Explore Burma together with Steve McCurry

Discover Burma, one of the few countries in Asia that has preserved its deep religious and historical roots. As the country begins to open its doors to foreign visitors, we are thrilled to offer an exclusive photography workshop led by the award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry.

Unforgettable Experiences Await

Admire Ancient Temples and Pagodas: Explore the thousand-year-old temples and pagodas that dot this magnificent country. From dawn to dusk, these historic sites provide a stunning backdrop for your photographs.

Indulge in Local Cuisine: Dive into the rich flavors of Burmese cuisine. Start your day with a hearty bowl of mohinga noodles and end it with a fermented tea-leaf salad, a popular local delicacy. Swap cocktails and canapés for snacks and tea sweetened with condensed milk at local tea houses, where you can chat with friendly locals.

Festival of a Lifetime: One of the workshop’s many highlights will be the Moon of Pyatho to 15th Waning of Pyatho festival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagan. This festival offers a unique opportunity to capture the cultural and spiritual essence of Burma.

This workshop is more than just a learning experience; it’s a journey into the heart of Burma, guided by one of the greatest photographers of our time. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an enthusiastic beginner, this is your chance to elevate your photography skills and create unforgettable memories.

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    Elevate Your Photography Skills with Steve McCurry

    Join us for an exclusive photography workshop with the legendary Steve McCurry. This is a unique opportunity to receive private, hands-on lessons in small groups, ensuring personalized attention and guidance that will take your photography skills to the next level.

    What to Expect:

    • Private Hands-On Lessons: Benefit from small group sessions with Steve McCurry, where you’ll receive individual instruction and feedback tailored to your needs.
    • Expert Techniques: Learn the best photography techniques, including personal tips and advice from one of the world’s most renowned photographers.
    • Night and Early Morning Landscape Photography: Capture stunning landscapes in the magical light of dawn and dusk, with expert guidance on how to make the most of these golden hours.
    • Street Photography: Explore the vibrant streets, learning how to capture the essence of local life and create compelling street photography.

Expert Steve McCurry

More about Steve McCurry

Join us for an unparalleled photography workshop in the enchanting land of Burma, led by the world-renowned and award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry. Known for his iconic images, including the unforgettable “Afghan Girl,” Steve McCurry’s work captures the essence of human experience and the beauty of diverse cultures. Steve McCurry has a long-standing collaboration with Better Moments, a premier photography workshop organization founded by Christian Nørgaard. This partnership is built on a shared passion for photography, storytelling, and cultural immersion. Together, they provide unique opportunities for photographers to learn from the best in breathtaking locations around the world.

Burma holds a special place in Steve McCurry’s heart. His stunning images of the country have showcased its rich history, vibrant culture, and the serene beauty of its landscapes. From the ancient temples of Bagan to the bustling streets of Mandalay, Burma offers a treasure trove of photographic opportunities. Under Steve’s guidance, you’ll explore these captivating locations, capturing the soul of Burma through your lens. Please enjoy Steve´s film about Burma.


Meet passionate photographer Bernard Menettrier De Jollin from Switzerland who joined our Burma photo workshop with Steve McCurry.


On Location

This workshop is more than just a learning experience; it’s an opportunity to transform your photography under the mentorship of a true master. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an enthusiastic beginner, this workshop will provide you with the skills and inspiration needed to take your photography to the next level.

  • Personalized Learning: Benefit from small group sessions under the direct guidance of Steve McCurry, ensuring individual support and tailored feedback.
  • Master Composition: Dive deep into the art of composition, focusing on lines, the golden section, perspective, and the use of the foreground to create compelling images.
  • Lighting and Exposure Techniques: Gain expertise in working with different lighting conditions and master the use of short and long exposure times, as well as aperture settings.
  • Hands-On Lessons: Participate in private, hands-on lessons that will significantly enhance your photography skills, helping you capture stunning images.
  • Cultural Engagement: Learn how to approach locals in a natural and respectful way, making your travel photography more authentic and engaging.
  • Secrets of Travel and Reportage Photography: Uncover the secrets behind successful travel and reportage photography, drawing from Steve McCurry’s extensive experience and iconic work.

In Classroom

  • Daily Image Reviews: Receive expert review and constructive criticism of the images you capture each day from Steve McCurry. Learn what works, what can be improved, and how to refine your techniques for stunning results.
  • Mastering Portraits: Discover how to create compelling portraits of daily life in the villages we visit. Steve McCurry will share his secrets to capturing the essence of the people and their stories in a natural and respectful manner.
  • 1-on-1 Portfolio Review: Benefit from a private, one-on-one portfolio review by Steve McCurry. Get personalized feedback on your work and advice on how to take your photography to the next level.
  • Inspiring Presentations: Enjoy exclusive presentations of Steve McCurry’s iconic work, gaining insight into his creative process and the stories behind his most famous images.
  • Continuous Support: A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor will be available throughout the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and general guidance. Whether you’re dealing with technical issues or seeking artistic advice, our instructor is there to help.



