Workshop terms and conditions:
Reservations and payments:
A deposit or full payment and completed registration form (either online or by mail) will reserve a place for you on a workshop/trip. Trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars only. For workshop/trips outside the USA, full payment is due 90 days prior to departure date. For workshops in the USA full payment is due 60 days before the workshop start date. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as canceled, as if in writing, as per our cancellation and refunds policy, below.
Any non-photographer (spouse, friend or significant other) who wishes to come along is counted as a participant and as such must pay his/her way. However, Lorne offers a 10% trip discount to any non-photographer. Each workshop has its own itinerary, final payment due dates and price structure, detailing what is included and what is not included in the workshop fee. These details are on each individual workshop description page. You agree that you have read and understood these details, along with the general workshop faq.
Cancellations and refunds:
Cancellation fees are not transferable and no refunds are made for unused or missed portions or services of a workshop/trip for any reason whatsoever. You must notify us in writing of your withdrawal and cancellation. All notifications must be made via email. The date we receive your email notification will be used as the date you gave your notice to cancel, at which time the following fees (plus any transaction fees; credit card company fees, etc.) will apply:
-For workshops/trips outside the USA: Cancellations received:
- 90 days or more prior to workshop start date will be subject to a $750 per person fee
- 90 to 61 days prior to workshop start date will be subject to 50% of workshop/trip fee
- 60 days or less to workshop start date will be subject to 100% of the workshop/trip fee
-For workshops inside the USA: Cancellations received:
- 60 days or more prior to workshop start date will be subject to a $125 per person fee
- 59 to 31 days prior to workshop start date will be subject to 50% of workshop/trip fee
- 30 days or less to workshop start date will be subject to 100% of the workshop/trip fee
If a registered participant switches from one trip to a trip departing on a later date, the cancellation policy dates are still calculated from the departure date of the originally booked trip.
Lorne reserves the right to cancel any trip/workshop, at any time prior to workshop/trip start date, in which case a full refund of all funds will be given. However, he is not responsible for any expenses such as, but not limited to, non-refundable air tickets, hotel deposits, etc.
Because of the fees for trips outside the USA that are paid directly to the travel outfitter (who have very restrictive refund policies), in any unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, such as but not limited to, a medical emergency, Lorne has the right to substitute a trip leader/teacher with someone of equal or similar credentials, at any time prior to the trip departure date. If such a change is necessary, you will be notified immediately. However, such a change will not be deemed sufficient grounds for a refund other than stated in the cancellation policy. Additionally, at his discretion Lorne also has the option to cancel the trip any time prior to the workshop/trip departure date for any reason, such as low enrollment. In case of such a cancellation a full refund of all funds paid will be given. However, Lorne is not responsible for any expenses such as, but not limited to, non-refundable air tickets, hotel deposits, etc.
All Lorne's workshops are limited to a small number of participants in order to ensure adequate teaching time in the field. The maximum number of participants are listed under the workshop/trip details section of each individual workshop.
To enjoy the workshop/trip as intended, a minimum level of fitness is required. By registering for this workshop/trip you certify that you do not have any physical limitation or other condition that would create a risk for yourself or other participants. Lorne reserves the right to decline to accept anyone that he considers unsuitable due to fitness level. He also reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the participant's own expense, anyone whose condition is such that it could create a hazard to them-self or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other participants on the trip.
Responsibility and liability:
You will be responsible for studying all pre-trip information; for bringing all photographic equipment, personal items and appropriate clothing; for acting in a manner considerate of fellow participants, environments, and locations. Smoking is not permitted at any time during the workshop/trip in or near the vehicles, other participants, dining areas or shooting locations. Any participation in an illegal event and/or activity during the workshop gives just cause to immediately terminate your participation in the workshop with no refund. We reserve the right at our discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a workshop/trip.
You understand that while itineraries are carefully planned, they are not a guaranteed schedule of activities, events, or participation. There may be situations beyond our control due to weather, geography, natural history, cultural events, governmental restrictions or other situations that will cause changes in timing, locations, and activities. Lorne reserves the right to make any changes in the published itinerary whenever, in his judgment, conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. You understand that any of these changes are not sufficient reason for partial or complete refund.
Lorne Resnick reserves the right to take photographs/video of workshop participants during the workshop/trip and to use them in connection with the advertising and promotion of future workshops.
Your registration serves as a release of liability of Lorne Resnick and/or any cooperating agents/partners and a complete assumption of all risks. Lorne Resnick will assume no liability for losses or additional expenses due to any act, error, omission, injury, illness, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause or expenses thereof associated with workshop/trip participation or in transit thereto or therefrom. The participant waives any claim against Lorne Resnick and/or any cooperating agents/partners for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. You further agree that if you are injured or become ill, Lorne Resnick, may, at your cost, arrange or supply medical treatment, evacuation or any other emergency services on your behalf as Lorne Resnick deems necessary or appropriate for your safety and wellbeing.
THIS SECTION IS APPLICABLE TO WORKSHOPS/TRIPS OUTSIDE THE USA ONLY:
Any vaccinations, airline reservations, insurance, visa requirements (not included in the trip), and all other travel or medically related arrangements, etc., are the final responsibility of the participant. The supplier/outfitter and/or hotel(s) of all trips is subject to change without notice or compensation at Lorne Resnick's discretion.
If for any reason you are late arriving to a workshop, it will be your responsibility to meet up with the group. You will be expected to arrange and pay for your own way until you catch up with the group.
Single accommodations are available for a supplemental cost in many locations; please see individual workshop/trip page for details. In some remote locations, clients with single rooms are infrequently compelled to share a room, without regard for the participant’s gender, due to circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, appropriate per diem refunds will be made reflecting the direct cost of the single room at the facility where clients are required to share. Should you wish to share a room and we cannot find someone on the trip for you to share a room with, you will be required to pay the single room supplement.
You are responsible for ensuring that you have the proper travel documents. A list of visa requirements for your destination country and how to get the visas will be sent to you after registration. US citizens traveling outside the United States are required to carry a US passport, valid for six months after your reentry to the US and should also have sufficient blank pages for visa and immigration stamps. If you are not a US citizen, contact the embassy or consulate of the country you are traveling to for entry requirements. We cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. All trips to Cuba comply with current laws and regulations. Any activities, implied or stated, will be carried out only if/when all license requirements are fulfilled.
Travel insurance is not included in the workshop/trip cost. Participants for workshop/trips outside the USA are required to have basic emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance (minimum of $50,000 per person). You will need to send us proof of that insurance, prior to departure date. This is typically a very minimal charge.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, roommate gender or special dietary needs should be advised at time of registration. Every effort will be made to secure your special requests. However we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not met.
Workshop/trip prices include the handling of two pieces of baggage per person at the destination. Weight restrictions on some routes on internal air flights may apply; details will be provided with preliminary program documentation. Baggage and personal effects are handled the at owner's risk throughout the travel program. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions applicable to your international flights.
Any claim or dispute in connection with this Agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration before an Arbitrator in Los Angeles, California under the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association. Any award shall provide for the payment of reasonable attorney's fees, costs and disbursements to the prevailing party and a judgment thereon may be entered by the appropriate court in Los Angeles, California. This Agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
You agree that no oral representations, statements or other inducements apart from the foregoing written above have been made. This Agreement sets forth our entire understanding and may not be modified except in writing. By registering for a workshop/trip, you agree that you are 21 years or age or older, and that you have carefully read, fully understand and agree to all the contents of the Terms and Conditions listed above. All Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.