Max Ortiz Aguilar – Costa Rica Bird Photography Workshop

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Costa Rica is one of the most diverse countries in the world, which makes it an ideal destination for wildlife and bird photographers all over. Max Ortiz Aguilar, who is originally from Costa Rica, is leading a limited-space workshop there focusing on bird photography. The workshop moves from the capital city, San Jose, to the Caribbean lowlands and central highland cloud forests over the course of twelve days. Participants will have ample opportunity to photograph a number of exotic species – different toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, and potentially even the Resplendent Quetzal.

An accredited nature photographer of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Max will provide hands-on instruction and handle logistics throughout the trip. Accommodations, food, transportation (except airfare), and all guiding and park fees are included when you register. The workshop is open to all skill levels from beginner to professional, and is a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills in bird photography while adding some remarkable subjects to your portfolio.

For more information or to register, please visit his workshop page or contact him directly at You can also view his work here.


Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.