Across the Great Divide…to Billings!

Montana is the fourth largest state in the Union in terms of land mass, and if you’ve ever driven its breadth from east to west or vice versa – over 600 miles in all – you would know that it’s definitely one long haul and includes climbs over several mountain ranges including the Continental Divide. Each year, we hold a Photo Weekend event in one of the four largest cities in our home state – including our hometown of Missoula. This year, we’re happy to return to Montana’s most populous city, Billings, located in the southern/central part of the state.

Billings is the business & industry capital of Montana and is the largest metropolitan area between Denver, CO, Calgary, AB to the south & north and between Sioux Falls, SD and Spokane, WA. east & west. There is vast rural territory in this part of the country, and it’s become the trade and distribution center for most of Montana, Northern Wyoming and western portions of North Dakota and South Dakota. It’s also the retail destination for much of the same area possessing the most hotel accommodations within a five state region and hosts a variety of conventions, concerts and sporting events. With the latest oil and natural gas boom happening in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, Billings’ economy is set to sky-rocket over the decade.

Geographically, it’s close in proximity to stunning mountain ranges, rivers, national parks, and natural areas, and is not without its fair share of nature and photography enthusiasts. Yellowstone National Park, the Beartooth Highway, the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Pictograph Cave State Park are all within easy driving distance. Each year we receive a contingent of folks from Billings in our Career Training program. We’re definitely excited to be returning to the area in April to bring the RMSP experience back to this neck of the woods with the excellent instructor team of  Tim Cooper and Doug Johnson. And this time around, we have a few extra surprises in store. So if you happen to be in the region and are available for the weekend, you may just want to check it out!

And, if you’re interested in keeping your focus – pun intended – on photography after the Photo Weekend, consider joining one of the active photography groups below in the Montana region. What better way to stay active yourself than by being connected with like-minded enthusiasts?!

Photographic Institute of the Yellowstone
Montana Shutterbug Association Meetup Group

Billings Camera Club
Photography Society of America – Region 7
Bozeman Camera Club
Great Falls Camera Club
Western Montana Photography Meetup Group
Rocky Mountain Photo Council

Join us for the Billings Photo Weekend on April 14-15, 2012. Also, consider furthering your education with our Foundation WorkshopLightroom for Photographers on the Road on June 21-24, 2012 with instructor David Marx.  Also,  join David Marx and Doug Johnson for Landscapes and Lightroom in Big Sky, Montana on September 15-21, 2012 or our spectacular Travel WorkshopYellowstone in Autumn on September 22-28, 2012. Register soon as spaces are limited.