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Adventure Photography Workshop

proudly presented in cooperatoin with these fine sponsors


Come and spend a week learning from top adventure photographers and editors while enjoying the outdoor paradise of Jackson, WY. We'll be working with Exum Mountain Guides, The North Face editors and professional athletes and National Geographic Adventure for an active week photographing climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, camping and more.

Video overview of the Adventure Photography Workshop for additional videos be sure to check our
Workshop Video page

Instruction will cover a wide variety of topics from creative imaging making to workflow management of digital photography, from breaking in to the business to life on the road . There will be sessions dealing with career development, networking, new opportunities in multimedia and more. Key pictures from the week will be viewed carefully by editors from National Geographic and The North Face. The week will be split between field sessions in the shadow of the Tetons and a classroom setting in Teton Village, with an ovenight camping trip added to the mix.

Images from behind the scenes at the Adventure Photography Workshop

Faculty brings a wealth of national and international experience to the week in Jackson. They'll use photos, video and personal stories from the field to discuss how they broke into the highly coveted and competitive action/adventure industry, and how they remain at the top of prestigious client lists.

In this practical, informative, and inspirational workshop, participants will learn techniques and keys to success as we discuss everything from journalistic philosophy to the hands-on business of "the business": travel tips, equipment pointers and suggestions, technical aspects of their work, and finally the level of passion, commitment, and perseverance required to enter and remain in this exciting branch of photography.

Workshop History

When the respected National Geographic Society launched a new publication, it was only natural they bring the Geographic's great photography to the world of adventure. With the changing media landscape, National Geographic Adventure has moved online, where it continues to uphold the National Geographic standards of excellence. in 2006, the magazine partnered with the Summit Series of workshops to begin annual workshops in adventure photography. Six days of classroom, career counseling and field photography in Tetons provides not only an insider's view on technical and creative advances, but also advise with practical career-development in this fast growing field.

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A workshop attendee learns how to photograph a climbing model while roped in to the wall

space still available!

Register Online Here


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Teton Village, WY
The classroom is the Vertical Room the Inn at Jackson Hole
(about 15 minutes from downtown Jackson, WY)


September 20-25, 2014
Plan on arriving the Friday evening prior or early Saturday morning, and departing Friday morning following the workshop.


including all instruction, use of
all equipment, guiding and modelling fees and some meals.
(see details below)


Below is the 2014 faculty with future updates.
Chris Burkard
Lucas Gilman
Keith Ladzinski
Corey Rich
Sadie Quarrier
National Geographic magazine
Ron Taniwaki
Nikon Professional Services
Rich Clarkson
As always, even though posted, last minute cancellations and substitutions can and do occur.

Workshop Information and Packets

Workshop Attendee Packet
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) PDF

Tentative Schedule
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) . PDF

Suggested Packing List
(from 2013, will be very similar for 2014) . PDF

David Gonzales Syndicated Universal Press Syndicate Story


Other Helpful Links

Workshop Brochure with additional general workshop information. PDF

The Inn at Jackson Hole: www.innatjh.com
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce: www.jacksonholechamber.com
Teton Mountaineering: www.tetonmountaineering.com (camping equipment rental)


the north face

With 10 instructors and staff onsite, each student can be assured a low student-to-instructor ratio and ample personalized attention. The combined knowledge of the faculty is outstanding and attendees have a chance to get not one or two opinions on their work, but many points of view from a cross-section of the industry that you won't find anywhere else, including staff and athletes from The North Face.

Expect ample time for shooting in the field, one-on-one and group technical instruction, peer review of images you shoot during the week, portfolio reviews and career counseling. Be sure to also check the Daily Sessions page for a description of a typical day at the workshop, though this week will veer a little more on the active side than a week at one of our other workshops.

