Picture Perfect Peaks

HELENA, Mont., Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “I would say that people come to Montana because they want to be in the mountains,” said Neil Chaput, “they want to be away from the big crowds, and they want to be out in nature.”

In Top of the Class, photographer Neil Chaput and Rocky Mountain School of Photography lead students on a photo expedition through Big Sky Country. Neil, who trained under the famed naturalist photographer Ansel Adams, turns Montana into a natural classroom for aspiring photographers. The school draws students from around the world who are looking to capture the perfect shot of Montana’s unspoiled beauty.

Top of the Class is episode 19 in the Discover Your #MontanaMoment video series and can be viewed on VISITMT.COM.


“I’ve been to Fiji, I’ve been to Chile, and the mountains of Canada,” said student Maria Trujillo. “But Montana is an area that has a soul.”

With over 40 years of teaching experience, Neil leads students on a one-of-a-kind photography tour of Montana’s golden forests, wave-crested rivers, and picture perfect mountain peaks.

“…Photography has changed a whole lot,” said Chaput. “But the landscape of Montana still looks just as beautiful as it’s always looked.”

To learn more about art in Big Sky Country, check out the arts & culture page for a full list of museums and galleries, or find a photo-friendly vista on the scenic drives page.

Visit our Flickr page for more photos and contact us for interview requests.

About The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD)

MOTBD markets Montana’s spectacular unspoiled nature, vibrant and charming small towns, breathtaking experiences, relaxing hospitality and competitive business climate to promote the state as a place to visit and do business. For more information, go to VISITMT.COM.

SOURCE Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

CONTACT: Media Contacts: Anna O’Donnell, Montana Office of Tourism, 406-841-2897, [email protected]; Sharon Boeldt, 414-225-9582, [email protected]


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August 27, 2017 1:29 pm

wow, what an amazing location! Peaks reflecting in the still water is one of my fav subjects.