Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Join John for a Wildlife Photography Workshop in Jasper National Park
Trip Cost: $2795 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 (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 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 winter workshops also feature a secondary focus on wildlife tracking and in particular, on wolf tracking (we have had success finding/seeing wolves in 6 of the 8 past workshops, however, chances of actually photographing wolves still remains at about 50:50 for the winter workshop). 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
As previously mentioned, the winter (January-February) wildlife photography workshop will also include a tracking component and will have a special focus on how to track and photograph wild wolves (though as previously mentioned, there is no guarantee we will see wolves). The potential for seeing something rare (like a wolf or lynx) is higher on the winter 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 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). The winter workshop will likely not involve as much hiking, but the hiking that is done may be through deep snow or on ice, so it will also require a moderate level of fitness (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, for example, Monday to Thursday with a morning session on the Friday -- 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 Monday to Thursday. 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 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.