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Jack Dykinga

Taste life and strive to make a difference.

Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism.  He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines.  His ten wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley.   He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography.  Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images and: IMAGES:  Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon released by Arizona Highways, May 2008, reflect Jack’s love for Arizona. Jack’s latest books are highly educational and showcase his talents as a photographer: “Capture the Magic,” released November 2013, delves into composition and the creative process, and “A Photographer's Life: A Journey from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Celebrated Nature Photographer," released January 2017, recounts the events and influences throughout his 50-year career that shaped the subject matter, style, and design in his art.

Dykinga’s fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. 

Recent work includes:

Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River, appearing in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine.

His illustration of the wilderness lands of Native American Tribes is featured in the August 2010 National Geographic.

Jack has donated his talents to the International Leagure of Conservation Photographer’s RAVEs (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) El Triunfo, Mexico, 2007; Balandra 2007, Baja Sur, Mexico; the Yucatan 2009, Yucatan, Mexico; the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands 2009, as well as the 2010 Patagonia, Chile RAVE and the September 2010 Great Bear RAVE in B.C. Canada.

In each case, Jack and teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world pooled their collective talents to highlight potential environmental degradation.

 In April 2010, Jack’s image: “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best Nature Photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers, and he received: The Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award from the Nature Photographers of North America in March 2011. He has recently been named the recipient of NANPA's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona.  His daughter Camille Bralts lives in Champaign-Urbana. His son Peter Dykinga lives in Tucson and manages Jack’s image collection.

Arizona PBS Interview with Jack:

An Interview with pre-digital Jack:

The Nature Conservancy's Director of Photography interviews Jack

National Geographic gallery of Jack's Native Lands project

Video: Profile of Jack Dykinga

Video: Interview with Jack Dykinga

Learning to See: an interview with Jack Dykinga

Visit Jack's website

Workshops with Jack Dykinga

John Shaw

I think a good attitude to have is that the next frame you shoot is going to be the better, definitive frame.

John, a natural and dedicated teacher, has been a professional nature photographer since the early 1970s. His work has been published in many publications and books, including National Geographic, Nature's Best, National Wildlife, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. In 1997 he received the first-ever Outstanding Photographer Award given by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). Nikon chose him as a featured Legend Behind the Lens in 2002, while Microsoft designated him an Icon of Imaging in 2006.  He has been part of Epson's Stylus Pro fine art print makers group since 2001.

John has published six books on nature photography, plus five eBooks on Photoshop and Lightroom.  He has photographed on every continent, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia.  While he once used a variety of film cameras, he much prefers the advantages of digital capture.

Visit John's Website


I just wanted to thank you personally for the best two days of photographic instruction that I've had in my 52 years. – Bill A.

The breadth and width of information that John Shaw provided both as an artist/photographer and his knowledge of digital software was impressive. His ability to communicate the information even more impressive. – Ric K.

John Shaw is a great leader and photographer and I always look forward to traveling with him. – Gordon K.

Workshops with John Shaw

Frans Lanting

FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time.  His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world.  Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning.  Soon after, he began photographing the natural world—and never turned back.

For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.

“Frans Lanting has set the standards for a whole generation of wildlife photographers,’’ according to the BBC.  “Mr. Lanting’s photographs take creatures that have become ordinary and transform them into haunting new visions,” writes field biologist Dr. George Schaller in The New York Times.  “As a chronicler of natural history today, Frans Lanting is a singular, extraordinary talent,” says Thomas Kennedy, former Director of Photography at National Geographic.  “He has the mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet.”

Lanting’s work is commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a Photographer-in-Residence.  His assignments have ranged from a first look at the fabled bonobos of the Congo to a unique circumnavigation by sailboat of South Georgia Island in the subantarctic.  In a remote part of the upper Amazon Basin, he spent weeks on platform towers to obtain rare tree-canopy views of wild macaws.  He has lived for months with seabirds on isolated atolls in the Pacific Ocean, followed lions through the African night, and camped among giant tortoises inside a volcano in the Galápagos.

Lanting did pioneering work in Madagascar, where he documented wildlife and tribal traditions never photographed before.  His celebrated coverage of the Okavango Delta in National Geographic has been credited with inspiring a surge of international interest in wildlife and conservation in Botswana.  His photo essays about rainforest ecology in Borneo, emperor penguins in Antarctica, and the troubled fate of puffins in the North Atlantic, have been featured in publications around the world.  Images from his year-long odyssey to assess global biodiversity at the turn of the millennium filled an issue of National Geographic. 

Lanting’s work also includes profiles of ecological hot spots from India to New Zealand, as well as features on the majesty and plight of albatrosses, and a remarkable study of chimpanzees in Senegal that is shedding new light on human evolution.

In 2006, Lanting launched The LIFE Project, a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present, as a book, an exhibition, an interactive website (, and a multimedia orchestral performance with music by Philip Glass.  The symphonic version of LIFE premiered in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006 and has been touring North America and Europe ever since.  ORIGINS, a new multimedia production based on LIFE, was performed in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2008, at the official ceremony to inaugurate CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the largest machine ever built to study the origins of the universe.  LIFE was performed at the Lincoln Center in New York in 2009 to launch the World Science Festival and to honor the distinguished biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson, and in 2012 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended a performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam during a gala event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund. 

Lanting’s books have received awards and acclaim: “No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting,” writes The New Yorker.  His books include Life:  A Journey Through Time (2006), Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), Living Planet (1999), Eye to Eye (1997), Bonobo (1997), Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden (1993, 2013), Forgotten Edens (1993), Madagascar, A World Out of Time (1990), Islands of the West (1986), and Feathers (1982).  In 2000, his book Eye to Eye was named by National Public Radio-KQED as one of the 50 most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.

Lanting has received many honors and awards for his work.  In 2001 H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor.  He has received top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.  Lanting has been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London and is a recipient of Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award.  In 2012 he was appointed as an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund Netherlands.

Lanting’s mission is to use photography to help create leverage for conservation efforts ranging from local initiatives to global campaigns, through his publications, alliances, public appearances, and active support of environmental organizations.  He serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, on the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International, and on the International Board of WildAid.  Lanting is a Trustee of the Foundation Board of the University of California Santa Cruz, and is an honorary Director of the Friends of Long Marine Lab.  He is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer, a co-founder of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

Frans Lanting makes his home in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and partner, Chris Eckstrom, an editor, videographer, and former staff writer at National Geographic with whom he collaborates on fieldwork and publishing projects.

Workshops with Frans Lanting

Chris Eckstrom

Christine Eckstrom is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she grew up in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and New England.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she is the author of Forgotten Edens (National Geographic Books), and is a contributing author of more than a dozen books published by National Geographic, where she worked as a staff writer for 15 years. Assignments have taken her to wild places on all seven continents to cover subjects ranging from wildlife in Zambia to a profile of Brazil’s Pantanal.

For the past two decades she has worked with her husband and partner,Frans Lanting, on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. Her stories have appeared in National GeographicAudubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and in other international publications. Her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel.

Eckstrom collaborated with Lanting to produce Life: A Journey Through Time(Taschen), a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. They worked together to realize The LIFE Project as a traveling exhibition, an interactive website (, and a multimedia orchestral performance featuring the imagery of Lanting and the music of composer Philip Glass. The LIFE symphony premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006, and is currently touring North America and Europe. Eckstrom and Lanting also worked together to produce ORIGINS, a new multimedia production based on LIFE. Specially commissioned by CERN, the European Council on Nuclear Research, ORIGINS was performed at the official ceremony to inaugurate the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Eckstrom has teamed up with Lanting to produce a number of acclaimed natural history and photography books, including LIFE (Taschen), Jungles (Taschen), Penguin (Taschen), Eye to Eye (Taschen), Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (Chronicle Books), and Forgotten Edens (National Geographic). After traveling by icebreaker to visit emperor penguin colonies along the coast of east Antarctica, she wrote “Time on Ice,” a story that appeared in a collection of essays entitled Celebration of the Seas.

As a videographer, Eckstrom documents the fieldwork she produces with Lanting. She has filmed pieces for the National Geographic Channel and on cloud goats in India, elephants of the Western Ghats, Hawaii's volcanoes, wildlife in Zambia, albatrosses in the Southern Ocean, and chimpanzees in West Africa. Her coverage of chimpanzees in West Africa was also featured in the NOVA-National Geographic television special "Ape Genius," which received a Peabody Award.

Chris Eckstrom lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, in a coastal meadow they share with bobcats, coyotes, and elusive mountain lions.

Workshops with Chris Eckstrom

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini is originally from Switzerland but now lives in British Columbia, Canada.  She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989, and since then has visited more than 70 countries with camera in hand. After falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997, she has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions. In over two decades of polar exploration she has joined over seventy expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, most of them on research vessels and icebreakers, one on a sailing boat, and some overland. In 2006, she joined a Russian expedition to the North Pole on skis.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work has received numerous awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, “Travel Photography of the Year”, “Nature’s Best” and many more. In April 2010 Daisy had the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contests.

Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to disseminate conservation messages. She is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a fellow of The Explorers Club, and she is part of the Swiss Nikon Ambassador’s team, the SanDisk Extreme Team and the Lowepro Storytellers Team.

For Daisy, photography means extreme adventure and environmental commitment.

Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery. The isolation from the modern civilization and all the distractions that come with it brings me back to appreciate and focus on the simple rhythm of Nature. The healing feelings of re-discovering the primordial connection with Nature and the interconnection among all species on earth inspires deep respect and awareness for the importance of these delicate ecosystems.

If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not dependent on us, but we are dependent on Nature.

As environmental photographers it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk, and raise awareness trough the universal power of the images we capture. While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.

Workshops with Daisy Gilardini

Michael Melford

National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford has worked with the Society for over 30 years. He has produced 19 feature stories for National Geographic magazine, and over 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine.Born in New York, Michael received a bachelor’s in photography from Syracuse University and returned to New York City in 1977 to start his career.

He has been on assignment the past eleven years mostly for the National Geographic magazine, celebrating the marvels of our National Parks: Acadia, Glen Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Waterton/Glacier, and Death Valley, and a cover story on Our National Parks in Peril (2006). Michael recently shot for National Geographic's "The 50th Anniversary for the Wilderness Act" (2014), which was ranked #2 story of the year by the readers of National Geographic. Other National Geographic stories include: “Saving Civil War Battlefields,” “King Herod: Architect of the Holy Land,” and “Russian Kronotsky Preserve: Let it Be.” and “Solar Energy”.

