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Here’s what a few of our guests had to say about Spotlight Photo Safaris.


“There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome it was!!!” Linda C. (Alaska Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2019; Natural Wonders of the World - 2019; The fishing Bears of Katmai - 2020; Kenya, Tanzania and The Great Migration - 2020)

”You create an incredible experience.” Monica E. (The Great Migration - 2015; The Great Migration - 2019)

“Thank you again Rick. It was an amazing adventure and I learned so much.” Jodi L. (The Great Migration Photo Safari - 2019)

“Thank you for taking the time to put trips like ours together! Cheers!” Tracy F. (The Great Migration Photo Safari - 2019)

"Over the past few years I have been fortunate to have Rick as my guide while photographing brown bears in Alaska. His professionalism, sense of humor and understanding of animal behavior rank him among the best guides anywhere. The only thing that may outshine his own images is his ability to get the best out of each photographer he guides."  Andrew C (guest, Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, Alaska - 2014)

“It is amazing each time I look through my recent Africa pictures. Lots of fun with these folks, very nice accommodations, food, guides and of course animals to photograph. As I call Africa, it is the zoo unleashed. You must put this trip on your bucket list! Thanks, Rick Collins,
for your patience and expertise and guidance. An outstanding trip!” Jennifer B. (The Great Migration - 2015, 2016, 2017; Natural Wonders of the World - 2019)

“Rick – you, Jacob and Moses should be confident that this was a marvelous experience for me. It was amazing, inspiring, challenging and affirming – exceeded my expectations in every way. Janie A.(The Great Migration Photo Safari - 2016; Alaska Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2018, 2019)

"What an amazing, simply fabulous trip! CANNOT wait for more of the same! Thank you!" Anand & Sheila K. (The Great Migration Photo Safari - 2017; Alaska Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2019; Wonders of the World - 2020)

This safari was beyond my wildest dreams. Loved every minute. Thanks, Rick, I will be back! [NOTE: And she was the following year - and the year after!)]” Char W. (The Great Migration - 2015, 2016, 2017; The Grizzlies of Alaska - 2014; Alaskan Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2019; Natural Habitats and the Extremes of Nature - 2020)

"Thanks for a totally excellent safari experience!" George F. (
The Great Migration - 2017; Alaskan Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2019)

"Just wanted to say thanks again for all the attention to detail you spent on making my trip to Alaska one of the best trips of my life." Carole M.  (The Great Migration - 2015; Alaskan Grizzlies and Much Much More - 2018)

“Variety of accommodations was great. Visiting different tribes – awesome. The multiple venues to photograph the animals was excellent. I can’t pick just one. You, Jacob and Moses are way at the top!” Corky D. (
The Great Migration - 2016, 2017; Natural Wonder of the World - 2019; Fishing Bears and the Alaska Panhandle - 2020)

“Thanks for an excellence experience and guiding.” Evelyn D.(
The Great Migration - 2016, 2017; Natural Wonders of the World - 2019; Fishing Bears and the Alaska Panhandle - 2020)

“When I look through my albums, I'm constantly amazed at how much we saw and did. The national parks were each incredible in their own way for the number and variety of animals we saw and the photo opportunities we had. Thank you for an exceptional trip filled with so many wonderful memories.” Ginny P. (The Great Migration - 2016)

“Thanks Rick! Great Safari and fantastic adventure as well as a tremendous learning experience. Truly a trip of a lifetime!!” Jay J.
(The Great Migration - 2015)

“Thank you very much Rick for a wonderful adventure! Africa, the Serengeti and parts around will always occupy a special place in my heart….it was a trip of a lifetime! Jambo, Jambo” Marie O. (The Great Migration - 2015)

“When everything goes off without a hitch (or minor adjustments/problems handled easily) it means that a ‘LOT’ of work was done ahead of time. You were excellent! Jeanne O.
(The Great Migration - 2016)

“It was an amazing trip! I am constantly delighted at seeing photos that I had forgotten I had taken…..such a joy to browse through the albums!” Osia
(The Great Migration - 2015)

“Exceeded my expectations! Lodging, drives, guiding were incredible!” Vickie B. (
The Great Migration - 2015)

"Your trips are constantly great. Thanks." Corky and Evelyn D.
(The Great Migration - 2017)

"There's nothing Rick doesn't know about bears! Having been a bear guide at the lodge for many years and being a photographer himself meant we were always safe and put in the best spot possible for photos. Absolutely brilliant experience!" Lori B.
(Grizzlies of Lake Clark - 2016)