17 October 2017
Young St Lucian Photographer and Entrepreneur gets the Opportunity of a Lifetime with National Geographic Expeditions
By National Youth Council
Saint Lucia National Youth Council reached out to National Geographic Expeditions to afford
young Saint Lucian Photographer the opportunity of a lifetime. After learning that an Advanced
Photography and Lighting Workshop organized by National Geographic Expeditions was being
hosted in Saint Lucia, the SLNYC reached out to organizers to inquire about the possibility of
the inclusion of local photographers in the event. After much discussion, a spot was made
available for a young Saint Lucian photographer as a local work study. Due to his excellent work
in landscape photography, and his award winning exploits in the tourism industry, Randy
Lafontaine from the community of Piaye Choiseul was selected as the work study.
Joe McNally, one of the world’s most accomplished photographers, will be hosted the master
class workshop at the Anse Chastanet Resort for National Geographic Expeditions.
McNally, who led the classes at the eco-friendly resort, boasts a career that includes assignments
in more than 50 countries. He has contributed to the National Geographic magazine for more
than three decades, and has been described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most
versatile photojournalist working today.” He is included in the American Photo list of the “100
Most Important People in Photography,” was honoured as a Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens”
and voted one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News.
The “Advanced Photography and Lighting Workshop” session tutored 16 advanced
photographers and National Geographic photography workshop alumni. McNally delivered
lectures and guided participants through the complexities of advanced photography while taking
them through the sprawling Anse Chastanet property, with its tropical rainforest, organic farm,
and jungle bike trails.