Jay Seldin’s CPE Travel Workshops

2020 Workshops:

CPE Photo Workshops is please to announce our latest
Photographic Journey to Isle of Cuba 2020

We will be offering 2 NEW Photo Journeys to Cuba

January 2020 and March 2020

We are now working on our Workshop Dates, Itineraries and Cost for the NEW CUBA Photo trips.

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If you would like to be added to our preferred registration list.

Please send an email to:   Jay.Seldin@gmail.com

 FYI: Our Photo Travel Workshops sell out very fast. 10 participants are our max (min 8)

As always we will take the road less traveled…

2019 Workshops

 We are now SOLD OUT!

A   Return   To   Cuba

JANUARY  5 - 13, 2019

9  days 8  nights

Mantanzas Boys at Recess Photo by Jay Seldin

Mantanzas Boys at Recess Photo by Jay Seldin

Travel Itinerary - Tentative ( It's Cuba )

Havana -2 nights

Day 1 - Visit Revolution Plaza, Walking photo tour from the Capitola to the Malecon • Lunch - El Aljibe • Dinner - La Guarida our Welcome Diner  (included) 

Day 2 -  Breakfast •Walking photo tour of Old Havana. P2P Meet with a local photographer -P2P Rehearsal in progress ballet school • Dinner on your own

Vinales - 1 night

Day 3 - After Breakfast • Depart for Vinales. Visit  cigar plantation of Hector Luis. Walking photo tour of Vinales. • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner (included) 

Mantanzas/Hershey - 2 nights

Day 4 - After Breakfast • Depart for Mantanzas. Photo Op during travel, Afternoon walking photo tour of  Mantanzas -  Breakfast and Dinner (included) 

Day 5 - After Breakfast Walking photo tour of Mantanzas. Breakfast  and Lunch included.  Travel the electric train from Mantanzas to Hershey. Photo Op at the old Sugar Mills. Dinner on your own

Trinidad - 2 nights/ 3 Days

Day 6 - After Breakfast Depart for Trinidad.  Stop in Cienfuegos, Photo Op walking tour. After Lunch continue onto Trinidad. •Breakfast and • Lunch . Dinner on your own 

Day 7 - After breakfast Walking photo tour of Trinidad w P2P local photographer TBD. After Lunch continue your Photo walk trough Trinidad. Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner on your own. 

Day 8 - After breakfast - Tentative  activity  drive out to Finca La Pastor to photograph the local cowboys .  Afternoon activity TBD. Breakfast • Lunch •

Return to Havana - 1 night +1/2 day

Then Depart for Havana and the Park Central and  for a  Great Farewell Dinner at San Cristobal Restaurant in Havana. (included) 

Day 9 - After breakfast Some free-time to make  some last minute  photographs in the Old Havana area.  Around noon we will leave for our flight home to the U.S.

Deposits are Due No later than Sept 10 , 2018

A $900.00 Deposit required to hold your RESERVATION

Please Call Us To Confirm your Reservation or if you have questions - A detailed Itinerary will be emailed to you once you have registered for this Photo Trip

 CPE WORKSHOPS - 973-699-1305


All Hotel Accommodations 

Meals as noted in Itinerary

Cuban VISA 


All Alcoholic Beverages and Cigars

Meals noted as "On Your Own" 

R/T Airfare To Havana from our starting destination -  ( From Newark RT will cost approx $450-$500 )

Personal Items purchased while traveling

Tips for Guides and Drivers Only

Tips for waiters at Restaurants

Tips for Home Stays in Casas 

Tentative list of Accommodations:

Havana-  The Parque Central

Vinales - Los Jazmines

Mantanzas - Hotel Velasco

Trinidad - Casas Particulares

Havana - The Parque Central 

P2P = People to People


We are now SOLD OUT!

