Events

You’re invited to The Aurora Summit: Celebrating the Art, Culture, Science, and Photography of the Aurora Borealis! This event brings Aurora enthusiasts in the mid-latitudes together each year for a weekend workshop in the U.S.

You don’t have to be a scientist or a photographer to attend. We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced sessions. Many of our guests are trying to view the Northern Lights for the first time!

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Aurora Summit 22

We’re thrilled to bring you a new and expanded Aurora Summit 22! The annual conference will be held in person in the fall. Watch this page for updates!

During Aurora Summit 22, we will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Tamitha Skov, as well as many new presenters! Our speaker line-up is not final yet, but the following presenters have confirmed their attendance in November!

We’re excited to share that the conference will feature the following presenters:

Vincent Ledvina, Space Weather Scholar who developed the North Dakota Dual Aurora Camera with Aurorasaurus
Jeanine Holowatuik, Northern Escape Photography
John ONeal NC Stargazer, NASA Solar System Ambassador, author, solar imager and admin of SOLARACTIVITY
Bob King, Author and Blogger at Astro Bob’s Astronomy for Everyone
Justin Anderson, Admin of Manitoba Aurora and Astronomy and Aurorasaurus Ambassador
Anna Martineau Merritt, Misty Pine Photography and Crafts, Native American Studies expert and member of Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Indians
Jeremy Kuzub, Founder of Capture North and Aurorasaurus Ambassador
Steve Luther, SkyVista Photography by Steve Luther and International Educator
Marybeth Kiczenski, Shelbydiamondstar Photography
Dave Falkner, NASA Solar System Ambassador, author and Minnesota Astronomical Society member

Aurora Summit 22
Date:
Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022
— WITH OPTIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE BOOTCAMP ON FRIDAY, NOV 4., 9AM-5PM —
Location: Legendary Waters Resort, Red Cliff, Wisconsin
Admission: Price TBD
Register: TheAuroraSummit.com
#AuroraSummit22
*Friday programming is optional, and you may want to stay Thursday night. The official conference will begin with check-in at 2pm Friday.
**Please Note: For the safety of our guests and people around the world, we will require proof of vaccination for COVID to attend Aurora Summit 22. 

In 2022, the Aurora Summit will feature an optional full-day program preceding the conference, opening registration on Thursday evening with the optional add-on photography bootcamp running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday! The traditional conference will begin Friday afternoon with a full conference day on Saturday and special programs on Sunday morning. At an added cost, the pre-conference bootcamp will offer early arrivals the opportunity to attend photography clinics, hands-on demonstrations, and small group workshops.

For discounted rates at the host hotel, call and mention the Aurora Summit!
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/886028538571070

We’re planning a great weekend, featuring opportunities to hear from celebrities in the Aurora Chasing and Storm Chasing world, as well as scientists, photographers, artists, storytellers, astronomers and more. The event includes:

  • Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tamitha Skov, Space Weather Woman
  • Educational Sessions
  • Night Sky Photography Clinics
  • Photography and Photo Editing Workshops
  • Panel Discussion
  • Travelogue
  • Swap Meet
  • Expert Roundtable for questions on Nikon, Canon, Sony and Olympus
  • Swag, Raffle Prizes & More

If we don’t see the Northern Lights and photograph it together at the Aurora Summit, you’ll leave knowing how to capture a good display on your own!

Aurora Summit: Photography Bootcamp

Instructor: Mike Shaw
Date:
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
Time:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Meals:
Lunch included!
Cost:
$69, in addition to conference admission

AS22 Photography Bootcamp

New in 2022! Mark your calendars and join our host Mike Shaw Photography for a Pre-Conference Aurora Photography Bootcamp!!

This add-on is completely optional, and it will begin Friday morning before the conference opens. Those attending the bootcamp may want to check in on Thursday night. Bring your camera, lenses, tripods and trackers to get in gear for a weekend of astrophotography.

Get your camera dialed in for a weekend of aurora photography!

Morning Session
9 a.m. – Noon: Our hands-on photography clinic will show you the best camera and exposure settings for aurora photography, and how to manually focus and compose photos in the dark. Bring your camera, tripod and gear for plenty of practice.
Noon – 2 p.m.: Break for lunch (included)

Afternoon Session
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.:
Our hands-on demonstration on star trackers will help you set up your tracker straight out of the box, from start to finish. Bring yours and learn how to set it up, polar align it, and attach your camera and lens.

