Photography At The Summit Nature & Conservation
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Dates: September 26 – October 1, 2021
Deposit: $395 / Tuition: $2,595
Photography at the Summit
The Nature and Wildlife Workshop, also called Photography at the Summit, is the longest-running workshop in the Summit Series. It brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors — many from National Geographic — and combines it with the beautiful setting of the Grand Tetons. Our faculty offers a wide-variety of photography knowledge, so a student may go shoot in the morning with an expert nature photographer, review their work in the afternoon with a professional editor, then go over their editing process with a tech expert.
This workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn from, photograph alongside, and network with the very individuals who are uniquely positioned to help them with their career development. While many nature workshops provide you with an opportunity to shoot outstanding nature photos, we take it one step further by truly offering you a chance to both expand your portfolio and to expand your network. Included in the instructional sessions will be lectures on conservation photography, freelance photography, and marketing and software/technology.
What you’ll learn:
Composition and Nature Photography Techniques. Photographing Jackson, WY and the Grand Tetons. Conservation in Photography and Photojournalism. Social Media and Marketing Techniques. Building and Organizing your Portfolio. Freelance and the Business of Nature Photography.
*Summit Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service*
What To Know
Each day you will have the option to sign up for separate outings with different instructors. We encourage participants to read up on the faculty and think about who they would like to shoot with. We also suggest branching out and trying a bit of everything!
While there is no steep hiking required on this workshop, some outings will involve carrying heavy lenses/gear on flat trails.
There will be lots of gear to check out and rent on a daily basis.
The workshop classroom is located at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The workshop hotel is the Alpine House, call and mention the Summit Nature Workshop for the discounted group rate.
A rental car is encouraged, but not needed. Many venues require a drive and can be spread out, however, we promote car pooling and many attendees without cars can get everywhere they need.
The daily drives consists of early morning shoots, then to Workshop HQ, back to town, and then lastly back to Workshop HQ for the nightly presentation. If you don’t drive, pitch in for gas. If you do, carpool a few and get your gas paid for!
Make sure to pack clothing options for all days. They are long days so you may change at least once a day so pack extra for that. Jackson in the fall usually gives you a mix of all weather. The most important thing is to bring WARM clothes for the morning shoots that start before sunrise. This includes many layers, hats, gloves, and anything else to keep you warm dealing with your cold, metal equipment.
You will also want to bring a few more formal options (if you desire) for the welcome and closing receptions.
2021 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Melissa is a wildlife photographer, writer, speaker, and educator. She's a contributing editor to Audubon magazine, writes a column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. She speaks and writes extensively on issues of ethics and conservation in wildlife photography, and leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Melissa was Chair of the Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association from 2014-2018. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, such as Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Natural History. Melissa is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and has a long-term gallery at Audubon Greenwich in Connecticut.
One of the National Geographic’s most prolific and talented photographers, Bill Allard’s artistry has resulted in some of the Geographic’s most memorable stories and individual pictures from the American West to the streets of Paris, France. Full of vigor, Allard’s critiques are classics and his no-mince-words approach embraces insightful and useful advice.
Morgan (Mo) Heim raises a camera for one purpose – to capture moments in an animal’s life that will make us consider what that life means. Inevitably, those stories involve people as much as wildlife. How we treat them. Why we need them. What we love, or hate about them. Mo, used to work as a wildlife ecologist for NOAA on things like killer whale surveys and the Elwha Dam Removal project. She later earned a Master’s in environmental journalism and is a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). She has covered endangered fishing cats and shrimp farm development, and the environmental impacts of marijuana grows in our nation’s forests. In 2016, she became a National Geographic grantee for her collaboration on urban coyotes. Her photographic work has appeared in outlets such as Smithsonian, Discover, NationalGeographic.com, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and bioGraphic.com.
Mike is a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers who has focused his career on North America’s Great Plains, its prairie wildlife, and watersheds. His work has appeared in National Geographic and Outdoor Photographer, and his books on On Ancient Wings and Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild have been turned into documentary films for PBS. Mike is co-founder of the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, and currently serves as faculty with the University of Nebraska.
Dave Showalter is based in Colorado and focused on the American West. Dave has published two books – Sage Spirit, The American West at A Crossroads by Braided River (2015); and the award-winning Prairie Thunder by Skyline Press (2007). Dave's photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, Wilderness, Colorado Life and elsewhere.
Jim has work appearing regularly in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler in addition to Geographic books. Jim is on assignment for Nat Geo projects almost full time and for good reason. Richardson, a onetime newspaper photographer in Kansas and Colorado, brings amazing story-telling techniques along with detailed research to his pictures. Thirty years ago, he began photographing the area around his hometown in north central Kansas.
Wes Pitts is the editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine and the editorial director for Madavor Media’s Creative Division, which also publishes Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro magazines. Wes has been with OP and its sister publications since 1998, working in a variety of editorial roles. He has a passion for collaborating with photographers and writers to share compelling stories about the art of photography and employing the medium to create awareness and inspire conservation of wild places. Wes is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in photography.
