December 4th-11th 2018. Travel with National Geographic photographer Frits Meyst on a visual storytelling workshop while hiking with the Bedouins through the Egyptian desert.
Learn how to tell a story
In 8 days, Frits will teach you the ins and outs of visual storytelling. You will learn about composition and light, and specifically about storytelling techniques: How do you tell a great story in pictures, text, video and audio.
Work on a real project
You and the other participants will work together with Frits on the story about the Sinai Trail, a hiking trail through the desert of Egypt that connects several Bedouin tribes. By actively engaging in a real production you will learn how a story comes together. Your production is a mix of photography, text, video and audio and the end result of your work will be published as an online multimedia production and possibly in print.
Publish the result
With our production we will support the Sinai Trail, a community based tourism project with a goal to preserve Bedouin culture. Through small scale cultural and hiking tourism, the organisation creates income for local communities. This will stimulate the transfer of knowledge and preservation of culture from the elders to the younger generation, which therefore will have a future perspective as guides and not leave to work in the cities, thus preserving the rich traditions of Bedouin culture.
About Frits Meyst
Frits is a visual storyteller with more than 30 years experience in photography. He started his career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in the Middle East, publishing in Time, The Guardian, Le Monde, Stern, etc. Then he ventured into travel and adventure stories for the international travel media such as National Geographic Traveler. As a travel photographer he adapted to writing and filming. Next came his interest in multimedia publishing. Combining different media into a dynamic reader experience rather than a 2 dimensional publication, Meyst has found his niche.
December 4th-11th 2018
8 days including arrival and departure days
Excluding flight, but including transportation, meals and accommodation, see details below
Transfer between Sharm El Sheikh Airport via Dahab to the start of the Sinai Trail and back after the workshop
- 2 nights under the stars or in a tent
- 2 nights in a bedouin camp
- 2 nights basic rooms with showers in Fox Camp in St Kathrine
- 1 night in Dahab
3 delicious meals a day cooked in the field by our Bedouin guides.
Hiking and photography
The Sinai Trails is a hiking trail through the mountains of the Sinai Desert. While in the desert, we are always accompanied by well trained Bedouin guides. Luggage is transported by jeeps and camels, so we can move around easily with our day pack and camera’s.
It would be good if you have hiking experience with a 10kg daypack , as we will be walking 3-5 hours a day through rocky mountains, with here and there some steeper climbs to get up to a spectacular viewpoint. A normal physical condition should be sufficient to participate.
Workshop experience level
This workshop is meant for passionate amateur photographers, and starting professionals, Also bloggers or journalists and filmers who want to fine tune their visual storytelling skills are welcome. Are you passionate about photography, experiencing remote cultures, and the great outdoors, then this is the right challenge for you.
What does an average day look like?
We try work with the good light which means that we will hike mostly in the early hours of the day. The idea is to be at the scenic places at the best time of the day. This does mean that sometimes we will walk with a headlight in the dark, to be able to experience sunrise.
At midday, when the sun is high, we take a break for lunch, rest a bit, and take time to discuss images, work on the storyboards and the planning, etc.
During the late afternoon we set out again to explore a different part of the desert, hiking into the sunset.
What do you need to bring?
- Day pack with enough space for water, jacket, lunch pack and of course your camera
- Sleeping bag for overnight in the desert
- Sturdy hiking boots for the rocky trails
- Water sandals for the sand desert
- Hiking poles for support and to use as monopod
- Warm clothing, down jacket or fleece, thermal underwear, hat and gloves for the cold desert nights
- Rain clothing, because you never know
- Cool clothing: Quick drying shirts, thin hiking pants, wind breaker
It is winter in the desert, with temperatures of 20C in the daytime and around freezing point at night. In the mountains, at altitude it will also be colder and windchill can be a factor.
Several governments have issued travel advisories to the Sinai. This is based on the unrest and insurgency in North Sinai. The Sinai Trail runs through the South Sinai where you will be in the safe hands of the local Bedouin tribes.
“The Bedouin tribes are capable of keeping Sinai safe without arms,” Sheikh Ahmed Abu Rashed from the Jebeleyya Tribe