Arrive Early for the Ultimate Experience.We highly recommend arriving at least one day before our workshop begins in Mandalay. This ensures you’re well-rested and ready for an early morning departure to Bagan. Better Moments is available to assist with extra accommodations and personalized photo excursions in Mandalay both before and after the workshop.

Morning (9:00 AM): We embark on our adventure with a scenic three-hour drive from Mandalay to Bagan in our private bus. As we traverse through breathtaking landscapes, we’ll make several photo stops, allowing you to capture the stunning beauty of Burma.

Enjoy a delicious lunch en route, savoring local flavors while you prepare for the next leg of our journey.

Upon arriving in Bagan, the afternoon is yours to relax and explore at your leisure. Take this time to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the area.

Evening: We come together for a delightful welcome dinner, setting the tone for the days ahead. Following dinner, enjoy an engaging and visually rich lecture about Burma, featuring Steve McCurry’s iconic images. This inspiring session will provide valuable insights and set the stage for our photographic journey.


Our journey begins early, as we capture the breathtaking sunrise over Bagan from the iconic Shwesandaw Pagoda. The view of the temples bathed in the soft morning light offers a perfect start to your photographic adventure. As the day progresses, we explore the revered Ananda Temple. Known for its impressive architecture and serene Buddha statues, this site provides ample opportunities for capturing stunning architectural shots and serene spiritual moments.In the afternoon, we visit the significant Shwezigon Pagoda, with its magnificent golden stupas. Here, you can photograph the intricate details of this sacred site and the devout worshippers, adding rich cultural context to your portfolio.

As the day winds down, we head to Pyathada Paya for a serene sunset experience. This lesser-known temple offers spectacular views with fewer crowds, allowing you to capture the serene beauty of Bagan in the golden hour.

After a delightful dinner, we gather to review and refine our work. Steve McCurry will provide constructive feedback on your best shots, helping you enhance your skills and vision. The evening will culminate with Steve presenting his most iconic and award-winning images, offering insights into his creative process and the stories behind his legendary photographs.


Experience a day of profound photographic exploration as we delve into the spiritual heart of Bagan. We begin early morning, capturing the majestic sunrise from Thatbyinnyu Temple, Bagan’s tallest temple, where the first light of day casts a magical glow over the ancient landscape. This is an unparalleled opportunity to create stunning images of the awakening city.As the day unfolds, we visit Htilominlo Temple, renowned for its exquisite plaster carvings and ancient murals. The intricate details and historical significance of this site provide a rich tapestry for your photography, allowing you to capture the essence of Bagan’s artistic heritage.

In the afternoon, we immerse ourselves in the serene life of a local monastery. Here, you’ll have the chance to photograph monks in their daily routines, capturing intimate portraits that reflect their spiritual dedication. Remember to be respectful and seek permission before taking photos, ensuring a genuine and meaningful interaction.

Our day culminates with a sunset photography session at Dhammayazika Pagoda. Known for its unique circular layout, this site offers a spectacular setting for capturing the vibrant hues of the setting sun, adding a dramatic finish to your day’s work.

Throughout the day, you’ll work in small groups, allowing Steve to provide personalized guidance and individual tutoring. This hands-on approach will help you hone your skills in travel and portrait photography, ensuring you make the most of every photographic opportunity.

In the evening, we return to our hotel for a delightful dinner. Afterward, we’ll review the images taken so far, with Steve offering constructive feedback to help you refine your techniques and enhance your photographic vision. This session will provide invaluable insights and inspiration, setting the stage for the remaining days of our workshop.


Embark on a journey of discovery and creativity as we take you off the beaten path in Bagan. As the morning progresses, we will explore lesser-known temples such as Sulamani and the serene Minnanthu Village. These hidden gems provide an intimate and tranquil setting, perfect for capturing unique architectural details and quiet moments of reflection. The beauty and peace of these locations will inspire your photography and allow you to connect deeply with your surroundings.In the afternoon, we visit Myinkaba Village, renowned for its traditional lacquerware artisans. Here, you will photograph the intricate process of lacquerware creation and engage with the artisans to capture authentic portraits of their meticulous work. This interaction not only enriches your cultural understanding but also adds depth and authenticity to your photographic portfolio.

As the day draws to a close, we will end with a picturesque sunset at Lawkananda Pagoda along the Irrawaddy River. The golden light of the setting sun provides a perfect backdrop for capturing the beauty of this historic site and the tranquil river, offering a serene conclusion to a day filled with exploration and creativity.

After returning to the hotel for a delightful dinner, we will review the images taken throughout the day. Steve McCurry will provide personalized feedback, helping you refine your techniques and enhance your photographic vision. This evening session will offer invaluable insights and inspiration, ensuring you make the most of your photographic journey in Bagan.


Immerse yourself in the heart of Bagan’s cultural and natural beauty. After a hearty breakfast, we embark on our journey in a private 4×4 to a nearby village. Here, you will have the opportunity to capture intimate portraits of villagers and their traditional lifestyle. Engage with the community, learn about their daily routines, and photograph the rich cultural tapestry of rural Burma, creating powerful and authentic images that tell a story.Following a delicious local lunch, we travel to Taung Kalat, a breathtaking Buddhist monastery and temple complex perched atop Mount Popa. This sacred site offers stunning views and a serene spiritual retreat, making it an essential destination for any passionate photographer. The unique architecture and panoramic vistas provide endless opportunities for capturing both majestic landscapes and the serene ambiance of this spiritual haven.

