FrontRunners: Lens Masters

  • Lauren Schumacher

From the endemic Cozumel emerald to the mangrove-dwelling boat-billed heron, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula brims with more than 500 avian species. Now travelers can view the local birds and other fauna through the expert eyes of National Geographic photographers during Mayakoba’s new Wildlife Photo MasterClass Weekend (www.mayakoba.com). Launched by the beachfront resort development in January—with future programs scheduled for March and September—the hands-on workshops are led by the nature photojournalists Steve Winter, Tim Laman, and Brian Skerry. Through lectures, daily field excursions, and one-on-one sessions on lighting and composition, the instructors teach students how best to capture the many species of the Riviera Maya region’s mangrove forests and waterways. The programs, which are priced from $4,158 per person, include three nights’ accommodations at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.