PRAY, MONTANA - MARCH 25-30, 2018

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 directors at TIME, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, OUT MAGAZINE, ENTREPRENEUR, ESPN, and more.

This exclusive showcase will take place over four days and five nights at Montana's Chico Hot Springs Resort, a well-known stomping ground for cowboys and celebrities alike. Together, we'll hear lectures from an all-star panel of speakers, walk through your portfolios, 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 visual artists who want to connect with the industry professionals who hold the keys to the next chapter of their careers. 

Application process is competitive and requires a portfolio submission. 



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paul moakley — time magazine

Paul is the deputy director of photography and visual enterprise at TIME . He covers national news and special projects such as Person of the Year. Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News). He is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City as well as a photographer and filmmaker. He lives at the Alice Austen House Museum, home of one of America’s earliest photographers, as caretaker and curator of the museum.

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todd hido — artist

Todd is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, WIRED, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty; the Whitney Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian; and in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph, Excerpts from Silver Meadows, debuted in 2013.


caleb bennett — condé nast traveler

Currently the Design Director for Condé Nast Traveler, Caleb most recently held the same title at WIRED as well as art director positions at The New York Times Magazine and Texas Monthly. He was named one of Print magazine's “20 Under 30 New Visual Artists” and selected as an Art Directors Club Young Gun in 2012. His work has been recognized by various organizations including the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, as well as The Society of Publication Design. 


Greg Garry — OUT Magazine

Greg is OUT's Photography Art Director and is celebrating more than 15 years in the publishing, fashion and photography industries. His recent past includes long-term stints at Complex, Radar, Budget Living, Flaunt, and Wallpaper. He specializes in large scale portfolios, conceptual covers, celebrity portraits and fashion shoots, quirky and funny portraits, underwater shoots, pin-up, travel, food and entertaining, and advertising and e-commerce photography. Greg’s work has been cited for awards from both ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) and SPD (Society of Publication Designers.)

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melissa catanese — Artist

Melissa is an artist and bookseller based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photography bookshop, project space, and publishing house. She has been editing from a vast collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter J. Cohen for some years, and is the author of Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012), Dangerous Women (2013), and Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch (2015). She has served as the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair at the University of Hartford, as visiting lecturer at the University of Texas, and is faculty at Image Text at Ithaca College in New York.


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ed panar - artist

Ed Panar has published numerous photobooks including: Animals That Saw Me: Volume One and Volume Two (2011, 2016),  Salad Days (2011), Same Difference (2010), and Golden Palms (2007). His photographs and books have been published and exhibited internationally at venues including: Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Kasseler Kunstverein in Kassel, Germany; and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ed is co-founder of the artist-run project space, photography bookshop, and publishing house Spaces Corners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


natalie keyssar—photographer 

Natalie is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been published by TIME, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, California Sunday Magazine, Le Monde M, and Al Jazeera, and awarded by organizations like PDN 30, Magenta Flash Forward,  American Photography, Reportage by Getty Images, The NPPA, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Much of her personal work has focused on the themes of class inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of political turmoil. She is a Pulitzer Center Grantee and a long term fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation Latin America program.

industry professional reviewers


neil jamiEson

Neil is ESPN's creative director for digital content. An early career in print as a designer and art director at Harpers, Sports Illustrated, and Field & Stream magazines lead to his migration into digital storytelling as Deputy Design Director of People Magazine in 2010. He has been recognized by various organizations including SPD and ASME (where he won the National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2009) and received his first Emmy nom for Digital Innovation in 2016.


kim hubbard

Kim is a freelance photo editor based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She worked as a senior photo editor at the White House for the last year of President Obama’s administration, and before that as a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she was the photo editor at Audubon and Discover magazines in New York City. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri.


Brandon is a creative consultant with more than 20 years of experience as as a creative director and design consultant for titles such as WIRED, Fortune, Men's Health, Entrepreneur, Spin, Details, 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. 


Kristen Fortier

Kristen Fortier is an experienced photographer and art director based in sunny San Francisco, California. She currently works as the Global Creative Lead of Photography at the worldwide mega-bank we all know and love, PayPal. She also recently wrapped up a cool book project with the fine folks at Cabin Porn. She was previously photo editor at WIRED, Men’s Journal and has produced work for AFAR, Runner's World, Dwell and Target. 


Judith Puckett-Rinella

Judith is the founder and president of Whisper Editions. She began her career as a photography editor, rising through the ranks at distinguished magazines like BlackBook and Details to become the photography director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and, most recently, Vanity Fair. She has  has worked with virtually every eminent photographer in the country, including Joel-Peter Witkin, Annie Leibowitz, Mario Testino, Mark Seliger, Stephen Shore, and William Eggleston. She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards and has won two Webby Awards. 


