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2018: The Year in Review for WPS

2018 – our 20th year in business – was another great year for Washington Photo Safari, thanks to you, our clients.

This is the year in which we were given the Hall of Fame Award from TripAdvisor for having received dozens of five star reviews from clients and Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor over the last six years.

We hosted our first European Cruise on Viking River Cruises, 7 days from Paris to Normandy and back, with 12 participants who came back with some fabulous Images.

We offered a number of new safaris this year, such as:

  • The Observation Deck of the CEB tower in Arlington
  • The Reading Room of the Library of Congress
  • DC by Smartphone at Night
  • Pet Photography with Julie Gould
  • Old Masters at the National Gallery of Art
  • The IST Building in Lakeland, Florida
  • Drone Photography with Mark Baxter
  • Mirrorless Camera Techniques
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture 
  • Fireworks at Mount Vernon
  • The National Harbor and Alexandria at Twilight
  • Composition techniques, in Partnership with Exposed DC
  • Street Photography at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • A 3-day Weekend Photography Special
  • Early Morning Architecture in DC
  • Street Photography at Rallies in DC
  • The Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
  • Transcendental Photography in Annapolis
  • The White House and its Neighbors with Presidential Scoops Ice Cream
  • The Mansion on O Street
  • Special Interior Lighting at Washington National Cathedral

We also continued our cooperative relationship with the other major photo training organization in the DC area, Capitol Photography Center, thus allowing clients to get a broad range of photo training opportunities offered by the two companies.

The safarians we hosted this year brought our total since 1999 to 36,600 people, an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year for 20 years, of whom 10,800 are repeat clients who have been on two or more Safaris. Record holder Phyllis McGuire of Burke, VA completed her 60th Safari with us this year, followed closely by Marc Salo of Olney, Maryland who has done 56 of them over the last 10 years.

In short, thanks to our 11 professional photography instructors, we brought the joy of photography and appreciation of the photo opportunities in the Washington DC area and beyond to hundreds of amateur photographers.

And now we are looking forward to a fabulous 2019, with a revamped website and many new photo opportunities. We wish all our clients and friends a very happy holiday season!

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