Winners of Workshops Give-Away

March 17, 2010


Last month we put out a call for submissions of short essays for the chance to win one of two instructional photo workshops Rick and I were giving away.

We are now very happy to announce the winners!

Rick’s Hudson River Photography Workshop

The winner of Rick’s Hudson River Photography Workshop is Chris Stern!

This is Chris’s essay:

I have been hearing impaired since 18 months old. Growing up I never envisioned losing additional hearing but in February 2005 I did. It was devastating not only to me but my wife and family. After 8 long months of hearing tests, I was approved for my first cochlear implant and a year later, received my second implant. Now, I am happy to say I can hear more than ever…in fact, I never heard a cricket til now.

You are thinking what does this have to do with photography. Well, I received a lot of help from people to help me hear and I feel both of you can help me become a better photographer through your instruction. In turn, I can apply the lessons I have learned to create unique photos which I can share with others. Thank for offering this once and a lifetime opportunity.

You can see some of Chris’s photography at:


Juan’s Waterfalls of Western NC instructional photo workshop

The winner of Juan’s Waterfalls of Western NC instructional photo workshop is Jennifer Wagner-Bunce!

This is Jennifers entry essay:

I have been making pictures since 1995 when I bought my first SLR at an auction in a barn in upstate NY. I was thrilled and set to work learning how to use it, and read many books on photography. I even took a correspondence course through NYIP. I did a tiny bit of portrait work, but mostly enjoyed nature photography.

However, I soon started a family, and rearing my two rowdy boys took precedence over the quiet time I needed to sit outside and photograph nature undisturbed. My images consisted more of snapshots of my children and less of the natural beauty that surrounds me.

Now that my boys are 11 and 8, I am once again embracing the photographer inside me and attempting to return to what I love doing. I am still a busy mom, and it is difficult to juggle a full-time job, homeschooling, and everyday family life with my strong desire to have a camera in my hands at all times! I am failing miserably at my project 365 this year, but I am trying to complete at least one blog post a week of my favorite images. I have my camera in my hands as often as I can, whether it’s to make an image or just to learn a new function (I just upgraded to the Sony a900 a few weeks ago).

Being able to participate in either Rick’s or Juan’s workshop would be a dream come true. I cannot tell you what it would mean to me to be able to attend a live workshop, where I can see, touch, & hear all the things that will help me improve my craft and take me to the next level, as well as get constructive feedback on my work. I am so excited about the possibility of being able to absorb even just a tiny portion of what you two have learned over the span of your careers, and then bring that back home to reinterpret it all through my own perspective.

I would be so grateful to have the opportunity to attend either one; logistically Rick’s workshop would be easier for me because I live in NY and can stay with family in Nanuet (and my hubby can stay busy visiting his family on LI), but creatively, waterfalls are a FAVE of mine (we have many here in the Finger Lakes region as well) and I would love to learn how to improve my waterfall images.

Thank you, Rick and Juan, for this opportunity.

Jennifer Wagner-Bunce

You can see some of Jennifer’s photography at:

Congratulations to both Jen & Chris!

Rick and I look forward to meeting you very soon!

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Juan is a wildlife photographer who currently lives in Maine. Juan lives and breathes photography and travels around the country making images, teaching and leading photo workshops. Juan’s favorite destination is Yellowstone in winter.

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9 Responses to “Winners of Workshops Give-Away”

  1. jen Says:

    Thanks so much you guys! I can’t wait!


  2. Matt Graham Says:

    Juan and Rick,
    Thanks for the chance to win. Congrats to Chris and Jennifer ! Great essays and great photos too!

    Regardless of not winning, expect to see me sometime on a workshop. You two are great resources of knowledge and I love the podcast and its variety. Your blog lights up my RSS feed it seems hourly! I’m happy I will be much closer to you guys when I move to PA.


  3. Chris Barnes Says:

    Congrats to both winners! Both essays were nice reads!

    Can’t wait to meet Jen at the waterfall workshop!



  4. Chris S. Says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to be selected as one of the winners for the Workshop Giveaway! It will be a real treat to learn from the two of you and hope I can come away with some great images to share with others.

    Thank you, once again for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I am really looking forward to meeting both of you!


  5. Ian Says:

    Two fantastic photos … I top my hat to the winners. Excellent work!


  6. Joe Russo Says:

    Congrats Chris and Jen! Definitely jealous. If I can get my act together, maybe I’ll see you at the Hudson River Workshop.


  7. Rich Charpentier Says:

    Congrats to the winners! Hope you each enjoy your workshops and have a great time!



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