Working in photography, I don’t get a chance to photograph in groups very often. It has been so refreshing to join this National Geographic Student Expedition in Denali over the last few days and see the excitement of all the students in the group, whether it be the photography-focused students or the wildlife-focused group. We all were excited to get to Denali, and it sure didn’t disappoint. We hadn’t even made it into the park when we were greeted by two baby moose. You could sense the excitement – everyone’s shutters worked furiously as we talked about ways of interpreting scenes and making successful photographs.

Alaska Highway 3 in front of Denali National Park. Female Moose. | Photo by student Jakob F.

Alaska Highway 3 in front of Denali National Park. Female Moose. | Photo by student Jakob F.

The landscape of Denali provided ample opportunity for us to look for beautiful pictures, and we were lucky enough to have a few (not too close!) encounters with grizzly bears. The locals commented how unusual it was to see such large numbers of caribou as we did. We definitely found ourselves in the right place at the right times, a credit to our trip leaders!

Photo by student Gavin M.

Photo by student Gavin M.

Our time seems to have flown by. I can’t believe my time with the group is already over. It was re-energizing for me to see such energy coming from these students, as well as the quality of photographs that they were producing. The time that I spent with these students won’t be soon forgotten, the drives listening to music, questions about photography and the photography business, but most important that photography is fun and exciting and still my favorite way to experience a place. For that I can’t thank all the students enough. I hope to see you all again in the future and get a chance to see all the wonderful photographs you’ve been producing since we parted ways.

Photo by student Emmett V.

Photo by student Emmett V.

 

Header photo by student Annie L.