NEW Photo Travel Tours 2017

Northern IRELAND and Ireland's West Coast

Jay Seldin's CPE Photo Workshops and 70 South Gallery

are please to offer this imitate small group

Photo Workshop Experience to  Northern Ireland and beyond.

DATES:    Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 23, 2017

*9 days & 8 nights

Travel to Northern Ireland and Ireland's West Coast with Jay Seldin, documentary travel photographer and photo educator, and Ira L. Black, professional photographer, photo educator and Gallery Director of 70 South Gallery.  

Small group travel only 10 people maximum

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim Irelan

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim Irelan


  • Explore the sights and sounds of Dublin

  • Exploring Achill Island, Ireland’s largest off shore island

  • Exploring the Connnemara, remote scenic region of lakes and coastline

  • The poignant Doo Laugh valley, Ireland’s only Fjord at Killary Harbour

  • Sunset at Cliffs of Moher

  • Authentic and lively pub scenes with traditional Irish music in the evenings

  • Photograph the street murals of Bogside, the site of the famous riots of Bloody Sunday

  • Local Irish photographer will be with us as our guide for the entire photo workshop (Gareth McCormack)  

  • Bonus Opportunity: Upon return to the states, CPE Workshops and 70 South Gallery is offering all participants to have their work displayed in an exhibition after the workshop. Jay and Ira will work with participants to help in editing images for exhibition.

    On this photo workshop there will be a host of fabulous opportunities for photographing the locals and landscape photography.

    September is the perfect time of the year to visit Ireland. The crowds are gone, the weather is comfortable and the autumn light should be perfect for taking pictures of the coastline, mountains, valleys and the Irish fjord at Killary Harbour in Lough Valley. That’s right, Ireland’s only fjord!

    Double room occupancy $4395.00 Per Person sharing room

  • Cost for single room: Add $300for single room

  • Tentative Itinerary:

    Day 1  Friday, September 15th. Explore sights and sounds of Dublin via walking tour. Explore 19th-century Gresham Hotel or similar.

    Day 2 Saturday, September 16th. After Breakfast will begin our trip to Northern Ireland. We will spend the afternoon touring the street murals of the Troubles era, gaining a gritty introduction to Northern Ireland's recent political past. Welcome Dinner in Belfast restaurant. For a nightcap we will go to Kelly's Cellars the oldest pub in Belfast for a pint and traditional music. Belfast Ten-Square Hotel or similar. 

    Day 3 Sunday, September 17th. Photograph along Antrim's famous Causeway Coast. There are a host of fabulous opportunities here for landscape photography, with sites ranging from world famous to those known only to locals. Many of the locations have featured recently in the TV series Game of Thrones. Photo stops include the island rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, the tiny harbor of Portbradden, the twisted trees of the Black Hedges and the mouldering cliff-top remains of Dunluce Castle. We'll finish the day by capturing the sun set over the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant's Causeway. Overnight in Casueway Hotel or similar.

    Day 4 Monday, September 18th. This will be a longer travel day with many important photo stops. Travel to the walled city of Derry. We'll walk around the walls and photograph the street murals of the Bogside, site of the infamous riots on Bloody Sunday. We'll Make our way to Achill Island in County Mayo. Photo stops along the way include the dramatic coastline at Mullaghmore, 13th-century Sligo Abbey, and Carrowmore tombs - the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, where monuments range from 5,000 to 5,800 years old. Overnight in 4-star Mulranny Park Hotel 

    Day 5 Tuesday, September 19th. Explore and Photograph Achill Island - Ireland's largest offshore island. Achill offers so many wild and dramatic locations. There are fabulous views from the top of the Menawn Cliffs, the secluded cove of Keem nestling beneath green mountain slopes, and the evocative remains of the Deserted Village, whose stone cottages were abandoned during the Great Famine. Overnight in 4 Star Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden. 

