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

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

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

Sara Robb – Operations Assistant:

We look forward to hearing from you!



Thank you for one of the best trips we have experienced! The Galapogas was incredible! The combination of Art, Frans, Tom, Justin, the wonderful crew of the Eclipse and the talented, gregarious co-passengers created the perfect storm!

―Bernadette F., 2016 Galapagos participant

Visionary Wild trips are the best workshops for the serious photographer. Well planned, unusual locations, renowned photographers, geared toward helping the participants grow in their skills, great accommodations and meals. These trips are all-inclusive making them not only about photography but forming life long relationships. –J. Furber, regular client

Thank you for another fantastic VW expedition! What a privilege to experience and photograph this wild and remote area in comfort while accompanied by the best leaders offering a wealth of experience and a willingness to share their immense talents. Thanks to Justin’s meticulous advance planning, all the arrangements were perfect throughout. –David & Kathy R., 2015 Greenland participants

You are expert at what you do; I really appreciate all your well-thought out and organized trips and your always generous help.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel/photograph with Visionary Wild.  Thank you. –Ann L., 2015 Greenland Participant and repeat client

Thank you once again for the workshop at Boulder Mountain. The lodging proved excellent (comfortable and spacious); food, delicious; leadership, experienced, knowledgable, and gracious. You, Jack, and John led us to excellent locations with ample opportunities for photography. Who could ask for more? –Frank K., 2014 participant

This was the experience of a lifetime. Visionary Wild provided a terrific photo safari. The educational value of this workshop was unparalleled, and I have participated in many workshops. Justin Black and Lou Coetzer were both terrific in facilitating the photography learning experience and in finding the best locations to maximize the opportunities. The critiques were absolutely perfect – we learned from critiques of our own images as well as participating in the reviews of everyone else’s photographs. The cost was well worth it – the experience provided was far superior to standard safaris. I will take another expedition with Justin soon, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Visionary Wild to anyone who desires to improve photography in a first class environment, detailed planning and education, and superb photo opportunities. – Kathy, 2013 African Vision participant

Justin Black is a wonderful photographer, an excellent workshop organizer and leader, and just a really nice human being. I’ve been in three workshops and trips that Justin organized and led, and from my participant’s perspective they all ran flawlessly. He’s an excellent sounding board in the field and during image reviews, with sincere interest and cogent advice. You just can’t ask for more. –Mark G.

I have to say that was the best trip ever!!!!!  So many great photos and a really great group…  I would love to go back, but I think the mark that was set would be hard to beat. ―Julie F., 2015 Polar Bears Eye-to-Eye participant and regular client

The Africa trip was one of the best I have been on. I learned so much. The facilities were top-notch, vehicles and boats were specially equipped for photographers, and to top it off the food was great! Thank you for putting together an interesting, educational, and fun trip for all of us. I have recommended this trip so I hope you will continue to offer it.”

–Ruth K., 2013 African Vision Safari Participant


My brother and I attended the 5-day Boulder, Utah, workshop with Justin and Jack Dykinga. We learned so much about improving our field work, how to better utilize our cameras in the field, and great post-processing instruction in Lightroom. The locations were amazing, and both instructors were always available to answer questions and to support our experience. On top of that, the logistics and catering were top notch! All in all, a week we will remember and benefit from for a long time to come! Thanks!

Justin, just a quick note to tell you I enjoyed the Catalina workshop very much. Despite my attendance at three workshops in the last two years, I continue to learn valuable information from you, Jack, and John on how to improve my images. I found the critique sessions very valuable as a tool in understanding design. Keeping the composition simple, focusing on design elements before shooting, and vigilance and patience for the best light really is impactful when fully implemented. As usual, the attendees were respectful and very interesting. All in all an enjoyable four days. -Rick C., 2014 Participant

Having attended many, many workshops over my years, I find that I have learned more with Visionary Wild workshops and am anxious to return to another. – Julia H., 2013 participant

It was wonderful with a marvelous group of photographers.  Your trips are the best! –Suzanne D., 2014 Participant and repeat client

Your knowledge regarding location, composition, and willingness to help at any time was exemplary. Just keep on doing it like you are presently running the workshops. Compared to feedback I have heard from some of my friends regarding other workshops yours are far superior. Instructors are down to earth, very knowledgable, teaching in ways that make the subject understandable. Knowledgable instructors, generous with their time, experience with the field location selected, guaranteed to improve your artistic talents and love of photography. –Paul H., Valley of Fire workshop participant

Absolutely, positively the best photographic workshop. The combination of Jack’s vision and emphasis on creative composition, John Shaw’s technical skills, both with capture and processing, and Justin’s organizational talents are unique and make this workshop a must for a photographers wanting to improve. -Tom B., regular client

Justin, I just finished reading your article for Outdoor Photographer.  I have to say it’s the most intelligent and comprehensive article I have ever seen about preparing for a photo trip.  I really believe this should be encouraged reading for any photographer going on any trip.  So much insightful information and having met Galen several times I can really see his influence on you. Thank you so much for sending it to all of us. –Vaughn H., 2014 Jaguars of the Pantanal participant.

This is the absolute best when it comes to  photography workshops.  You will get the best locations, a well thought out program, and the best outdoor photographers in the world.  But the real glue of the operation – the thing that keeps it consistently excellent – is Justin Black.  I have attended workshops run by Justin since he was the manager of Galen Rowell’s Mountain Light photography studio in Bishop, California and have participated in probably 10 workshops through Mountain Light and now Visionary Wild.  Justin knows how to provide a workshop that is interesting and useful for the most experienced photographers while at the same time making less experienced photographers feel right at home and provide a learning experience for everyone.  And you can be sure that every detail will be taken care of, from lodging to the plan to catch the best light on every day of the workshop. –Bob B.

The workshop in Boulder, Utah was the best workshop I have ever attended. The combination of field work and classroom sessions provided a nice balance, and the participant critiques enabled everyone to learn from one another’s work. Great location; great instructors. I would highly recommend Visionary Wild to anyone who is serious about nature photography. – Steve A., 2012 participant

This was my best photography workshop experience, by FAR. The professional instructors where extremely approachable and giving of their time and honest and direct feedback and advice, and luckily they just happen to be nice people. I learned a LOT and broke through some personal barriers on a quest to the next level of image-making. The workshop was fast-paced and JAM-packed with opportunities to learn and participate, and it was FUN. If you are serious about taking and processing the best images possible, Visionary Wild has a great balance of field work and classroom sessions that includes instruction and critiques. And they don’t cut corners in terms of comfort and dining! I write this review with some trepidation as I don’t want all the sessions to immediately fill and lock me out…but I want to try to be a nice, honest and good person too. –Bruce L., 2012 participant

I’ve taken two workshops with Justin, and both were amazing. He’s got a great knack for keeping workshops fun and informative. A rare combination of personal photographic talent and ability to teach to others–regardless of experience–makes Justin’s workshops fantastic. – Kelly O.