Lightchasers 2023 – Brand Partner Round Up!

Fujifilm, our Title Sponsor, are bringing 20+ loaner kits which consist of X-T5, X-H2, X-H2S and GFX100S, each with two lenses that will allow loanees to participate in Macro Mornings and Astro evening!

What you need to know: Take a X/GFX Digital Camera and Lens for a test drive while at Lightchasers Nature Photography Conference. Limit 1 ticket per participant per day, reservations are first come first served. This offer is limited to Lightchasers Conference attendees. The Loaned Product is being provided by Fujifilm without charge, but you are required to provide your valid, government-issued personal identification and a credit or debit card, which Fujifilm will take an image of and which Fujifilm is authorized to charge in the event the Loaned Product is not properly returned, or in the event of damage occurring to or loss of the Loaned Product at any time during the period of loan, WHETHER OR NOT YOU SPECIFICALLY CAUSED THE DAMAGE/LOSS.

Friday May 26th Pickups are to be picked up in-between 1pm to 3pm and returned by Saturday May 27th from 9am to 11am.

Saturday May 27th Pickups are to be picked up at 1pm to 3pm and returned by Sunday May 28th from 9am to 11am.

Late returns will be charged a $50 late fee.

Loan Process – LINK: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fujifilm-x-gfx-loans-lightchasers-nature-photography-conference-tickets-579055930877

McBain, a Lightchasers Premium Sponsor, are offering free sensor cleanings and tech talks and will have an assortment of different gear to check out!

What you need to know: wait…did someone say FREE sensor cleanings?! We sure did! McBain staff will be on hand and offering free sensor cleanings each day during our Brand Expo hours! Cleanings are first come, first served but there should be plenty of time to make sure your sensor is squeaky clean before the end of the conference! In addition to the sensor cleanings, McBain GM, Rene Rodrigue, will be hosting a series of tech talks during the Brand Expo hours covering a wide-breadth of topics of interest for newbies and advanced photographers alike! See our schedule for more info. McBain will also have a selection of various gear on hand for people to check out as well as a few things for sale as well!

Kase Filters, a Lightchasers Premium Sponsor, will be bringing 8 Revolution Pro filter kits to try, is offering a 10% discount from May 15th to June 15, and has generously donated 2 Revolution Pro kits and a number of circular polarizers as prize support!

What you need to know: Kase Filters is pulling out all the stops for this year’s conference! Ambassador Jim Brompton will be on hand during our Brand Expo hours to chat with attendees about Kase’s amazing range of products and will be giving a demo during his presentation on Friday. In addition to that, Kase will be hosting the Lundbreck Falls field session and will have 8 Revolution Pro filter kits on hand for people to try during the session! Time with these kits will be limited to 20 minutes per person and on a first come, first served basis to ensure everyone attending the session will have a chance to try one. And if that wasn’t enough Kase has donated an incredible range of prizes that anyone attending will be eligible for AND they’re offering 10% off any Kase purchases over $300 from May 15th to June 15th for all Lightchasers 2023 attendees! Check your email or swag bag for your discount code.

The Camera Store, a Lightchasers Ambassador Sponsor, will have their reps Jeff and Drew on site with a small selection of retail accessories available for sale and to provide the conference with considerable technical support! They’re also offering a free shipping code to all Lightchasers attendees!

What you need to know: The Camera Store will be selling a variety of things that you might require for the conference; everything from memory cards and Small Rig brand accessories, and is providing a free shipping code for any purchases made online. The Camera Store has also generously provided prizing for our Lightchasers Photo Contest and is providing all the technical support for our visual presentations and livestream! Check your email or swag bag for your discount code.

*Code is valid May 25-31, 2023 and excludes oversized items such as printers, tripods, and other large/heavy items.

Nikon, a Lightchasers Ambassador Sponsor, will have their representatives Russ Vanderleer and Chris Ogonek at the event to chat with everyone and do product demos during our Brand Expo hours! Nikon will also be hosting our Castle Falls field session and Ambassador Viktoria Haack will be doing a presentation on Saturday. Oh, and maybe you’ve heard a little something about a new camera system that Nikon just announced?

What you need to know: Russ and Chris will be manning the Nikon table during our Brand Expo hours where they’ll be  answering any questions you might have and showcasing some great Nikon products – and YES, that includes Nikon’s brand new Z 8 system! On Saturday at noon, Viktoria will be giving her presentation entitled Keeping it Reels: Pursuing Authenticity Through Photography and on Sunday morning, Russ, Chris and Viktoria will all be out at Castle Falls for our field session starting there at 7am. Nikon will also have coffee on hand on Sunday morning for those who need a little warm up juice!


Sony, a Lightchasers Ambassador Sponsor, will have their representative, Anthony Jones, on site to answer your questions and to do product demos during our Brand Expo. Sony also has a very special presentation planned in conjunction with The Camera Store, Kyle Marquardt and a bird named Bigfoot!

What you need to know: on Saturday morning, our presentations kick off with a very special presentation to demonstrate Sony’s latest camera technology and lenses! With Bigfoot, a male barbary falcon who was hand-raised and “imprinted” to people, acting as our in-room model, Kyle will showcase Sony’s incredible autofocus system with a live camera feed displayed on our big screen. Outside of this special presentation, Anthony will be on hand at the Sony table during our Brand Expo hours to answer any questions you might have. He may also have a little bit of Sony swag to give away as well!


Tamron, a Lightchasers brand partner, will have their representatives Ted Gierschner and Janet Vuong at the conference to chat with everyone and showcase their products! Tamron has also generously donated one of our daily door prizes!

What you need to know: Ted and Janet will be doing scheduled demos during the Brand Expo at their table (schedule to come) and everyone who is attending the conference in person will be eligible to win the daily door prizes we’ll be giving away over the course of the weekend!


f-stop, a Lightchasers brand partner, has provided all of the environmentally friendly bags that will hold all of our Lightchasers swag and is offering a 15% discount to all Lightchasers attendees! Not only that but f-stop founder, Druid Orion, will also be on hand at the conference to chat with everyone during our Brand Expo hours and answer any questions you may have about f-stop products!

What you need to know: check your email or swag bag for your discount code.


The Natural Landscape Photography Awards, now entering their third year, has fast emerged as one of the preeminent landscape photography competitions in the world and is offering all Lightchasers 2023 attendees a 15% discount on entries!

What you need to know: organized, curated and judged by some of the most respected names in the field (including current and past Lightchasers presenters Alister Benn, Viktoria Haack, and Adam Gibbs) the NLPA focuses on truthful depictions of the natural landscape that don’t rely heavily on digital manipulation but that still allow for artistic expression. It addresses the idea that the unique quality photography has over other artistic mediums is its grounding in reality. The competition showcases the skill of photographers who reveal the wonder of the natural landscape. Check your email or swag bag for your discount code.


All-Star Telescope, a Lightchasers brand partner, has generously donated a star tracker for one of our amazing daily door prizes!

The Town of Pincher Creek is generously providing coffee service each morning of the conference!

ArtFulfill has provided all of the fine art printing and custom framing for this year’s photo contest!