With the Photography Bootcamp, you will learn the basics during the day, so that you’re ready to start shooting on the very first night of Aurora Summit 22!

Coming Soon! Check back to see the full Aurora Summit 22 Schedule.

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Aurora Summit 22

We’re excited to bring you Aurora Summit 22! The annual conference will be held in person in the fall. Watch this page for updates!

During Aurora Summit 22, we will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Tamitha Skov, the credentialed space weather physicist known as Space Weather Woman! Aurora Summit 22 will take place at Legendary Waters Resort in Red Cliff, Wisconsin, just south of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

For discounted rates at the host hotel, call and mention the Aurora Summit!
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/394755608794888

Aurora Summit 22
Date:
Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022
Plus an optional pre-conference day!
Location: Legendary Waters Resort, Red Cliff, Wisconsin
Admission: Coming soon! Includes all meals
Register: Launches in June
#AuroraSummit22

We’re planning a phenomenal weekend, featuring opportunities to hear from celebrities in the Aurora Chasing and Storm Chasing world, as well as scientists, photographers, artists, storytellers, astronomers and more. The event includes:

  • Featured Keynote Speaker
  • Educational Sessions
  • Night Sky Photography Clinics
  • Photography and Photo Editing Workshops
  • Panel Discussion
  • Travelogue
  • Swag, Raffle Prizes & More

If we don’t see the Northern Lights and photograph it together at the Aurora Summit, you’ll leave knowing how to capture a good display on your own!

Coming Soon! Check back to see the Conference Schedule.

Educational Sessions

The Aurora Summit 22 presentations are coming soon!

  1. TBD (B), with Presenter Name
  2. TBD (I), with Presenter Name
  3. TBD (A), with Presenter Name

B: Absolute Beginner
I: Intermediate
A: Advanced

Featured Presenters

We’re excited to announce the featured presenters for Aurora Summit 22! Follow our social media channels to learn more.

Aurora Summit 22 Presenters:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Tamitha Skov
  • More coming soon!

Featured Panelists

The panel discussion is yet to be announced:
• Details coming soon!

Special Thanks: Thank you to all the presenters who expressed an interest on our website to participate in Aurora Summit 20, which was postponed. We did our best to regroup during the global pandemic, and we look forward to considering every entry carefully for Aurora Summit 22. Keep in mind that the selection process is very competitive. We appreciate your time and talents, and we hope you’ll consider us again next year!

We also thank you for your patience as we pivot and work quickly to bring you the conference in-person!

Have a specific question? Check out the FAQ.


A Look Back at Past Events

Discover everything the Aurora Summit brings to the community! Learn about our past keynote speakers and featured presenters below and in the Archives.

Our Keynote Speakers

We’re honored and grateful to work with fantastic keynote speakers, inviting a new individual to speak every year. Many phenomenal people have contributed their talents to the main event at the Aurora Summit, during the Saturday evening banquet and the night sky photography shoot that follows.

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Our Featured Presenters

We’re excited to welcome so many outstanding presenters to the Aurora Summit! As our way of saying thank you, we share information from past presenters on the Resources page. To learn about past presentations, visit the Archives.

Every year, many outstanding ideas and proposals are entered for presentations at the Aurora Summit, using the submission process on our website. With so much talent in the room, we have to make some tough choices.

Follow our social media to find out who will present at the next Aurora Summit!

Past Events

In our inaugural year, we welcomed guests from more than eight states and provinces, including guests from as far as Georgia and Manitoba.

Our Inaugural Event!
Aurora Summit 17
Celebrating the Art, Culture, Science, and Photography of the Aurora Borealis

Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Register: AuroraSummit17.MikeShawPhotography.com (Closed)
#AuroraSummit17

Aurora Summit 18
Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Register: http://aurorasummit18.eventzilla.net/ (Closed)
#AuroraSummit18

Aurora Summit 19
Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
The Washburn Inn & Harbor View Event Center
Washburn, Wisconsin
Register: https://aurorasummit19.eventzilla.net/ (Closed)
#AuroraSummit19

Aurora Summit 20
Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020
Washburn, Wisconsin
Postponed

Aurora Summit 21
Friday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 7, 2019
The Washburn Inn & Harbor View Event Center
Washburn, Wisconsin
Register: https://aurorasummit21.eventzilla.net/ (Closed)
#AuroraSummit21

For more information about past events, visit the Archives.

Do you have more questions? Get answers with the FAQ.

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