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Mike Benge Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:00 TWEET COMMENTS 5

Enroll in the Trail Runner Photo Camp

Learn from the pros and shoot top trail runners in the field

Darcy Piceu in the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colorado, the location of the 2015 Trail Runner Photo Camp. Photo by Trail Runner Photo Camp lead instructor David Clifford

This three-day course puts you in the field as a professional photographer, under the watchful eye of trail-running’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. This year's camp will be sponsored by Adidas Outdoor.

We're still finalizing details of the 2016 Photo Camp. The specifics below refer to the 2015 camp, but will give you a good idea of what to expect. To get more info about enrolling in the camp, please click here to fill out a short form letting us know of your interest!





Days are spent in the field shooting some of the sport’s top trail runners. This year’s runners will include athletes on the Adidas trail team, along with other top local runners. On the fantastic trails surrounding Ouray, Colorado, our crew of athletes will run while you shoot and receive instruction. In the evenings you’ll return to the hotel for 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.


Our September 2014 cover—image captured by 2014 Photo Camp participant Dave Clock in Castle Valley, Utah.



Arrive a couple of days early and spectate at the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, one of the world's toughest trail races, which comes through Ouray (a major aid station for the race) on its epic tour of the surrounding San Juan Mountains.



Accommodations and meals are included in the price of the photo camp. Students will stay at Historic Western Hotel, established in 1891, and can enjoy its rustic ambiance, old-time bar and open-air deck—not to mention stupendous views of the jagged San Juan Mountains surrounding town.

Chillin' at the Historic Western Hotel's old-time bar.



This year's lead instructor is David Clifford, former Photo Editor for Trail Runner and Rock & Ice magazines.


David is a lifelong photographer who lives and breathes his passion. His fantastic work has appeared frequently in Trail Runner, including several memorable cover images.

For the past two decades, David has traveled the world, shooting outdoor sports for both editorial and commercial clients. His photos have appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure and other major publications. Recently, he was selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist, an America 24-7 photographer and a PDN Outdoor finalist. He has also received a Maggy award for Photo Editing at Rock & Ice, and won the American Photographic Artists (APA) short-video-contest grand prize for best overall film. David has also mentored a half dozen of the best outdoor photographers on the planet.

Also instructing will be accomplished sports photographers Randy Levensaler (Trail Runner's Art Director) and Fredrik Marmsater. Click here to learn more about the instructors.

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 Trail Runner. Every student will get the opportunity to have photos published in a gallery on trailrunnermag.com. Break through to the next level with the Trail Runner Photo Camp!

Location: Ouray, CO

Dates: July 13-15, 2015 (arrival July 12)

Accommodations: Historic Western Hotel

Cost: $1599 (Includes lodging and amenities, meals, snacks, drinks and photography permits)




Where is Ouray, Colorado?

This high-mountain community sits amid some of the Rockie’s best and most spectacular trails and scenery in southwest Colorado, near Telluride. The area was the backdrop for John Wayne's "True Grit."

Are accommodations provided?

Yes, accommodations at Ouray's Historic Western Hotel are included in the cost of the camp.

Are meals included?

All meals are provided. Vegetarian and special-needs diets can be accommodated upon request.

Who can enroll?

Anyone with an interest in running photography is qualified, from novices to pros.

Do you need to be an expert trail runner?

No. You only need to be enthusiastic about running photography.

What are the class sizes?

Paid enrollment is limited to 15 students to maintain a low student-to-instructor ratio.

Is there a refund policy?

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!

How do I get there?

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.

What should I bring?

Camera(s) and any other equipment you need for shooting, laptops for post-shoot editing, outdoor apparel suitable for the variable mountain weather ... and last but not least, a good pair of trail-running shoes!


Ahh … Colorado's San Juan Mountains! Photo by David Clifford




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