PRAY, MONTANA - MARCH 27-31, 2017
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Apply now for an exclusive opportunity to network and showcase your portfolio to some of the most respected decision-makers in the editorial, commercial, and fine art industries. This is a rare chance to take your photography or illustration to the next level by hearing and interacting directly with experienced creative directors at TIME, PATAGONIA, WIRED, FORTUNE, MEN'S HEALTH, MAGNUM PHOTOS, and more.

This all-inclusive showcase will take place over five days and four nights at Montana's Chico Hot Springs Resort, a well-known stomping ground for cowboys and celebrities alike. Together, we'll walk through your portfolio, listen to lectures from an all-star panel of speakers, and network over beers at the saloon. The trip is designed not just to spark your imagination, but to connect you to some of the most experienced minds working in visual art today—all for roughly the same cost to simply travel in Montana for a week.

This is for serious photographers and illustrators who want to connect with the industry professionals who hold the keys to the next chapter of their careers. 

We're only selecting 45 attendees, so act fast.

Application process is competitive and requires a portfolio submission. 




D.W. is the Creative Director of TIME, where he is responsible for the cover and overall design direction of one of the world’s most iconic brands. He has designed and produced more than 200 TIME covers, including the Person of the Year and TIME 100 issues, the 9/11 anniversary, and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Steve Jobs. 


Eugénie is the Director of Photography at Patagonia. She joined the company in 2015 after more than a decade in the editorial, commercial, and fine-art photography worlds, including time as an art producer for Wieden + Kennedy, a photographer for Modern Farmer magazine, and a board member for Photolucida. Original from Portland, she lives in Ojai, CA.


Brandon is a creative consultant with more than 20 years of experience as the former Creative Director of Wired, Fortune, and Best Life, among others. He has consulted for Esquire's "Big Black Book," and has received more than 100 awards, including 2 national magazine nominations for design, 20 gold and 15 silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers. 


Jesse Southerland - bicycling magazine

Jesse is the Design and Photo Director at Bicycling magazine and moonlights as the Design Director for The Collective Quarterly. Previously, he was the Creative Director at Philadelphia magazine in addition to working on various wedding, home, and fashion magazines. Though he now lives in Pennsylvania, he still wears a chip on his shoulder from growing up in Indiana.



Jesse is the Creative Director and co-founder of The Collective Quarterly. Previously, he worked as an editorial illustrator, creating covers for some of the most well-respected titles in media around the world, including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. He lives in Ohio with his wife, three boys, and two puppies.

Shannon Ghannam - Magnum PHotos

Shannon manages education globally for Magnum Photos and is working on  initiatives in the run-up to Magnum’s 70th anniversary year in 2017. For the past 15 years, she has managed a diverse range of programs, including her work as a photo editor and curator for award-winning special projects for Reuters. She lives in London.


What To Expect



Each day will include breakfast, a morning lecture from one of our speakers, lunch, a panel discussion, daily portfolio reviews, and free time. Each attendee will have a 25-minute portfolio review with each of our six panel members. Over the course of three days, you'll spend time reviewing your work and gaining insight from our featured speakers and Collective Quarterly staff. In your free time, there is no shortage of things to do from exploring the special town of Livingston to visiting Yellowstone National Park 35 miles away to relaxing in the hot springs with beer in hand.


You'll eat well at Chico Hot Springs. There's a dining room, cocktail lounge, saloon, and diner on premise, and we'll provide you with three square meals a day. "Chico is just quintessential Montana," says general manager Colin Davis. "We get the rancher down the road who drops in for a steak and a glass of Jim Beam. Then a bit of Hollywood could show up for a bottle of Sassicaia." And if you're so inclined, the nearby town of Livingston is a draw for artists and celebrities alike, with more restaurants, cafés and saloons than you'll be able to visit in your three days in Montana. 



We've reserved 45 private rooms on the 150-acre property. Room sizes and amenities differ, and we're offering them on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you've been accepted to the program and paid your deposit, we'll contact you with a list of rooms available for you to choose from. Activities at Chico start at its steamy natural hot springs, with two open-air pools averaging 96 and 103 degrees year-round. The Yellowstone River and surrounding spring creeks that slice through the wide-open glacial valley are fly fishing meccas during warmer months. 

MARCH 27-31, 2017

$2,250 TOTAL
  • Tuition includes lectures, portfolio reviews, lodging, and food.
    • Attendees are only responsible for getting to Montana; we'll take care of the rest.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $28 counts toward total, if selected.
  • Call for applications closes Jan 8th.
  • All portfolios will be reviewed, and 45 selected attendees will be notified via email by January 15.