About Cathy & Gordon
Cathy and Gordon Illg are freelance photographers specializing in nature and wildlife photography. For more than twenty years they have been guiding tours to outstanding locations for both scenic and wildlife photography. Their work has appeared in nearly all the major nature publications and prominent travel magazines, as well as earning numerous awards in Nature’s Best International Photographic Competitions. In 2003, they earned second place in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.
They are more than just skilled photographers and instructors; they are also Certified International Tour Managers, which ensures that traveling companions will have a great time, regardless of where they are traveling and what they are doing. The job is particularly fulfilling when it involves bringing guests face to face with the great outdoors and the creatures that call it home.
If you are already an accomplished photographer, they will get you to the good locations, at the right times, and set you free. However, if you want help, they will provide as much instruction as you want. On most tours instructional presentations are provided, and participants are always encouraged to bring a sample of their work for a helpful, friendly critique or just to share with the group.
Cathy & Gordon's Upcoming Tours
Photo by: L Esenko
Location: Hvar Croatia
September 30-Oct 10 2023
Croatia Gem of the Adriatic
Photo by: Jacque Steedle
March 1-9, 2024
Patagonia and PumaLand
Cathy and Gordon are calm, fun, and a pleasure to meet Tour was Awesome, everyone was so helpful and respectful. It was comforted to be guided around by Strabo tours and the airports.Trip was a 10 out of 10!
— A. & R. Morrison
Cathy & Gordon were great! they helped me in and out of the boats, with gear and were patient with me. All the meals were great. Local guides did their jobs well. First sighting of a Jaguar was the highlight. Your services were thorough as always. Kudo’s to Jacque for helping me get a new flight after airline untimely demise.
— Nancy Nelson
Based on your advice I had everything I needed for the trip. Greetings upon arrival were great as well as all transportation, group size was also good. Local guide, Cathy & Gordon worked well as a team and were very laid back which I very much appreciated. Variety of locations was also great. We got useful tips on camera care and shooting for the environment.
— J. Chase
Cathy & Gordon are great tour leaders because they are uniquely qualified in nature and in photography. I highly recommend taking one of their tours IF you want to learn a lot and get some fine images for your collection. They really spent time with those of us on the tour to be sure we got the images we wanted. In my opinion, you can’t lose by taking one of the Adventure tours.
— L. Poe
Your naturalist guide was excellent as were Cathy and Gordon. The lodges etc. were well selected and put us in the correct location. Most had excellent food, and transfers worked like clock work. Well Planned, well organized and well done!!!