Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Join John for a Wildlife Photography Workshop in Jasper National Park
Trip Cost: $3195 Cdn + gst (includes accommodation and some meals) ** Only five spots available on each workshop
Maligne River in Jasper National Park, Three Bighorn Sheep Rams, and a Bugling Bull Elk
Five days, five nights in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies photographing wildlife and spectacular scenery with professional wildlife and nature photographer John E. Marriott, author / photographer of the Canadian bestseller, Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse at Life on the Wild Side and contributing editor for wildlife photography for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.
Boasting some of the world's largest bighorn sheep rams and bull elk, a full range of wild predators, and spectacular mountain backdrops, Jasper is one of Canada's finest wildlife photography locations. Workshop participants may get opportunities to photograph elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, moose, coyotes, red fox, wolves, black bears, bald eagles and more, as well as the beautiful mountain scenery. In 2011, we even lucked out and photographed a family of grizzly bears on the final day of an October workshop!
The primary focus of this workshop will be on enhancing your skills as a beginner or intermediate wildlife photographer while photographing wildlife throughout the park. However, there will be a secondary focus on nature photography in general, so you can expect to photograph landscapes during sunrise or sunset, as well as during the days if the weather is spectacular or the wildlife is not cooperating. The late fall workshops may also feature a secondary focus on wildlife tracking if there is fresh snow.Note that this is not a photo tour like John's other tours. This workshop will feature a very strong instructional component for photographers wishing to learn more about wildlife and nature photography and is perfectly suited to beginner and intermediate wildlife photographers.
Wolf Track in Fresh Snow, Photographing Bighorn Rams, Wild Gray Wolf
The workshop is limited to five participants so that our footprint on the park's wildlife is limited. John will be encouraging you to carpool (two to a car) in a driver's side backseat system that works extremely well for photographing some of the park's more elusive and sensitive wildlife like wolves or bears (though do not expect to photograph wolves or bears -- we will hope to encounter them, but during a 5-day workshop the chances of seeing either are less than 50-50).
This trip requires a moderate to good level of fitness with the ability to hike up to four kilometres in a day with camera gear. However, the majority of the photography will be done from roadsides to minimize our impact on wildlife (with the potential to venture onto several trails or away from roadsides if weather, wildlife and time permits). If we have fresh snow, participants can expect less overall hiking, but the hiking we do may be through deep snow or on fresh ice, so it will also require a moderate level of fitness (participants can expect to have to climb several hundred meters up small, icy hills to photograph bighorn sheep, for instance).
The Jasper Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop price includes your photography instruction from John (4 full-day field sessions -- Monday to Thursday -- plus a morning session on the final day, as well as seminar-style instruction on at least one evening), five nights single occupancy accommodation in the Town of Jasper at the Sawridge Inn, your introductory dinner on the Sunday, and all breakfasts and lunches from Monday to Friday (not including lunch on Friday). Transportation and all other meals are not included.
All Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours are non-smoking tours. Participants will be required to sign a waiver.
Please note that a $500 (+ gst) non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on a Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop. The balance owing is due ninety days prior to your trip departure and is also non-refundable, however, upon cancellation, this balance owing may be transferred to another workshop or tour if John is able to fill your spot. We highly recommend all workshop and tour participants purchase independent trip cancellation insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances.