Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009

E-mail:    •    Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 5pm, EST).

Justin Black – Managing Director: 1-202-302-9030 • Email:

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We look forward to hearing from you!


Featured Instructor

Bill Ellzey

It's probably a colossal cliche to call oneself a seeker of beauty.  But I am one.  I believe that people who take photography workshops in nature are on a similar hunt.  I see my purpose at workshops to be a worthy hunting guide.  Not only a guide to great locations but also a sharer of accumulated experience with camera & lens.  Beyond what it takes to make sharp pictures with desired depth of field, ƒ stops & shutter speeds, though, I strive to awaken in participants a greater noticing.  Noticing line, contrast, balance, form, space, the direction, quantity and above all, quality, of light.

Bill Ellzey picked up his first camera in 1965, at age 20, little knowing that photography would become his profession. Since then camera work has taken him around the world completing assignments and teaching photographers – professional and amateur alike – the art and techniques of the medium.

His work from India, China, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Egypt, Ireland, Bhutan, Zambia, Chilean Patagonia, Tibet and the American West has been published broadly around the world.

He directed Western Photo Workshops in Telluride, Colorado for eleven years and continues to teach privately and for distinguished photo programs in North America and overseas.

Bill's images have appeared in magazines, books, calendars, newspapers, catalogs, annual reports, galleries and private collections. His stock photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection. Bill lives and works from his self-built, strawbale home in Crestone, Colorado.

Bill Ellzey's Website

Welcome to Visionary Wild

We invite you to have a look around and learn about our vision and upcoming programs. Visionary Wild specializes in inspiring, effective, and generous instruction by leading professionals, low student-to-instructor ratios, accompanied by excellent support and amenities. We pride ourselves on being exceptional hosts, and our programs are usually packaged inclusive of single-occupancy lodging (double-occupancy available at prorated fees) and fine dining or high-quality catering of all meals.

Upcoming experiences in 2016 and 2017 include: an expedition to both eastern and western Greenland, based on a three-masted schooner; safaris in the Serengeti and Botswana’s Chobe River; the stunning South Island of New Zealand; Spitsbergen aboard a two-masted schooner; an overland photo tour among the mountains of Kyrgyzstan; jaguars of the Brazilian Pantanal; polar bears in the Canadian Arctic; swimming with whales in Tonga; the enchanting rain forest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula; Madagascar; chartered expeditions to the Galapagos and to the Falklands and South Georgia Island with Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelson, and Art Wolfe; and more. Jack Dykinga and John Shaw will lead our popular Vision Workshops among the canyons of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, and through the elegant and haunting beauty of Death Valley. We’ll also lead workshops to photograph the redwoods and rhododendrons of the northern California coast with Jeff Foott and Jerry Dodrill, and more. We hope you will join us!