Of the 8 or 9 photo workshops I have taken of all varieties, this was clearly the best—by a wide margin.  I’m on the  Visionary “prowl” for next year. – George A., 2019 Death Valley Workshop participant

Our journey to the inner highlands of Iceland in September 2017 was beyond anything we could have imagined. Every day was unique and awe-inspiring, featuring starkly beautiful landscapes of volcanic rock and glacial ice. We would highly recommend Visionary Wild for serious photographers; traveling with experienced guides who shared our passion to explore and photograph the world was invigorating, educational – and tremendous fun. The mentorship and organizational planning from our group leaders, Justin Black and Chris Linder, was truly world class. We are already planning our next adventures with Visionary Wild!

-Ray M. and Leona D. B.

My trip to Torres Del Paine with Visionary Wild was wonderful on many levels. First, the park and its surroundings are spectacularly beautiful and also have lots of interesting wildlife and birds. A perfect place for a landscape photographer, but also excellent for wildlife. Second, Justin Black and Michael Melford were excellent leaders. They were friendly and welcoming, in addition to being very helpful on photographic matters. Their experience got us to the right places at the right times. I also feel that I learned a number of things that will help my photography.  Third, our local guides were also very friendly and helpful. They realized that I was interested in birds (as well as landscapes) and helped me find a number of interesting species. Logistics were handled in a manner that was seamless to participants.  And, on top of it all, the food and wine were great. I highly recommend this trip. –Bill W., 2019 Torres del Paine participant

Thank you for one of the best trips we have experienced! The Galapagos 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

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

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

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.

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

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


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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.