Pop Photo Workshops: Mentor Series

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Mentor series

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WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY? **
**International
: there is no cancellation fee if you notify us of your cancellation prior to 105 days before departure. Later cancellations are subject to the following fees:
104-60 days prior to departure: $1500.00 per person. 59-45 days prior to departure: 85% of total price per person non refundable 44-0 days: 100% non refundable.

Domestic: there is no cancellation fee prior to 30 days of the trek; if you notify us of your cancellation 29-14 days the cancellation fee is 50%; 13-0 days before the first day of the trek the cancellation fee is 100%.
We reserve the right to cancel the Workshop or your reservation at any time. In the event of cancellation by us prior to departure, you will be refunded in full for any amounts previously paid for the Workshop.

We reserve the right to cancel the Workshop or your reservation at any time. In the event of cancellation by us prior to departure, you will be refunded in full for any amounts previously paid for the Workshop.

HOW MUCH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
Workshops are appropriate for both beginners and advanced photographers.

**WHAT TYPE OF EQUPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR SHOOTING DIGITAL IMAGES? **
Bring a camera, laptop computer, all your lenses, flash and lightweight tripod. We suggest lenses ranging from 12-24mm to longer lenses 75 – 300mm. Be sure to bring your battery charger and more then one set of rechargeable batteries. Be sure to bring your camera's manual too. Bring an external hard drive besides your laptop to guarantee you have enough space, especially if you are shooting RAW. Make sure to have the appropriate image editing software on your laptop to view and edit your images.

**HOW DO I KNOW IF A TREK IS FULL OR NOT? **
Enrollment is on a rolling basis. We do not have enrollment deadlines. We will always do our best to accommodate as many trekkers as possible, but popular trips can fill up fast. Your best bet is to enroll early and if you any questions about the availability of a trek you can call Michelle Cast at (212) 767-6086.

NON-PHOTOGRAPHER SPOUSE/COMPANION POLICY
Spouses or non-photographer companions of trek participants who travel with them to Mentor Series trek destinations advertised as part of the Mentor Series will be charged the prevailing workshop cost. This is because of limitations in the workshop classes, transportation and seating at the many venues we work with on the treks. Please note that you must be 18 years old or over to attend or accompany us on any Mentor Series trek.
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HOW DO WE GET AROUND ON THE WORKSHOPS?**
The Mentor Series provides a motor coach to take the participants from location to location.

WHAT DO WE DO FOR THE FINAL PHOTO SHOW?
After the final review session you will be able to give Michelle Cast 5 images that you photographed over the weekend to show to your fellow trekkers. The images need to be jpgs and rotated upright.

** HOW DO WE DRESS ON THE WORKSHOPS?**
We are usually VERY casual on the treks. We will be both indoors and outdoors, so bring a variety of comfortable clothing you can layer. Dress comfortably, with good walking shoes.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY/AMERICAN PHOTO MENTOR SERIES WORKSHOPS Your agreement on this Registration Form signifies your agreement to the following terms and conditions of participation in the Popular Photography/American Photo Mentor Series Workshop (hereinafter the “Workshop”).

1. Basic Cost. The “Basic Cost” of the Workshop can either include 3 days of shooting on a domestic workshop or 7-10 days of shooting on an international workshop with instruction from professional photographers. Any other expenses incurred by you, including, without limitation, transportation, lodging and hotel upgrades, trip extensions, tips and items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, are not included in the Basic Cost and are your sole responsibility.

2. Travel Documentation. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the proper travel documents. You should check with the respective consulate(s) or visa agencies to determine whether visas are required. Valid passports are required for international travel.

3. Insurance. Unless you are already covered under an existing policy, we recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Such insurance often provides coverage for losses suffered in the event of trip cancellation and interruption, travel delay, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical emergencies and accidental death. If the tour operator handling the Workshop offers insurance, we will provide you with information about it and instructions about how to purchase a policy. It is, however, your responsibility to purchase the policy (which is not part of the Basic Cost of the Workshop) and understand the scope of coverage. We do not assume any obligations or liabilities in connection with travel insurance.

