Cloud Ridge Naturalists
  Conservation in Focus


June 18-27, 2010
10 Days/ 9 Nights

Bob Rozinski & Wendy Shattil, Audrey Benedict and the M/V Catalyst Crew

Few places in North America rival the scenic beauty and wildlife diversity of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. These magical land and seascapes—the spectacular fjords, tidewater glaciers, and old-growth forests of Frederick Sound, Thomas Bay, Endicott Arm, and Ford’s Terror— provide the perfect setting for our inaugural “Conservation in Focus” workshop.

International League of Conservation Photographers, Bob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil, lead this 7-day voyage aboard the M/V CatalystM/V Catalyst, a 76-foot classic wooden boat built in 1932 as the floating laboratory for the University of Washington. The ultimate “classroom,”Catalyst carries 12 passengers in superb comfort and is equipped with a full complement of sea kayaks and a motorized inflatable to enable explorations both near and far. The use of sea kayaks allows us a more intimate, seal’s-eye view of the marine world—the perfect platform for aspiring conservation photographers.

Internationally recognized for their evocative images and for their many photographic contributions to conservation causes, Bob and Wendy have dedicated their careers to portraying not only the inherent beauty of the natural world but also the environmental dramas that threaten the fragile fabric of life. Bob Rozinski & Wendy ShattilIn contrast to the traditional “how-to” workshop, this unique seminar is designed tohelp participants move to the next level, mastering the creative and technical skills required to make visual media a more powerful conservation tool in projects close to home or in the remotest corners of our changing world—wherever participants wish to be actively engaged in conservation work. In addition to learning about the natural history of Southeast Alaska, we’ll explore and discuss the impacts that global warming is having on the region’s glaciers, the threats facing marine and land-based wildlife, and the effects of marine pollution on animal and human life-ways. Most importantly, we’ll learn how to shoot images that truly tell a story and have the strongest possible impact on the viewer. Workshop activities will emphasize image context, perspective, originality, composition, the use of light, and technical quality—honoring photographic integrity and the environment throughout the creative process. top_image

Working singly and collectively, we’ll produce a custom photo book that truly captures the trip’s observations and discoveries—the “essence” of Southeast Alaska as well as the environmental challenges that it faces. In addition to an overview of image presentation techniques, the production of a photo book provides each participant with a workable template suitable for other conservation projects. The only “prerequisite” for this workshop is a strong desire to use photography as a tool for achieving your own conservation goals. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to refine your skills and make a difference with your images!

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Price: $4,100 (includes a $500 deposit)
Group Size: 12
Trip Rating: 2-3

Price Includes: 6 nights/7 days aboard the M/V Catalyst, all meals and beverages (including wine and beer), 3 night’s lodging (June 18 & 19 in Petersburg and June 26 in Juneau), a one-hour glacier photo/flight-seeing trip with Kupreanof Flying Service (Butch Williams), two group dinners ashore, the services of our three photographer/naturalist leaders and the Catalyst’s a four-person crew, full sea kayak outfitting and expert instruction, gratuities to the Catalyst’s crew, boat/hotel transfers, and a copy of the photo book. The price quoted is per person based on double occupancy; a single supplement of $450 is required of participants preferring non-shared hotel accommodations.

Does not include your roundtrip airfare from your point of departure to Petersburg, Alaska or your return from Juneau.

Need more information? Visit the Pacific Catalyst website at for boat pictures, cabin details, interior spaces and amenities, and biographies of the crew.

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Registration form 2010 (PDF) |  Trip Information Page


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