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What’s in store for 2010?

Colorado Cowboys
and Horse Drive

May 2 - 9, 2010

We will be back in Colorado for more great photo ops at the Sombrero Ranch and the Great American Horse Drive. Scott Trees will lead the shoots with an amazing group of cowboys, cowgirls and horses! Don't miss this mix of fun and education and the chance to shoot this one of a kind event and some truly amazing photos. More details. . .


Two great workshops planned for Lexington, Kentucky:
June 15 - 16 with Shelley Paulson
June 20 - 21 with Gabriele Boiselle
Complete details will
be posted soon!

A Call for Entries for Equine Ideal: Winter 2010 Online Photography Contest

All professional and amateur photographers who seek to capture the ideal image of the horse are invited to enter the 2010 Online Photography Contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers' Network.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2010.

Learn More . . .

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2009 Year-in-Review Issue

EPNet Courses

EPNet once again offered some excellent courses that were well attended by enthusiastic participants. Course leaders saw improvement as attendees grew by leaps and bounds and enjoyed teaching as much as the students enjoyed participating!

Peter DeMott’s Advertising and Promotion course started out the year and had students reading some excellent resources and using the new information they learned to apply to their own businesses. The feedback from their colleagues was invaluable.

Carien Schippers led the Basics of Equine Photography course where participants worked on weekly assignments to better understand the fundamentals for taking successfully consistent horse photos.

"You gave a wonderful, concise and fun course. Your input was always clear and pushed us to try harder and different areas."

View some of the work created during the Basics course. This course will be offered again in June, 2010, don’t miss it!

Shelley Paulson rounded out the year with her popular course “The Art of the Equine-Human Portrait” This course was well attended and had many participants finally seeing the light!

“What I liked best about the course is how it made me THINK - really think - about what I am shooting and how I am shooting it and what end result I want. It has made a major impact on my precision and that is exactly why I took the course! Perfect in every way. Thank you, Shelley”

See images created during the Portrait course.

These courses and more will be offered in 2010!


Members participated in our monthly assignments as well as fun shoots and came back with some spectacular work to share! Photos were uploaded to forum albums where other members could then leave comments, critiques and tips.

Photo by Darlene Wohlart

For the first time in 2009 EPNet members participated in the Horses in Need Photo Project, documenting the lives of horses in need and the people that work to rescue them. Some truly inspiring and emotional stories were submitted to raise awareness of horses in need all over the world. This will be an annual project.

Also new in 2009 was the November Photo a Day Challenge. Members were challenged to shoot every day for the month of November for an assigned one word topic. The results were amazing and inspiring and a high percentage of those who started the challenge made it through to the end. See some of the great images that were created during this challenge.

Photo by Shirley McQuillanAssignments covered such topics as Black and White, Conformation, The Horse in Action, Scenics, Fine Art, Creative use of Light, and more. In addition to the monthly assignments there is now an area of the forum devoted to ongoing assignments that cover such topics as photographing the trot and canter, planning for portraits, Silhouettes and Digital Paintings.

Our fun shoots included The Equinox in Black and White, May Day, End of Summer Light, Autumn Colors and The Summer and Winter Solstices. Some truly amazing and inspiring work resulted from these assignments.

64 photos from all over the world were entered for our recent Winter Solstice Photo Project, always a popular event. Pro members Amy Riley and Susan Carter took top honors with their dynamic photos depicting horses in the snow. Visit the Image Showcase to see some of the top-rated photos from this project.

A list of assignments and shoots scheduled for 2010 has been posted posted on the forum.

Pro Member Photo Challenges

The Photo Challenges of one word concepts for the EPNet Professional members are always fun, usually challenging and sometimes surprising! Challenges for 2009 included tenderness, fantasy, multiple exposure and 50mm.

Visit our Image Showcases to see more photos from our recent assignments, courses and challenges as well as photos from our workshops and members’ best of 2009.

Equine Ideal Online Photo Contest

Many great entries from around the world made this the most exciting Equine Photo Contest so far with the quality of submissions in both the professional and amateur divisions becoming more competitive each year. View some of the top placing images.

Photo by Lynette Smith

"Time well Spent"
© Lynette Smith
Winner of Horses and Humans Professional Division

“Judging the Professional Division was overwhelming: there were too many excellent images. Those of you who did well there please know that I was humbled being in the presence of such greatness, greatness in the works and in the people who made them. It was an honor.” Susan Sexton, professional division judge

“This contest was a pleasure to judge with many excellent entries showing a wide range of horses, equestrian disciplines and camera skills. Many of the top placing photos were an inspiration to me and will give the pro photographers a run for their money!”
Carien Schippers, amateur division judge

Don't miss our next Equine Ideal Online Photo Contest, entry deadline is February 15. More details


In 2009 EPNet offered three great workshops. In March we met in Ocala, Florida, in May in Colorado and Kentucky in October.

From photographing cowboys to high caliber race horses, EPNet workshops are led by top equine photographers and create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Going to a workshop gets you outside your comfort zone and immerses you in a world of potential and possibilities and new horizons with the chance to meet people that love horses and photography. Come grow with us!

Bookmark our Events Page to keep up to date with all our happenings!

Photo by Carien Schippers

Winter Workshop with Gabriele Boiselle
In March EPNet members looking for warmth and sunshine found it at the Ocala, Florida workshop were lead by German photographer Gabriele Boiselle. Boiselle is well known for her photos of free running horses that are widely published around the world in books and calendars.

"Gabriele was an incredible instructor. Her enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. Her passion for capturing the horse's essence is in her very soul and she wants equine photographers to convey the importance of the beauty of the horse in their images. She gave us many exercises to do at home that would help us become better photographers."

See more photos from the Boiselle workshop or even better experience it for yourself in June when Gabriele returns to the USA to lead another workshop in Kentucky. Complete information will be posted soon!

Colorado Cowboys and Horse Drive
In Colorado we once again enjoyed the hospitality of the Sombrero Ranch and a hard working but fun loving group of cowboys and cowgirls and had exclusive access to the ranch and herds of horses for some incredible photo ops.The workshop ended with a crowd of cowboys, cowgirls and friends joining us to view and comment on the photos that were produced and viewed via a projected slide show. Being able to review the work with our models was a great way to end the workshop and share the fun that everyone had during our photo sessions.

Following the workshop the three day Horse Drive kicked into gear, an experience like no other! Photographers were driven in trucks to photograph the herd as it moved from their winter range to their home base ranch in Craig.

“For those who stayed for the Sombrero Horse Drive, the sheer beauty and spectacle of hundreds of horses being rounded up in the early morning sun and being driven 60 miles was second to none. Photographic opportunities were in abundance and it was challenging to photograph such a visual feast.”

Photo by Carien Schippers

If you missed this event in 2009 don’t despair as we are doing it again this year! Until then, you can enjoy the photos from 2009

Fall Workshop Popular wedding and portrait photographer Shelley Paulson lead the fall workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. We were treated to days full of incredible horses and locations and photo ops everywhere!

“There is something about a group of photographers that creates a camaraderie like no other group of people I know. The people who attended the Kentucky workshop were no exception and I feel like I've made new lifelong friends”

This location proved so popular that we are planning two more workshops in Kentucky in June with Shelley Paulson and Gabriele Boiselle. See some of the great photos from this workshop.


In 2009 we lost three of our members: Patricia Smith, Nancy Weaver and Susan Sexton. Our condolences go out to their families, we will miss their presence and participation in our community.

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