Photography Workshop Terms & Conditions
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Joseph Rossbach dba Joseph Rossbach Photography does not accept liability for any loss or additional expense caused by cancelation of the workshop, photo tour, or expedition (programs), or delay or interruption to travel services. Such losses or additional expenses are the responsibility of the passenger/participant.
Joseph Rossbach Photography and any instructors or assistants are not liable for injury, accident, or theft resulting from participation in our programs. It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain information about any risks involved. Participant signature on the Liability Waiver at the time of registration verifies release of liability of the Joseph Rossbach Photography, staff, guest instructors, volunteer trip leaders, and any contractors. Any questions about workshop content, requirements, or risks may be directed to our office prior to the time of registration.
For purposes of the terms & conditions described in this document, Force Majeure shall mean a cause or event such as; war or the threat of war, protests, riots, terrorist activity, civil strife, governmental acts, industrial disputes, labor strikes, injunctions, natural disasters, nuclear disaster, fire, wildfire, plague, epidemic, pandemic, outbreaks of infectious disease or any other public health crisis, including quarantine or other employee restrictions, or unfavorable or adverse weather conditions that are not reasonably foreseeable or otherwise caused by or under the control of Joseph Rossbach Photography. Any delay or failure in the performance by Joseph Rossbach Photography shall be excused if and to the extent caused by the occurrence of a Force Majeure.
PRICING & PAYMENT
Program registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All program pricing is in U.S. dollars. All fees may be paid with a credit card (via PayPal or Stripe) or check. All fees stated are for program tuition only and do not include airfares, transportation, meals, film, and processing, or guide or instructor gratuities unless otherwise noted.
A non-refundable deposit, the amount will be specified in the program information, is required at the time of your registration. Reservations for programs cannot be held without a deposit. Unless otherwise noted, the balance of the program fee is due no later than 90 days prior to the program start date. Should this final payment fail to process or be received by the date specified, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as canceled and retain the deposit. If a reservation is made 90 days or less prior to the workshop start date, then the full amount is payable at the time of reservation.
WITHDRAWAL & REFUND POLICY
All workshop withdrawal requests by the program participant must be in writing and received either by US mail or e-mail and acknowledged by Joseph Rossbach Photography. There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. Based on cancelation date, the following apply:
• Greater than 91 days before the program start date: refund of the program fee, less the program deposit.
• Within 90 days of the start of the program: no refund.
No matter when you cancel, if we are able to fill your space, we will provide a refund of any payments made minus a 15% processing fee.
Payments made for private programs are not refundable.
Joseph Rossbach Photography reserves the right to alter or cancel any program for any reason. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a program, we will refund all monies paid, in full, or you have the option of receiving a credit in the amount of the program fee that may be applied in full to pay for a future program to be used within 24 months of the original program you are registered to participate in. Joseph Rossbach Photography cannot be responsible for any travel expenses or non-refundable purchases, deposits, or reservations. It is recommended that you purchase trip insurance.
Notification of cancellation will be made via either a telephone call or an e-mail to you. We cannot be responsible for voicemail messages and e-mails not being received in a timely matter due to your service provider(s).
It is highly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your program and travel expenses. Many travel insurance providers offer products that do more than protect the money you invest in your trip — they protect you in unforeseen circumstances. We suggest a plan which offers coverage for medical and dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections, and trip cancellation should you have a medical problem that prevents you from attending. Joseph Rossbach Photography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
Many of our clients have purchased travel insurance through Travelex Insurance Services.
Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, meals (except as indicated on the itinerary) alcoholic beverages; and any other items not explicitly noted as included. Transportation and National Park entrance fees are not included in your program unless otherwise specified or agreed upon in writing.
The private program fee does not cover the cost of lodging. Please make your reservations as early as possible to ensure you have acceptable accommodations during your visit.
Cost increases for lodging may occur unexpectedly due to rising costs of accommodations among others.
Joseph Rossbach Photography does not provide equipment of any kind for use by program participants. Program participants must provide their own photography gear and (if needed) a laptop computer.
The type of programs we offer requires flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason, the program description must be taken as an indication of what may take place and not as a contractual obligation.
In the event of the specified instructor being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, another instructor will be provided if possible. If we need to replace an instructor, we will do so with someone of equal or similar credentials and will inform you if at all possible.
PARTICIPANT HEALTH & PHYSICAL FITNESS
Joseph Rossbach Photography photographic programs are within the abilities of average people in good health. We ask that you please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the activity levels of the programs. Some programs require the ability to walk or hike a few miles over uneven trails, while also carrying your photo gear, and most of the programs are at a high elevation. By reserving a space in a program with a deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you or other program participants or program staff. Once your program payment has been made, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or special dietary requirements.
USE OF NAME AND LIKENESS
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use the resulting photography in whole or in part for promotional purposes, including, but not limited to: advertising and publicity both in print and electronic media. By booking a reservation with Joseph Rossbach Photography, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography; participants who prefer that their image not be used are asked to identify themselves to their tour leader at the commencement of their trip. We also reserve the right to use, in all or in part, any written reviews you may provide to us in our advertising and publicity both in print and electronic media.
The possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs, and the use of smoking and e-cigarette and other vapor products are prohibited in any of the classrooms, meal areas or rooms used by Joseph Rossbach Photography or at any field program location.
ADHERENCE TO OUR COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN
In accordance with the policies and regulations of the National Park Service, Joseph Rossbach Photography has implemented a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan. This plan is available for review on our website, and participants will receive it in the workshop PDF handbook. All participants on our workshops, tours, or other programs are required to comply with our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan. Failure to comply will result in your removal from the workshop.
Within 72 hours of us receiving your Workshop Registration, you will receive an email with a link to an electronic invoice for the security deposit to reserve your spot/dates, which may be paid via PayPal. The invoice will have attached to it PDFs of the Photography Workshop Terms & Conditions and an Acknowledgment of Risk form. Joseph Rossbach Photography requires all program participants to complete and sign the Acknowledgment of Risk form and return to us signed via email or mail within 3 days of registering to participate in a program.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS & CONDITIONS
By paying the program deposit, you are agreeing to accept all the above terms & conditions.