I can say that I learned more in this workshop than any other photography class. With Craig’s help, my photographs got better and better each day as I was finally able to “crack the code” of shooting underwater in a housing in manual mode. Craig generously shares not only his expert shooting skills, but also his best tips for editing your photos in the computer. If you want to photograph whales, you need to start by having talented guides to find them! Craig has teamed up with the best local captains and guides in Tonga. Our group regularly concluded each day’s boat trip with memory cards maxed out with images and videos of whales.If you want to photograph whales, go to Tonga and learn from the best. Highly recommended!

Ray (Tonga Whale Photography Workshop, 2016)


It was incredible to be able to learn from Craig as I have always admired his work and approach to it. He was completely honest and answered all questions with an incredible depth of knowledge. I couldn’t recommended one of Craig’s workshops highly enough to any one who wants to take their work to the next level

Pete (Byron Bay Photography Workshop, 2016)


My photography has improved in leaps and bounds since this course, both behind the camera and when editing. The tips and tricks I’ve learned are truly invaluable. Craig is a fantastic teacher and an all round great bloke!

Dylan (Byron Bay Photography Workshop, 2016)


The recent Ocean Photography Workshop with Craig Parry was an awesome experience, one that I have already gone home and put into practice. From first meeting Craig, who was so welcoming to the theory and practical side were lessons I would never had known or learnt without this course. I will be booking further classes with Craig when they come up to improve my photography even more. Thank you for providing these courses and sharing your knowledge and skills

Chris (Byron Bay Photography Workshop, 2016)