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Fall Photography at the Summit

proudly presented in cooperatoin with these fine sponsors


It's called a Summit because you can't reach any higher, and you can't get to a better workshop embracing digital photography in both editorial and nature/wildlife photography. A workshop where solid and practical instruction is combined with artistry, originality and creativity. The spectatular Grand Tetons are the perfect setting for rekindling your enthusiasm for great photography. The networking that goes on with faculty and other participants is unequalled, and the faculty members are the best in their fields in America. Not only is there formal instruction and individual counseling, but each evening ends with unique social times.

Video overview of Fall Photography at the Summit, for additional videos be sure to
check our Workshop Video page

By combining high-quality image presentation, creativity and digital cameras, this unique workshop is intended to show how technology and photography can combine outside the realm of film to produce exceptional work.

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

A faculty of the nation's top photographers from varying specialties will spend a week with a limited number of participants exploring the endless possibilities of digital photography. In addition to major photographers, the best technical consultants and trainers in North America will join Nikon staff experts to help attendees learn the latest digital techniques.

Space Still Available!

Register Online Here


National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, WY


September 28 -
October 3, 2014
Plan on arriving the Saturday evening prior or early Sunday morning, and departing Saturday morning following the workshop.


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


Below is the tentative faculty for 2014 with future updates
Chris Johns
Jodi Cobb
Michael Forsberg
MaryAnne Golon
Tom Mangelsen
Bob Smith
Rich Clarkson
As always, even though posted, last minute cancellations and substitutions can and do occur.

Workshop Information and Packets

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

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

Directions to Museum for opening reception, daily sessions and evening presentations: 2.5 miles north of the town square in Jackson, on the west side of Highway 89 on the butte overlooking the National Elk Refuge.

National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Road
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001

Other Helpful Links

Workshop Brochure with additional general workshop information. PDF

Rangefinder magazine feature on the 2009 Photography at the Summit

David Gonzales Syndicated UPI Story
Testimonials from previous workshops.

The Alpine House Inn:
Spring Creek Ranch :
National Museum of Wildlife Art:
(including directions)
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce:



fall summit preview

Please enjoy Jim Cornfield's recent feature article
for Rangefinder Magazine
about his time at the
2009 Photography at the Summit.

Please enjoy Jim Cornfield's recent feature article for Rangefinder Magazine about his time at the 2009 Photography at the Summit, it's a great synopsis of what to expect from the week and commentary on his experience as a student last fall.

With 10-15 instructors and staff onsite, and attendance that is capped at 60, 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 a dozen points of view from a cross-section of the profession assembled nowhere else.

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.

Daily shooting and critiques can lead to a finished photo essay, or just a collection 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. We'll have desktop digital printers for use during the week and we'll cover best practices for getting the most out of your digital printer.

A slideshow of the Workshop in session.

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.

fall summit preview

Video overview of Fall Photography at the Summit
for additional videos be sure to check our
Workshop Video page

We ask that you bring all of the equipment with which you normally photograph, especially Nikon shooters, 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 or check out a variety of digital equipment from Nikon, in addition to receiving instruction to get you up to speed. 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.

David Alan Harvey in the NMWA Auditorium

David Alan Harvey presents to the workshop attendees and general public
during the Photography at the Summit evening sessions.

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 the workshop.

Host Hotel

The Alpine House in Jackson, WY. We've negotiated a special workshop rate of $145 per night, including breakfast, for all rooms at the Inn, with additional new larger cottage properties also availble at discounted workshop rates ($195 for studio cottages, $225 for two bedroom cottages). Please call 800-753-1421 and ask for the Photography at the Summit rate, as the special rate cannot be accessed through online booking.

The faculty will stay at the Alpine House, but as it is a smaller property and does fill relatively quickly and almost all workshop sessions are centered at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, you are free to stay wherever in town you'd like that fits your needs and budget. All will be roughly equidistant to the workshop classes.

Some other properties we are familiar with and can recommend:
The Rustic Inn Resort & Spa:
The Parkway Inn: (mention Photography at the Summit for a rate of $99-$119 depening on room choice)
The Painted Buffalo Inn: (call and mention "Photography at the Summit" for a rate of $85 per night)


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, we recommend renting a car for the duration of the week as transportation is not provided and many of the best shooting areas are a decent drive from the museum and town.


$2250.00; includes the welcoming reception on Sunday evening, daily continental breakfast at the museum, instruction, evening presentations, and the farewell dinner on Friday 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 July 2nd.  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:


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