Daily shooting and critiques should produe a nice package of photos for your portfolio by weeks end. Nikon will have digital cameras to loan on a 24-hour basis as well as a variety of lenses, with SanDisk providing memory cards for the group. Apple will provide indepth instruction on their leading photographic workflow tool, Aperture 3. We will provide printers for use during the week and we'll cover best practices for getting the most out of your digital printer. Individual appointments with instructors for portfolio reviews and career counseling are encouraged. The week begins with a welcoming reception and ends with a farewell dinner, courtesy of our sponsors. This workshop is best suited for professional and advanced-amateur photographers who are looking to take their photography and careers to the next level.

A slideshow of images produced at the workshop by previous attendees.

We ask that you bring all of the equipment with which you normally shoot, especially Nikon users, as you will be able to use the large consignment of Nikon cameras and lenses in conjunction with your own. Photographers that currently use other brands of cameras are free to use your own equipment. You'll need to provide your own laptop or other workstation to download and edit your images, though we can assist you with a variety of demo software available.

Attendees are expected to bring all gear relevant to the outdoor experience. At a minimum, you'll need cold weather clothing, sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes, a sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees, tent or bivy sack, headlamp, large backpack, campstove and cookware, in addition to food for the overnight trip. You may also wish to bring technical climbing gear if you wish to get on the ropes, but will only need a harness, belay device and shoes. We'll have the ropes and protection on the routes, as well as a few loaner harnesses for those without gear.


The North Face director of photography and video Scott Willson reviews a portfolio.

We've begun updating packets, schedules and other information, posted in the right hand column, for your downloading and review. Items posted from last year are still valuable for review as many of the details remain the same from year to year, with only specific times and order adjusted during the week, and perhaps a few new sessions added to respond to the changing landscape of photography. Please call 1-800-745-3211 with further questions, one of our associates would be happy to describe the workshop at length. We will continue to post updated information concerning workshop


Adventure Photography Video Series

Take a moment to enjoy our new Adventure Photography 101 Video series for National Geographic Adventure featuring faculty from the Adventure Photography Workshop, more installments comings soon! Browse the videos from faculty members Corey Rich, Scott Willson and Rich Clarkson to hear highlights from their adventures and photographic careers.


Host Hotel

The Inn at Jackson Hole in Teton Village, WY, where the faculty will also be staying and the workshop classroom is hosted. The hotel will be the meeting point for all excursions as well as group breakfasts and other informal gatherings throughout the week. Call 1-800-842-7666 and mention the Adventure Photography Workshop to receive special rates of $89 per night. The discounted rate is valid on bookings only through August 22, then on a space available basis.

Also, here is a list of camping facitlities in the Jackson.


You may fly into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) or drive in from the surrounding area. In the case that flights into Jackson are fully booked, Idaho Falls is the next nearest airport (about 2 hours by car), followed by Salt Lake City (about 5 hours by car). If you fly into the area, you may wish to rent a car for the greatest flexibility, though the workshop will have a handful of workshop vehicles to carpool where possible.


$1950.00; includes the welcoming reception on Saturday evening, all instruction, evening presentations, and the farewell dinner on Thursday night. Please budget for lodging, car rental, and meals and you will need to reserve your own travel, lodging and car rentals. You may register via one of the methods below with a deposit of $295. The remainder of the registration fee needs to be paid two months in advance. Just prior to that deadline, we will email you a reminder that we will automatically charge your card for the remainder of your tuition. If you would prefer another method of payment, or you paid your deposit by check, please contact us at that time to finalize payment. Tuition deposits will be refunded in full up to June 25th.  After that time, if you need to cancel for any reason, your paid deposit/tuition is non-refundable, but can be applied in full to a future workshop of your choosing.

Space still available!

A tuition discount of 10% is offered for full-time students and photography educators, workshop alumni, and members of our partnering organizations, NPS, NPPA, NANPA and ASMP.

Please Register Online or call our offices at 800-745-3211 to register over the phone. Please don't hesitate to call or email with any additional questions and you may also register over the phone if you would prefer.
Phone: 1-800-745-3211 Local/International: 1-303-295-7770 Email: workshops@richclarkson.com



Top photos left to right: © Corey Rich (3), Summit Series of Workshops (3, Dennis Montgomery (1)  
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