Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Join John for a Wildlife Photography Workshop in Jasper National Park
Trip Cost: $1995 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, an incomparable elk rut, 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 (October workshops only), 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!
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 weather or wildlife is not cooperating. The February 2013 workshop also features a secondary focus on wildlife tracking and in particular, on wolf tracking (the February 2012 workshop saw 17 different wolves). 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.
Wolf Track in Fresh Snow, Photographing Bighorn Rams, Wild Gray Wolf
As previously mentioned, the February wildlife photography workshop will also include a tracking component and will have a special focus on how to track, find, and photograph wild wolves (though there is no guarantee we will see wolves). The potential for seeing something rare (like a wolf or lynx) is quite a bit higher on the February workshop, so while it may indeed be colder than the October workshop, it does come with its own unique advantages. In either workshop, you will have a variety of interesting subject material covered on the instructional side of things, with several hours of classroom seminar work included.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness with the ability to hike up to six 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). The February workshop will likely not involve as much hiking, but the hiking that is done may be through deep snow, so it will also require a moderate level of fitness.
The Jasper Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop price includes your photography instruction from John (4 full-day field sessions Wednesday to Saturday and a morning session on Sunday (all weather permitting), as well as a two-hour seminar-style classroom session, five nights single occupancy accommodation in the Town of Jasper at a local hotel (Jasper's Sawridge Inn), your introductory dinner, and lunches from Wednesday to Saturday (bag lunches for the field). Transportation and 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 sixty 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.