Nature Photography for Children Workshop 13 January 2021
January School Holiday Program 2021 - Nature Photography for Children Workshop in Patricia McDonald Education Rooms on Wednesday 13 January with Tom Covell. Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum

Sharpen your photography skills and zoom in on the natural world in these immersive school holiday photography workshops guided by nature photographer, Tom Covell.

These fun-filled workshops will begin with an inspirational tour of the 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, a South Australian Museum exhibition, where participants will see the power and beauty that can be conveyed through their cameras, including the images in the Junior Photography category – awe-inspiring shots captured by photographers their own age.

Then we proceed to the AM photography studio. Using their point and shoot device (camera, smartphone or tablet) to experiment photographing live insects, Museum specimens and treasures from the garden, participants will be guided through fun photography challenges that will capture their imaginations

These hands-on workshops will inspire young people to explore, capture and share beautiful moments in time and foster an appreciation of our wonderful natural world.

Bookings essential. Limited capacity of 16 participants per workshop to allow for individual attention and feedback.

Members: To receive your AM Member discount on our School Holiday programs, your children must be listed on your membership. Please contact the Members Office on 02 9320 6225 or email Members@Australian.Museum to add your children’s names and date of birth to your Family Membership before making your booking.


5 - 8 years
Date & time Price
Tuesday 18 January 2022 | 10:30 am - 11:30am $28 per child (Members), $35 per child (non-Members)
Wednesday 19 January 2022 | 10:30 am - 11:30am

8 - 12 years
Date & time Price
Tuesday 18 January 2022 | 12pm - 2pm $68 per child (Members), $85 per child (non-Members)
Wednesday 19 January 2022 | 12pm - 2pm

13 - 16 years
Date & time Price
Tuesday 18 January 2022 | 12pm - 2pm $68 per child (Members), $85 per child (non-Members)
Wednesday 19 January 2022 | 12pm - 2pm

What to bring:

  • A point and shoot device such as a camera, smartphone or tablet
  • A hat for venturing outside
  • Water bottle and snack

Who is your workshop host?

Thomas Covell has been hooked on nature all his life, from the tiniest of animals to towering trees. As a nature photographer, ecologist, and passionate conservationist he loves showing people how to capture natures best angle.


What if I don’t have a camera?

The Museum has a limited number of iPads participants can borrow for use during onsite workshops. Please let us know if you require one.


Is the workshop technical?

No. Since the range of cameras participants will be using varies from ipads to digital SLR cameras, the workshop will focus on creative techniques and thinking. If children bring along a digital SLR camera that they are not familiar with, we will advise using auto setting during the workshop. However there will be opportunities during the workshop to ask our host technical questions.


What happens during the workshop?

After being inspired by the incredible photographs of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, children will be guided through creative photography challenges where they explore using light, colour, angles, composition and framing. There will be a short break before review and reflection where participants are invited to select and speak to their favourite photograph from the workshop. Participants will receive constructive feedback from our workshop host.


Do adults stay for the workshop?

No. Adults drop children off and sign them in and out before departing. If your child has access requirements where a carer or support worker attending would benefit your child, please let us know in the booking form. Due to COVID-19, venues have reduced capacities.


Is prior photography experience needed?

No experience is necessary as children will be introduced to the creative processes of framing, composition, lighting and colour in these workshops for beginners.


Redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers towards Australian Museum membership, event tickets and at the Billabong cafe and No.1 William restaurant.

Dine & Discover vouchers are available to redeem in person only.


Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Discounted Members tickets will be verified with Members registered for Family Membership benefits. Members Benefits are for registered Members only (kids and /or adults).

If using a Creative Kids Voucher, please choose your course carefully as once your voucher has been redeemed the value cannot be recovered if your child, for any reason, does not participate in the course. Please refer to the Service NSW website for the terms and conditions for Creative Kids Vouchers. To ensure processing time, 2021 Creative Kids Vouchers can only be redeemed on this event up until Monday 20 December 2021.



Tom Covell

Tom Covell
Nature photographer, Tom Covell. Image: Supplied
© Tom Covell

Tom Covell has been fascinated by the natural world for as long as he can remember. To pursue his childhood passions, he created Hooked On Nature with the goal to connect people with nature using hands-on interactive nature tours, and online virtual content.

Hooked On Nature participants are taken on a path of enviro-awareness and discovery, learning that we are all dependent on the natural world to survive. There is an emphasis on bringing attention to the immediate world around us, by uncovering habitats and ecosystems that are teaming with life and hidden beauty.


Exhibition partners

The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year is produced by the South Australian Museum in partnership with Australian Geographic.

Founder and Patron

Dr Stuart Miller AM


Principal Sponsor


Holiday Prize Sponser


Exhibition Partner


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