Decision Time

By President Kent Taylor

Big Thompson River flowing through Moraine Park.
© Kent Taylor, 2007 RMOWP Photo Workshop

One of the great opportunities of the RMOWP organization through the years has been the annual photo workshop. This long-standing summer ritual has provided first-class, professional instruction in nature photography for the many participants who signed up and showed up, wanting to improve their skills in the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Most recently, coordinator Nic Showalter and instructors Jared Gricoskie and Fred Lord have for the past 11 years created a remarkable learning experience and contribution to the field of photography. Individuals from several states across the country have taken part. It has been a good run indeed. 

As the challenge of attracting enough participants to keep the workshop self-supporting has become more complex, however, the decision was made to cancel the workshop this summer. A difficult decision for Nic as you might imagine. Even with an increasing number of hits through social media and an ongoing, intensive evaluation of means, methods and analytics, the inquiries did not ultimately translate into enough participants to conduct a viable workshop (an ongoing tension in recent years).

So we have come to a decision point, a fallow time. The RMOWP board of directors plans to discuss the future of the workshop at our conference in September. Whether it should take some other form going forward or whether it perhaps has come to a natural end will be considered. We are interested in your input. 

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