4. Travel Risks. You understand that there are factors that may impact the Workshop that are beyond our reasonable control. For example, certain Workshop destinations may involve travel to remote or politically unstable areas or areas where the standards of quality and hygiene, transportation, methods of conducting business, medical services, telecommunications services, etc. are substandard to what you might expect in the United States . It is your responsibility to check with your own healthcare provider for any inoculations or other certificates that may be needed to travel to the Workshop destinations. You fully accept the risks associated with travel in such areas and agree to hold us harmless from and against any and all liability in connection therewith.

5. Third-Party Services. You understand that we rely upon third party tour organizers, transportation providers, hotel operators and food providers to provide the services associated with the Workshops. All tickets, coupons, reservations, etc. are subject to the terms and conditions and other policies of the third-party service provider. We cannot control the actions of such third-parties and do not assume responsibility for unanticipated events that may occur, including, without limitation, travel delays, lost luggage, cancellations, overbooking, and other reservation errors. You should build some flexibility into your schedule in case we need to extend the length of the Workshop or make other reasonable scheduling changes to accommodate unanticipated events such as travel delays, lost luggage, cancellations, overbooking and other reservation errors. You will not be entitled to a refund in the event of unanticipated events requiring scheduling changes. You further agree to hold us harmless from and against any liability for injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity that might occur in connection with any services provided by third parties.

6. Cancellations.

International: there is no cancellation fee if you notify us of your cancellation prior to 105 days before departure. Later cancellations are subject to the following fees:

104-60 days prior to departure: $750.00 per person.
59-45 days prior to departure: $1500.00 per person.
44-30 days prior to departure: 85% of total price per person.
29-0 days prior to departure: 100% of total price per person.

Domestic: there is no cancellation fee prior to 30 days of the trek; if you notify us of your cancellation 29-14 days the cancellation fee is 50%; 13-0 days before the first day of the trek the cancellation fee is 100%.

We reserve the right to cancel the Workshop or your reservation at any time. In the event of cancellation by us prior to departure, you will be refunded in full for any amounts previously paid for the Workshop.

7. Release and Waiver of Liability. In consideration of your participation in the Workshop, you promise not to sue and hereby release Popular Photography, American Photo, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., all mentors participating in the Workshops, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives (“Releasees”) from and against any and all liability to you, your personal representatives, assigns, heirs and next of kin for any loss or damages and any claims or demands therefor arising in connection with your participation in the Workshop, including, without limitation, those arising out of injury to your person or property or resulting in your death. You further agree that the foregoing Release and Waiver of Liability is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law and that if any portion hereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall continue in full legal force and effect.

8. Photography. You hereby grant us the following right in the photography taken by you during the Workshop if you personally submit images to the representatives of the Magazines either during the workshop, by mail or electronically or from dupes that are made by American Photo / Popular Photography during the workshop: the right to use and reuse the photography in Popular Photography & imaging and American PHOTO magazines and on Web sites operated under the Popular Photography, American Photo and Mentor Series trademarks. You also grant us the right to permit selected third parties to use the photography in both editorial and promotional context. You further promise that the photography you take during the Workshop will be of your own creation and will not be libelous or obscene or otherwise violate or infringe the rights of any third party. If we publish your photography, you shall receive a credit, the placement, size and typeface of which shall be in our sole discretion.

9. Use of Name and Likeness. You also grant us the right to use your name and likeness in connection with the publication, advertising and promotion of Popular Photography and American Photo Magazines and the Mentor Series.

10. Miscellaneous. You agree that no oral representations, statements or other inducements apart from the foregoing written above have been made. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts entered into and performed entirely therein. This Agreement sets forth our entire understanding and may not be modified except in a writing signed by you and us.