    Day 6 Wednesday September 20th. Explore and Photograph Connemara, a remote but immensely scenic region of densely packedmountains, lakes and coastline. Highlights include the stark and poignant DooLough Valley, Ireland's only fjord at Killary Harbour, the gothic, lakeside landmark of Kylemore Abbey, and a remote mountain altar used for forbidden Catholic worship during penal times. Overnight in 4 Star Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden. 

    Day 7 Thursday, September, 21st. Take to the high seas, embarking on a day trip to Inishmore, the largest of thethree Aran Islands. Get a feel for island life as you explore the coastal scenery and photograph the maze of ancient stone walls. Overnight in 4 Star Hotel Meyrick in Galway.

    Day 8  Friday, September 22nd. Spend the day exploring County Clare. Photo spots include the 16th-century coastal keep of Dunguaire Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen - perhaps the finest Neolithic portal tomb in Ireland - and the unique limestone pavement of The Burren.We'll round off the day by watching the sun set over the famous Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. 

    Day 9 You will be Transferred from your hotel to Shannon airport for your international flight home.

  • A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to book your reservation.
    Booking for this photo workshop will be on a first come first serve basis.

    Price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations; 4 and 5 Star or best available

  • All Breakfasts

  • Welcome Dinner, Farewell Dinner and 2 additional Dinners during the trip

  • All ground transportation in an AC vehicle

  • Local Irish photographer will be with us as our guide for the entire photo workshop (Gareth McCormack).


    Price does NOT include:

  • R/T international airfare from your home country to Ireland. Fly into Dublin International  Airport and exit  from Shannon International Airport

  • Travel and medical insurance.

  • Prices are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control (exchange rate). We will do our best maintain our published prices.

  • Click on the link below to REGISTER 


Map of Ireland and location for hotels, B& B or castles we will stay at during the workshop.

Map of Ireland and location for hotels, B& B or castles we will stay at during the workshop.


Photo Travel Tours 2018

We are now SOLD OUT


Through the Lens- A Photo Travel Adventure

Jay Seldin's CPE Photo Workshops  and OpenSky Expeditions

are please to offer this imitate small group

Photo Workshop Experience to  NAMIBIA: The Desert, The Coast and the Jungle

WORKSHOP DATES:    Monday, June 3 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Red Sand Dunes + the Salt-Pan of Deadvlei

The Red Sand Dunes + the Salt-Pan of Deadvlei

  • Dates June 3-June 17, 2018



     • Photograph the hauntingly picturesque ghost town of the colonial mining era, Kolmanskop early Morning and Late Afternoon (see photo)

     • Travel along the D707 road and photographthe border of the Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia’s most scenic road.

    • Travel along and photograph the Skelton Coast along the Atlantic. 

     • Afternoon and MorningPhoto shoots (2 days)  at the villages of the Himba Tribe, one of the last truly nomadic tribes in Southern Africa 

    •  3 Memorable Safari Days/ Nights with exciting guided game drives inside Etosha National Park, GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES.

    • Sunrise photo shots at Deadviei one of the most striking photographic opportunities in southern Africa

    • Climb and photograph some of the world’s most beautiful Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei.

    • Walk and photograph amongst pre-historic rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.

    • Photograph local villages and its people

    • Plus many “off road” experiences




    Day 1: Depart USA Sunday June 3

    Day 2-June 4: Arrive Namibia, Overnight Olive Grove Guesthouse , Windhoek

    Day 3-June 5: Fly toLüderitz Nest Hotel, Lüderitz

    Day 4 & 5-June 6&7: Sossusvlei - Sossus Dune Lodge

    Day 6 & 7-June 8&9: Swakopmund - Strand Hotel

    Day 8-June 10: Palmwag Desert- Palmwag Lodge 

    Day 9-June 11: Himba - Opuwo Country Lodge

    Day 10-June 12: Western Boundary Etosha- Hobatere Lodge

    Day 11 & 12-June 13&14: Central Etosha National Park - Okaukuejo Lodge

    Day 13-June 15: Okonjima - Okonjima Lodge

    Day 14-June 16: Depart from Windhoek International Airport

    Day 15-June 17: Arrive back in USA


    From USA to Namibia and back to USA you will need 15 days 

    In Addition, we are planning on offering an additional pre trip to Johannesburg , South Africafor 3 additional days.  More information will be added soon about this pre-trip activity.


