Yellowstone National Park – Montana 2016


NANPA Regional Event – Yellowstone National Park

October 7 – October 9, 2016

Event Details –

© D. Robert Franz

© D. Robert Franz

Join D. Robert Franz, Richard Day, and Sean Fitzgerald on an up-close-and-personal glimpse of Yellowstone National Park. With over 2,219,789 acres of sprawling wilderness to explore, Yellowstone stands as one of North America’s great assets. The park’s vast network of trails provide access to legendary wildlife including grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, buffalo, elk, pronghorn antelope, trumpeter swans eagles and much more. Participants will experience majestic views of the Grand Canyon from Artist Point, the eruption of Old Faithful from the Upper Geyser Basin area and dramatic landscapes at the Madison Junction.

What to Expect –

This tour is designed for amateurs and professionals who are interested in improving their photography skills and receiving valuable coaching. Participants will be divided into two groups to ensure top shooting locations in the area. This tour is limited to 28 participants to give time with each instructor and to retain flexibility based on weather and the best opportunities. Focus areas of photography include: Landscape, Wildflowers, Birds & Wildlife, Travel, Macro & Infrared.

Just the Facts –

© D. Robert Franz

© D. Robert Franz

Date: October 7 – 9 (Check-in October 6 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Cost: $395 NANPA member, $595 non-members (Sunday Brunch included)

Location: Yellowstone National Park (Yellowstone), MT

Last date to register: September 30, 2016

Maximum number attendees: 28


Lodging –

VFMLID=70813583Holiday Inn West Yellowstone
315 Yellowstone Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT  59758
Reservations: 406-646-7365

NOTES: A block of rooms has been reserved under NANPA.  Call the hotel to make reservations and mention NANPA Photography Group rate when registering.  This room rate is not available online.

Rooms: $169.00/night (+tax)
Cutoff date for room rate is October 4, 2016

Map & Directions

Leaders –

daleportraitICFD. Robert Franz

D. Robert Franz has been a full time professional wildlife photographer for the past twenty five years.  With formal training and university degrees in wildlife management, geology and earth science, Robert has an extensive knowledge of the natural world.

His nature and wildlife photography has been extensively published worldwide (over ten thousand published images including hundreds of front covers). Robert’s photographic prints have hung in the Smithsonian and the United States Congress.  He is also accomplished assignment photographers specializing in nature and environmental issues. Robert has been leading photo tours since 1989 and now conducts high energy nature & wildlife photo tours through Franz Foto Instructional Tours. In the past, Robert led tours for Wildlife Images Photo Tours, Voyagers, Natural Habitat Adventures & Close Up Expeditions.  Robert, his wife Lorri and their Great Dane Shelby live in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem near Cody Wyoming.


Richard Day

A professional nature photographer, Richard Day has been publishing photos and teaching photo workshops since 1984. He specializes in birds, mammals, insects, and landscape images. His work has been published in Audubon, Birds & Blooms, National Wildlife, National Geographic and hundreds of other nature-related publications, calendars, and books worldwide.  Richard leads photo tours throughout North America, teaches butterfly and dragonfly workshops, and was a guide for Frontiers North to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba for 14 years.

Richard is an Adjunct Research Associate in Zoology with the Illinois State Museum and an Associate Research Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He has conducted Odonata and Lepidoptera research since 2005 for the states of Illinois and Missouri, including research work on the Hines emerald dragonfly, a Federally Endangered species.

Richard owns Daybreak Imagery, a stock photography and writing business, near Alma, Illinois. He presents numerous programs throughout North America on backyard wildlife, nature photography, and the photo business. He’s a charter NANPA member, has been a Summit Breakout Speaker, Road Shows Speaker, and a NANPA Regional Events leader.    You can learn more about Richard at


sfitzgerald_headshotSean Fitzgerald

Sean is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer. Sean creates images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects are widely varied, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both.

Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of publications and his fine-art prints are found in private and corporate art collections and  large-scale installations across the country. He has won numerous regional and national photo contests, including the Wildlife in Focus Contest (twice), Texas Tech University’s High and Dry Contest, and PhotoMedia’s World in Focus photo contest. His career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and CBS News recently named Sean one of the 10 emerging artists in the Dallas area.  He was named by Art Wolfe as a Rising Star. Sean has been a NANPA member since 1999 and currently past president of the North American Nature Photography Association. He is currently working on projects documenting the Great Trinity Forest near his home in Dallas, and the endangered Backland Prairie.   You can see more of his images at


Photo Locations – 

© D. Robert Franz

© D. Robert Franz

Artist Point-
From a variety of viewpoints along the Artist Point Trail you can look straight down at the Yellowstone River as it carves its deep path along the canyon below. The highest waterfall in Yellowstone, the Lower Falls, is often visible to the west, dropping a total of 308 ft., nearly twice the size of Niagara Falls. The sheer cliffs along the southern edge of the Grand Canyon make this an unforgettable photo journey.

Old Faithful and Geyser Basin-
Old Faithful is one of nearly 500 geysers in Yellowstone and the park, as a whole, possesses close to 60 percent of the world’s geysers. The Upper Geyser Basin is home to the largest numbers of this fragile feature found in the park. Within one square mile there are at least 150 of these hydrothermal wonders. Of this remarkable number, only five major geysers are predicted regularly by the naturalist staff. They are Castle, Grand, Daisy, Riverside, and Old Faithful.

Madison River/Firehole River Area-
The Madison River is formed at the junction of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers, hence Madison Junction. The Madison joins the Jefferson and the Gallatin rivers at Three Forks, Montana, to form the Missouri River. This area is a prime wildlife viewing area for bison, elk, bobcats, bald eagles, swans, and ducks. The Firehole River is one of the few places you can swim in Yellowstone and has created has some very dramatic landscapes.

© D. Robert Franz

© D. Robert Franz

Tower-Roosevelt Area-
The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles has been documented by park visitors from the earliest trips of Europeans into the Yellowstone region. Its idyllic setting has inspired numerous artists, including Thomas Moran. His painting of Tower Fall played a crucial role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The Calcite Springs grouping of thermal springs along the Yellowstone River signals the downstream end of the Grand Canyon. The steep, columnar basalt cliffs on the opposite side of the river from the overlook are remnants of an ancient lava flow, providing a window into the past volcanic forces that shaped much of the Yellowstone landscape. The Lamar Valley offers a huge concentration of wildlife with its immense size and openness. The gorge, cliffs and valley provide habitat for numerous wildlife species including bighorn sheep, Buffalo, Elk, grizzly bears, wolves, black bears, coyotes, antelope, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and osprey.

Schedule –

Locations and times can change depending on conditions.

Session Group Location
Friday AM Group 1 Old Faithful
Friday AM Group 2 Artist Point
Friday PM Group 1 Geyser Basin
Friday PM Group 2 Tower-Roosevelt Area
Saturday AM Group 1 Artist Point
Saturday AM Group 2 Old Faithful
Saturday PM Group 1 Tower-Roosevelt Area
Saturday PM Group 2 Geyser Basin
Sunday AM Group 1 Madison River/Firehole River
Sunday AM Group 2 Madison River/Firehole River



NANPA is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Yellowstone National Park.