Meet our Utah canyoneers of 2017 (from left to right) - Laura, Joan, Marcus, and Vikki.
"The slot canyons of Utah have been at the top of my photography bucket list for many years. Choosing to go there with Worldwide Explorers was the best idea I've had in a lifetime of photography." - Vikki
We spent the first few nights based near Zion Canyon, and this is one of the most strenuous viewpoints to get to. Luckily we know a secret way which is really quite easy. It didn't stop Laura getting lost for 30 minutes though!
"The whole experience was fabulous... although I hadn't met any of the guys before, it was like going on holiday with great friends, with Marcus also happening to be an expert in the field." - Vikki
Although this is a canyon trip, we gave the group a taste of a couple of monuments in the hope that they may come on our Monuments and Arches trip in 2018!
We ended the trip at Bryce Canyon. When you've already seen the best that Utah has to offer it would be easy for the final location to be an anticlimax, but not so with Bryce.
"The trip was an amazing experience. Marcus has very deep knowledge of the area, which ensured that we were at the right place at the right time. But the best part was to spend some time with like minded photographers were we all learned from each other and got some great pictures." - Joan. "Canyons of Utah was my first trip with Worldwide Explorers but it won't be my last" - Vikki
See many more photos from our 2017 Utah trip below.
You need a seriously wide angle lens to capture this scene
Making the most of the jet lag with a dawn shoot of the Las Vegas Strip
One of the many slot canyons we visit
Amazing light reflecting between the rocks
We go to the lesser known canyons where we pretty much have the place to ourselves
The view of Zion Canyon from Observation Point
Sometimes looking directly up gives the best composition
Laura checking out the view for a later visit when the light is more favourable
One of the wet canyons we visit.
Vikki getting creative with sun flare in Bryce Canyon
Vikki getting into the rhythm on day 1.
Capitol Reef National Park
These canyons are a photographer's playground
A taste of a Utah arch - something we will focus on in 2018
The first light in Cathedral Valley
Endless options for compositions
The Milky Way's core above the landscape of Cathedral Valley
Our first location on the trip
A bizarre combination of textures and subjects
You can't beat the way the light reflects off the walls of these canyons
It's difficult to capture the true scale of this landscape
Classic Bryce Canyon scenery
Laura and Vikki at work in Zion
Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon
You can't get lost here - it's either forwards or backwards
Joan seeing the compositional potential in the winding road
Log left from past flash flood - perfectly positioned for photography!
Dried and cracked mud after the last flash flood
Old abandoned wild west wagon in Capitol Reef
Horseshoe Bend is a classic location which can't be missed
Wall Street in Bryce Canyon