Photo workshop in the wild Danube Delta

Europe’s best preserved Delta is a heaven for nature photography with over 300 bird species (i.e. cormorants, pelicans, swans, stork) and wild animals (otter, horses, weasel).

The local Lipovans have a fascinating life, living from fishing and keeping their traditions as centuries back - very picturesque.

This 4 days photography workshop in the Danube Delta allows you to discover this wonderful place and to work on your photography skills.

4 days

Daily schedule:

Day 1

Transfer to Danube Delta and traditional welcome dinner.

In the evening you will get to know the other participants, each other’s picture portfolio and start discussions on how your pictures can improve in the coming days.

Day 2

We set sail to catch the sunrise and the Delta coming to life. Today we’ll wonder at the beauty of wildlife, navigate through the labyrinth of channels and approach bird colonies.

The fishing and farming community living in the Delta has a captivating lifestyle, based on what nature has to
offer, some without electricity, working very hard and enduring harsh conditions.

The life of many hasn’t changed much compared to a century ago and the population is declining. They go on making nets, fishing, drying and smoking fish, rowing, harvesting reed, gardening and fighting mosquitos.

Great moments for portrait and documentary photos are expected.

Day 3

On this day we’ll try to create more complex compositions by combining different elements: birds, animals, people, constructions, objects, sky, water,
forest, reed, boats, sun, shades, lines, trees.  It gets even more spectacular when we go out at sunrise and sunset.

Day 4

Wrapping up our workshops by giving final comments on pictures taken, select the best ones and acknowledge them. We shoot some more pictures on the way back from the middle of the Delta. Transfer to Tulcea.

Individual Guidance and Daily Feedback

Daily we’ll discuss participants’ portfolio and pictures taken during the workshop. Techniques and tips will be shared and discussed, as relevant. Picture-editing methods will be also presented and feedback will be provided to each participant so this is very much of a hands-on workshop.

This workshop will take place if at least 6 people register, please check terms and conditions.

Detailed tour information

About the Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is the best preserved of European deltas, having 4 times the size of London. This land of waters guides you into a journey sprinkled with natural islands, lonely floating forests and incredible wildlife.

The Danube Delta is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its peculiar features and more than 25 types of natural ecosystems. It is considered to be the third in the world in terms of ecological significance (after Galapagos Island and the Great Barrier Reef) among the 300 reserves of the world.

The Delta is formed around the three main channels of the Danube, named after their respective ports: Chilia, Sulina , and Sfantu Gheorghe.

Wherever you look, you can see floating islets covered by rush and reed, rainforest-like lianas, lakes with muddy depths and surfaces carpeted by water lilies. The boats of fishermen stir countlesspelicans and flocks of cormorants and moor hens from their nests beyond the reed curtains.

Over 300 bird species have been recorded, of which over 176 species breed here, the most important being cormorant, pygmy cormorant, white pelican and Dalmatian pelican. There are numerous multi-species of heron colonies and raptor species including white-tailed eagle.

Sorin Onișor, the workshop facilitator

Sorin is much appreciated for his photographing skills and his passion for rural heritage conservation in Transylvania. He is currently doing a PhD on the topic “Traditional blacksmiths in Transylvania”, has studied photography for 3 years at the Folk Art College in Timisoara, and has a bachelor in history.
As a photographer, he had tens of personal photography exhibitions in Romania. He also won numerous awards such as:

  • Grand Prize for National Touristic Photography Competition in 2006 and 2008 and first prize or finalist in 2007 and 2009
  • First prize for Ethnographic Photography competition in 2006 and 2008 and finalist in 2007
  • Finalist at the photography competitions organized by  UNFPA, Orange and Discover magazine

As an author, he wrote 5 books about rural Transylvanian heritage.
For several years now, Sorin is a free-lance photographer and organizes photography workshops in rural Transylvania, a place he knows like the back of his palm.

Pictures taken by Sorin represent him best so please check the gallery bellow and Facebook profile.

How to get to Danube Delta

The city of Tulcea is the access point to the Danube Delta. First you will probably need to get to Bucharest and then transfer to Tulcea by road or rail, 300km. Once the workshop is confirmed and participants are known we can propose a convenient way of transferring.

To get to Bucharest

With WizzAir you can fly from European cities such as London, Brussels, Dortmund, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Eindhoven and others.  With BlueAir you can fly to Bucharest from major European cities like London, Dublin, Brussels, Stuttgart, Paris, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon. Here you can find a destination map for BlueAir.

Tarom, the national carrier, is part of the Skyteam Alliance so you can easily connect flights with airlines like Air France, KLM, Delta, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, and Air Europa. Other major airlines like Lufthansa, Austrian, Iberia, Qatar Airways, Swiss Air, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, El Al also fly to Bucharest.

You can also reach Bucharest by train we recommend this website for accurate information.

From Bucharest to Tulcea

By train, searching through this website. There are also several buses a day, here is a schedule.

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Payment info:

Payment is done through bank transfer. Once you contact us we will issue an invoice and provide you our bank account. At first you will need to pay 100 EUR per person for confirming the reservation and 4 weeks before the start date, the full amount should be paid.

Tour dates:

  • On demand

Equipment to bring:

  • DSLR camera and lens
  • Laptop with photo-editing program installed, at least trial version (such as Photoshop)
  • Adequate waterproof shoes, sandals or boots and clothes for both warm and rainy days.


We will stay at a pension in Mila 23 village, classified with 3 flowers.


Meals are cooked by traditional recipes and most ingredients are local. Lunch can be a snack, picnic or on the go.

Journey start and finish place:

The city of Tulcea is the pick-up and drop-off point, we will be based in Mila 23 village, a 3 hours boat-ride.

Included in the tour package:

  • Round-trip transfer from Tulcea train station on the first and last last day of the workshop
  • Daily transportation by boat between locations
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in shared double room. Single room occupancy is 40 EUR extra
  • 2 meals a day, lunch can be snack, sandwich or picnic
  • Photography knowledge shared and tourist guidance

Not included in the tour package:

  • Medical insurance, please make sure you have one
  • Visa related costs
  • Entrance tickets
  • Things not mentioned in the section above. For more information please read our terms and conditions.


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