Lightchasers 2024 – Brand Partner Round Up!

Welcome to the Lightchasers 2024 Brand Partner Round Up! We’re so grateful to all of our sponsors and are excited to bring you the biggest brands in photography and beyond to the conference this year! All of our brand partners who will be in attendance at the conference will be located in our new Brand Expo showroom which is no longer located in the main ballroom but in a separate location accessed on the northwest corner of the hotel, to the left of the main hotel doors. Look for our Brand Expo signage outside and a venue walk through video soon! 

Without further ado, here’s all of the amazing stuff our brand partners have in store for the weekend!

Fujifilm, our Title Sponsor, are bringing 25 loaner kits which consist of the GFX50S II, GFX100S, GFX100 II, GFX100S and the brand new GFX100S II as well as a suite of lenses including the brand new GF500mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR! 

What you need to know: Take a FUJIFILM GFX Digital Camera and lens for a test drive while at Lightchasers Nature Photography Conference!

Click here to secure your FUJIFILM GFX camera and lens for the weekend: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gfx-digital-camera-and-lens-loans-lightchasers-2024-tickets-896548439517 

See the big picture with FUJIFILM GFX100S II digital camera. Taking key functions from the flagship GFX100 II, including a 102-megapixel sensor, X-Processor 5 imaging engine and AI-assisted autofocusing, and slotting them into an ergonomic body that weighs just 883g1 (1.95lbs), it offers passionate creatives the chance to expand their options and enjoy an immersive large format experience. Loan includes battery and memory card.

Extend your creative vision with FUJINON GF500mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. Offering a focal length equivalent to 396mm, this compact, lightweight, and weather-resistant lens delivers detail-rich results up to 102 megapixels, fast, silent autofocus with focus preset controls, and a 6.0 stop Optical Image Stabilizer to combat camera shake.

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.

PICKUP Friday May 24th 1PM-3PM -> RETURN Saturday May 25th 9AM-11AM
PICKUP Saturday May 25th 1PM-3PM -> RETURN Sunday May 26th 9AM-11AM
Late returns will be charged a $50 late fee.

Click here to secure your FUJIFILM GFX camera and lens for the weekend: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gfx-digital-camera-and-lens-loans-lightchasers-2024-tickets-896548439517 

McBain, a Lightchasers Premium Sponsor, are offering free sensor cleanings and tech talks and will have an assortment of different gear to check out! They’re also hosting our field session at Heritage Acres and will be set up in the Summerview Hall where you can pop in for refreshments and facilities and to take a load off if you need.

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 host his popular “Why Is My Camera Misbehaving Talk” during our Friday Tech Talks which covers 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! https://www.mcbaincamera.com/

Kase Filters, a Lightchasers Premium Sponsor, will be bringing Revolution Pro and Wolverine Professional filter kits to try at the Castle Falls field session, is offering a 10% discount from now to June 15, and has generously donated a number of kits and filters for giveaway!

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 in addition to that, Kase will be hosting the Castle Falls field session on Sunday morning and will have 4 Revolution Pro and 4 Wolverine Professional 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 from now to June 15th for all Lightchasers 2024 attendees! To take advantage of the discount, use code LIGHTCHASERS10 at the following link! 


The Camera Store, a Lightchasers Ambassador Sponsor, will have their reps Jeff, Drew and Dave on site with a selection of retail accessories available for sale and to provide the conference with considerable technical support! 

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 to bags and other accessories and they have also generously provided prizing for our Lightchasers Photo Contest! The Camera Store is providing all the technical support for our visual presentations and livestream as well! https://thecamerastore.com

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 Butcher Lake field session with Keynote presenter, Nikon Ambassador Michelle Valberg and Ambassadors Viktoria Haack and Monika Deviat will also be on hand. 

