Iraqi Kurdistan
20 – 28 April 2024

Full of winding streets and yellowish brick houses, standing on a mound of thousands of years of rubble and remains, the citadel of Ebril looms above the centre of the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. It is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, having been populated for over eight thousand years.



Are we mad? Not at all! Do we want to provide workshops in uncommon and fascinating places, you bet we do! Despite what many people might think and thanks in part to media reports that often paint a dark picture, Iraqi Kurdistan is actually relatively safe and home to some of the kindest people you will ever meet.


Iraqi Kurdistan is an entirely autonomous region located in Iraq and is inhabited primarily by the Kurdish ethnic minority.  The citadel of Erbil is a World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world. The towns around the capital boast some of the most breathtaking natural backdrops with a smaller-town feel that will enable us to really delve deep into the Iraqi Kurdish culture.


During the workshop, participants will be working on honing their visual narrative skills and learning how to build a story while discovering a different and unique side of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Mentors for The Raw Society Workshops

Jorge Delgado-Ureña & Christelle Enquist

Renowned Spanish photographers, resident mentors and co-founders of The Raw Society, Jorge Delgado-Ureña and Christelle Enquist have taught dozens of photography workshops all over the world.

Jorge has over 15 years of experience in photography and an innate ability for teaching. He’s been published in several local and international magazines, including National Geographic, Ijsberg Magazine, La Vanguardia, Publico, Fisheye Magazine to name a few. His photographs have also been exhibited in El Colegio de Periodistas and Lomography Embassy in Barcelona, Lensculture Berlin 2017, The Independent Photographer Berlin 2018 and he is currently working on the publication of two books of his photography from Cuba and Morocco.

Jorge will help guide students on creating complex layered compositions, toning and processing your images, and telling a story through your photography.

Christelle’s work has been exhibited in Australia, USA, Belgium and Nepal and she is featured in the “Woman Street Photographers” book published by Penguin Random House in March 2021. An expert in colour theory, Christelle will help guide students on the power of color in photography, as well as teach them foundational skills like sequencing and editing your images.


20 - 28 April 2024


Erbil - Lalish - Akre


Erbil International Airport (pick-up & drop-off included in fees)


4-8 participants


Citizens of USA, Europe, Canada and many other countries do not need to get a Visa ahead of time. Visas are provided upon entry at the airport. Here is the full list of countries exempt of a Visa application.


Single occupancy: 3,600€/person

Double occupancy: 3,450€/person


*Members receive a 10% discount on the above prices. E-mail us before booking to get your discount code.

Payment Options

Please choose the type of room you would like and whether you want to pay the whole sum now or just pay the deposit to make sure you secure your spot.


NOTE: If you choose to pay just the deposit, the remaining balance is due 30 days before the workshop begins.


This will be a hands-on workshop in which all participants will be mentored by Jorge Delgado-Ureña along with support from Christelle Enquist.


As the objective of this workshop is to work on visual storytelling, each participant will be creating their own magazine.

Participants will be expected to fully immerse themselves, push their boundaries and rise up to the challenges that they are given.

This also means that the workshop itinerary is not fixed and will be adapted according to the opportunities that arise while on the ground, and the stories that participants want to focus on.


  • Individual portfolio revision: The workshop will begin with a revision of your work with the aim of evaluating your level and in order to discuss your objectives during your stay in Iraqi Kurdistan.

  • Visual Storytelling: Discussion on how to create a visual line in your stories and overall work whilst developing your own style. This will be one of the main objectives during the workshop and assignments will be given to each participant to develop your storytelling technique over the course of the seven days.

  • Revision and constructive criticism: both in group and individually through out the workshop.



Dynamic composition, light and ways around bad lighting conditions, colour theory and its application to photography, selection & editing, creating visual narratives and the differences depending on the final support.

Iraqi Kurdistan workshop. Photo taken in Erbil by Jorge Delgado-ureña


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We reserve the right to improvise (always with the objective to improve your overall experience), and change the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Fun and safety are our number one priority.

We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met (which quite frankly, is highly unlikely. Who wouldn’t want to have this experience of a lifetime!?).

Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us. We wouldn’t want you roaming around unguided.


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