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Photograhpic Retreat Frames Up Nature in the Marlborough Sounds

29 March 2010 

For the first time in New Zealand, recreational photographers have the opportunity to spend a long weekend immersed in luxury on a retreat hosted by awarding winning photographer Simon Woolf.  The photography retreat will take place at the Bay of Many Coves Resort during 2 – 4 July this year.

Both novice and professional photographers will develop their skills and create stunning images under the guidance of one of New Zealand’s leading professional photographers, amidst unique flora and fauna, landscape, marine and cultural subjects.

When each day is over, participants can relax with excellent wine and cuisine, in 5-star luxury accommodation. Saturday night will offer a degustation menu with Executive Chef Jonno Rogers.

"I'm looking forward to hosting this unique retreat.  A trip to the Resort earlier this year got me thinking about the opportunities the stunning environment offers to photographers," says Simon Woolf. "The season will offer a special perspective.  We’ll be there when the locals most enjoy the Sounds."

The retreat offers a well structured schedule that includes night time and dawn landscape shoots; macro photography focusing on insects, ferns and flowers; marine and bird life, the art of photographing people, discussions about what makes a good image and the chance to critique the weekends efforts.

Sigma will provide a range of their lenses for participants to try and the best images will be printed by Epson.  Participants will need to bring their own cameras and laptops.

Spaces are limited.  To find out more about this unique experience see 

For more information contact:
Denise Mackay
Silvereye Communications 
04 4998196 or 021 711 033

Background information: 
About Simon Woolf
Simon Woolf  FPSNZ; M.PHOTOG.
Simon is a Principal of leading New Zealand image company, Photography by Woolf. He lectures widely and has achieved numerous qualifications and accolades throughout his stellar career. He is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand, and holds Masters qualifications in both New Zealand and internationally. Simon is a passionate photographer and skilled tutor. 

The Bay of Many Coves Resort
The Bay of Many Coves resort is a five star Qualmark property located in Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.  The 59.5 hectare luxury resort comprises 11 apartments and 2 studios together with a spa, licensed restaurant and two licensed cafes. There are two jetties, swimming pool and helicopter pad.  During the complete redevelopment of the property in late 2003 considerable effort went into the design of a luxury lodge with international appeal.  The Marlborough Official Visitors Guide refers to the Bay of Many Coves as an exceptional five star destination for discerning travellers.