Michael has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic, including three in Alaska, his favorite being Treasures of Alaska. He has received many awards for his photographs, but prefers to remain humble and share his knowledge, his love of nature, and his sense of humor with students of photography.

Michael has built an excellent reputation as an instructor and photo trip leader, teaching photography through the National Geographic, giving one-day seminars around the country, and onboard the various ships that NG has stationed around the world. His first photo expedition with Visionary Wild is to New Zealand’s south island, focus of a March 2014 feature article for National Geographic magazine.


VIDEO INTERVIEW: Michael Melford, Photographer, by National Geographic Live!


Born in New York 1950

Studied Photography at Syracuse University, Graduated 1973

Moved to New York City to pursue Career in Photography 1977

Contributing Photographer to LIFE Magazine, 1981

Worked for many publications including cover articles for :

Newsweek,  Time,  Life,  Fortune,  Smithsonian,  Geo,  Travel & Leisure, 

Travel Holiday, National Geographic Traveler,  Coastal Living,  Adventure Magazine.

Contributing Photographer to National Geographic Traveler, 1998

Began work for National Geographic Magazine (yellow magazine) 2003.  First assignment:  Acadia National Park. 

Just completed 19th assignment for National Geographic Magazine.


Awards include:  

POYi-1st Place Features Nature/Science

World Press Images Photos of the Year    

International Center of Photography

New York Art Director’s Club

Communication Arts Photo Annual

Graphis Photo Annual

The Missouri School of Journalism

Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Photography

Caribbean Tourism Award for Best Magazine Photographer


Books Published:

New England: Land of Scenic Splendor (National Geographic)      

The Emerald Realm (National Geographic) 

Canada’s Incredible Coasts (National Geographic)        

National Geographic Guide to New England

National Geographic Guide to Alaska

National Geographic Guide to San Diego

The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America   

Classic Photographs (Life)

Big Sky Country (Rizzoli)        

Treasures of Alaska (National Geographic)

Hidden Alaska-Bistol Bay and Beyond (National Geographic)

A Day in the Life of Japan ( Collins )

A Day in the Life of America ( Collins )

Expertise is in shooting the wonders of travel and nature and the people who occupy that landscape. An enthusiastic teacher of photography, with a great sense of humor.

Workshops with Michael Melford

Daniel Beltra

My work allows me to bear witness to the challenges our environment faces and help celebrate its triumphs.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. Over the past two decades, Daniel's work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective, and was chosen as one of the six finalists for Critical Mass for Photolucida. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles, and was recognized by ABC News as its "Person of the Week" for his conservation photography.

Other highlights include the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others. Daniel Beltrá is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill led to a major exhibit titled "SPILL," which premiered in August 2010, toured around the globe in 2011 and will continue touring through 2012

Video: ABC News Person of the Week
Video: The Prince of Wales announces Daniel as the Prince's Rainforests Project winner
Seattle Times profile

Video: Daniel's presentation at the Annenberg Space for Photography (video in 11 parts)

Video: Plum TV, Beltrá interview at his Aspen, Colorado exhibit
Video: Beltrá interview on rainforest deforestation
Video: CBC News, Beltrá interview
Video: Daniel talks about his Focus on the Rainforest exhibit at Kew Gardens, London
Aspen Peak Magazine story on Daniel's Aspen, Colorado exhibit
Aspen Times story on Daniel's exhibit: ICE, in Aspen, Colorado
Daniel's Gulf oil spill coverage with audio commentary, The Guardian newspaper, UK

Visit Daniel's website

Workshops with Daniel Beltra

Charles Cramer

After spending seven years of college studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms!  Realizing the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became enamored with making prints. Thirty years later, he is recognized as a master landscape photographer and printmaker, first for his darkroom-based dye transfer printing, and for the last several years in digital processes.  In 1987 and again in 2009, Cramer was selected by the National park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite. 

He has taught workshops since 1988 for the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. His Spring and Fall workshops there fill almost instantly.  He has also taught for the Palm Beach workshops in Florida, Anderson Ranch workshops in Colorado, and the John Sexton Workshops in California.

Cramer has been profiled in magazines including Outdoor Photographer, PhotoVision, View Camera, PhotoTechniques,  Outdoor Photography (UK), Camera Natura (Sweden),  and Popular Photography (China). His work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association.  He is also included in the books  “Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers,” published in 2005, and “First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness,” published in 2009.   His work can be seen at many galleries and at  

Praise for Charlie Cramer's teaching style:

"Charlie couldn't have been better. He's a gifted teacher - gentle - helpful - makes subject matter clear” –Tom U., California

"Charles is a brilliant instructor. He is organized, precise and thoughtful in approach.” –Woody S., Colorado

“Everything exceeded my expectations, exponentially!” –Julie J., Oregon

"Charlie is a national treasure as a photographer and an instructor.” –Kerby S., California

"That Charlie Cramer is a superb teacher is well known and firmly established. 
What is less well known perhaps is a crucial and distinguishing core element in Charlie's teaching: he makes it possible for people to make their own pictures, however differing in style and subject from his own work, and to make those pictures better.” –Jed W., California

Workshops with Charles Cramer

Tillman Crane

Great photographs can be made in ordinary places.

My photographs are always about the elusive qualities of light. Regardless of the subject – stone, tree, building, machine, or object – it is the light that I am really trying to capture. I can be fascinated by an object and try to photograph it, but if the light is not right, the image doesn’t work.

My job as a teacher is to help you find how you relate to what you are photographing, to find the light that makes your images work the way you want them to, to help you create images that tell your viewers how you feel about the environment you are working in. I want to help you find your vision, not copy some one else’s vision. It doesn’t matter what camera you have in your hands, it is what is going on between your ears that is important.

Tillman Crane, an award winning photojournalist in East Tennessee, began his teaching career in 1988 at the Maine Photographic Workshops. As Resident Faculty he taught over 60 one and two week workshops as well as teaching in the year round Resident Program. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware in 1990 while teaching at the Workshops. In 1996 he began the photography program at the Waterford School in Sandy Utah. In 2001 he and his family returned to Maine where he founded Tillman Crane Photography where he produces exhibition quality platinum prints, teaches his own workshops and has published four books of his work.


Tillman worked with large format cameras and recently has embraced the digital world. He now works in both the analogue and digital world, producing beautiful platinum prints from both analogue and digital capture. He turns his attention to man made structure in the environment, from the Stenness Standing Stones in Orkney to farm houses in North Dakota, and along the Maine Coast.


He has taught workshops in Mexico, Scotland, England, Canada, China, and Japan as well as over 100 workshops in the USA. He has taught for Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops, Peters Valley School of Craft, Coupeville Art Center, and Inversnaid Photography Center.


He is a well know writer on the craft of photography with articles appearing in Photo Technique, Silver Shotz, the Ilford Photo Instructor Newsletter and twenty articles for View Camera Magazine. In 2001 Tillman Crane/Structure was published, followed by TOUCHSTONES, Odin Stone, and A Walk along the Jordan. Structure is a monograph of 25 year of large format black and white work. A TOUCHSTONE is a visual poem to Scotland published in 2005, and Odin Stone is photographic essay about the Orkney Islands. A Walk Along the Jordan celebrates the rebirth of the Jordan River as it runs from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake thru metropolitan Salt Lake City. Each book has been accompanied by an exhibition of platinum prints.


In 2016, the exhibition The Alchemy of Light opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. It was a retrospective that included 100 large platinum prints, including work from all four books as well as new work. It was the largest exhibition of American platinum prints in China. There was also a book produced to accompany the exhibition, The Alchemy of Light.


In addition to solo exhibitions and books Tillman work has been included in numerous book collections including, Maine Photography , A History, by L. Bischof, S, Danley, and E. Shuttleworth Jr. 2016; Looking at Images, Brooks Jensen, Lenswork Publishing; 2014; The View Project, Seventy Photographers Reflect on Meaning and Perception, Ed Joyce Tennyson, 2011, Why Photographs Work, by George Barr, 2011; and Le radici dello sguardo (The roots of the Eye), Edizioni Marcovldo, Il Filatoio, Caraglio, 2013.


Workshops with Tillman Crane

Eddie Soloway

Eddie Soloway’s photographs are the expression of his passion for the natural world. In 1998, he received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography, and in 2010 Photo District News named Eddie one of America’s best photography workshop teachers. In 2014 he was one of twenty photographers selected into the international “Power of the Image” exhibition which premiered in Beijing. He divides his time between speaking on photography and creativity for National Geographic and other organizations, teaching for leading photographic institutions, making fine-art prints, and publishing photographic projects. His book, One Thousand Moons, was published in 2004, the dvd, A Natural Eye Workshop, in 2009, and A Natural Eye video series in 2015. His workshops and educational offerings may be seen at

Workshops with Eddie Soloway

Tom Mangelsen

A Nebraska native, Thomas D. Mangelsen is recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life in the outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite blinds along the Platte River in Nebraska to observe the huge flocks of ducks, geese and cranes that migrate through the area. From these outings Mangelsen learned important lessons for photographing in the field, including patience, waiting for the right moment and understanding animal behavior.

In the early 1970’s, Tom and his brother David began selling limited edition prints of his images, and opened the first Images of Nature® gallery in 1978 in Jackson, Wyoming.

Tom’s honors include his image Polar Dance being selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers in 2010 as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time.

He was chosen in 2006 as one of Jane Goodall’s “Heroes of the Animal Planet” and profiled in the television series of the same name. Also in 2006, he was presented with an honorary doctorate from Doane College. Additional accolades were being named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” in 2005 by American Photo magazine and also honored with Nikon’s “Legend behind the Lens” recognition. He received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society in 2002 and was named “Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year” by the North American Nature Photographer Association’s in 2000. In 1994, Mangelsen received the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” Award. Mangelsen is co-founder of the Cougar Fund, a founding Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers, on the international advisory council for the Jane Goodall Institute and a board ambassador for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Tom’s published fine art books include, Images of Nature: The Photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen, Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind, and Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole, the first and only portrayal of cougars in the wild. In May 2008, Tom’s fourth fine art book, The Natural World, based exclusively on his work in the panoramic format, was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for best coffee table/large format book by the PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Mangelsen’s work has been published in National Geographic, Life, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo and many other publications as well as featured on television programs from The Today Show and Good Morning America, to CNN's World News and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

Workshops with Tom Mangelsen

Art Wolfe

It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.

The son of commercial artists, Art Wolfe was born on September 13, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, and still calls the city home. He graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor's degrees in fine arts and art education in 1975. His photography career has spanned five decades, a remarkable testament to the durability and demand for his images, his expertise, and his passionate advocacy for the environment and indigenous culture. During that time he has worked on every continent, in hundreds of locations, and on a dazzling array of projects.

Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world. —Sir David Attenborough

 Wolfe's photographic mission is multi-faceted. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the viewer. His unique approach to photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment.

His goal has always been to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.” Hailed by William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, as "the most prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world," Wolfe has taken an estimated two million images in his lifetime and travels nearly nine months out of the year photographing for new projects, leading photographic tours and seminars, and giving inspirational presentations to corporate, educational, conservation and spiritual groups.

Long before the genre of ‘conservation photography’ was conceived, Wolfe was practicing it. In 1997 he created a conservation-themed photography contest as “an event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art.” After a very successful run in 2012 in which the International Conservation Photography Awards drew entries from around the world and was exhibited and traveled by The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, the contest is now in hiatus. Currently Art is judging his ongoing “Compelling Image” contest at

Art Wolfe's work tells a story that is overwhelming, breathtaking, and vast. –Robert Redford

In 1978 he published his first book Indian Baskets of the Northwest Coast with the late Dr. Allan Lobb, a close friend and mentor, who also gave Wolfe a start by putting the young photographer’s work into patients’ rooms at Swedish Medical Center. Wolfe was soon photographing for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, GEO, and Terre Sauvage. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories, and his work is licensed for retail products and advertising.

Numerous US and international venues have featured monographs of his work as well his traveling exhibits, Travels to the Edge and Beyond the Lens. He has had four major shows at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum, including One World, One Vision. Today his work is available at the Art Wolfe Gallery in Seattle, Rotella Gallery™ in Las Vegas and New York City, as well as online at

Art Wolfe is a virtuoso whose eye brings home, again and again, the absolute need to preserve what we have.—Morgan Freeman

Since 1989 he has published at least one book a year—1997 alone saw seven titles in the United States and abroad. He has released over eighty books, including award-winning The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, Pacific Northwest, Land of Light and Water, as well as numerous children’s titles, including O is for Orca and Animal Action Alphabet. Graphis included his books Light on the Land and the controversial Migrations on its list of the 100 best books published in the 1990s. His books have sold over 500,000 copies and have been translated into eight languages.

In 2000 he formed Wildlands Press and subsequently published much of his signature work: The Living Wild, which has more than 70,000 copies in print worldwide and garnered awards from the National Outdoor Book Awards, Independent Publisher, Applied Arts and Graphis; Africa (2001) and Edge of the EarthCorner of the Sky (2003), both of which captured significant publishing awards, including IPPY (Independent Publishers), Benjamin Franklin (Publishers Marketing Association), and National Outdoor Book Award. Wolfe’s latest books are Human Canvas, Graphis Photography Annual 2014 gold medal winner; and two instructional texts published by Amphoto Books: an updated edition of the bestselling Art of Photographing Nature and The Art of the Photograph with author Rob Sheppard. Coming in 2014 is the Art’s encyclopedic Earth Is My Witness with Insight Editions and an eagerly anticipated second edition of Vanishing Act (Cameron + Company).

The intensity, texture, and strange density of Art Wolfe’s photographs are truly astonishing. —Peter Matthiessen

Wolfe has ventured into the world of television production with “On Location with Art Wolfe,” “Techniques of the Masters” and as host of “American Photo's Safari”, which aired on ESPN 1993-1995. In May 2007 Art made his public television debut with the high definition series “Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge,” an intimate and upbeat series that offers unique insights on nature, culture, and the realm of digital photography. The thirteen-episode first season garnered American Public Television’s 2007 Programming Excellence Award—unprecedented for a first season show. The thirteen-episode second season garnered five Silver Telly Awards, their highest honor, for outstanding achievement. It has been broadcast more than hundreds of thousands times in the United States and is in syndication throughout the world.

Education is a major component of Wolfe’s work, whether it is about the environment or about photography. He leads domestic and international photographic tours as well as regularly giving his Art of Composition seminar. He is a Phase One Digital Artists Series instructor. In an exciting collaboration of the most renowned nature photographers in the world, he is combining forces with Frans Lanting and Thomas Mangelsen on the Masters of Nature Photography workshops (

Art has the broadest range of excellence of any nature photographer I know. —Galen Rowell

Along with his numerous book and television awards, Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Nature's Best Photographer of the Year Award, the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal for his contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography; he has been awarded with a coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award. The National Audubon Society recognized Wolfe’s work in support of the national wildlife refuge system with its first-ever Rachel Carson Award. In 1999 he was named to the UW Alumni Association’s magazine list of 100 “most famous, fascinating and influential” alumni of the 20th century. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers; he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the advisory boards for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Wolfe has been a member of Canon’s elite list of renowned photographers Explorers of Light, Microsoft’s Icons of Imaging, Fujifilm’s Talent Team, and Nikon’s NPS Pros.

Wolfe maintains his gallery, stock agency, and production company in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Workshops with Art Wolfe

Roy Toft

Roy Toft is one of the world's most highly accomplished wildlife photographers, in addition to being a biologist, natural-history educator, and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Roy has received top honors in the most prestigious professional competitions in his genre including the London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Nature's Best. In 2007, Roy won first place and the Gerald Durrel Award for endangered species in the BBC Wildlife Photographer  of the Year competition. He is a well-loved figure among his professional peers, admired as much for his upbeat good humor, an engaging and compassionate personality, and generously collaborative nature as for his immense talent as a photographer.

Roy's photographic career started with getting his first SLR camera as a college graduation present in 1986. Two days later, Roy was in Alaska working as a biologist on a wolf population study for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Over the next ten years, Roy’s day jobs included bird trainer & educator for the San Diego Wild Animal Park, naturalist, elementary school teacher, natural history museum curator and collaborator with National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.

Nature, conservation and education have always been Roy’s passions and since turning to photography full time in 1993, his work has focused on wild animals and their fragile environments. His publications include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Discover, Wildlife Conservation, Ranger Rick, and other natural history magazines and publications worldwide. His work is primarily represented by National Geographic Image collection and Getty.

Using photography as a conservation tool has always been important to Roy and in 2005 he became a founding fellow in the prestigious ILCP. Along with making images, Roy has always enjoyed teaching people about nature and photography. His first photo workshop was taught more than a dozen years ago in the Osa peninsula, Costa Rica, and since then Roy has led workshops in Africa, Alaska, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Japan, and Madagascar.

Roy makes his home in the boulder-covered backcountry of Ramona, Ca. (30 miles north east of San Diego), with his wife Robin and their three Labrador Retrievers (Beau, Summer, and Tundra). Roy enjoys essentially everything active out in nature, including hiking with the dogs, surfing, and mountain biking. His favorite pastime when not traveling for photography is designing and cultivating his extensive garden, inspired by South African flora, including a wide variety of aloes and other exotic plants.


Roy Toft Photo Website

ILCP Fellow Bio

Roy Toft's Youtube Channel, with videos on his photo safaris and packing tips

Blast from the Past: Roy Toft appearance on the Chevy Chase Show (1993) as bird trainer for the San Diego Wild Animal Park


Workshops with Roy Toft

M. Westmorland

Michele Westmorland is an internationally-renowned photographer, speaker, and filmmaker specializing in telling the stories of indigenous cultures and the natural history of marine life. Westmorland Images, LLC represents her vast library of imagery from around the world.

First recognized for her talents in capturing beautiful images of the ocean environment, she is passionate about conservation. She is proud to be a Founding Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers and to have received the award for Fellow of the Year in 2016. In 2011, she was the keynote address speaker at the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) conference and she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Michele is an adept visual storyteller, whether covering exotic travel destinations or the wonders of the natural world. Papua New Guinea has been a primary focus of her work, taking her to the remote island thirty-one times since her first visit in 1991. In 2016 she received an National Endowment for the Arts grant in support of her film, Headhunt Revisited, which documents the travels of an American woman artist in the 1920s to the remote islands of Melanesia. To see more on this project, visit

Michele presents regular lectures on world cultures and the marine environment, and has extensive experience as a photography workshop instructor and photo travel leader. She has been honored as a National Fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club and NANPA, as well as a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and Wings WorldQuest.

Her photographs have appeared regularly in National Geographic Adventure & Traveler, Nature’s Best, Smithsonian and Outside magazines. Michele has won several awards for her imagery including, Grand Prize in the Papua New Guinea Underwater category, the Environmental Photography Invitational, Photo District News, and many others. She is proud to have been included in the book Adventurous Dreams-Adventurous Lives by Jason Schoonover. Her book Ocean Duets, focusing on the beauty of the underwater world, was published in 2006. Michele’s passion project is a documentary film titled Headhunt Revisited, which documents the travels of an American woman artist in the 1920s to the remote islands of Melanesia. To see more on this project, visit

Michele's website: WESTMORLAND IMAGES

Workshops with M. Westmorland

Chris Linder

Chris Linder is an award-winning professional photographer, filmmaker, and lecturer. Chris earned a master’s degree in oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and maintains a part-time affiliation with WHOI as an expedition photographer. For over a decade, Chris has focused on communicating science stories and inspiring the next generation of researchers. He has documented over 50 scientific expeditions and has spent over two years of his life exploring the polar regions.

Chris's images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and international magazines, including Audubon, Geo (Germany), Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Smithsonian, and Wired.  He published the hardcover book Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions with the University of Chicago Press in Fall 2011.  He was the lead cinematographer and co-producer of the 2015 feature-length documentary film Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South.  Chris is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow National in the Explorers Club.

His work is represented by Aurora Photos and Visuals Unlimited.

Assignments: coverage of 44 major scientific expeditions, including 25 to the polar regions. Recent assignments include the science trials of the new Alvin deep-diving submersible, climate change impacts on Icelandic puffin populations, and thawing permafrost in the Siberian Arctic.

Awards: Winner, 2015 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Birds category; Highly Honored, 2014 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Polar Passion category; Honorable Mention, 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards, Flora category; Highly Commended, 2010 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, In Praise of Plants category; Honorable Mention, 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards, Natural Environment at Risk category; Winner, 2008 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards, Indigenous Cultures category.


