Wild Animal Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Workshop

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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

2999 County Road 53

Keenesburg, CO 80643

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More than 460 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores roam freely in natural habitats in a rural area less than an hour from Denver. Come see them and learn how to become a better photographer during our incredible wildlife photography workshop at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo.

As an added bonus, our Tamron USA instructors will have their full complement of lenses available to loan out to you for the entire workshop, including their award-winning 15-30 (FX and DX in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts).

The workshop will begin with a 30 minute talk by the Sanctuary’s founder, Pat Craig, to give you an in-depth look on the facility and animals you’ll be photographing. Next, you’ll attend a 2.5-hour photography class taught by Tamron’s professional staff. We’ll cover tips on wildlife and sunset photography, as well as how to get stunning photographs using post-processing software and techniques.

Standing 30 feet above the ground, we’ll set up our cameras along the "Mile Into The Wild Walkway,” an elevated boardwalk that stretches over 1.5 miles in length. From the boardwalk, which is the world’s largest footbridge, we will spend the next 2.5 hours photographing lions, tigers, bears, wolves and more. Tamron’s staff will work with you the entire time to help you finetune your techniques and answer your questions. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen since the boardwalk stretches 1.5 miles one way.

The sanctuary closes at sunset, so we will time our shoots, so that we can pack up our cameras and say our farewells at 6:50 p.m.

National Park Trips Media and Tamron USA have teamed up for the third consecutive year to offer Photography Workshops in and near national parks across the West.

What's Included:

  • Expert instruction by Tamron photographers
  • In-the-field personalized instruction at The Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • Full line of Tamron lenses available for all participants to use throughout the workshop
  • 2.5-hour pre-shoot seminar (wildlife, sunset techniques + post processing)
  • Coffee during the classroom portion of the workshop


Friday, September 20, 2019

11:45 a.m.: Meet at entrance of The Wild Animal Sanctuary to receive your entrance ticket and to make your donation.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Guest Speaker Wild Animal Sanctuary Founder Pat Craig

12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Pre-shoot seminar will take place in the Welcome Center classroom.

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Break to fuel up at the Lion’s Den Cafe (or eat your food from home in classroom).

3:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.: Photograph the animals in the sanctuary via the 1.5-mile boardwalk with the class.

Workshop Headquarters:

The Wild Animal Sanctuary
2999 County Road 53
Keenesburg, CO 80643



All participants must arrange transportation to and from The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Once there, you will be on foot to the classroom and then along the 1.5-mile boardwalk to photograph the animals.


No meals are provided, but we will have a break from 3 pm- 3:30 p.m. during which participants can eat at The Wild Animal Sanctuary restaurant, the Lion’s Den Cafe. It serves oven-fired pizza, sandwiches, burgers and has a salad bar. The menu includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. There’s also an ice cream shop.


September is Colorado’s most beautiful month! Prepare for temperatures ranging from 50-75 degrees. Keenesburg is located on the Eastern Plains and often experiences wind. A warm hat or headband is suggested and a hair tie if you have long hair! Dress in layers to ensure you stay warm.

What to Pack:

DSLR, tripod, wide angle and zoom lenses (Tamron will have their full complement of lenses available for all participants to use, in both full-frame and crop-sensor models, including their new 15-30mm), a water bottle, extra memory cards, comfortable walking shoes (the boardwalk is 1.5 miles long), sunscreen, rain jacket or shell, sun hat, and sunglasses. A fully charged laptop is strongly recommended for the post-processing portion of the class. A comprehensive packing list will be provided prior to the workshop to attendees.


$179 + processing fees. Includes workshop and entrance fee to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. A separate donation that goes towards animal care, amount open to your discretion, is strongly encouraged to enter The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Airfare, meals, transportation to and from the sanctuary and lodging are NOT included.

Your Instructors:

Erica Robinson

Erica Robinson has always had a strong passion for both photography and travel, but once merging the two together is where she found her true calling. After studying photography in college, her first adventure was working as a photographer for a cruise line. Trying to pursue a different genre she then worked with talented Boston wedding photographers while learning the technical side working for a local camera store. Photography is an incredible tool that allows us to stop a moment and relive it every time we look at that image. She genuinely enjoys teaching others how to capture that moment in the way it makes them feel, to relive it over and over again.

Armando Flores, Tamron Photographer

Armando Flores

Armando Flores studied photojournalism in college and worked at a camera store to support his newfound expensive photo habit. He has worked for Nikon, Sony and now Tamron where he has honed his photographic skills for more than 30 years. Photography has enabled him to travel to many foreign lands and to attend large media and sporting events. He has photographed professional sports for more than 17 years and has worked for Reuters, Associated Press, AMPAS, HFPA and IGLA as a contributing photographer. His passion has always been to lend a hand to new aspiring photographers.


Please email Mikaela Ruland at MRuland@aimmedia.com.

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