I am extremely pleased this morning to announce that our BugShot workshops are expanding to the tropics!

BugShot’s first rainforest photography workshop will be held January 19-26, 2013. I can’t speak for all tastes, but from my perspective a sunny insect-filled week in the Neotropics will be just the thing to relieve the bite of a harsh northern winter. Because our winter workshop is an exploratory first-time event for us, we are keeping this initial offering more intimate than our multi-instructor flagship summer workshops. Enrollment is capped at 12 participants, and [updated 9:45am] if you’re thinking of attending you may have to make a quick decision. Some of the spots sold as I was writing this post.

We’ve chosen Belize for a number of reasons. The local insects are representative of the rich Neotropical fauna, including army ants, orchid bees, peanut bugs, morpho butterflies, and many, many other photogenic denizens of the rainforest. The country is relatively accessible, especially for North Americans. And we have partnered with a charming jungle venue, Caves Branch Lodge, that sits on 50,000 acres of mostly forested private reserve.

For more information and to register: http://bugshot.net/events/

Plus, check out the photos from a 4-day reconnaissance trip earlier this month: BugShot Belize Preview.

*update (9/24 2:00pm): We’ve been having trouble with the online registration via paypal. This was an error and has been fixed. If your registration is on hold pending paypal’s internal process, please email me ( alwild [at] myrmecos.net ) and I will reserve your spot manually while we arrange for payment by check or other method.

*update #2 (9/24 8:45pm): 12 hours after opening registration we’re half full. 6 spaces remain. 5 spaces left. 4 spaces left. 3 spaces. 2 spaces left. That’s it- we’re full!