Staff

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Program Manager

Matt Stirn

New Media Producer

Brooke McDonough

Product Management and Marketing

Mike Tedesco

Rich Clarkson
Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Chris is the owner and director of Summit Workshops. Summit was his first job out of college and nearly 20 years later, this is home.  He is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people.

Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.

Program Manager

Matt Stirn

Matt is a photographer, writer, and archaeologist from Jackson, Wyoming. The majority of his work focuses on travel, nature, and cultural and environmental conservation. He is a National Fellow for the Explorer’s Club and has worked as a senior photographer and on assignment for archaeological and conservation projects on four continents. Matt’s work has been published with Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic, GEO, BBC, Archaeology Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and more. Matt’s work at Summit is diverse and ranges from assisting at our core workshops to planning and running many of our international and destination workshops.

New Media Producer

Brooke McDonough

Brooke McDonough is a conservation photographer, filmmaker, and writer based in Washington DC. She is passionate about telling stories through multimedia to engage people with the natural world and inspire action. She is a member of the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) and a team member at the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Portland Eco Film Festival, and Yale Environment 360. Brooke graduated with a master’s degree in new media photojournalism at GWU’s Corcoran School of Arts and Design in May 2020.

Product Management and Marketing

Mike Tedesco

Mike, a two-time Summit Sports attendee, is the owner of Reaction Photography, where he shoots sports and performance work. Over his 20-years as a working photographer, he has shot for a number of clients including Getty Images and USA Today Images and has had his images featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and ESPN.com.

While building his photography business, Mike was a Product Manager in the tech world working at Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Getty Images. During part of his time at Microsoft, Mike worked with pro photographers to help Microsoft decide what products to build, and also created the Microsoft Icons of Imaging program. Mike has a huge passion for teaching and presenting and has been a speaker at Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, and Photoshop World.

Workshop Founder

Rich Clarkson

Rich started the Summit Workshops over 30 years ago due to the importance of networking and education in photography. Rich is the former Director of Photography at the National Geographic, Topeka Capital Journal, and Denver Post. He was also a longtime contract photographer for Sports Illustrated and a legend in Sports Photography. Rich was one of the 50 most influential individuals in American photography by American Photo magazine. Rich is a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, recipient of the William Allen White Medal, Luice award in Achievement in Sports. He is also the recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award.

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