Welcome to the Summit.

The pinnacle of photography.
Expanded offerings to online education,
Summit store, and a new, modern website.

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Meet the Best in the Industry

For nearly 3 decades, we have brought the most elite photographers, editors, and creatives from all over the country and abroad to be a part of our unique ‘team-teaching’ workshops.

Networking to the Extreme

Workshop alumni regard the Summit networking as the best tool to jumpstart a career, collaborate on new ideas, and build a rolodex of top-notch creatives.

Online Education & Shop

An expanded offering as we move our high-quality education to the virtual world complemented with various Summit products  to be a part of our close-knit community.

High Attendee Satisfaction

You will not find a more personable & organized educational workshop that has the sole focus of bettering you in the expanding creative world. We are here for you!

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Why Be a Part of the Summit?

The summit is the highest point of the mountain, and the Summit Series of Photography Workshops represent the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. We combine the best instruction in photography and latest digital technologies, with top-level creativity and the best career networking available anywhere. This has led to over 30 years of the Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.

With our expanded offerings, we are able to bring you the in-person workshops, an online education platform full with tutorials and classes, and a new Summit shop — all within a new, modern design.

Stop blending in with the rest of the crowd and start leaving your mark on the world.

Our Passion For What We Do Transfers To Our Workshops

Powered by Clarkson Creative, the Summit Series of Workshops is ran by a team of 10+ photographers, multimedia specialists, and creatives. The Clarkson Creative team works in the industry day-in and day-out ensuring extreme passion and knowledge for the amazing world of visual art and photography.

Summit Nature

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the focus is on capturing top scenic and wildlife visuals from the Grand Tetons to brown bears in the wild.

Summit Sports

Partnered with the U.S. Olympic Training Center, we offer a wide mix of sports from recreational to elite professionals. The Colorado summer weather adds to perfect sports scenarios.

Summit Adventure

Calling all action enthusiasts, this week is full of rock climbing, kayaking, and other adventures with a beautiful backdrop. Actions skills not needed.

Summit Advanced Lighting

The importance of lighting funnels into all corners of the creative industry. The focus will be on lighting techniques to improve your setups no matter the conditions.

Summit Destination: Alaska!

Travel with nature guru, Tom Mangelsen & Bob Smith, to the far stretches of the wild in an area known for brown bear habitats and amazing scenics.

Summit Destination: Africa!

We bring you into the wild to photograph the best Africa has to offer in wildlife & scenics. Bob Smith & Keith Ladzinski will lead the intimate group throughout Tanzania.

The Best of Learning with Nikon

nikonThe partnership with Nikon Professional Services has been one of our longest relationships in the lifetime of the workshops. Nikon has always held educating the next generation of photographers as a top priority — and at the Summit it is no different.

At our workshops, Nikon provides in-person technical support as well as consignment bodies and lenses to rent out for use throughout the workshop time. This has helped many photographers learn on the latest equipment to become the better photographer they want to be.

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"The career advice and critiques I received by the instructors shaped who I am as a photographer and my success is in large part due to their advise and wisdom. It is a pleasure to look back on my time at the workshop and see how it propelled my career top new places."

− Jamey Price, 2010 Sports Workshop

"Best series of workshops I have attended -- the experience and location make the workshop worth every penny."

− Ivan Sebborn, 2010 & 2012 Summit Nature Workshop

"Single best educational experience of my life. My head was reeling with the possibilities which are now in front of me. Brought photography to me in such a way that I can really begin to use it in my life."

− Don Estes, 2010 Summit Workshop
Workshop Attendees
Years Running
Elite Faculty
Workshop Staff

10% Workshop Discount for Alumni, Photo Educators, Students,
and members of NPPA, NPS, ASMP & NANPA

NatureLongest running

$ 2300

Per Month
  • SEPT 27 – OCT 2
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • On-location in Grand Tetons
  • Portfolio Reviews

SportsMost Popular

$ 1750

Per Month
  • JULY 22 – 27
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Professional Baseball Games

AdventureFastest Growing

$ 1950

Per Month
  • SEPT 19 – 24
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Rock Climb, Kayak, and more
  • Night of camping

LightingNew workshop

$ 1300

Per Month
  • MAY 22-24, 2015
  • Denver, CO
  • Advanced techniques
  • Small faculty-student ratio

Alaskasmall group

$ 6995

Per Month
  • AUGUST 26-30
  • Includes housing & food
  • Katmai National Park
  • Habitat of brown bears, bald eagles, and more
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