Photos by Judy Neill, Natalia Castro, Susan Kordish, Karen Morang, Nigel Mould, Ferne Saltzman (L:R)
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Sombrero Workshop & Drive
Summer Solstice Project
Online Courses
Equine Ideal Photo Contest
Horses in Need
Member News
Sponsor Spotlight: Lumiquest

Horse Photo Critique Page on Facebook

New! We have a horse photo critique page on Facebook! EPnet has created a new group forum for photo critiques on Facebook for anyone wishing critique on their horse photos.

Snow Project Album

The Snow Project Album is open for ratings and comments. If you participated in this project please take a few minutes to view the photos, rate the images and leave comments.

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June 2013

Photo by Joan Davis

Sombrero Ranch Photo Workshop
and Great American Horse Drive Event Report

From Ferne Saltzman

Ferne Saltzman writes: "I am even more excited after returning from the Photo Workshop and the Great American Horse Drive in Colorado than I was the day before I left home. I cannot say enough about the entire operation. Our hotel was comfortable and clean, with a wonderful breakfast to send us out into the day and even soup and cookies to welcome us back. All arrangements went smoothly -- a rarity these days. The photo shoot at Sombrero Ranch was spectacular. I have been a professional photographer for 30 years, doing many ranch and wild horse shoots, and never have I seen anyone work harder than Scott Trees to set up amazing scenes for us. He worked tirelessly to see that we got what we needed. Our wranglers knocked themselves out to please us, often drenching themselves repeatedly to see that we got the perfect spray in our images as they raced across the stream. Getting great photographs is easy when you have such an awesome team working for you. And the grand finale of following the herd of 600 horses for 2 days over hill and dale to the ranch was a peak experience for even the most jaded photographer. What was a city girl of my age doing in the back end of a pick-up truck photographing through the dust? Having the most incredible time of my life! Can't wait until next year."

See some of the images taken by participants ⇒
Save these dates for the 2014 event: April 30th - May 4th!

Annual 2013 Summer Solstice Project!
Join us on June 21st

Photo by Dorothy Puddester

This project is open to all.
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See some of the top rated images from our 2012 Summer Solstice Project ⇒



Scholarship Applications
extended to June 25, 2013

The deadline for General Member Scholarship Applications has been extended to June 25, 2013.

Two six month membership scholarships will be awarded to existing, paid General Members and two scholarships will be awarded to non members.
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Upcoming Online Courses:
Two of our most popular courses return

The Basics of Equine Photography with Carien Schippers
Online course begins July 8th.
This intensive five week online course will focus on photographing horses with the goal for students to gain a better understanding of the principles of photography and creating consistently good, usable photos. Each week will cover a new topic starting with the best equipment for equine photography, followed by photographing conformation, headshots and action.
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Sherron Sheppard's Digital "ART" Series Creating Digital Paintings Using Photoshop:
A 3 week online course begins July 22, 2013.
Photo by Sherron SheppardThis jam packed intermediate Photoshop course focuses on step-by-step techniques that mimic traditional art and are designed to make it easier for photographers who have no painting experience. In this 3 week on line course, Sherron will show you numerous techniques and tips to convert a photograph into a great looking painting that simulates traditional paint strokes. In this course, you will transform your ordinary images into works of art along with adding to your Photoshop skills. This class is designed to help you make more money in your business with painterly products that sell themselves.
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Equine Ideal International
Online Photography Contest

Exceptional Photos and Results Posted

Photo by Alexia KhruschevaHundreds of entries representing 13 countries and 44 states were entered in the tenth annual online equine photography contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network, making this the most competitive contest to date with an incredible array of outstanding equine images. Professional and Amateur division winners were awarded first through sixth place as well as four honorable mentions in ten categories: Performance, Horses and Human Portrait, Horse and Human Bond, Head Study, Horse at Liberty, Extreme Action, Art, Details and Black and White.
See the results and winning photos ⇒

Horses in Need
Join us for the 2013 Project

Since 2009, members of Equine Photographers Network have donated their time and applied their skills to aid equine welfare world wide. The Horses in Need Documentary Project is an annual Equine Photographers Network project.

In an effort to include as many stories as possible regarding Horses in Need around the world EPNet has opened this project to all photographers. You do not need to be an EPNet member to participate in the 2013 Horses in Need Project. Plan to join us and submit your story by January 1, 2014.
Read about the 2012 projects ⇒

Member News

Photo by Diana DeRosa

Photography Masters Cup Honors
go to EPNet Members Diana DeRosa, Heather Swan, Debby Thomas, Marti Rhea, Tina Thuell, Bev Pettit, Barb Young and John Hoskin. Congratulations to our members for a strong showing in this prestigious photo show!

The live online ceremony webcast was attended by photography fans in 86 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

Ken Sullins reports that a collection of his work entitled Altered Reflections will be on exhibit at the Leesburg Town Hall, Virginia Until August 30, 2013.

Due to its popularity the Cowgirls with a Camera Show has been extended until July 7. EPNet members Bev Pettit, Tina Thuell, Carien Schippers, Roberta McGowan and Bobbie Goodrich were invited to participate at the 2nd annual Cowgirls with a Camera Show at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Photo by Bev Pettit

Bev Pettit reports that her image "Lost" placed in the top 15 in the 2013 Annual Women in Photography International photo competition.

Listen to members Scott Trees and Carien Schippers discuss Equine Photography on Stable Scoop Radio where you can also find a complete archive of equine photo tips.

Congratulations to Kerri Jo Stewart for being named Professional Photographers of Canada BC Photographer of the Year. She shares an article about her travels with us entitled "Turkmen Horse Holiday". Kerri Jo has also just published a book "Shooting Gold; equine photography basics by Kerri-Jo Stewart."

Jess Lee's photography was featured in Ranch and Reata Magazine.

There is lots of excellent information in this article in Rangefinder by Sherron Sheppard: Composition and Design: A Primer for the Viewfinder. Sherron will also be teaching an online course for EPNet this summer on transforming photographic images into paintings.

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