Upcoming Workshops


Irene was energetic and customer focused–concerned that we were getting the best shots that we could get. She strikes a good balance between being instructive and giving freedom. I loved her enthusiasm, especially since we were in a place she has photographed for years. And her exploring alternate ways to get around the Chincoteague resulted in some once in a lifetime pony interactions. Thank you! Melanie Dormes, workshop participant
Melanie DormesWorkshop Participant

Meet Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
Photograph by Bill Klosicki

Since 1979, Irene Hinke-Sacilotto has led numerous tours under the auspices of Osprey Photo Workshops and Tours, and has conducted many photographic workshops for zoos, nature centers, and organizations like the National Wildlife Federation and the Assateague Island Alliance. She regularly lectures at Johns Hopkins University and conducts seminars for other educational institutions, retirement communities, and bird and photo clubs including the New England Council of Camera Clubs.  Workshops and classes cover nature, wildlife, garden, and travel photography plus programs on locations such as the Brazilian Pantanal, Iceland, and Chincoteague. Irene’s “How To” articles have appeared in national publications, including:

  • Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Birding

Her photography has appeared in numerous magazines, such as Birder’s World, Birding, Living Bird, National Wildlife Federation, Natural History, Outdoor Photographer, Weekly Reader, as well as many books, calendars, note cards, and posters produced by:

  • Audubon
  • National Geographic
  • National Park Service
  • Sierra Club

Irene’s degrees in biology and chemistry, and her strong background in the environmental science field, add to her already impressive credentials.

© Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Irene has contributed more than 70 images to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’s new Herbert H. Bateman Administrative and Education Center and other interpretive displays. Many images displayed in the exhibit appear in Irene’s new book Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, An Ecological Treasure.  To order her book, look under the Book tab on this websites home page.

In the past 30 years, Irene has led over 200 programs in more than 80 locations in the United States and abroad. When developing workshops and tours, she researches locations thoroughly, creating itineraries that provide participants with optimal photo opportunities. Her creative flair makes each program unique with special features like:

  • Access to private ranches
  • Private photo sessions at zoos, rehabilitation centers, etc.
  • Small groups, often 8 or fewer
  • Remote sites not frequented by other visitors or larger groups
  • Orientation slide programs

If you don’t see a tour in the OSPREY schedule that you are looking for, just let her know. She will be glad to investigate the possibility of offering a program at that location, or work with you to create a personalized package.

Newly added is her collection of designer clothing – totes, scarves and tops.  Check out her deigns on www.shopvida.com/collections/irene-sacilotto  Follow her on Facebook:  Osprey Photo Workshops and also Irene Sacilotto VIDA  designer.

“I especially appreciate [Irene’s] concern for each of [her] clients — recognizing them by name and bringing each into the group. The care and attention paid to researching accommodations, transportation, and potential locales for photography really have paid off in making a wonderful trip …”

Betty Vizzini, Warren, MI