David Rinella

David is a contemporary still life photographer living in New York and Charleston. His editorial and commercial clients include W, GQ, Interview, Nylon, Kate Spade, Elie Tahari, Target, Nordstrom Rack, David Yurman, and more. Through David's lens, the viewer sees the larger-than-life, as well as the subtle beauty in the objects of his attention. His precision and mastery in lighting bestows a timeless elegance to his subjects. A native of Portland, Oregon, his enduring inspiration is nature, found miles outside of the city.


Benjamin rasmussen

Benjamin is a photojournalist based in Denver, Colorado. His clients include top national titles such as TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and ESPN the Magazine. In 2014, he was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. His work has been selected for the American Photography Annual, shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnac Award, and awarded in the 2010 POYi awards. He has been chosen as one of Photolucida’s 2010 Critical Mass Top 50 and included in the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2011 and 2012 lists. 


Jesse Lenz

Jesse is an artist. He is also the one of creative director and co-founder of The Collective Quarterly, Coyote Journal (for which he also photographs) and the director of Charcoal Book Club. 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.


jake stangel

Jake is a photographer, traveler, sun worshipper, and airplane rider living in San Francisco approximately 65% of the year. He shoots for clients like Rapha, Travel + Leisure, BMW, Nike, Mastercard, Apple, AFAR, Airbnb, and Outside magazine. He's constantly thinking about how to ‘take you there’ with his photos: making you feel like you were right by his side, feeling all the feels, witnessing why that one particular moment was different than all the others.



Michael George

Michael is a photographer, writer, and people-lover in Brooklyn. His work has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and many other publications. Michael is best known for his Portrait of a Pilgrim" project, a multimedia production that documents the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. He has lectured at Yale University and taught everywhere from the glaciers of Patagonia to onboard an Amtrak train.



Mike is a photographer based outside of Asheville, North Carolina, where runs a studio and works for clients such as The New York Times Magazine, CNN, MSNBC,, the Associated Press, The Guardian,and more. After three years of living in a treehouse in the woods, he now lives a more traditional structure with his wife Spending time in the outdoors has been a huge part of his upbringing and continues to be the main inspiration for his life and work.


What To Expect



Each day will include breakfast, a morning lecture from one of two of our speakers, a panel discussion, lunch, daily portfolio reviews, and free time. Each attendee will have eight 25-minute portfolio review with a mix of our speakers and reviewers. Over the course of four 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 private and shared rooms on the 150-acre property. Room sizes and amenities differ, and we're offering them on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have the opportunity to select your accommodation upon acceptance. 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 25-30, 2018

$2,450 TOTAL
  • Tuition includes lectures, portfolio reviews, and food.
    • We’ve reserved the majority of Chico Hot Springs for this event.

    • Upon acceptance, we will help you select your accommodations, which range from shared lodge rooms ($60/night) to private cabins ($255/night)—something for everyone's budget.

    • Room types will available on a first-come, first served-basis.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $28 counts toward total, if selected.
  • Call for applications closes January 8th.
  • All portfolios will be reviewed, and selected attendees will be notified via email by January 15.


"This workshop is such a unique experience, giving everyone a chance to actually sit back and talk and listen and learn from each other. It’s so rare nowadays to spend that kind of quality time with other creative professionals. There’s nothing else like it." —D.W. Pine, Creative Director, TIME magazine | 2017 Keynote Speaker

"As a result of attending the portfolio review my work has been nominated for the Magnum Photos Graduate Award at Photo London. It was a great boost in terms of making contacts and getting the work in front of the right people." —James Bannister, 2017 Attendee


"The way the Collective Quarterly team are programming educational events for emerging photographers is truly inspiring, and I am waiting for my invitation to the next one!" —Shannon Ghannam, Global Education Director, Magnum Photos | 2017 Keynote Speaker


“Chico gave me the opportunity to grow immensely. I was able to learn in a safe environment from peers and professionals alike, while still being incredibly challenged in new areas. It was one of the most pivotal learning opportunities in my career that I still draw from 7 months later." —Jesse Cornelius, 2017 Attendee


"I had the great honor of being a speaker at the Portfolio Showcase at Chico Hot Springs in Montana, and it left me speechless. Just visiting this (now famous) destination is breathtaking by itself. But to actually be there with Jesse, Seth, & Kurt—meeting and interacting with world-class creatives—is beyond." —Brandon Kavulla, Kavulla Creative | 2017 Keynote Speaker

"The Chico Showcase offered a unique space to interact with industry professionals as reviewers and as people, expanding the normal experience of a portfolio review." Jessica Giacobbe, 2017 Attendee


"The feedback I received has been highly instrumental in changing the way I've photographed and edited my work since the showcase and I'm confident I'll look back on it as a turning point in my career." —Reed Klass, 2017 Attendee

"The Collective Quarterly has created an intimate learning atmosphere which includes lectures, panels, colleague portfolio sharing and extra-curricular activities where participants can forge life-long bonds. It's an immersive experience, unlike any other I've ever attended. Never in my life have I been in a room with so many talented people."—Debra Winter, 2017 Attendee