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Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents this incredibly rare and unique Master Photography Workshop, with internationally acclaimed photographers David Burdeny and Marc Koegel.

This will be one of the first ever workshops that David Burdeny is offering, and Marc Koegel is excited to join him for this exclusive offering.

Participation is strictly limited to only 8 participants.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand your visual horizons and gain access to a region of China very few foreign photographers ever get to experience. Our group will have local guides that can provide rare access and guarantee a carefree travel experience.

Before the workshop begins, there is an optional day of photographing architecture in Hong Kong, open to participants who travel to our meeting location, the city of Kunming, via Hong Kong.

In addition to photography, there will also be opportunities to have your work reviewed and David & Marc will also discuss their digital workflow and post production techniques.

For more details, and to get your questions answered, please feel free to email Marc directly at mkoegel@mac.com

Workshop Description provided by David Burdeny:

Yuanyang, lies in the relatively underdeveloped southeast part of Yunnan, Honghe Hani and Yi People's Autonomous Region in southwest China.

Because it's a relatively inaccessible part of Yunnan, mass tourism and western influence has yet to take hold making it a challenging destination to reach for those unable to speak Mandarin. 

After a day in Kunming we will drive to Yaunyang where we will visit the Bada rice terraces and Qingkou Village (time permiting), after which we will do out first shoot over Laohuzui rice terraces.

The next days will having us rising early to secure a good position along the many overlooks and trails throughout the area.  The weather can be unpredictable and we will have to tailor our movements in accordance to the cloud cover and prevailing winds. 

Our local guide, whom I've worked with before, knows this area very well and will keep abreast on the conditions and best possible locations to shoot at any given time.

We will also have the opportunity to visit a Hani Village, the local markets and just soak in unique part of rural China that is over 1300 years old. 

About David Burdeny:

David Burdeny is an acclaimed Canadian photographer whose travel-inspired landscapes are characterized by unusually long exposures that result in detailed images and soft colour studies.

Burdeny describes his photography as ‘discovery driven’ and has traveled to places including Antarctica, Iceland, Brazil, China, France, Italy and Cambodia in pursuit of his work. Influenced by notable photographers such Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Fay Goodwin, David purposefully photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes cannot. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative.  

Burdeny’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  He is the recipient of many notable photography accolades, including Photographer of the Year in the Nature Category at the International Photography Awards. Burdeny’s work has been extensively collected, and is included in both private and corporate collections. Most recently editions of his newest works have been acquired by the HBC Global Art Collection in New York.

Visit David Burdeny's website for more information and to view his famous images:


About Marc Koegel:

Marc Koegel is a proud father of two, a photographer, educator, writer and the director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD (www.vpworkshops.com).

Since 2004, Marc has taught 1000's of students in the field, classroom and online. He built Vancouver Photo Workshops to be one of the biggest and most succesful photography training companies across Canada. For many years Marc has been also been teaching alongside other photographers, including Masters such as Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Greg Gorman, Ralph Gibson, Michael Levin, Sam Abell and more.

His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited and have won numerous internationally awards such as the IPA, PX3, Spider Awards and Epson Pano Awards.

Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12.

To create his fine-art photographs, Marc works with both, film and digital processes. See Marc's photography by visiting his website:


Deposit to reserve a Seat:

$1000 (balance payable December 1st, 2018)

Workshop Fee:

$4650 USD ($150 Early Bird Registration Discont if paid in full)

$400 USD for optional day in Hong Kong (more details below)

What is included:

  • Airport Transfer in Kunming
  • Private transfer from Kunming to Yuanyang
  • 6 nights single occupancy accomodation in best available class hotels
  • 2 meals per day (usually breakfast and lunch)
  • Private local guides for the entire journey
  • Guidance by David Burdeny and Marc Koegel
  • Park Entrance fees

What is not included:

  • Airfare to and from Kunming (China)
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Meals not mentioned as included above
  • Insurances

Meeting Location:

Kunming New Era Hotel
1 Dongfeng W Rd, Wuhua Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650021


Fly to Kunming (China). Arrive before 10pm on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019. Depart Kunming (China) after 10am on Monday, January 28, 2019. Kunming Airport to Hotel New Era transfer included in workshop fee.

There are 2 flights daily to Kunming from Hong Kong, and 6 flights daily from Shanghai (if you pefer that route).

Recommended Equipment:

  • Your camera whatever brand and/or type
  • Recommended lens range 24-200mm (35mm equivalent)
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Filters such as Polarizer and/or ND

Fitness Level:


Extra Day in Hong Kong (Monday, January 21, 2019):

For those who travel to Kunming via Hong Kong, David and Marc offer an additional day photographing architecture. The cost for this will be $400. Hotel accomodations are not included for that day, nor any meals. We will be in touch with more information about logistics with everyone who registers for this optional event.

Any questions please feel free to email Marc directly at mkoegel@mac.com

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

For our Photo Tours (both in Canada and abroad), 1 to 10 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

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