The World’s Top Wildlife, Nature, and Culture Photographers by the iLCP, December 2015, Origin Magazine:

The New Stars of Photography, Smithsonian Magazine, March 2012 issue and online:

Can photos of ice help translate the science of climate change? by Jaymi Heimbuch, Mother Nature Network, February 11, 2014:

News From DC, The Polaris Project, And Reel Grrrls: interview with Marcie Sillman on Seattle's NPR station, KUOW, about my work photographing the Polaris Project in Siberia:

Recent Articles:

After the Revolution, Living Bird magazine, Winter 2016, feature story:

Southern Exposure, Audubon magazine, November-December 2015, feature story:

Science on Ice – Chris Linder's new book on polar exploration

Photographer's Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands, by Chris Linder

Visit Chris's website

Workshops with Chris Linder

Justin Black

JUSTIN BLACK is a photographer, writer, editor, expedition leader, photo workshops instructor, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), and a former executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Since 2011 with Visionary Wild and for ten years at Galen Rowell's Mountain Light Photography, he has created inspiring and effective educational photographic experiences for thousands of passionate photographers. He is widely recognized as one of the world's leading photo workshops organizers.

A professional photographer since 1995 when he signed his first picture agency contract, before founding Visionary Wild he served the ILCP as Executive Director, and for seven years was General Manager and Curator of Mountain Light Gallery.

Justin's photographs have been published by magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Sierra, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Rock & Ice, and Nature Conservancy among others. His work has also been published by major news outlets in print and online, and has been used in advertising for brands such as MasterCard, Patagonia, Nikon, and Fujifilm.

Among conservation NGOs that have used his photographs in their campaigns are World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, The Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Panthera, Land Trust Alliance, Earth Justice, The Wilderness Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, ILCP, and the Wild Foundation.

In 2017, he entered the world of motion pictures as an Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary film, Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas, and Camera, produced and directed by Michele Westmorland. Justin was invited to serve as a judge for the 2015 and 2017 Nature's Best Photography Africa competitions. He has also been an editor and contributor to numerous award-winning photo book projects, including Galen Rowell: A Retrospective; Freshwater: The Essence of Life; The Wealth of Nature: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, and Human Well-Being; Our National Parks: America's Natural Heritage; as well as Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey by Barbara Rowell. His limited edition fine prints are available through his portfolio website at

An early career as a travel photographer and image licensing specialist led him to Mountain Light Photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded by Galen Rowell – a world-renowned National Geographic photographer, author, and mountaineer – and his wife and business partner, Barbara Cushman Rowell. Beginning in May of 1999, Justin managed marketing of the Rowell image collection, assisted Galen on assignments and in his workshop program, and taught seminars on nature photography. In April 2002, the Rowells invited Justin to relocate with them to California's scenic Owens Valley as Mountain Light's General Manager. Justin eagerly embraced his new responsibility, along with the sublime Eastern Sierra Nevada landscape as his new home.

Four months later, Galen and Barbara perished in the crash of a chartered plane, leaving behind a tremendous creative and visionary vacuum. Justin went to work, building on the impressive Rowell legacy to reinvigorate Mountain Light by establishing a seasonal series of guest photographer exhibitions, expanding the image collection, and relaunching the highly acclaimed photo workshop program through collaboration with Galen's leading professional peers, including Frans Lanting, Pat O'Hara, Jack Dykinga, John Shaw, David Muench, and Jeff Foott. In May 2008, Justin's successful efforts were recognized by both Sunset and American Photo magazines, as each magazine featured editorial recommendations of his workshop program at Mountain Light.

After ten years with Mountain Light, Justin was recruited to take over the position of Executive Director of ILCP, a non-profit association of the best photographers worldwide working in the field of environmental and cultural conservation. At ILCP, Justin oversaw an explosion of productivity in expeditions, publishing, multimedia production, and the achievement of successful conservation outcomes. He contributed photographic coverage to ILCP's Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions (RAVE) program, including Flathead Valley (Canada, 2009), Yucatán (Mexico, 2009), and Chesapeake (USA, 2010), as well as a solo project for The Nature Conservancy, documenting the Dragon Run wetland on Virginia's Middle Peninsula. One of Justin's photographs from the Flathead River project appeared as a section opener in the Vancouver Sun newspaper – the first time the threatened watershed received significant coverage in that nationally important media outlet.  The photograph was later selected by the United States Senate for display in the U.S. Capitol Building, as Canada and the USA reached an agreement to protect the Flathead.

Justin left his position at ILCP in late 2010 to establish Visionary Wild, building on his successful leadership of the Mountain Light workshop program and applying expertise gained at ILCP to provide superlative workshops and expeditions for passionate photographers seeking to advance to the next level of creativity, quality, purpose, and meaning in their work. His own work continues to evolve in new directions, driven by the ongoing search for extraordinary qualities in our world's dynamic landscapes.

Justin lives in Washington, DC, with his brilliant wife, Lena, and their children Philippe and Alexandra.

Justin Black's limited editions portfolio

Justin's Outdoor Photographer Profile

Bringing focus and meaning to your photography

The Top 40 Nature Photos Project

Justin's Conservation Photography Projects


Justin’s Camera Bag

After using an array of 4x5, medium format, and 35mm film cameras in the first two decades of his career, Justin fully embraced digital cameras in 2010. His current gear includes Nikon DSLRs and Fujifilm mirrorless systems.


Fujifilm Medium Format Mirrorless:

GFX 50S camera

23mm f/4 GF Fujinon

32-64 f/4 GF Fujinon

120mm f/4 GF Fujinon


Nikon DSLR:

Nikon D810 cameras (x2)

24mm f/3.5 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

45mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

85mm f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift Nikkor

24mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

35mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art

85mm f/1.8 G AF-S ED Nikkor

200mm f/4 AF-D Micro-Nikkor

500mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor

18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G AF-S ED Nikkor

24-70mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED Nikkor

70-200mm f/4.0 G AF-S ED VR Nikkor

200-400mm f/4.0 G AF-S ED VR Nikkor

Nikon TC-14EII teleconverter

Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter

Nikon SB-900 flash

Nikon SB-700 flash

Assorted Nikon TTL flash cables


Fujifilm APS-C Mirrorless:

X-Pro2 Cameras (x2)

14mm f/2.8 XF Fujinon

23mm f/2 XF Fujinon

35mm f/1.4 XF Fujinon

50mm f/2 XF Fujinon

18-55mm f/2.8-4 XF Fujinon

55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 XF Fujinon


Filters and Light Modifiers

Nikon Circular Polarizer II

Singh-Ray Vari-ND

Tiffen WW IRND neutral density filters

Photoflex reflectors and diffusers

Lumiquest soft boxes

Rogue Flashbender

Rosco gels



Really Right Stuff TVC-24L with leveling base and Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead or Arca-Swiss D4 geared head

Gitzo 1028 with RRS BH-25 ballhead


Photo Packs

MindShift Backlight 36L

MindShift Backlight 26L

Mindshift FirstLight 30L

MindShift Rotation 180 Pro

Mindshift Rotation 180 Horizon

Mindshift Rotation 180 Panorama

ThinkTank Airport Addicted V2.0

ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 V2.0


Workshops with Justin Black

Elizabeth Carmel

Elizabeth Carmel is a professional fine art photographer specializing in unique, expressive landscapes and “waterscapes”. In partnership with her husband Olof Carmel, Elizabeth owns and operates two art galleries in California featuring their highly regarded fine art photography.  Her fine prints combine dramatic composition, insightful use of color, and artistic touches to create new, captivating visions of the natural world. Using ultra-high-resolution cameras, she is able to capture the subtle details of the natural world and transfer them to large prints with stunning clarity and color. She does her own printing on fine art paper or canvas using large format printers. Her award-winning images are in numerous galleries and private collections throughout the United States. Among the institutions that have exhibited Elizabeth's prints are the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., the California Museum of Photography, and the Nevada Museum of Art.

In addition to being a columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine, Elizabeth's work is regularly featured in books and magazines, as well as her own book “Brilliant Waters, Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra,” with a foreword by Robert Redford.  In 2006, Elizabeth was one of only twelve photographers in the world selected as Hasselblad Masters. She recently founded the Vista Channel which produces video presentations that turn televisions into art displays. A lifelong outdoors person, Elizabeth is an experienced world traveler, whitewater kayaker, backcountry skier, backpacker, scuba diver, competitive tennis player, and drone pilot. She loves sharing her passion for photography with others, and for the last several years has led photography workshops with Visionary Wild instructor Jerry Dodrill.

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Workshops with Elizabeth Carmel

Jerry Dodrill

Jerry Dodrill has been an award-winning professional photographer and highly regarded photography teacher for more than two decades. A protégé of the late legendary adventure photographer Galen Rowell in the late 1990s, an unrelenting passion for photography and outdoor adventures made it clear that Jerry was not destined for a desk job. An avid climber and outdoorsman for most of his life, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college, pre-med classes gave way to studies in fine art and weekends spent scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a byproduct of his adventures but quickly became his artistic medium of choice as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and quality of light revealing his inspiration.

Jerry's adventures have led him around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, and China. His full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

Jerry holds degrees in fine art and photography, which in 1997 led him to work for acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell at Mountain Light in Berkeley. There, he managed Galen's gallery space and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographer's bootcamp).

Since 2000, he has been pursuing his own adventures and photography career. Jerry's immense talent and creative eye have been well recognized through international awards and exhibition in fine galleries, such as the Ansel Adams in Yosemite, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and the Banff Center for Mountain Culture. Through his numerous workshops for Mountain Light Gallery, Visionary Wild, and Sierra Nevada College, and college-level teaching at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, he has proven himself as a highly engaging and effective photography teacher and workshops leader.

After running his own gallery on California's North Coast for five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, focusing on commercial and editorial assignment photography, exhibitions of his work, and sharing his vision and expertise with others. Jerry's work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. Editorial and commercial clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. Expert in Photoshop and digital color management, Jerry is regularly sought out as a color pre-press manager for high-end photo books, and as a fine digital printmaker. He was also recently recruited as a design consultant for the exciting new outdoors-oriented photo pack company MindShift Gear, a spin-off from Think Tank Photo.

Visit Jerry's website

Visit Jerry's blog

Jerry Dodrill portrait: © Grant Ordelheide.

Workshops with Jerry Dodrill

Jeff Foott

Having had the good fortune to work and play in nature most of my early life, it became obvious to me I had to spend my life outside. After working as a National Park Ranger, a mountain climbing guide, ski patrolman and a few other lesser jobs, I went back to school in marine biology – doing research on sea otters – which at the time were in trouble.

I had come to love these creatures and set out naively thinking that if I could only portray to the public how they survived the ocean storms, raised their young and the danger of extinction they faced, then the otters would be saved. This was my entry into photography.

I first took still pictures for lectures and magazine articles, and then started a film about this unique creature. The film was eventually shown in over 100 countries to an estimated 100 million people. I had found a platform to speak from. Forty-five films later, for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, etc., I am still working to portray what we have in the natural world and its importance to our spiritual direction in a time where the calm of nature is less reflected in our beings than at any other time in the history of man.

