Nature and conservation

This Summit workshop allows participants to learn and photograph alongside the best nature and wildlife storytellers in the industry. 

A Peak Photography Experience

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.

*Summit Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service*



Due upon registration
$ 500
  • Deposit holds your spot in the workshop

Full Tuition

Nature & Conservation Workshop
$ 2995
  • Workshop Tuition

You will learn

Wildlife Photography
Landscape Photography
Conservation Photography
Night Skies
Macro Photography

You should take this workshop if...

You are passionate about nature and wildlife photography and want to learn to use images and storytelling to inspire action.

You want to learn and grow from the best nature photographers in the industry, all members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

You want to be put in front of stunning scenery, vibrant fall colors, and iconic wildlife and photograph it all alongside instructors excited to help you grow as a photographer.

You want to network with industry professionals and like minded photographers.

2024 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS to be announced soon

Workshop Itinerary

Day one
  • 11am:  Check-in / Introductions
  • Class: Faculty Presentations and Instruction
  • Small Group Sessions With Faculty
  • Afternoon/Evening Shoots With Faculty
Day two
  • Class: Techniques in Shooting Outdoors
  • Class: Building your Nature Photography Skillset
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Morning and Evening Shoots with Faculty
  • Photographers’ Social
Day three
  • Early Morning Shoots
  • Class: Faculty Presentations and Instruction
  • 1:1 Sessions With Faculty
  • Afternoon/Evening Shoots With Faculty
Day four
  • Early Morning Shoots
  • Class: Faculty Presentations and Instruction
  • 1:1 Sessions With Faculty
  • Afternoon/Evening
Day five
  • Early Morning Shoots
  • Class: Image Critique, Faculty Roundtable and Career Discussion
  • Closing Reception

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 Virginian near downtown Jackson.
  • The workshop hotel is The Virginian, call and mention the Summit Nature Workshop for the discounted group rate.
  • Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, a rental car is required for this workshop.
  • 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. 
  • 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 may also want to bring a few more formal options (if you desire) for the welcome and closing receptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

No! Summit Workshops is available to any photographer, regardless of what brand of camera you use. We often have camera gear available to borrow, free of charge, but you are not required to use that gear or any specific brand. 

Tuition includes activity fees, location fees, all instruction, planning and logistics. It does not cover hotels, travel, and most meals. 

Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. We all learn from and help one another, that is what makes the Summit Community so special. 

With few exceptions (like a medical reason), having proof of COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement on our Summit Workshops.


Discounted rates have been secured for students at the The Virginian Lodge in Jackson. This is where the workshop hotel and where the faculty and staff will be staying! We will send you the booking link upon registration and hope you’ll take advantage of this discount at the workshop hub! 

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