Urban Red Fox Visual Storytelling Photo Workshop

For Teens 13-25 years old in Prince Edward Island, Canada



Join American photographer Amy Shutt, 16 year old American photographer Ashleigh Scully and Canadian photographer Brittany Crossman of The Canid Project for a canid-centric workshop photographing and learning about the Urban Red Foxes of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Learn how to best tell their story through photography. 

Our aim with The Canid Project Teen Workshops is to provide experiences for teenagers aged 13-18 years old interested in wildlife and conservation. 

During our workshops we will not just focus on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, but also on

  • How you can use your photography for conservation and education.

  • How to best tell a compelling natural history and conservation narrative as a visual story.

  • The ethics of wildlife photography, and in this case the ethics of urban wildlife photography, and the proper way to approach urban wildlife.

  • Tracking wildlife ethically

Proceeds from this workshop go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and the fox rehab in Louisiana, as well Hope For Wildlife in Nova Scotia.  


Current Teen  Workshop Dates: 

  • July 2-5, 2019: Spots Available

July is a great time for urban fox families because the den sites will be active with kits from the age of 2 to 4 months old. This provides a great opportunity for not only pictures but for learning how to approach urban wildlife ethically, which is our main goal with this workshop.  Nowadays we don't have to go "out there" to experience wildlife, all we have to do is take a look right outside our back doors.   

Amy Shutt and Brittany Crossman have formal and active backgrounds in photography and education. Ashleigh Scully is a young photographer of 15 years old, renowned for her conservation-focused wildlife photography.  See all instructors' full bios below. Brittany has spent the past few years directing much of her photographic energies into photographing these foxes and developing a keen understanding of their dynamics and behaviors. She will offer an educated guiding experience that will allow us to get the best photographs while also respecting our subjects and acting ethically in our approaches.  As she states in an article she wrote for The Canid Project: 

"Prince Edward Island is a Vulpes vulpes gem. The island has a large, healthy urban red fox population, as well as many rural foxes that call PEI home. These two options alone give a great variety of photographic opportunities, as well as learning experiences. Foxes living in different environments, urban versus suburban, behave quite differently. These differences make photographing the island foxes appealing. 

Another alluring aspect of PEI is the color variants of the foxes. On the island, there are three red fox pelage colorations: red, cross, and silver". 

From Following Fox Families on Prince Edward Island 

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WORKING ITINERARY for July 2-5, 2019 Workshop:

You will receive a detailed itinerary which includes airport and lodging information once your deposit has been paid, but please see these exciting points below that make up this unique urban wildlife photography workshop. Please feel free to email with any questions: thecanidproject@gmail.com

Lodging is include for the nights of July 2-5, 2019. 

  • July 2, 2019 Tuesday: If you arrive to Prince Edward Island before 8pm on the 2nd enjoy a meet and greet with one of our instructors over a light dinner in Charlottetown at 8:30pm.

  • July 3, 2019 Wednesday morning: We will meet in the morning over breakfast to discuss the workshop and logistics in detail

  • July 3-5, 2019 Wednesday-Friday: Three full days of presentations, in the field shooting, and reviews

  • July 5, 2019 Evening: The workshop will conclude the late afternoon of July 5, 2019.

Photography will take place for 3 full days at the best times for light and fox activity in the mornings and late afternoons.

Look forward to compelling presentations during the day by Environmental Biologist Hailey Lambe of Parks Canada (who spent two years working on her thesis on the urban Red Foxes of Charlottetown and Stanhope in Prince Edward Island), Amy Shutt, Brittany Crossman, and Ashleigh Scully. 

The workshop will conclude the evening of July 5, 2019.  In the downtime between shoots Amy, Ashleigh, and Brittany will instruct you in many facets of wildlife and conservation photography, canid conservation, and ethics including:

  • Ethical practices of urban wildlife photography

  • The natural history of the Red Fox in Canada, and specifically Prince Edward Island (by biologist Hailey Lambe)

  • Conservation photography and how you can contribute to raise awareness

  • How to tell compelling stories through wildlife photography that help to educate the public

  • Best camera settings and gear for wildlife photography

  • Photographic techniques, composition, and use of natural light as it applies to wild canid species

  • Demo on Trap Camera DSLR photography as it applies to urban wildlife photography.

  • Intro on tracking wildlife ethically


If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities.  Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go (clients receive a 10% off discount for LensProToGo as well) . Email Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this workshop: amyshutt@gmail.com and she''ll let you know! :)

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera that does well at high ISOs

  • Long lens (something that extends to at least 300 to 600mm)

  • A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm

  • Tripod

  • Travel insurance is required (see our travel agent to purchase)

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather

  • Warm clothing for early mornings and late afternoons.

  • Bug spray is a good idea!


  • Price: $2300 USD (includes all photographic instruction from two photo leaders, guiding, presentations, and lodging for 4 nights plus transportation for workshop participants, both beginning the first night of the workshop)

  • Non-refundable deposit of $750 USD

  • The workshop price does not include flights to and from Prince Edward Island, Canada, travel insurance or meals.

  • We will provide transportation for participants to and from the airport and during the workshop.

  • It's a good idea to have travel insurance in case something goes wrong or you need to cancel your trip. Amy loves World Nomads travel insurance.

  • Once your deposit is paid you will receive a full itinerary with detailed information about the workshop and lodging.


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Brittany Crossman is a wildlife photographer based out of New Brunswick, Canada. The love for wildlife started at an early age, and remaining consistent throughout the years leading her to study photography at Mount Allison University. Over the years, she has photographed many different species, but the Red Fox holds a special place in her heart. Brittany’s work has been published by Canadian Geographic, The Canadian Wildlife FederationCanadian Wildlife Magazine and online at National Geographic. Brittany also donates her prints to wildlife rehabilitation centers such as Hope for Wildlife and The Atlantic Wildlife Institute for fundraising for wildlife in their care. Brittany’s goal is to capture intimate moments that tell stories that inspire people to protect this precious fauna.


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Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation photography.  Amy also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas, Canada and Africa. She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids.  Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start this project. She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors.  Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been awarded by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition. 


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Ashleigh Scully is a young conservation-focused wildlife photographer with a love for predator species. After her family moved to the New Jersey country when she was 8, Ashleigh discovered a fascination and love for the red foxes that she shares her property with. Photography allowed her to capture their behavior and stories and since, Ashleigh has gone on to be recognized by some of the top Youth Wildlife Photography competitions in the world: Wildlife Photographer of the YearNature’s Best and Por el Planeta. Ashleigh has used her images and stories to promote predator awareness and conservation. Ashleigh hopes that her conservation-focused stories and images of foxes can help give a voice to these endearing and often misunderstood creatures. In 2017 Ashleigh has received many accolades for her work including 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner and Finalist, 11-14 years, Youth, 2017 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Youth Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2017 Yellowstone Forever Youth Wildlife Winner, 2017 Audubon Magazine Photography Competition Top 100, 2017 Adobe Rising Stars Campaign member (Adobe Lightroom Instagram takeover).  ashelighsculluphotography.com 


To reserve your spot please follow this link to Amy Shutt’s website to pay your deposit HERE

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