Along the way, I added art to the biology. My last film for The Living Eden series, Patagonia, was a finalist for an Emmy for cinematography. I have continued to shoot still pictures, now often focusing on the simple beauty and design of nature. I have changed mediums from large format 4x5 to shooting digital. I have never lost touch with the original motivation of using the photography medium to show people the wonder and beauty of nature, and making a plea for sanity in dealing with our natural environment. Pristine natural environments provide optimum opportunity for each of us to experience the calm and wholeness of our being, which is really our natural state. While searching for photographs, I rely on what touches my center, and then with logic and camera I make the effort to pass on to the viewer the original feeling that drew me to the scene. – Jeff Foott


Jeff has been widely published in the U.S. and internationally.  National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, National Wildlife magazine, Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra Club calendars, Audubon calendars are a few of the publications that use his work. He is an Associate of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has donated his time and photographic talent to the ILCP Borderlands and Patagonia Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions (RAVEs).

Video: Jeff's project to fight the pine bark beetle invasion

Video: Jeff gets an amusing endorsement deal! (circa 1982)

Workshops with Jeff Foott

Phillip Bartlett

The great thing about photographing in the digital age is instant feedback. Having the ability to assess each capture, while teaching out in the field, makes it so much easier to assist guests develop individual creativity and master new techniques.

Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Phillip Bartlett is a professional wilderness and nature photographer who, since pioneering multi-day photo expeditions in his home country, has been at the forefront of the best and most exclusive photography workshops in New Zealand over the past decade. In his constant search for new perspectives and vistas, Phillip has explored the island nation from top to bottom, from mountains to rainforest to fiords to coastlines and has been responsible for opening up some of New Zealand’s most magical locations for photographers. Phillip is intimately familiar with the range of seasonal opportunities and very special hidden locations off the beaten track. He is the most highly regarded landscape photography instructor in New Zealand, well-known for generously sharing his knowledge, expertise, and love of the place with photographers from around the world. His passion for photography and his desire to help others capture outstanding images and take their photography to the next level is remarkable, and Visionary Wild is very pleased that he has joined our instructor team.

Phillip began photographing the expansive landscapes of New Zealand using medium-format panoramic cameras, to capture a view comparable to the human eye. Both Phillip's father and grandfather were respected landscape artists, and he inherited their eye for composition and detail, which is evident in his work. As a result, his images are licensed for both commercial and editorial use around the world and his fine art prints are held in international private collections.

The amount of breath-taking landscapes which God has packed into this little country constantly amazes me and I can't imagine a better place to be a wilderness photographer. As I grew up close to the sea, the New Zealand coastline remains a favorite location which continues to intrigue and inspire me. The quality of light, along with the sublime blend of earth, sea and sky keeps drawing me back in search of the perfect image.


Workshops with Phillip Bartlett

Jason Edwards

National Geographic's Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for more than three decades. His image portfolio ranks among the largest of any photographer in the Society's long history. Based in Melbourne Australia, a passion for wildlife and the environment has been with him over his extensive career that began at the Zoological Board of Victoria. Jason has since been recognised globally for his contributions to science, the environment and the arts. 

Jason's accolades within the photographic industry stretch over 25 years and include among others; two-time winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three-time winner of Communications Art Photography Annual, two-time winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, POYi Pictures of the Year International, and the Australian Geographic Society Pursuit of Excellence Award. He was also honored as one of the world’s ‘100 Photography Heroes’ by Professional Photographer Magazine, London.

Through his commissioned work and as the face of National Geographic Channel's Pure Photography, Jason has taken his story telling to dozens of countries and to every continent. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared on everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.

As a long-time workshops leader and mentor, Jason has earned an excellent reputation teaching photographers of all levels, instructing them in the art of story-telling and how to find and translate images. He has spent years providing rich and entertaining experiences, guiding participants on private expeditions and as one of National Geographic’s most sought-after experts.

Jason is an Associate Fellow of the ILCP, an organization that utilizes the power of photography to educate and inspire the public and inform decision makers globally about conservation issues affecting wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities.

Drawing upon his skills as an environmentalist, animal scientist, documentarian and National Geographic stalwart, Jason is an entertaining and insightful raconteur, championing natural history and the art of photography. He is an Ambassador for Tourism Australia, a Friend of the Australia Museum, and a coveted keynote speaker. In addition he is the host of Snap Happy the Photography Show, which airs nationally across Australia.

Jason's Fine Art Prints are archived in private collections around the world and have been exhibited internationally including the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe, where National Geographic presented his compelling imagery of Alang at the prestigious Visa Pour L'Image Photojournalism Festival.

Workshops with Jason Edwards

Morgan Heim

Morgan Heim has been sneezed on by a whale, stampeded by bison and almost mistaken for salmon by hungry grizzly bears. All of which she took as great compliments, considering they let her live to impersonate animals for another day.

She began these journeys as an ecologist working in fisheries. Today, she is a photojournalist and filmmaker dedicated to sharing the stories of wildlife and wild places through tales of science, culture and exploration. Morgan believes firmly in growing that love for the natural world by empowering others to experience and share it through their photography. 

With a background in zoology (BS) and environmental journalism (MA), she employs photographic techniques ranging from aerials to camera traps, wildlife photojournalism and film in her mission to share stories that grow our fascination with nature.

Morgan received top honors for conservation photography in the Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition. She is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, trustee of The WILD Foundation, board member of the North American Nature Photography Association, and alum of the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. She is a producer for Day’s Edge Productions and her work has appeared in such outlets as Smithsonian, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic NewsWatch, and BBC Wildlife.

When taking a break from work, Morgan hits the trails around Gunnison, Colorado, with her husband Philipp and their tree-climbing dog, Javier. View her portfolio at and

Workshops with Morgan Heim

G. Brad Lewis

Visual reminders that the Earth is alive, fulfilling an agenda of its own, are crucial for understanding our place in nature. Capturing the essence of terrestrial creation, beauty, and raw power—and generating positive inspiration from it—has been my life's mission.

G. Brad Lewis is internationally recognized as a leading volcano and nature photographer. An intense life-long curiosity has led him into a lifestyle of never-ending exploration of the natural world. He has been sought out as a volcano guide by other top professional photographers, who value his expertise and depth of knowledge. Though Brad rarely makes himself available as a photo tour leader or workshop instructor, his approachable, engaging, and conscientious personality have helped earn him an excellent reputation as a teacher.

His award-winning photos have appeared on the covers of Life, National Geographic, Natural History, Geo, etc., and within the pages of Time, Outside, Fortune, Newsweek, Stem, and many other publications. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show and CBS's Evening News, as well as Disney and Discovery channels; photo essays of his work and interviews have been featured in Photo District News, DigitalFoto, Studio Photography & Design and Outdoor Photographer. His photographs are found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections around the world, as well as in fine galleries and major stock agencies.

Inspired by beauty and variety, Brad is based out of Hawaii, Utah, and Alaska, traveling several months each year to pursue his art. Among his primary subjects is Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii. "Nowhere else on Earth is creation happening on a continual basis at such a rapid rate."

Workshops with G. Brad Lewis

Cliff Zenor

Nature photographers are explorers. Each time we bring the camera to our eye, we hope to discover something as pleasing in the viewfinder as is in our mind’s eye. And in the effort, we’ll likely learn something new about our subjects and ourselves.

 Cliff Zenor has been a nature photographer, tour leader and workshop teacher for more than 20 years. He has photographed, toured and taught in parks and preserves across the continental US and in other wild places such as Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Pantanal Brazilian wetlands, Alaska and Canada. His photographs have appeared in such publications as Outdoor Photographer, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Chicago Wilderness, and Midwest Living; and in newspapers, advertisements, and various books.

 Cliff has led tours and taught workshops for the leading providers in the field. He has presented programs for the Professional Photographers of America and the North American Nature Photography Association, and has appeared in segments of Public Television shows about exploring and photographing nature. His limited-edition photographic prints have been displayed in several galleries, private collections and public exhibitions.

From his background in horticulture and adult education, Cliff’s first ventures into publication were for gardening magazines and books, including Indoor Gardening for which he was the principal photographer. Since then, he has focused on wilder life and was a participant in several book projects including Nature of America and Daybreak 2000. His current work includes photo projects on the Eastern deciduous forests, the tallgrass prairies, Midwestern wetlands, gardening and historic architecture for books, periodicals and newspapers.

Cliff is a natural, enthusiastic teacher. And he enjoys exploring the wild and not-so-wild world with like-minded photographers. He and his wife, Mary, live in northern Indiana in a historic house which they are slowly and lovingly restoring.

Workshops with Cliff Zenor

Jasminder Oberai

There are those who walk a different path, those who see the world with eyes wide open to the creation of glorious images, those who are innately curious, exploring and learning each step of the way. One such talent is Jassi Oberai, a multi-genre international professional photographer based in New Delhi, who has taken the art of photography to sophisticated levels through his constant quest for images that have staying power and relevance long after they have been made. More a versatile visual practitioner rather than a rigid purist, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as an inspiring teacher through Canon’s Photo Mentor program. He is also a true gentleman and a kind human being, who happens to be a lot of fun to travel with.

Jassi has journeyed with his camera around the world, always looking for magical light that shines on nature and the diverse human experience. From capturing brilliant landscapes, wildlife behavior, street photography, or portraiture that captures the human spirit, Jassi does it all effortlessly, applying his mastery of color, timing, and composition to everything he shoots. In his own words, “Color can give a whole new look to something rather mundane and familiar. To me that’s what I like the most about photography – looking at the world in new ways.” Jassi’s passion is much more than capturing stunning visuals, he is all about sharing the knowledge that he has garnered in his professional journey.

You can usually find him either hanging on some distant trail juggling frames and lines to creating compelling images, or sharing nuggets of wisdom and insights with enthusiastic photographers in workshops, spreading this passion called photography.

Workshops with Jasminder Oberai

Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn is a photographer and cinematographer for the world renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He leads expeditions around the world to document wildlife and conservation stories, often focusing on birds because they are such powerful indicators of environmental health and change. He is recognized widely for both his imagery and the deep knowledge of natural history and science he brings to his work. 

Gerrit's 2016 photography book, The Living Bird, was a New York Times Bestseller and his images appear regularly in publications including National Geographic, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, The New York Times, and National Wildlife. In addition to photography, Gerrit is a leading DSLR cinematographer and wildlife sound recordist. His audio and video work have been featured on radio and television programs including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Morning Edition, and CBS Sunday Morning. He was the principal cinematographer for the 2105 PBS Nature episode, The Sagebrush Sea.

