NIF Workshop Participant Receives Number of Awards

As workshop leaders, it is always special to us to hear of special recognition one of our participants receive from images they captured while on one of our events. This is the case with an image one of our folks, Sherry Rosen, captured while on our Spring in the Grand Tetons Workshop June 2016.

Our goals as workshop leaders are to put our folks in great locations, hopefully with great light. Then hopefully help them to capture images that will be “wall hangers”, but most of all, know how they did it and be able to repeat the capture. We often get professionals, like Sherry, on our workshops simply to get to some of the best places. We like it because it is always good to see how others visualize a scene. Sherry’s image is breath taking to say the least.


Sherry explains the morning and process:

Traveling to the Tetons had been on my bucket list for about ten years.  When I found out that David took his Nature in Focus Workshop group to the Tetons, I decided I had to go but it didn't happen for a couple of years. Every year I told David, "next year I'm going to the Tetons."  Finally, last Spring I decided it was time and I told David, "THIS year is next year!" 

On June 14, 2016, I attended my first travel photography workshop.  I finally made it to Wyoming.  Our group arrived at Schwabacher Landing at approximately 4:30 a.m. It was VERY cold - approximately 38 degrees - and very dark. We used flashlights to walk from the parking lot to the river bank.  We were layered up, and I wore fingerless gloves with hand warmers tucked inside. We set up our gear - tripods and remote shutter releases - and adjusted our settings and we waited. And waited. At approximately 5:30 a.m., the sun began to light the sky. As the majestic Tetons, enveloped in a rare cloud inversion, were revealed, tears streamed down my face.  (David explained that in the 40 or so times he has been to the Tetons, he has only seen the phenomenon five times.)  I have never in my life experienced such an overwhelming feeling.   

This was truly a life-changing experience. No matter your religious beliefs, I don't know how you can not believe in some form of higher power after witnessing the majesty of the Tetons at sunrise.

Some of the accolades Sherry has received are:

  • Finalist (Top 15) - 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Competition
  • Women in Focus 2016 Artist Choice Exhibition (one of only two images sold at exhibit)
  • Merit award - Georgia Professional Photographers Association
  • Loan Image - Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition
  • Showcase School of Photography SHOTS16 exhibition
  • Candidate in the image of the year competition by Viewbug
  • Landscape Photography Magazine Photographer of the Week

We are super excited for Sherry and her success with the image! We feel honored to have been a part of this whole experience. We can’t promise you will have the success that Sherry has had with the image, but we will do our best! We will also make sure you have some fun!

If you are interested, here is the technical information on Sherry’s Image:

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 , AP, EC -1.3, Focal Length: 48 mm , Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec , Aperture: f/8, ISO: 100 , Vanguard Alta Pro Tripod

Nature In Focus is returning to The Grand Tetons in June of 2017.  If you are interested in joining us, please see more info at the following link:

The image is used with permission and the copyright remains with Sherry Rosen. To view more of Sherry’s work, please visit her website