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. On Friday at 4pm, Michelle will be giving her Keynote presentation entitled The Dance of Light and Life: Creativity in Motion in Wildlife Photography and on Saturday morning, Russ, Chris, Michelle, Viktoria and Monika will all be out at Butcher for our field session starting there at 7am. Nikon will also have coffee on hand on Saturday morning for those who need a little warm up juice!  https://en.nikon.ca

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 Alpha Imaging Collective member Rachel Jones Ross will also be presenting on Friday! 

What you need to know: 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! https://www.sony.ca/

Living Sky Tours, a Lightchasers Ambassador Sponsor, will have co-owner and tour guide, Craig Hilts, available to connect with during the Brand Expo hours and they have generously donated a tour package for the 2024 Lightchaser of the Year! 

What you need to know: Craig Hilts, co-founder of Living Sky Tours will be around during the Brand Expo to chat with attendees about all of the great tour opportunities they’re offering in Saskatchewan this year. Craig will also be closing the conference with his inspiring presentation, The Art of the Experiencewhich you won’t want to miss! And don’t forget to check out our photo contest awards on Friday evening to see who will take home our Lightchaser of the Year title and a week long tour with Living Sky! https://www.livingskytours.com

Canon, a Lightchasers brand partner, will have their representative Russell Brown on hand during the Brand Expo where he’ll be showcasing a tonne of great Canon gear! 

What you need to know: Canon users, rejoice! We’re so excited to have Canon on board with us this year and Russell has managed to get his hands on some pretty incredible Canon gear not usually available for events exclusively for Lightchasers! Head over to the Canon table in the Brand Expo room to chat with Russell about the Level Up promo Canon is running with discounts and bonus offers! Russell will also have some Canon swag with him too! https://canon.ca/en/home

Tamron, a Lightchasers brand partner, will have their representative Ted Gierschner at the conference to chat with everyone and showcase their products! Tamron has also generously donated a 28-75mm G2 lens as one of our daily door prizes! 

What you need to know: Ted will be doing demos during the Brand Expo at the Tamron table 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! https://www.tamron-usa.com

, a Lightchasers brand partner, will not be joining us in-person this year but they have generously donated a Tilopa essentials bag and several of their innovative protective wraps for our daily door prizes! https://shop.fstopgear.com

South Canadian Rockies Tourism Associationis the official DMO, and voice of tourism, for Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, and Castle Provincial Park. They will be in the Brand Expo showroom all weekend helping attendees discover the pristine, undiscovered wilderness and adrenaline-filled experiences are waiting for you. They’ll also be running a photo contest for Lightchasers attendees where you can win a $500 prize pack full of local goodies! 

What you need to know: Win Big with Your Nature Photography Skills! 
Hey Nature Photographers, are you ready to turn your passion for photography into a rewarding experience? Don’t miss the chance to win a fabulous gift basket filled with local goodies worth $500! Simply snap those awe-inspiring moments during the conference’s field sessions or throughout your own explorations and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #SouthCanadianRockies. By doing so, you’ll automatically enter the running to win a fantastic gift basket filled with local delights valued at $500. Let’s showcase the beauty of our surroundings together and stand a chance to win big while doing it!
Each photo tagged using the hashtag #SouthCanadianRockies between May 25 to May 26, 2024 at 11:59 am will qualify as an entry into our giveaway. The winner will be drawn on May 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm MST. The prize will be available to be picked up from the front desk at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Pincher Creek, AB. https://southcanadianrockies.ca

Waterton Tourism, 
our friends from that beautiful National Park south of Pincher creek, have provided coffee in the Brand Expo Showroom on Saturday and Sunday mornings, visitor guides for all attendees in our swag bags and have donated two tickets to the Thirsty Bear Social in town on Friday evening for our door prizes! https://mywaterton.ca

The Natural Landscape Photography Awards, now entering their fourth year, has fast emerged as one of the preeminent landscape photography competitions in the world and is offering all Lightchasers 2024 attendees a 15% discount on entries AND on the incredible hardcover books! 

What you need to know: organized, curated and judged by some of the most respected names in the field (including 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. Competition closes May 31st so get those entries in fast! To enter, visit their website and use code Lightchaser15, which also can be used for the book discount! 


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