    Cost Includes:

     - All Best Available Hotels

     - All meals

     - Pop up roof 4x4 vehicles to travel in 

     -•• All GRATUITIES are now included - No extra out - of- pocket expenses for tips

     - Local photo tour guide/manager

     - Internal air flight (1 ) 

    - all permits required within Namibia

     - complimentary travel notebook for each traveler.

    The cost for 13 days/ 12 nights will be based on total number of participants:

    10 - 12 participants $7995.00 for shared room Double occupancy

    8 - 9participants $8494.00 for shared room Double occupancy

    Single Supplement - $450.00


    A Deposit of $2000.00 per personwill hold your place on this workshop.  DUE No Later than JULY 1, 2017.

    Final Payment will be due 90 days prior to the start of the Photo Tour. (March, 3, 2018) 


    We will schedule 5 payment periods.

    Initial Deposit Due by June 30, 2017 - $2000.00

    2nd payment DUE by Sept 3, 2017, - $1000.00

    3rd PaymentDUE by Nov 3, 2017 - $2000.00

    4th Payment DUE Jay Jan 3, 2018 - $1000.00

    FINAL Payment Due March 3, 2018 - BALANCE DUE Depending on Total Participants.


    Notice will be sent to each member of our Photo Tour as to the total number of photographers that will be traveling with us along with the total cost determined by number of participants.


    Remember this is a first come first serve basis opportunity. 

    Don’t wait too long or you might be shut-out of this once in a lifetime experience. 

    The following is general information about this Photo Travel Tour:


    Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California, but with a population of a mere 2 million – the second lowest densities in the world giving an amazingly ‘soulful’ feeling of peace and solitude. It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through their heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

    The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

    This Photographic Naturalist Guided Namibia Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. We will have your own professional and experienced naturalist guide who will enhance our enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional. Your guide will have an

    intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they know exactly what a "True African Safari" is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests . Our guides will turn your safari into a life enriching journey! with incredible photographs that will make a lifetime a fond memories.



From previous Workshop attendees:

“I loved my first trip to Cuba so much, that I signed up for two additional trips to Cuba with Jay Seldins CPE Travel Workshops. Within the first 24 hours of the trip, I felt very much  at home with Jay and with the group. Our group wasn’t too large, so our group didn’t overwhelm the people and places we visited. Over the years, Jay has established multiple contacts with Cubans which makes his Cuba trips very unique.  I wouldn’t travel with anyone else and neither should you!

In addition to my three trips to Cuba with Jay, I went to Ireland with him. Again, a well thought out itinerary with unique stops.  The trip was a great mix of urban and rural settings and I was overjoyed with the photographs I came home with.”

— Victoria B.,
Middlebury, VT

“What made these trips so special was that Jay is not only very well informed but also a great guy. He brought us to so many off-the-beaten-track places to shoot – he knows Cuba and gives a lot of thought to where we go. He was generous with his time in critiquing our work and patiently worked with some of the less experienced photographers in the groups. These are programs for photographers with all levels of experience…or just come along with a photographer for the ride as some do - and it’s quite a ride indeed.”   

— David L.,
Brooklyn, NY

“An immersive experience, Jay has curated a journey that takes you to the heart of several Cuban cities. Not your typical tour, this is an adventure, exploring the streets of Havana, meeting people along the way. What a great way to improve my photography skills. Jay is a thoughtful teacher, getting to know you and what you want to achieve, then providing guidance and expertise to push and help you grow as a photographer at any stage” 

— Ryan S.,
Rochester, NY