Meet Your Guides

Congratulations to our guides Max and Zack for their recent honors in the 22nd annual Windland Smith Rice Awards and in the second annual Yellowstone Forever photo competition!

Max Waugh

Max Waugh, photographer
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Max is a Yellowstone veteran, having first visited the park in his youth just prior to the fires in 1988. After graduating from college, he returned in 2000 and has been back every year since, often visiting multiple times throughout the year. In 2010, Max and his wife built a cabin just outside of Yellowstone as an excuse to come back more often.

Based on his many trips and experiences in the park, Max published a wildlife map and guide in recent years that have been used by thousands of park visitors. He has acted as a consultant and adviser to visiting film crews and photographers.

For the last decade-and-a-half, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports subjects professionally. He was honored with honored images in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards and multiple honors in the Yellowstone Forever photo competition, and has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Max's work has appeared in such publications as Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine, and has been on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. When he's not in Yellowstone, he enjoys tromping about the rainforests of Costa Rica (his other favorite place) and photographing wildlife in destinations such as Africa and South America. Max also leads photography workshops and classes near his home in the Seattle area. To see more of Max's work, check out our photo gallery or visit

" I have traveled around the world photographing wildlife with professional guides for some years now, and I would say that Max is the best guide I have ever had." –Michelle L.
Max is an officially licensed Yellowstone area photo tour guide, and is First Aid and CPR certified. As your tour leader and photo advisor, he will not only be taking you to some of his favorite spots in Yellowstone, but will lend advice and guidance on how to photograph the wildlife that lives there.

To view a list of Max's other photo tours, including such destinations as Costa Rica, Africa and more, please click here.

Zack Clothier

Zack Clothier, photographer
An avid outdoorsman and self-taught photographer, Zack has been photographing the natural world for over 15 years, and has been shooting professionally for the past five years. He grew up in the small town of Corinth, NY, often referred to as "The Gateway to the Adirondacks." Fascinated with wildlife and nature in general he captured his first photos at the age of 13, soon replacing an old 35mm point and shoot with a manual SLR camera. Nowadays he prefers to shoot with a digital SLR, and is skilled in processing in the digital darkroom. While landscape photography is his specialty, he also enjoys capturing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Zack's award-winning photography has appeared in the pages of both regional and international publications all over the world. He was honored with Highly Commended awards in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice awards, and the 2015 and 2016 Yellowstone Forever photo competitions. He currently resides in western Montana. Since 2006, Zack has made countless trips to Yellowstone and is well-versed in its wildlife and the stunning scenery of the world's first national park. When he is not photographing in Yellowstone, Zack can usually be found in the nearby Beartooth Mountains, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the vast wilderness he calls home.

Zack is an officially licensed Yellowstone area photo tour guide, and is First Aid and CPR certified.

To view more of Zack's work, check out the photo gallery or click here to visit his website.