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Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

A Great Opportunity to Learn about Photographing Wildlife and Nature from one of Canada's Premier Wildlife Photographers

Moose, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goats, coyotes, foxes, deer and more, all in one of Canada’s most spectacular locations!

Trip Departure Point: Jasper, Alberta, Canada

 

Workshop I — Dates: October 23-28, 2021 (SOLD OUT)
Trip Cost: $4095 Cdn + gst (includes accommodation, but not meals or transportation) ** Only three spots available on each workshop

 

All participants must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.

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 former 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 may get to also photograph landscapes occasionally 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
Wolf Track in Fresh Snow, Photographing Bighorn Rams, Wild Gray Wolf

Each workshop is limited to THREE participants in 2021 due to COVID concerns, and, so that our footprint on the park’s wildlife is limited. Each participant will drive their own vehicle to limit their exposure to other participants in an enclosed environment.

 

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 (this workshop does involve a lot of driving) 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 at least 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). Using our vehicles to travel around the park also 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).

 

The Jasper Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop price includes your photography instruction from John (4 full-day field sessions — plus a morning session on the final day, as well as some seminar-style instruction on at least one evening, covid-permitting), and five nights single occupancy accommodation in the Town of Jasper at Maligne Lodge (subject to change).

 

Transportation and meals are not included, though participants will be able to eat together (and with John) if they choose to, provided we can do so with social distancing protocols in place.

 

All Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours are non-smoking, fully vaccinated tours. Participants will be required to sign a waiver and must read and agree to the Workshop Terms and Conditions.

 

Please note that a $750 (including gst) non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on a Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop. The balance owing for 2021 is due 30 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. In the event of a last-minute COVID-19 travel advisory within 14 days of your workshop start date that results in the cancellation of the workshop, 75% of all monies paid will be refunded or rolled over to 2021 and 25% will be retained by Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours to cover administration and operating expenses.