Last Conference Recap

along the San Pedro R.

Beto Gutierrez & Cecilia Travis along the San Pedro River © Maryann Gaug

Our Sierra Vista, Arizona conference in April 2017 boasted the second highest attendance in recent memory: 59 attendees came from all over the country for photo ops of birds along the San Pedro River, history in a nearby ghost town, and western lore in “The Town Too Tough to Die” — aka Tombstone.

Workshops covered topics including the creation of photo essays, bringing stories of the natural world to life, and an introduction to video. There were a record nine people participating in the writers forum plus numerous spectators/commentators. And there were our usual photo critique, showcase of selected members’ photography, and the sunrise photo shoot — where we almost lost an entire carload of photographers!

Tom Ulrich

Thomas J. Ulrich © Jack Olson

We also paid tribute to late member and photo judge Tom Ulrich, who gave of himself and his expert knowledge in many workshops and photo trips over the years. He is greatly missed.

As usual the conference finale was the presentation of contest winners. See the May-June issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors for a complete list, or click here for the photo winners and here for the writing winners.

For conference summaries going back to 2005, visit our conference locations list and click on a year.