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About the event

An amazing opportunity for Members to take their love of photography to the next level, with a landscape photography course using advanced techniques to create dramatic landscapes images. You will take photographs of rough yet beautiful coastlines, one of Europe’s largest glaciers, glacial lagoons with floating icebergs, majestic waterfalls in all shapes and sizes, exploding geysers, astonishing mountains.

Whats involved?

  • Practice using your camera

  • Spending sometime with like-minded photographers and learn from each other

  • Members must have a valid passport

  • Open to any Member with suitable camera equipment who has completed basic and intermediate photography courses either with Blesma or elsewhere and has shown enthusiasm and an aptitude for photography

  • At some points wheelchair access can be limited

Do I need to have completed the Basic Photography Course in order to take part in the Iceland Expedition?

Yes, this event is for the more experienced photographer to hone their skills that they have learnt along the way.

I haven’t attended a Blesma photography course, but I am an experienced photographer, can I apply?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Will it cost me to attend?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.  If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).

I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team.
Tel: 0208 548 7094

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