Gerrit photographs and teaches with both Nikon and Canon systems and especially enjoys helping clients not only understand their camera's better, but also their subject matter. He is a firm believer that knowing your subject matter is a key component to making great images.

Workshops with Gerrit Vyn

Jim Stimson

I'm a story teller and photography is a great tool to spin a tale.
Jim Stimson has made the eastern Sierra Nevada of California his home for more than three decades. An active backcountry explorer, skier, and climber, he became a professional landscape photographer in order to share his vision of the wildernesses that he loves. In 1998, Stimson was the recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, joining prior honorees such as Galen Rowell, Frans Lanting, and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Stimson's book Mono Lake, Exploration and Reflections captures the fragility of a delicate ecosystem, and was selected by ForeWord magazine as Book of the Year. He has also been honored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and Maine Photographic Workshops. Stimson's work has been published extensively and has appeared in Smithsonian, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom, and View Camera among other magazines. He continues to photograph and exhibit throughout Europe and the United States. A highly respected master printmaker, Stimson's fine prints are represented in California by The G2 Gallery (Venice), Mountain Light Gallery (Bishop), and Mammoth Gallery (Mammoth Lakes).

Workshops with Jim Stimson

Terry Donnelly

I feel that to be successful, one must feel passionately about the subject and be driven to express that passion.

Husband / wife photography team Terry Donnelly and Mary Liz Austin live on Vashon Island in the heart of Puget Sound in Washington. For close to two decades they have traveled extensively in North American national parks and the American countryside.

Recent international travels include Nova Scotia, Ireland, Tuscany, the Caribbean and other tropical locations. In their photographs, they seek to capture those elusive conditions which reveal the mystery and grandeur of nature.

Donnelly and Austin have six books using exclusive collections of their photographs. Their images also appear in numerous calendars, books and cards by Sierra Club, Audubon, Barnes and Noble, American Greetings, Hallmark, National Geographic Books, Outside Magazine, Reiman Publications, and Brown Trout Publishers.

Terry and Mary are gifted workshop leaders with a faithful following, but are only able to make available limited time for teaching. At present they are only teaching through Visionary Wild and the Yellowstone Association.

Terry Donnelly Q & A

What motivates your work?

I am motivated by a desire to be present in the world and see it in a new way; a way that is creative to me. It is a quest for discovery. An equal part of that motivation is to capture and express that vision. I would be content if I could express my emotional reaction with words (hate that), a brush (tried that) or music (tried that too and it’s a close second) but I’ve found photography to be a very satisfying medium since the mid 1970’s.

So for me, photography is a way of journaling, recording my travels, my experiences, observations of life in general. On a deeper level I find it quite useful as a measure of my personal growth and of the depth of my understanding.

Plus, I cannot not do it; it is integral part of my life experience.

I am immediately drawn to subject matter revealing the mystery and beauty of the natural world however, I am fascinated to explore the harmonic interactions between culture and environment; sometimes it is harmonic, sometimes it’s “nature bats last”.

What skills or qualities are most important to the success of your work?
Close observation, awareness, attention to detail and the control of all technical aspects which facilitates expression. I feel that to be successful, one must feel passionately about the subject and be driven to express that passion.

What was your biggest break professionally?

My first decade of photography was spent developing my vision and technique for creating and exhibiting black and white fine art prints. When, in the early 80’s I discovered that changing my 4x5 film holders from Tri-X to Ektachrome opened doors to a well-funded publishing world, my passion for photography became a fulltime profession.

While this change of film created a full time professional involvement in image making, it also created a gap between my personal and professional endeavors. While both are expressive bodies of work and they do influence each other, I’ve found a much wider and lucrative audience in the publishing world with “commercial” images and simultaneously, my “personal” work has been un-tethered from the quest to sell. This is a fine win-win. It raises the issue of the role of an audience in our work, but that’s another story.

My images are marketed in conjunction with Mary Liz Austin via Donnelly-Austin Photography and featured in numerous calendars, books, cards and magazines as well as corporate reports and brochures for environmental organizations and wildlife protection agencies. Clients include Sierra Club, Audubon, Hallmark, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation, American Art Resources, Brown Trout Publishers, Horizon and Alaska Air Magazines.

How do you break out of a creative block?

One huge advantage of living and traveling with a world class photographer in the person of Mary Liz Austin, is that if I am having a bad eye day or just not resonating with a particular location I can dependably look through her viewfinder and see what a true creative mind will do in that given situation. Wonderful lessons for me. While that experience does hold the potential to devastate to my morale, the real lesson is to relax with the knowledge that slumps are temporary and that the harder you try to dig your way out, the longer they last.

Who are your most significant photographic influences and why?

Invariably students will answer this question by citing St. Ansel, the Westons, Elliott Porter, maybe Cartier-Bresson, Ruth Bernard or even Wright Morris. It is vital to be familiar with the work of these historic photographers; they have created the framework within which we all operate. However, it’s of equal importance to be aware of contemporary photographers working among us today. We are working in a completely changed technological and cultural environment than that of our iconic heroes. To be unaware of how living photographers are using this evolving technology, exploring the creative and perceptive envelope is a huge loss.

My influences are the above mentioned historic icons, and more importantly, examples of the best working photographers today include:

Charles Cramer,

George Ward,

Carr Clifton,

Jeff Foott,

Lori Kinkaid,

Michael Frye,

Jason Langer,

and yes, ...Jack,

This stuff all ROCKS! Any photographer unmoved by the work of these people should seriously reconsider their medium of expression.

The criteria for photographers making my list are that they are actively seeking creative, dynamic ways of seeing and communicating visually; they are immersed in our medium and they are taking it someplace new.

My list is pretty long and I like to peruse web sites on a regular basis just to see what’s happening. It can be pretty disappointing at times - as well as inspiring.

Of all the places you've photographed, where would you most like to go back again?

This is another long list and, like my list of photographic influences, it grows with time. Places making the list are those in which I’ve photographed and discovered an unusual personal connection or energy. My desire to return grows from a desire to become more intimate with that place, to observe its light, to watch how the seasons progress, to discover its many guises.

As an example, there is a specific location in Yellowstone National Park on an overlook of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. I’ve been there at least a dozen times in all seasons looking at a view of a collection of trees and rock watching the light bounce and reflect in the orange canyon backlighting the pine trees. It’s an amazing show. One of the most joyous moments of my life was discovering that it absolutely glows best in full sun at 10:15 on a late June morning. A marvelous moment! After photographing I couldn’t walk away from it; I just had to continue watching. The light and intense glow only lasts about 20 minutes and then it’s gone as the sun rises higher.

I am thinking about taking that one off my list. But I’d welcome the chance to watch it again!

Another fascinating aspect of going back to any location is to observe how I react to those places over time. Those locations become milestones and measure of my growth and evolution as an expressive photographer.

Why are you excited to be working with Visionary Wild?

Justin’s approach in designing VW activities emphasizes a thoughtful approach, creativity and personal growth. A rather brave business plan in a photo world obsessed with the latest and greatest software, lens, camera, sensor array, bean-bag mount, etc. And then, my god, I wanted to cheer when I saw a “recommended reading list”!!!

What are your greatest strengths as a teacher and workshop leader?

My teaching assets relate to my experience and passion for photography coupled with a strong desire to save others from some of the circuitous paths I’ve taken and the mistakes I’ve made. I guess empathy is part of the equation.

What are your favorite things about teaching?

I love the challenge of determining the level of competence and the specific interests of the participants and then tailoring my presentation in a manner that will best fulfill their needs. That is one of the most enjoyable parts of teaching photography. I see my teaching role as an improvisational endeavor. I have a full kit of instructional tools but they are seldom employed or presented the same way twice.

Another reward for an me as an instructor is watching a person conceive and hold a new concept, discovering there are infinite ways to interpret a specific place and that the their vision comes from within. Helping people with technical problems is rewarding, but for me the real joy relates to opening pathways to visual expression. That for me is watching the lightbulb turning on, the bat hitting the ball, the wind filling a trimmed sail.

What do you think is the most important role for (your) photography today?

Rising above today’s visual clutter, there are many vital ways in which photography influences our world: affecting social change, advocating for, and informing environmental issues, etc. However I feel photography’s under utilized potential exists in its role as a personal endeavor; I believe it to be a great tool for self-examination and awareness. While very few photographers have the necessary talent or the access to venues affecting change on a massive scale, any photographer with a conscious approach can use the medium to enhance personal growth and enrichment. It is that “conscious approach” I seek to cultivate in my photographic relationships.

Terry Donnelly interview:

Podcast #37 Photographic Vision


Terry has had six books published featuring his photography, the first two using solely his own images and the final four created in conjunction with his partner Mary Liz Austin:

• Heaven on Earth, Abbeville Press Publishers ©1999

• Seattle, Beautiful America, ©1999

• Washington, the Spirit of the Land, Voyageur Press © 1999

• Oregon, Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of Our Land, Voyageur Press © 2003

• California Wild, Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of Our Land, Voyageur Press © 2004

• Wild Seattle, A Celebration of the Natural Areas in and around the City, Sierra Club Books © 2004

Selected Honors and Awards

1999 First Place Pictorial Photograph, Excellence in Journalism Competition by The Society of Professional Journalists

2000 Benjamin Franklin Award, Travel Essay Book for Washington, the Spirit of the Land by PMA The Independent Book Sellers Association

2003 Highly Honored – Plant Life by Nature’s Best International Photography Awards

2008 First Place Photography Magazine Feature, Excellence in Journalism Competition by The Society of Professional Journalists

Selected Exhibitions

May 1983 Prouty Community Center; Princeton, IL Solo show Historic Rural Architecture of Bureau County

May 1986 Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore & Gallery; Chicago Solo Show of Recent Black & White Work

July 1987 Anne Thomas Gallery; Princeton, IL Solo Show of Recent Black & White Work

April 1997 Blue Heron Gallery; Vashon, WA Sharing Common Ground a Solo show of color landscape photographs

1997-2000 Juried participant in the Northwest Exhibition of Environmental Photography

July 1998 Maryhill Museum of Art; Goldendale, WA Northwest Vistas featuring the work of eleven Northwest photographers

September 1999 Blue Heron Gallery; Commissioned Artist for the Vashon Allied Arts annual auction

June 2001 Blue Heron Gallery; Vashon, WA Vashon Visions: Habitats, History and Home landscape photographs of two contemporary photographers with historic images

