Mayakoba, an eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico, has partnered with three of the world’s most respected names in wildlife photojournalism – National Geographic Magazine contributing photographers Steve Winter, Tim Laman and Brian Skerry – for a new series of “Wildlife Photo MasterClass” weekends. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels – from the novice enthusiast to the advanced – step into the role of a nature photojournalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways.

MasterClass students will receive one-on-one and group guidance on all aspects of photography from Winter, Laman or Skerry, who have captured some of the world’s most recognized wildlife images for magazines from National Geographic, to Time and Esquire. Through comprehensive lectures and daily hands-on field excursions with the photographers, as well as their personal company during meals, the workshops provide an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to sharpen their technique with the industry elite.

Guests will stay at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a five-star luxury hotel built around Mayakoba’s four carefully conserved ecosystems: mangroves, dunes, low forests and coral reefs. An eco-conscious development, Mayakoba has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Rainforest Alliance as a world leader in sustainable tourism. Six miles of crystal clear waterways flow throughout the resort while more than 148 acres of protected mangrove forests along the coastline provide an important habitat for more than 200 species of tropical flora and fauna.

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Image Credits: Photo Credit Ivan Gabaldon.