As the evening approaches, we return to Bagan for a sunset shoot at Thitsarwadi Temple. The temple, bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun, offers a perfect backdrop for your photographs, creating a magical conclusion to a day filled with diverse and enriching photographic experiences.

To cap off this incredible day, we will indulge in a delicious dinner and unwind with a leisurely evening. This is the perfect time to reflect on the day’s experiences, share stories, and enjoy the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.


Begin your day with a visit to the tranquil and lesser-visited Kheminga Temple. Here, you can enjoy peaceful photography sessions in a serene setting, capturing the quiet beauty away from the crowds. The calm atmosphere and unique architectural features of Kheminga Temple offer a perfect start for your photographic exploration.After a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant, we dive into the rich history of Payathonzu Temple, renowned for its stunning murals. These intricate artworks provide a captivating subject for your photographs, showcasing the temple’s artistic heritage and offering a glimpse into the cultural past of Bagan.If time permits, we’ll experience the serene atmosphere of Manuha Temple, home to impressive reclining Buddha statues. The sense of calm and spirituality that permeates this sacred space provides an excellent opportunity to capture powerful images that reflect the peacefulness and devotion of Burmese Buddhism.As the day comes to an end, we have the option to conclude with a breathtaking sunset at Thetkyamuni Temple, another hidden gem off the beaten path. The temple’s unique location offers unparalleled views, making it the perfect spot for capturing the day’s final, golden light. The sunset here will add a dramatic and beautiful end to your day’s photographic journey.Following a delightful dinner, we will gather for an inspiring lecture by Steve McCurry. He will share insights and stories behind his award-winning images from around the globe, providing valuable lessons and inspiration for your own photography journey. This session is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the art of photography, leaving you motivated and enriched.


Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich traditions of Bagan with a day dedicated to capturing the essence of Burmese life. We start our journey with a visit to the bustling Nyaung U Market, where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the vibrant colors, diverse local produce, and the dynamic daily life of the market. This lively environment offers endless opportunities to capture the authentic spirit of Burma.As the morning progresses, we explore Gubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its well-preserved frescoes depicting the Jataka tales. These intricate murals provide a captivating subject for your photography, showcasing the historical and artistic heritage of Bagan. The temple’s serene ambiance and detailed artwork will inspire your creativity and enhance your portfolio.

As the day draws to a close, we relax with sunset views from Bulethi Pagoda. The stunning panorama, bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun, provides the perfect backdrop for your evening photography. Capture the tranquil beauty and majestic landscape of Bagan as the day transitions into night.

After returning to the hotel for a delightful dinner, we will review the images taken throughout the day. Steve McCurry will provide personalized feedback, helping you refine your techniques and enhance your photographic vision. This evening session will offer invaluable insights and inspiration, ensuring you make the most of your photographic journey in Bagan.


We begin our day by revisiting our favorite temples or locations in Bagan to capture those final, unforgettable shots. This is our chance to immortalize the beauty and essence of Bagan one last time, ensuring we leave with a portfolio filled with incredible memories. We will also explore any last-minute sites or hidden gems we might have missed, soaking in the tranquil ambiance and vibrant culture one final time.The evening is a celebration of our amazing workshop experience. We’ll start with a delightful farewell dinner, sharing stories and highlights from our journey. Afterwards, we’ll gather for a special session with Steve McCurry, who will provide personalized feedback on the images taken during the workshop. This intimate review will offer invaluable insights and help you refine your skills even further.

Day 9: Morning drive to Mandalay

We drive back to Mandalay to catch our flights back to our respective destinations. Those who wish to extend their stay have the option to be driven to their hotels in Mandalay. The journey is relaxing, and we will have coffee and tea breaks along the way.In other words, today we sadly have to say farewell to each other after an amazing workshop.

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Enjoy a great moments with Steve McCurry from Burma


Experience the Best of Burma with Better Moments

Luis Moreno from Spain has traveled with Better Moments multiple times, including our Steve McCurry’s Burma workshop. According to Luis, Burma is one of the best places to take pictures.

Enjoy the film from Burma with Luis, who takes us behind the scenes alongside Steve McCurry.

“Traveling with Better Moments means joining a group of international guests who all share one thing in common: a passion for photography. Better Moments workshops provide an unparalleled opportunity to capture the beauty of Burma while learning from the best and connecting with fellow photography enthusiasts from around the world.”
— Luis Moreno


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  • January 16th-24th 2025
  • 9 Days
  • Number of guests: 8-16
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance



    • € 10,395 in shared double room.
    • € 10,945 in single room.
    • Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
    • All prices are per person.
      Experience the joy of photography with our INVITE A FRIEND initiative! Bring a friend or a special someone along without enrolling them in our workshops and enjoy savings on the total rate, subject to availability.


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