June 17, 18 and 19, 20, 2014. June 17 is set-up day with an evening clinic. 
This high-mountain community sits at the foot of some of the Rockie’s best and most spectacular climbing and scenery in southwest Colorado, near Telluride. The area was the backdrop for True Grit (John Wayne).
All meals are provided, and catered. Breakfast and dinner are served at the campsite. Lunch is in the field, and also provided, as are snacks and drinks. Vegetarian and special-needs diets are accommodated.
Anyone with an interest in climbing photography is qualified. Previous courses have included novice to pro photographers, and some students have gone on to professional photography careers.
No. You only need to be enthusiastic about climbing photography.
Paid enrollment is limited to 15 students to maintain a high student-to-instructor ration
Yes. Depending on the location of the shoots, the class with either stay at a group campsite or cabins.
Drive to Ouray. The nearest airport is in Montrose, about an hour away. Grand Junction, two hours away has more regular flights. Denver is the closest major hub, and is five hours away.
100% refund 45 days before the first day of the class. No refund after 45 days. If you are not satisfied with the class you can receive a full refund!
$1,599, includes campsite and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits. Camping (tent, pad, bag) and climbing gear are provided if needed.)


Ouray has a variety of rock including conglomerate sandstone and limestone. The Pool Wall, near the hot springs pool, is the local favorite crag.  Some routes are rope accessed. Rock and Ice staff will provide fixed ropes and help you get into position. This area is among Colorado's most scenic, and was the location for John Wayne's movie True Grit.


Now in its eighth year, this three-day course puts you in the field as a professional photographer, under the watchful eye of climbing’s top pro shooters. Learn the tricks for lighting, composition, getting in position, anticipating movement and more, from the photographers who have succeeded in the field.

  Jon Cardwell repeats a 5.13d at the 2013 Photo Camp, held at Redstone,Colorado. Photo by student Tim Guffin.


Days are spent in the field shooting some of the sport’s top climbers. Previous climbers have included Tommy Caldwell, Dave Graham, Beth Rodden, Sasha DiGiulian, Jon Cardwell, Carlo Traversi, Mayan-Smith Gobat, Chris Schulte and others. At the crag, our crew of top athletes will climb while you shoot and receive instruction. In the evenings you’ll return to the group campsite for a catered dinner, photo processing, and a critique of your day’s work by the instructors. The goal is to improve your photography each day and have you go home with professional-level photos.


This year's instructors are  David Clifford, former photo editor of Rock and Ice and Trail Runner, and Keith Ladzinski. David has been published in Outside, National Geographic Adventure and other leading magazines. To view his work click here. Keith Ladzinski is a leading sports photographer who has worked for Outside, ESPS, the New York Times, Men's Journal and numerous other publications and media outlets. To view Keith's work click here.
Other instructors include Rock and Ice editor Jeff Jackson and publisher Duane Raleigh, and art director Randy Levensaler.


Each student will receive a photo-assignment agreement—you’ll be shooting as a professional, gaining invaluable insight into the field, and getting the opportunity to have your photos published in Rock and Ice. Every student will get the opportunity to have photos published in a gallery on rockandice.com. To see the galleries from 2012 and 2011, click here and here. To see the latest, from 2013 click here.
Carlo Traversi at the 2014 Photo Camp. Photo by student Aaron Matheson.


This a unique photo camp, and the only one of its kind in the climbing world. The Photo Camp fills quickly; we suggest you reserve your place as soon as you can. A 50% deposit guarantees you a place in the Photo Camp. The balance is due 20 days before the start date. IF YOU REGISTER AND ALSO WIN THE PHOTO CAMP CONTEST, YOUR DEPOSIT WILL BE REFUNDED.

Email: draleigh@bigstonepub.com or 



  Five-Ten, Adidas, Petzl sponsor the Photo Camp. Attending the Photo Camp gets you industry introductions and insider knowledge—learn what these companies look for in photos and expect from photographers.


Register Online Here


Ouray, Colorado


June 17 - 20, 2014




Includes campsite and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits. Camping (tent, pad, bag) and climbing gear are provided if needed.)


David Clifford

David Clifford
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Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Duane Raleigh

Duane Raleigh

Keith Ladzinski

Keith Ladzinski
View Keith's Work