Presenters

Rick Sammon

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet–dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas. He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick’s images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 37 books, including the popular “Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light”. Rick’s latest books are “Creative Visualization for Photographers” and “Evolution of an Image”.

While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”

With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”

Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com. Rick can be contacted at ricksammon@me.com.

 

Guy Tal

Guy Tal spent the first twenty-six years of his life in Israel, where he was born, served a mandatory military service, studied and taught at the Tel Aviv University. Guy spent much of his youth exploring natural areas around his home by the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Negev Desert and the Golan Heights. As a teenager, Guy first picked up a camera to document the things that fascinated him about the natural landscape and its wild inhabitants, prompting a passion for—and a deep interest in—photography, that continue to grow and intensify to this day, more than three decades later.

At odds with the political turmoil and rampant urbanization of his homeland, Guy immigrated by himself to California, where he embarked on a career in information technology and began an enduring love affair with the wild places of the American West.

Unfulfilled by the urban, career-driven life, Guy decided to move closer to his beloved deserts and mountains of the Colorado Plateau, ultimately to settle in a small and remote town at the foot of Utah’s Aquarius Plateau, on the edge of Utah’s famous canyon country—a place that inspires him deeply and where he practices most of his work.

A life-long learner and explorer, Guy’s interest in art, science, and philosophy converged with his intense love of wild places, finding expression in photography and writing. He is a frequent contributor to several photographic publications, a public speaker, and educator.

Website: GuyTal.com

 

Bruce Hucko

Bruce Hucko is a freelance photographer, author, children’s art coach and radio producer.  He was named one of thirty leading art educators in the country by the Rockefeller Bros. Fund Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 1984 and the 2016 Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Utah Arts Education Association.  He is currently employed at HMK Elementary School in Moab where he’s affectionately called “Art Coach!” by children, teachers and parents alike.

Photographically, Hucko works in a broad range of styles that range from fine art B&W and color images of area landscapes to portraits of area residents. He specializes in photographing Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) Homesites, natural abstracts and people in their natural environment. Hucko has completed documentary work among the Seri Indians of Mexico, Navajo rug weavers, and ranch families across the West. He’s also photographed and produced interpretive slide shows for Arches NP, Organ Pipe Cactus NM, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the award-winning, 8-projector, 40-minute multi-media show “The Canyon’s Edge”.

Hucko has photographed extensively among the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo people, including “A Gesture of Kinship,” a creative documentary project among the Navajo he first worked and lived with 30+ years ago. His work among the Ancestral Puebloan people in B&W and Color has been exhibited widely and helped with the designation of Bears Ears National Monument.

Fifteen trade books feature Hucko’s work exclusively including “Time Among the Ancients: Rock Art & Ruins of the Colorado Plateau” (Impact Photographics) and “Cowboys and Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch” (School of American Research Press). Current projects include “Entrada,” a collaborative book of poetry and imagery with Utah poet-laureate David Lee, “WaterSong,” a collection of images and sounds from Moab’s Millcreek and “Sacred Evidence,” a book culminating his years of wandering the ancient southwest.  These can all be viewed at www.blurb.com.

Aside from photography Hucko enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, a good red wine and sipping fine tequila.

Website: BruceHuckoPhoto.com

 

Erin Babnik

Erin Babnik is a full-time landscape photographer, photography educator, writer, and speaker with home bases on two continents. Immersion in the visual arts has been the one constant in Erin’s life, including extensive formal education in various studio arts, graphic design, and the history of art. Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums throughout Europe and the Middle East for the purposes of teaching and research. She subsequently spent years producing photographs on assignment before transitioning to her specialty of wilderness/adventure landscape photography and teaching photography workshops worldwide.

Erin’s photographs, articles, and talks all draw upon her background in art history in promoting landscape photography as an art form with deep roots and unlimited potential for creative expression. She embraces all approaches to celebrating nature through the medium, believing that both nature and art are essential to the wellness of humanity.

Website: www.erinbabnik.com

 

Colleen Miniuk

Colleen Miniuk fled the grey cubicle walls at Intel Corporation in 2007 to pursue a fulfilling full-time outdoor photography and writing career. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA VIA, OnLandscape, National Parks Traveler, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park.

She authored and photographed the award-winning guidebooks, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers”, “A Guide to When, Where, & How” (1st and 2nd editions) and “Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How”. She also authored the instructional eBook, “Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography”.

Colleen offers highly-acclaimed photography workshops, including the popular “Sheography™” all-women’s photography workshops, through her own company, CMS Photography. In the past, she has taught for renowned organizations such as Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, camera clubs across the country, and numerous private engagements. Colleen is an active member, Secretary on the Board of Directors for Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she served as the interim Executive Director in 2017.

Website: www.cms-photo.com

 

Kurt Budliger

Kurt has been photographing the natural landscape for over 24 years and has been a professional photographer for the past 14.  His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more.

Kurt has also been a professional educator for over 25 years.  Prior to becoming a professional outdoor photographer and workshop leader, Kurt was an outdoor and environmental educator, interpretive naturalist, guide and then a middle school science teacher in Vermont.  He holds a BS in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and an MS in Teaching from Plattsburgh State University.  He continues to teach digital photography with Vermont State Colleges and leads many landscape photography workshops throughout the US and abroad.  Kurt is the founder and one of the lead instructors at Green Mountain Photographic Workshops.  When he’s not travel and shooting he lives, laughs and plays with his wife and two daughters in his adopted home state of Vermont.

Websites: KurtBudliger.com, GreenMtnPhotoWorkshops.com

 

Scott Stulberg

Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique photographic opportunities. He is represented by many stock agencies including Getty Images and is a contributing writer for Shutterbug magazine and EOS magazine. He loves leading photography workshops to many places around the globe and also teaches digital photography and Photoshop at many schools including UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, where he won Outstanding Instructor of the year.

Scott is the author of “Passage to Burma”, a coffee table book on his favorite country and also co-author of “The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins”. From Microsoft, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, CNN and ABC News to greeting cards, calendars, puzzles, billboards and book covers, his images are used internationally. His photographs are in collections all over the world, including on permanent display in the United Nations and the new UCLA Medical Center

Website:  asa100.com

 

Adam Schallau

Adam Schallau is a photographer and photography educator. His portfolio captures both the grand and intimate landscapes of the American southwest. Through his photographs, Adam seeks to convey the timeless beauty of our treasured National Parks and other public lands.

Adam’s fine art prints are in personal and corporate collections across the world. They have been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and national parks.

His photos have been published in numerous magazines including; Sunset Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, and Men’s Journal, and on the covers of Arizona Highways, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Via Magazine, and New Mexico Magazine. You can also see more of his photography in his book “Chasing the Light – Grand Canyon”.

When he is not pursuing the next image or leading a workshop, Adam is often engaged in mentoring young artists. He gives time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Stewart Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program, and the Grand Canyon Field School’s Artists as Ambassadors program.

Adam and his wife, Sally, live amongst the tall Ponderosa pines of northern Arizona near Flagstaff with their rescue dog, Bear, a border collie mix found on the Navajo lands.

Website: adamschallau.com