Ron Rosenstock

Breakout Session | Photography as a Spiritual Practice

Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock is a professional photographer who studied photography with Minor White from 1967 to 1973. He has had over 150 exhibits in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Rosenstock has published six books that feature his photographs and has written articles for photography magazines worldwide.

Rosenstock has been teaching photographic vision and photography as a spiritual practice since 1969. He says, “My photographs are an attempt to understand the process of creation. They represent a personal search for answers to which the questions as well as the answers are wordless. I regard photography not just as a way of seeing but as a way of living, a search or an exploration.”

Ron leads Photography as a Spiritual Practice at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Marie Read

Wildlife photographer and author Marie Read is renowned for images of birds that combine beauty with impactful storytelling. Widely published during her 30-year career, her images have been featured nationally and internationally in magazines, books, calendars, websites, educational exhibits, and product packaging. Marie’s articles and photo essays about bird behavior and bird photography have appeared in Living BirdBird WatchingNature’s Best, and Wild Planet, among others. Her images have won awards in contests such as Share the View (Grand Prize Winner 2017), Nature’s Best, North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, Audubon Photography Awards, and Festival de L’Oiseau. She has authored or co-authored several books about birds and their lives. Her latest book, Mastering Bird Photography: the Art, Craft and Technique of Photographing Birds and their Behavior (Rocky Nook) will be released March 2019.

Charles Needle

Breakout Session | Creative Macro Photography

Charles Needle

Charles Needle is a fine-art photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

Charles has authored three instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher, he has three international workshops. One is in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, for 15 years in a row, with exclusive private access. The others are in Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens and Canada’s Butchart Gardens. Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and NANPA Showcase Award winner eight years in a row.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings,

Charles leads Creative Macro Photography at 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

George Lepp

Keynote Address | Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe: The Keys to Success in Nature Photography

NANPA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers, and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers.

Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. Founder and Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography.

George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon, and can be contacted

© George Lepp. Monarch butterflies cover a tree trunk at the over-wintering site in the high mountains of Mexico. 1976

George’s keynote presentation is sponsored by Canon. 

George will lead Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe at 8:15 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Lewis Kemper

Super Session | Getting the Most Out of the Raw Processor

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. His monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. Kemper’s publication Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide was voted in the top 20 field guides. His DVD My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. Other recent publications include photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide.”

Lewis leads Getting the Most Out of the Raw Processor at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Carl Henry

Lightning Talk | From Cynic to Advocate: South Georgia Island and Yellowstone

One of Carl’s fondest early childhood memories was opening the perfect Christmas gift, a brand new Kodak Instamatic camera. That excitement became a passion while he was studying engineering at Rice University. He had the opportunity to take several photography classes and study under some very talented and inspiring photographers. This experience ignited a fire that has kept burning throughout his adult life.

Frustrated with film photography and never comfortable in the darkroom, Carl embraced high-quality digital photography, exploding his passion into obsession. Carl works hard to continually refine his visual and technical skills while continuing to pursue his original areas of interest: wildlife, landscape and abstract.

Recently, Carl has focused on the large water birds of Southeast Texas, using his photography to educate and inspire viewers and reveal the beauty of the natural world surrounding us. Carl wants to lead people towards a lifetime of appreciation and protection of our natural world.

He lives with his wife and yellow Lab in Houston, Texas.

Carl will participate in the Lightning Talks at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Todd Gustafson

Super Session | To the Ends of the Earth

Todd Gustafson Photo Credit to Ryann Bennett

Todd Gustafson has been photographing nature, wildlife and natural history around the world for the last two decades. Having grown up in Tanzania, East Africa is Todd’s specialty. His vast knowledge of the habitat and behavior of wildlife, as well as his social interaction with local people, has contributed greatly to his success.

Since 2007, one of Todd’s main missions has been to assemble images for his limited edition, leather-bound To the Ends of the Earth book series. This three-volume set—featuring East Africa in Volume I, Birds of East Africa in Volume II, and the Natural World in Volume III— has been regaled by publishing professionals as the most lavish and beautiful books since the Audubon Portfolios. In 2015, Todd traveled the globe extensively, gathering images and film footage for a complementary To the Ends of the Earth documentary.

Todd also photographed and worked as a clinician/teacher for NIKON Corporation, and his photography is represented by National Geographic Society. Through his breathtaking images and filmmaking, Todd shares his experiences with the creatures of the world as they eat, sleep, play, mate, give birth, raise their young and die, co-existing in a battle of survival on this wondrous planet we all share.

Todd leads To the Ends of the Earth at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 21, 2019. This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration.

Sue Flood

Keynote Presentation | From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between

Sue Flood is an award-winning former BBC Natural History Unit documentary maker, public speaker, member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sue worked on award-winning series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, before becoming a professional wildlife and travel photographer.

Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of Antarctica and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environment.

Her adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic have included camping at -40°C in the Arctic winter, diving with leopard seals, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and Antarctica, and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge.

Sue has appeared on screen for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has won multiple awards in competitions including the Travel Photographer of the Year, International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, the International Conservation Photography Awards (Best of Festival), and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.

When she’s not in some far-flung location, Sue lives with her husband Chris in North Wales.

© Sue Flood. Emperor penguins with young chick at Snow Hill Island rookery, Antarctica. October 2008.

Sue leads From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between at 8:15 am on Friday, February 22, 2019.