March 2004 Blue Heron Gallery; Vashon, WA Curated The Art of Travel - a multimedia exhibit of art influenced by travel

May 2008 Barn Works Gallery; Vashon WA Spring Studio Tour

December 2008 and 2010; Blue Heron Gallery; Vashon, WA
Invitational Miniature Show

February 2010 Silverwood Gallery, Vashon Islan, WA Invitational Flower Show

April 2011 Blue Heron Art Center, Vashon Island, WA Invitational Partners in Art – Couples Sharing Creativity


American Art Resources, Huston, TX

Art Advice, New York, NY

Arterra, Bellevue, WA

Boston Art Image, Boston, MA


“…WOWing presentation! I was very impressed with your flexibility in adapting the class to meet the specific needs of this group.”
J.G. Yellowstone, Summer 2011

“Excellent teaching in a stunning location”.
L.H. Yellowstone, Summer 2011

“I found Terry and Mary to be incredibly generous of themselves and their time, and tireless in the field helping every class participant. Kudos to both!”
B.Z. Yellowstone, Summer 2011

“…instructors were superb – very patient, helpful, knowledgeable and fun.”
T.L. Yellowstone, Winter 2011

“You can’t come away from this course without being able to improve your picture taking and editing skills.”
C.L. Yellowstone, Summer 2010

“…instructors were artists not just technical photographers.”
Yellowstone, Summer 2010

“This course is excellent for any level photographer ….the inspiration from the instructors was excellent.” Yellowstone, Fall 2008

“Your knowledge, experience and ability as an instructor are admirable. …a positive and informative experience!”
R. F. Vashon Allied Arts, January, 2010

Workshops with Terry Donnelly

Mary Liz Austin

I photograph to record the obvious – the incredible beauty of nature that I believe mirrors the beauty that exists in all of us.

Mary Liz Austin has been a professional landscape photographer for 17 years and has developed a thriving photography business with her photographic partner and husband Terry Donnelly. She began her career in photography by dedicating herself to large format and now continues telling the stories of place using digital media.

In her travels through the U.S. she searches for scenes that depict quintessential Americana and the magnificence and distinctive beauty of our national lands. Her international images likewise seek to reveal the natural beauty she encounters. Gardens are another favorite subject.

Her images are featured in numerous calendars, books, cards and magazines as well as corporate reports and brochures for environmental organizations and wildlife protection agencies. Clients include Sierra Club, Audubon, Hallmark, National Wildlife Federation, Brown Trout Publishers, Horizon and Alaska Air Magazines.

She has published several books in collaboration with Terry and has been the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards. Her images can be found in private collections and have been showed widely in innumerable exhibits.
She and Terry are highly regarded as an effective photo workshop team, though their busy schedules limit their availability. In addition to their workshops with Visionary Wild, they teach an annual workshop at Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

Mary Liz Austin Q&A

What motivates your work?

At the heart of things I am a storyteller. I create a relationship with my photographic subjects and try to tell a story about that relationship. As a photographer the trick is to reveal the subtleties and depth of the three-dimensional world in the two-dimensional medium of the captured image. I strive to be an honest witness in this process.

What skills/qualities are most important?

Stillness and an open mind are both extremely important in my work. Although I plan to photograph at a particular location I usually don’t know what my exact subject will be. I must have the right frame of mind in order to allow the conversation between me and my subject to reveal itself.

What was your biggest break professionally?

I was introduced to the world of photography by my husband, Terry Donnelly. I consider this to be an amazing break professionally because early on I met other photographers (Willard Clay, Carr Clifton, Jack Dykinga, Larry Ulrich, Jeff Foott, George Ward, etc.) and observed how they worked. Because of this I was able to learn quickly, find my own photographic “voice”, and hone my craft. I am grateful to these mentors and am proud to now be considered one of their colleagues.

How do you break out of a creative block?

Walking, sleeping, gardening all help to soothe the creative beast. If I am somewhere and feel there is something “speaking” to me but I just don’t see it, I will walk away for awhile, make sure I have eaten, watch the light change on the subject or admire the subject for what it is and not try to photograph

Who are your most significant influences, and why?

Terry has been an immense influence because he continues to play, explore and challenge himself in all aspects digital photography. From the fieldwork to the digital capture to the digital processing, he takes on new challenges with an enthusiasm that I find contagious.

George Ward is another photographer I admire. He stays in one location for days or even weeks, really immersing himself in the place, waiting patiently for the conditions to become magical. His approach to photography has a spiritual quality.

Bruce Jackson has a lovely eye for the subtleties of nature. Because he photographs for prints he is quite particular about his shot selections. His approach is more conservative than mine (I shoot a lot for stock) and I find that thinking about being in his shoes helps me focus my attention differently.

I did not initially fall in love with photography. I grew to love photography during my affair with my Wista 4x5 field camera; it was what we created together. The Wista was the perfect instrument for me to learn photography as it was heavy and cumbersome; it was antiquated, stubborn and limiting. But it was also reliable, powerful, simple and straightforward in design. It was through this camera that I became aware of the expanse of nature. The gift of this camera was that it slowed me down and made me think about each image. Each shot was a commitment. It enabled me to establish an intimate relationship with my subject. I only recently made the switch to digital. Even though digital offers lightness and flexibility I am grateful for the connection I had with my Wista because it taught me the slow deliberate meditative dance photography can be.

Where would you go back to?

I always want to return to the place I most recently visited. As I leave a location I get the feeling that I am driving away from a good friend who I know I may not see for a while. I feel a strange sense of nostalgia as I reminisce about the light of a place and the subjects that I interacted with. And, as with a visit with a good friend, I want to continue the conversation and capture the moments that I didn’t quite get.

Why are you excited to be working with Visionary Wild?

I am excited about the attention to photography itself. Although the programs are international in scope, the emphasis is still about seeing what is in front of you, wherever you are.

What are your greatest strengths as a teacher and workshop leader?

I think that I am able to put my ego aside and help students capture what they see through the lens. So I love to be in the field with the students working on composition as well as demonstrating to them in the classroom the editing and digital workflow.

What are your favorite things about teaching?

Setting the hook! I think that people benefit greatly by having ways to express themselves creatively in their lives. I try to teach people to go from unconscious photography to conscious photography; to think about studying some scene or object carefully and create a photograph from their inner voice. When a student realizes that they have the power to express themselves through photography, not just shoot pictures, I can see the hook get set.

How did you get your start in photography?

Initially I had no intention of being a photographer. I was working on my Master’s thesis in Nutrition and was able to travel with Terry on his photo shoots. I loved the travel and became enchanted with light. I became quite skilled with the light meter and after five years of watching Terry my opportunity arose. One day we were scouting in the Smoky Mountains and I thought a particular field in Cade’s Cove was beautiful and photogenic. Terry stepped away from his camera and then smiled and walked away. Although I was a puddle of insecurity I took the image. The camera was a large format Wista and I discovered that I loved it and purchased my own that same year. That image sold to a client and my hook was set.

How do you find ways to take your own work in new directions?

This is a challenge for me because we photograph for our publishers/clients and their needs, so we tend to photograph for them. One escape for me is to do garden photography. Vashon Island has exceptional private gardens and the owners have been gracious in opening up their gardens for me to photograph.

The changing technological landscape of photography moves my work in new directions as well. I have fought this because I do not consider myself to be a technogeek but I have found that digital photography gives me an expanded palette for expression.

The opportunities I have had to teach have also pushed my work in new directions. It helps me to re-experience the newness of photography and see with the “beginner’s mind”.

What do you think is the most important role for photography today?

To foster creativity. When we all find ways to slow down and pay attention and be creative we help create a better world.


My images are featured in numerous calendars, books, cards and magazines as well as corporate reports and brochures for environmental organizations and wildlife protection agencies. Clients include Sierra Club, Audubon, Hallmark, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation, American Art Resources, Brown Trout Publishers, Horizon and Alaska Air Magazines.

Books using exclusive collections of images in collaboration with photographer Terry Donnelly include:

Wild Seattle: a Celebration of the Natural Areas in and around the City. © 2004 published by Sierra Club Press

California Wild: Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of Our Land. © 2004 published by Voyageur Press

Oregon: Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of Our Land. © 2003 published by Voyageur Press

Washington: the Spirit of the Land. © 1999 published by Voyageur Press. Benjamin Franklin Award winner.

Gallery Exhibitions

The National Parks in Washington, Washington State Convention Center, October 2010 through January 2011. A fine art exhibition of prints celebrating the beauty and diversity of National Park Service units in Washington State by seven resident professional photographers renowned for capturing exceptional views of the natural world.

The Barn Show Invitational, June 2011 Blue Heron Art Center, Vashon Island, WA

Partners in Art, April 2011, Blue Heron Art Center, Vashon Island, WA

Inner Vashon and Outer View, July, 2009, Blue Heron Art Center, Vashon, Island, WA

Random Acts of Kindness, January – March 2009, Silverwood Gallery, Burton, WA

Honors and Awards

Nature’s Best Photography Collection – 10-Year Best of the Best Collector’s Edition of 100 best images over 10 years © 2006

Nature’s Best International Photography Awards 2003, Highly Honored in the Landscapes Category. Image exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Mother Earth, Through the Eyes of Women Photographers and Writers, Second Edition, Sierra Club Books © 2002

Teaching & Testimonials

In addition to teaching with Visionary Wild, Mary and Terry teach a yearly landscape photography class in Yellowstone National Park through the Yellowstone Association at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch.

Quotes from students:

I found Terry and Mary to be incredibly generous of themselves and their time and tireless in the field helping every class participant. Kudos to both!

B.Z. Yellowstone June, 2011

Mary and Terry were engaging, humorous and hands on.

B. E. Yellowstone June, 2011

Workshops with Mary Liz Austin

Grant Ordelheide

Grant Ordelheide is a rare breed: a successful full-time professional landscape photographer under thirty, whose aesthetic sensibilities, style, skills, drive, teaching ability, and personality are mature beyond his years. Growing up in the Colorado Rockies, in a family that explored and played in the outdoors at every opportunity, instilled in him a profound reverence for the landscape. Grant’s love of nature and wild places preceded his love of photography, which emerged as a natural extension and by-product of his adventures in the mountains, as an avid backpacker, climber, and snowboarder. Following his passion, Grant earned a Bachelor’s degree in photography with an emphasis in business from Pacific Union College in California’s Napa Valley, studying there under Visionary Wild instructor Jerry Dodrill. In 2016, Grant was a recipient of the Art Wolfe Next Generation Photographer Grant organized by Luminous Landscape. His work has won numerous awards, including one of the top honors in the U.S. Landscape Photographer of the Year contest. His photos have been published in National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, Outside, Climbing, The New York Times, The Yosemite Journal, and many other print and online publications. Grant’s fine art prints hang in gallery, corporate, and private collections across the country. For several years, Grant has shared his eye, expertise, and contagious passion for photographing the outdoors, teaching photography workshops through Galen Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery in California, where he had the opportunity to work alongside masters such as Jack Dykinga, Jerry Dodrill, and David Muench among others. Grant currently resides in Denver with his wife Alexis. His work can be seen at

Workshops with Grant Ordelheide

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

Workshops with Bill Ellzey

Karen Kasmauski

Consider the metaphor of a grain of sand: one grain in a thousand is insignificant, while it can also be unique in shaping everything that it touches. Now apply this idea to photography.

