The Adventures in Oz Photographic Counsel adventure began in Alice Springs. Tony Hewitt and I met the group at the airport. Lorri and Malik were our two Americans, winners of the Nik Software Sweepstakes competition held throughout Europe and the USA. They joined Australian photographers Phillipa, Felix, Alan, Mark, Frank and Warwick. Along with Dave our guide, driver and camp maker, we bundled ourselves into a specialised four-wheel drive vehicle and were soon bouncing along a dirt track leading to our first destination, Rainbow Valley.