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We have put together an incredible mix of Photographic Experts, Nepal and Mountain Gurus, and invited along some incredible personalities who between them add significant value to what is offered at PhotoJourney; it's what makes us unique and, although we say so ourselves, pretty damned cool.

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The core team of Johnny, Saraya and Mark have been conducting remote and adventurous photographic training over many years with organisations such as British Exploring Society, Outward Bound, Venture Quest, Raleigh International to name a few. Our guest speakers have incredible stories to tell from walking the Nile or the Himalayas, to modelling in Australia, to photographing Royalty.

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Johnny Fenn

Instructor and Village Experience Leader

Johnny enjoys a successful career as a commercial photographer, working with a broad range of clients, from corporate giants Coca-Cola, Lidl and EFG to members of the Royal Family to humble NGOs like the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Hello World.

This allows him to add great value as a photographic coach and instructor.

Johnny has had a number of coaching roles, from one on one with private clients to the role of media leader with youth development charity, British Exploring.

When not taking photographs Johnny is often to be found walking his terrier, cycling country lanes and meditating with his daughters.

Saraya Cortaville

Instructor and Cultural Experience Leader

In April 2007 Saraya was the first ever female photographer to gain the title of Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers in studio portraiture. In September 2015, Saraya was awarded her second Fellowship in Social Documentary, for her work in Tanzania - One of only 2 women in the UK to receive this award; a Fellowship is the most prestigious qualification that a professional photographer is able to achieve in portrait photography and one that very few photographers are able to realise.

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In 2015, Saraya was voted The London Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Saraya has also won many awards in the National Awards for the British Institute. Saraya is now a judge at this level for both qualifications and National awards, and is a BIPP approved assessor and mentor to other aspiring photographers.

Saraya has been working with Johnny in Nepal since 2016, and her skilful eye and dedication have helped numerous other photographers to improve their own skills whilst on a Photo Journey adventure.

For the last 3 years, Saraya has been an Ambassador for Fujifilm and talks regularly at national and international photographic events.

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Mark Brightwell

Instructor and Mountain Experience Leader

Mark majors in looking after people in challenging environments. Using his significant experience and calm demeanour, he allows people to step with assurance outside their comfort zone.

As well as working on commerical shoots in controlled environments Mark has built a portfolio around his love of the natural environment, especially mountains.

This goes hand in hand with his work as a professional international guide in trekking and trail running and his passion for mountaineering.

Mark has worked with a wide variety of people, including participants in British Exploring's youth development expeditions, veterans with mental health illnesses as well a truly international clientele.

When not taking photographs or guiding Mark is often to be found on the road in his VW camper, swimming in cold water and jamming on his hand-made Nepali guitar.