Since 1984, Karen Kasmauski has photographed more than two dozen major stories for National Geographic magazine. Her work examines issues of science, public health, and global change. Karen entered college with plans to become a marine biologist. The degrees she ultimately received, in anthropology and religion, helped her explore her real fascination—how science allows us to understand ourselves and how that shapes our destiny.

"My interest is the people, not the process of technology," Karen says. "Instead of saying, 'Here is the machine our understanding has created,' I say, 'Here is the person affected by our understanding.'"

Born to a Japanese mother, Karenhas explored her own roots in several stories, including an intimate look at the world of Japanese women, economic coverage of Japan in Asia, and examination of the challenges facing Okinawa. Her travels have taken her from the rain forests of Malaysia to the megacities of India to the North Slope of Alaska. She has covered earthquakes in Japan, been arrested in Africa, and exposed to radiation in Russia.

Her book, Impact: From the Frontlines of Global Health, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. An exhibition based on the book has been displayed at the Carter Center and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Karen is prominently featured in the award-winning book National Geographic Women Photographers, and she has been profiled on several television shows.

She also works closely with Nikon and is a member of their prestigious "Legends Behind the Lens" group. A sought-after speaker and educator, teaching for many colleges, including George Washington University in Washington, DC, she gives frequent presentations on global health issues for corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to working for National Geographic, Karen spent five years as a staff photographer with the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star in Norfolk, Virginia. She has received numerous awards in the annual White House News Photographers and Pictures of the Year competitions.

Video: Karen in Hong Kong for National Geographic

Video: Karen in South Africa for National Geographic

Video: Karen climbs Japan's Mount Fuji for National Geographic

Video: TED Talks – Karen Kasmauski

Video: Impact book multimedia

Video: Getty Grant Project on Appalachian coal mining

Video: Waterman for the New York Times

Visit Karen's website

Workshops with Karen Kasmauski

Sue Cedarholm

A native of the Rocky Mountain West, Sue Ewald Cedarholm grew up with the vaulting summits of Colorado’s 14ers filling her imagination and the lure of mountain wilderness lying beneath them serving as a constant well-spring, firing her life-long pursuit of adventure, exploration, and sharing of her love for wild places.

Trained as a visual artist, Cedarholm earned recognition as a nature photographer, painter and designer of wearable, nature-related art attire. A resident of Jackson Hole for more than two decades, the Tetons have been her basecamp for travel to far-flung corners of the globe.  For over 12 years Cedarholm has been field assistant and collaborator with her mentor, Thomas D. Mangelsen, and co-leader and organizer of numerous photographic expeditions. A considerate and gregarious “people person” and a natural teacher, Cedarholm has guided numerous passionate photographers around the globe. Her travels have taken her across the American West, and from the Arctic and coastal Alaska to South Georgia Island and Antarctica.  She has greeted many sunrises at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the Serengeti, hiked the wilds of Patagonia, tracked jaguars in Brazil, and these just scratch the surface of the worldwide destinations in which Cedarholm has shared her love of wilderness with others.

Her photographs have been widely published, and in recent years, she has contributed a column to the online magazine, Mountain Journal (, as part of a mission to create one new artwork every day for a year. She has served on several boards in the Jackson Hole community, including the board of the Grand Teton Association and The Art Association.

Most gratifying, she says, have been her experiences in opening peoples’ eyes to the mysteries and magic of the natural world.

“I enjoy creating memories in the company of people who are enthusiastic about having meaningful connections with nature, people who are willing to consider new ways of thinking and seeing. Nature is a powerful teacher. One is never too old or too young to have an epiphany,” she says. But it isn’t only about stepping into wild places and seeing the amazing creatures that inhabit them which makes Cedarholm feel fortunate. “Satisfaction, for me, comes from having shared experiences that, in turn, allow for reflection when you’re back in camp or have returned home and can’t wait to get out there again.”

Annie Griffiths

The best part about teaching is that it reminds me of what brought me to photography in the first place:  the thrill of seeking out new pictures, and the triumph of that first look at a moment captured.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than 100 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing women’s issues.  She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photojournalists who are documenting the programs that help poor women deal with the effects of climate change. Griffiths is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers. Known for her warmth and for her ability to create photographs that humanize situations and cultures, Griffiths is one of the National Geographic Speaker's Bureau's most popular lecturers.

Griffith’s work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Stern, Time and many other publications.  With author Barbara Kingsolver, Annie produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America.  Proceeds from the book raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation.  In 2008, Griffiths published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life.  Her newest book, Simply Beautiful Photographs, was named the #1 photography book of 2010 by Amazon.

Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.  She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her two children.


Videos featuring Annie Griffiths

Interview: Annie Griffiths by National Geographic Live!

Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel


Carr Clifton

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Carr Clifton, award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker, has spent thirty years exploring and documenting the endangered, wild landscapes most people will never know.  An accomplished wilderness guide and traveler, Clifton is widely recognized for his distinctive and artistic landscapes of remote regions.  He has dedicated himself to his art which, he says “isn’t only framing the image in the camera, but getting myself to the wildest places where I do my best work.”  Clifton’s wilderness skills have allowed him entrance into the solitude of some of the world’s most remote and least populated regions.

A native Californian living in the northern Sierra Nevada near Taylorsville, California, Clifton began photographing in 1977 after seeking advice and inspiration from his mentor and neighbor, master landscape photographer Philip Hyde.  After graduating from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with a degree in Commercial Photography, Clifton began his freelance career in photography documenting landscapes from Arctic Alaska to the Amazon Basin in Brazil; from the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia to the hardwood forests of New England.

Best known for his five exhibit format books showcasing his work, Clifton’s portfolio comprises thousands of editorial, corporate and advertising credits and the award-winning documentary, Three Women, Three Hundred Miles.   A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Clifton has worked extensively with international, national and local conservation organizations whose vision, diligence and unswerving commitment have protected some of the last wild, living places.  His highly acclaimed book, Wild by Law, was the result of his collaboration with Earth Justice – a visual documentation of the impact environmental law has made on our nation’s institutions and conservation policies.

Exhibitions including Clifton’s prints have been displayed at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Nikon House, The California Academy of Science, San Diego Natural History Museum and Mountain Light Gallery.  Recent awards include the Detroit Creative Director’s Silver Caddy Award for outstanding landscape photography in advertising, International Color Awards and the Theodore Roosevelt Association Founders Medal for outstanding expeditionary achievement.  Clifton’s fine art prints have been purchased for display by environmental, corporate and private collections worldwide. 

Workshops with Carr Clifton

Lou Coetzer

Understanding animal behaviour enabled me to predict with reasonable accuracy "what’s going to happen next," which I discovered was a wonderful asset when photography became part of my life 40 or so odd years ago.

Lou Coetzer is an award-winning professional wildlife and sports photographer and safari leader from Johannesburg, South Africa. His photographic adventure began four decades ago as a student at the then Helpmekaar Boys High School in Johannesburg. These early years in the black and white darkroom and his involvement in sports and sport photography remain major influences in his wildlife photography today.

Before becoming a full-time sports photographer, Lou was involved with The Photographic Society of South Africa for many years. As a member of PSSA, Lou won numerous National and International awards in various fields such as Wildlife, Sports, Landscape and Portraiture. In the years following his entry into the sports photography field, Lou received numerous awards in the prestigious Allied Bank South African Sport Photographer of the Year competition

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These were the days of Apartheid when South Africa was still in relative economic isolation, and a sustainable career as a sports photographer was major challenge. "If Madiba and F.W. De Klerk had gotten together one year earlier I would probably today still be a sport photographer!" says Lou. He moved to other photographic interests in the early 90's, achieving international recognition for his portrait work along the way, but it was in his love of wildlife that he found his ultimate calling.

Lou’s years of experience as a sports photographer and portraitist are revealed in his constant search for exquisitely lit wildlife subjects in high-action against clean backgrounds. "I'll be honest: only when the action is not happening will I start looking for the graphic image."

In 2010, Lou was honored by Nature’s Best magazine for his outstanding photography, and he has been recognized repeatedly for his skill at capturing animal behavior. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally, including in the USA at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Lou was also the chief photographic moderator for The African Photographic Awards 2010.

"I’ve been going into the African bush to experience the animals in the wild from a very young age, and I learned early on to pay close attention and learn from wildlife behaviour. This understanding helped me to predict with reasonable accuracy "what’s going to happen next," which I discovered was a wonderful asset when photography became part of my life 40 or so odd years ago.

I have an insatiable appetite for detail, and out of that grew my love for nature’s intimate stories. As I write this, I’m at Etosha National Park in Namibia, and over the last few days I’ve had the privilege to photograph lions unsuccessfully hunting Giraffe, Kudu, Cape Turtle Dove and even little Red Billed Queleas! I can truthfully say, though, that the highlight of the week was the way the Helmeted Guinea Fowl out foxed the Tawny Eagles this morning just to have the favour returned by a Male African Shelduck this afternoon. Africa's magic is often revealed by the unexpected and not necessarily by the so-called “Big Five,” or can we rather say the “Big Seven” and include the Hippo and Nile Crocodile.

Whether on my own or with a safari group, I am adamant about choosing destinations and scenarios in nature that make for successful photography. It’s easy to get addicted to the clean blue water and sky backgrounds of the Chobe River in northern Botswana, but I also have a deeply ingrained respect and affection for Africa's animals that must struggle to survive in its desert and arid areas like Etosha.

My wife Veronica and I have been pursuing nature photography seriously for many years, and we started leading photo safaris in 2004 on a limited scale, but it was only after launching our first photographic boat on the Chobe River in 2009 that we became real “Safari Rats.” Since then, we’ve led over seventy specialized wildlife photographic safaris to African destinations, and several to Alaska as well!

–Lou Coetzer

Workshops with Lou Coetzer