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Please note: This workshop is now sold out. BUT, we have just listed an evening presentation with Sam Abell for March 10, 2014. Click here for details and registration.

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents a five day workshop, "Photography and Editing Intensive" with internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer Sam Abell.

Join National Geographic photographer Sam Abell as he guides a select number of photographers serious about their work, conducting a 5 day workshop divided amongst shooting assignments, portfolio reviews, and discussions all with one purpose: creating images that have more clarity while simultaneously developing a true, unique personal vision.

Set in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, this is an incredible opportunity to expand your visual horizons under the guidance of one of the great masters in photography. Take part and experience a renewed sense of energy, inspiration and vitality in your photography.

In this exclusive workshop, Sam will discuss his technique of seeing in layers, the importance of seeing well, and how to see with more discriminating power. The goal of this workshop is to help each participant take the next step by bringing clarity to their own personal vision, finding a unique style, and understanding where they are now and where their work can take them.

The workshop will also concentrate on the editing of work and the creation of photographic projects. Each day participants will engage with Sam in the field making new photographs and in the classroom editing existing work. With strong individual attention from Sam participants will leave with a refreshed, more refined way of seeing and a distinct, more compelling body of work.

Check out this exclusive Interview with Sam Abell:

Please note: This Workshop is limited to only 12 students. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Sam Abell is one of the most experienced and accomplished teachers and photographers in the field today.

From 1970 to 2005, Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer and as a Photographer in Residence. In 1990, his work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. Accompanying the exhibit was a mid-career retrospective monograph titled, Stay This Moment. Since then he has published three collections of his work:  Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, and, most recently, The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography..

Visit Sam's website for more information and to see his captivating photography:



Basic photography knowledge required.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your film or digital SLR camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod or laptop.

We Provide:

Workshop description as outlined above.

Hotels in Vancouver:

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If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

For our Photo Tours (both in Canada and abroad), 1 to 10 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

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Class Dates Time Seats Remaining: Location Tuition Registration
Monday - Friday March 10th - 14th, 2014 10am-5pm SOLD OUT!! VPW Studios $1145 CDN Call 778.898.5256 to be put on our waiting list for this workshop.