Graham Osborne-Chilliwack ValleyPhotographing Nature - Hope Mountain CentreGraham Osborne-Chilliwack ValleyPhotographing Nature - Hope Mountain CentreGraham Osborne-Chilliwack ValleyPhotographing Nature - Hope Mountain CentreGraham Osborne-Chilliwack ValleyPhotographing Nature - Hope Mountain Centre

Graham Osborne, British Columbia’s most accomplished nature photographer, leads an outdoor one-day workshop in areas around Hope, BC.

We’ll tour areas around Hope to catch some fall colour, while visiting rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and old-growth forests.

Who should take this course?

Graham will teach to every skill level, so beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers are encouraged to take part.

What you’ll learn:

Graham will cover all aspects of photography, from basic composition to advanced technical methods, including macro photography. He’s a master at adding drama to photographs and will share many approaches to creating more compelling images.

Comments from previous Photographic Nature programs:

“It was an excellent workshop. I enjoyed every minute of it!”

“Graham was an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable and full of energy.”

“A wonderful day with interesting people. What could be better?”

“Fabulous course! A wonderful mix of learning and doing. Graham is a terrific, patient and creative instructor.”

“I just wanted to let you know what a great workshop you offered – so well organized, friendly helpful people, and learned a lot.”

“I want to tell you how much I enjoyed Graham Osborne’s course on Saturday. I learned so much and now I am inspired! Your staff was so helpful and very friendly. Thanks again!”

“That was a wonderful day on Saturday. Tons of stuff to learn. Graham was a terrific instructor.”


$185 per person


Price includes:

  • Instruction by photo expert, Graham Osborne
  • Bus transportation from Chilliwack to Chilliwack Lake
  • First aid and satellite phone backup
  • 2 support staff knowledgeable in photography and natural history

Please bring your own bag lunch.


Walking and light hiking will be required, but terrain is very moderate, so average physical fitness is adequate.


8:00 amMeet at Owl Street Cafe, 19855 Owl Street, Hope (see new map).

Park your car in Hope and a shuttle bus will take participants and Graham Osborne to points of interest in the Hope area and surrounding region.  Graham will give instruction on the bus, and during stops in the field.

Lunch in the field (bring a bag lunch).

4:30pm – Shuttle bus arrives back in Hope, participants return to their cars and head home.

**Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.


Meet at Owl Street Cafe, 19855 Owl Street, Hope. Park your car here and hop aboard the bus. See new map.

You can grab breakfast at the Owl Street Café, and some menu items will be available for a take-away lunch if needed.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Chilliwack. From Chilliwack, a shuttle bus will take participants on a photography tour of the Chilliwack River Valley and return them to Chilliwack at day’s end.


Equipment needed

  • Camera — Ideally, a camera with interchangeable lenses is best, but there are now some excellent point and shoot cameras available with fixed, high quality lenses that are perfectly acceptable. But even someone with a basic point and shoot camera will learn important things from this workshop in terms of composition, techniques, and creating striking images of nature, so don’t be deterred by this if that’s all you have.
  • Instruction manual for your camera
  • Tripod
  • Telephoto lenses if you have them
  • Hoodman-style detached magnifying loupe on lanyard
  • Microfiber lens cleaning cloths
  • Sensor cleaning kit if applicable/needed
  • Small umbrella with camera bag clip
  • Soft, absorbent cotton cloth
  • Several paper towels for drying cameras in inclement weather
  • 3 or 4 small plastic grocery bags [work as light, disposable camera covers when working in rain
  • Large plastic garbage bag for emergency camera bag coverage in bad weather

We’ll send you additional suggestions for specific gear that Graham recommends such as filters, after you register for the program.

Other things to bring

  • Lunch, snack food and water
  • Sturdy walking/hiking shoes
  • Clothes for changing weather
  • Hat and sunblock


Liability Release Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

Graham Osborne Biography

Called one of British Columbia’s and Canada’s best photographers by CBC National Television and BCTV, Graham Osborne has been hailed as a “Landscape Master” by Outdoor Photographer Magazine (August ’99 issue). His nature images have earned him several awards including the Gold Medal in Photojournalism at the 2005 International Regional Magazine Awards (IRMA), a Summit Award (1997, Best Ad Agency Design, North America), the SPJ Excellence In Journalism Award (1993, Magazine Feature Photography), and two National Magazine Award nominations (1994, 1997). Graduating with a degree in wildlife biology from the University of British Columbia, Osborne specializes in large format 4×5 landscape, wildlife, and outdoor/lifestyle photography. He has completed six coffee table books to date, showcasing his images from western Canada and the United States: VANCOUVER WILD, RAINFOREST, WILDFLOWERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA A Wild and Fragile Beauty, THE NATURE TRUST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, and his latest book, HAWAII’S HIDDEN PARADISE. His annual calendars include CANADIAN ROCKIES. Osborne’s photographs have also appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic Traveler, GEO, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Sierra Club Calendars, Audubon Magazine, Natural History Magazine, PhotoLife, Beautiful British Columbia, China Geographic, Snow Country, and over 40 coffee table books. He was a field correspondent with Equinox Magazine and has worked on assignment with the likes of Nike, Jeep, Sunset Magazine, Air Canada, Canadian Geographic, British Columbia Magazine, corporate ad agencies and many others. His corporate sponsors include Kodak, Fuji, and Lens & Shutter. He has lectured and given workshops to audiences worldwide, and his fine art prints are exhibited in galleries internationally. He makes his home in Chilliwack, British Columbia near Vancouver, with his wife and three children.


If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.


Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.