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Photo Workshops to Great Wildlife, Nature and Landscape Destinations Since 1994

2017 SCHEDULE

TETONS IN FALL
September 17 - 22
$2,495

tetons reflected in window

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL - FULL
October 8 - 14
$2,595

marshall point lighthouse sunset

UTAH CANYON COUNTRY STAR TRAILS / MILKY WAY
October 21 - 28
$2,195

marshall point lighthouse sunset

BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY
November 11 - 18
$2,995

bald eagle with fish

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
December 4 - 10
$2,195

snow goose landing on water

ONE-DAY SEMINARS
DATES ARE OPEN
$60 per person 15 person minimum

bald eagle with fish

2018 SCHEDULE

PENGUINS OF FALKLAND ISLANDS
January 19 - February 4 (FULL)

$6,995

gentoo penguin jumping out of water

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS
March 3 - 10
March 10 - 17
$3,095

aurora borealis northern lights

BIRDS OF FLORIDA
April 16 - 22
$2,795

black skimmer fishing

ONE-DAY SEMINARS
DATES AND LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING
$60 per person 15 person minimum

bald eagle with fish

WHITE SANDS
May 18 - 21
$1,895

black skimmer fishing

THE PALOUSE
June 5 - 9
$2,395

black skimmer fishing

COLORADO WILDLIFE
June 25 - 29
$1,795

baby mountain goat jumping

FLOWER TECHNIQUES
June 29 - July 2
$1,595

yellow flower stamen

KODIAK BEARS - 2 spots left
July 14 - 20
$6,595

aurora borealis northern lights

OREGON COAST
August 5 - 11
$2,695

haystack rock oregon coast

HAWAII - BIG ISLAND
August 19 - 25

tetons reflected in window

EASTERN SIERRAS AND MONO LAKE
September 6 - 10
Price TBD

Valley of the Gods Utah photography, night photography

TETONS IN FALL
September 16 - 21
$2,595

tetons reflected in window

 

ACADIA - COASTAL MAINE FALL
October 7 - 13
$2,795

marshall point lighthouse sunset

BALD EAGLES OF CHILKAT VALLEY
November 10 - 17
$2,995

bald eagle with fish

 

BOSQUE DEL APACHE / WHITE SANDS
December 1 - 7
$2,195

snow goose landing on water


RETURNING PARTICIPANT DISCOUNT

Returning participants receive a discount of $75. These are taken off the deposit and must be made by check to receive the discount.

TRIP AND TIMING SCHEDULE
Workshops are designed to get to our first location from the destination airport my mid to late afternoon so we can get a field session in that first evening. If your flight schedule does not allow for a late morning arrival please plan on arriving the night before where you would be responsible for your first night stay. We also try to get a morning shoot in on the last scheduled date of the trip and then leave for the airport, making an afternoon or evening flight out the preferred option. When signing up for a trip please ask what the plan is as there are slight differences for each trip based on the distance from the designated airport to our destination hotel.

TRIP INSURANCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
When you plan your trip, it would be wise to think about getting trip insurance. My links page has information were you can compare prices and plans. Several times people have had to cancel a trip very close to the start date and due to reservations and loss of space the cancellation refund policy has to be adhered to. Links to several trip insurance companies are available on the links page.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DEPOSITS - A non-refundable $300 deposit will hold a space with balance due 60 days prior to trip. European and Alaska trips require a non-refundable $500 deposit and the Falkland Islands $1,000. If a deposit is received and the trip is filled, it will be returned and the you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if an opening occurs.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY - Upon receipt of notice you are unable to participate on a trip refunds on final balances paid are subject to the following fee structure - full cost for more than 60 days if the spot is able to be filled (no refund if spot can't be filled) and no refund within 60 days of trip. If a program is canceled, full refunds will be made. Fees are based on reservations made for leaders airfare, group accommodations, guide fees and ground transportation. Travel insurance is recommended to offset the fees of the refund policy (see link on the links page for comparative rate information for travel insurance).

ACCOMMODATIONS - Lodging will be at AAA approved accommodations (double occupancy) when available. Single occupancy rooms when requested will require an additional fee. Also, if a roommate is not available will be required to pay the single supplement fee. The northern lights workshop can only fit one single occupancy room on the northern leg and that gets assigned based on the male / female mix of the group. Some other trips may also force people requesting single supplements to room together, such as the Falkland Islands.

COSTS - Price includes accommodations, ground transportation and meals for most trips. Not included are items of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages. Prices are quoted as part of a package and no refunds are given for unused services. Because some trips include photographing wildlife, First Light can't be held liable if subjects stated are not available for photographing. Wildflower and fall color trips are scheduled at typical peak times but weather conditions may cause conditions to not be ideal. Indoor presentations will be given on most trips. Other unforseen events may occur on a trip that cause us not to get to all of the locations we hope to get to but we will get to as many as possible based on the dynamics of the group and the events that occur during the trip, whatever they may be.

TRIP SIZE - Most trips are limited to six people maximum. Because of this, it's recommended you sign up early to ensure having a spot. Trip sizes are kept small so participants can get as much hands-on help as they wish. Certain trips have to have a minimum and may be cancelled. The northern lights workshop can only hold five.

NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR - First Light is not responsible for lost baggage by the airlines or trying to retrieve it. This is the responsibility of the traveller. First Light is also not responsible for waiting for parpticipants due to missed connections as they are responsible to try and get to the location where the group is due to being late due to missed flights. This is why it is sometimes recommended to arrive a day early to make sure you are on time and not pushing it with beating the deadline for being at the airport right when the suggested arrival time is scheduled. There are other trip participants to think about.