An advocate for the planet’s most at-risk species, Katie operates at the nexus between science, empathy, and storytelling. More than a decade of filmmaking across six continents has afforded Katie expertise in the field and in the editing room. Using her signature storytelling flair, Katie’s films explore how we live alongside nature, garnering accolades, accruing millions of views, and inspiring meaningful conservation victories. Her production company, Coral & Oak Studios, has partnered with many of the most recognizable names in wildlife filmmaking, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC, HBO, and PBS. Katie’s film, Pangolin, is the winner of six best short awards including Jackson Wild’s 2017 Best Short category. Since its premiere, Pangolin has been translated into four languages, reaching over 75 million people while serving as an important tool for conservation. Two of her latest films, Where Life Begins, and Nigerians Fight to Protect the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal, have won awards at festivals in 2019. Katie is a National Geographic Explorer, a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, a Henry Luce Fellow, and a member of the International League of a Conservation Photographer’s Emerging League.
Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in the world’s smaller creatures. He regularly partners with organizations such as the National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. He was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America's first federally protected native bee in 2017. In 2019, Bolt became the first photographer to document a living Wallace's Giant Bee—the world's largest bee—as a part of a four person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands knowns as the North Moluccas. Learn more at www.claybolt.com.
A Nikon Ambassador and one of the pioneers in the conversion to all-digital photography, Dave Black is best known for his sports photography including covering Olympic games for more than 20 years for Newsweek. Constantly reinventing himself, he’s currently pushing new frontiers in combining lightpainting and western imagery, photography well suited for a gallery wall.
Doug is a conservation, wildlife and animal welfare photojournalist, with a focus on Australian issues. His work has been published by National Geographic, BioGraphic, Australian Geographic, Ranger Rick, The Big Issue and in papers such as the NY Times and The Australian. His recent work has focused on the conservation and animal welfare issues that face the platypus, the Grey-headed Flying-fox, and the little blue penguins of Melbourne. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and is also governor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (Australia). A contributing photographer to National Geographic Creative and the Nature Picture Library, Doug has been a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Big Picture Natural World competitions, has won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year ‘Our Impact’ category, and most recently, won the inaugural Wildscreen Panda PhotoStory Award.
Michael is an internationally published adventure photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers and many more other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world.
Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-founder of PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. Allen previously served as a founding employee and Senior Vice President of Engineering at HotJobs.com.
Mark has been behind a camera for nearly 40-years and began his photography career in the US Navy documenting the Navy’s global operations as a Syracuse University trained photojournalist. During his 20-years of military service Mark travel the world capturing historical moments with his camera. His efforts and talent were recognized through numerous awards, including being awarded the prestigious Military Photographer of the Year. Mark now works for Nikon Professional Services where he has spent almost 20-years continuing his passion for adventure, travel and photography which has taken him on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, the Galapagos Islands, diving with Humpback Whales off the coast of south and central America, and traveling deep into the jungles of the Amazon River basin for non-profit ECO groups. For 20-years he has been the Black Team Leader for the Eddie Adams Workshop, covered numerous Olympics, World Cups, Super Bowls and Presidential Inaugurations, and is the co-author of America from 500-feet II, a photographic exploration of the United States from the air with dear friend Bill Fortney.
Workshop Information & Itinerary
Access to Photographers and Editors from National Geographic, International League of Conservation Photographers, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and more.
Small Group Outings With Professionals
Premiere Networking Opportunities
Incredible Scenery and Wildlife, This is the PRIME Time to Visit Jackson and Grand Teton National Park
Spending A Week With An Amazing Group of Likeminded Photographers
Costs Included In Tuition:
Activity Fees, Continental Breakfasts, Welcome Meals (details will be on your itinerary), Equipment Rentals
Hotels, Most Meals, National Park Passes
To view a PDF of last year’s schedule, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Keep in mind, we are constantly updating to make every year better.
NATURE DAY 1
Intro to Digital Photography
Approaching Wildlife Photography
NATURE DAY 2
Class: Advanced Hands-on DSLR
Class: Advanced Photoshop/Lightroom
Class: PocketWizard, HyperSync, Metering
On-Location: Grand Teton, Mormon Row
NATURE DAY 3
On-Location: Sunrise, Wildlife
On-Location: OxBow Bend, Mormon Row
Class: Camera Care & Cleaning Tips
Class: Off-Camera Lighting
Class: Light Painting
NATURE DAY 4
On-Location: Fall Changing Colors
On-Location: Teton National Park
Class: Ultimate Digital Light Table
Class: Printing from Photoshop & Lightroom
NATURE DAY 5
On-Location: Capture wildlife
On-Location: Jenny Lake
Class: Marketing for Photographers
NATURE DAY 6
On Location: TBD
Class: Approaching Editors