St Paul Island Photographic Workshop with Greg Downing and Alan Murphy

July 15 - 20, 2018: OPENINGS

July 22 - 27, 2018: OPENINGS

This extensive workshop takes us to the tiny remote island of St. Paul in Alaska’s Pribilofs. Situated in the Bering Sea, St Paul attracts hundreds of thousands of seabirds to nest in its vertical cliffs, and the majority of the world’s population of Northern Fur Seals to bear and raise young on its shores. A growing number of Arctic Foxes (blue phase) are a common sight on the island and are also possible subjects with their blue-eyed pups.


Parake Parakeet, Crested and least Auklets will be brooding young while Tufted and Horned puffins deliver fish to offspring waiting in their nest cavities - sometimes flying and landing within close range! Our timing on the island will coincide with puffins feeding their young and the best chance at capturing images of adults bringing in fish.

Among the Auklets and Puffins are thousands of other seabirds, including Northern Fulmar, Red-legged and Black-legged Kittiwak, Glaucous-winged Gull and Thick-billed and Common Murre.

Within the island’s interior we may be able to photograph Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Grey-crowned Rosy Finches, and visiting migrants. Shorelines may also contain some migrants as well as a number of the island’ s Rock Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones.

The focus of the workshop will be to photograph the unique and exciting birds and wildlife the island has to offer, work on the sometimes difficult exposures of black and white birds, and making best use of available light as well as learning to work in foggy conditions. There will be opportunities for flight photography, and with a cooperative wind direction some cliffs offer an updraft that helps to virtually suspend birds in flight. There are also opportunities for distinct scenic images.

Photographers of all levels willing to meet the challenges at St. Paul are encouraged to participate in this workshop for the experience and images of a lifetime!


July 12 - 19, 2017.

Cost: $6,995

Deposit: $1000

Includes extensive photographic instruction, round-trip air transportation from Anchorage, all ground transportation at destination, private guide and sightseeing services, and shared accommodations on the island.

Meals and gratuities are not included. Meals are roughly $50 per day. Suggested gratuity for local private guide is $10-$15 per day per person. Single supplements can be arranged at an additional $600 for those wanting a single room, but spots are limited.

* Cost for Non-Photographers is $5,995 and requires a separate registration and deposit. Please indicate "non photographer" next to your name in the registration form.

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