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Photographer, Speaker and Creative Vision Guide

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 Dick Durrance Biography

Dick Durrance studied at Andover and Dartmouth College, where he majored in art and studied leadership as president of his class, was a member of the Green Key Society, Casque & Gauntlet (a senior society) and captain of the ski team. As a skier, he learned a lot about competition and was twice named an All-American skier.

In 1964, as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Durrance joined a team of students organizing an expedition to paddle canoes down the Danube River. He served as one of the two photographers. Incredibly, the pictures they captured were published as a 45-page cover story in National Geographic magazine, opening the door to a career in photography.

He served as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, where he saw conflict up close. The National Press Photographers Association honored him with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in the 1969 Military Photographs of the Year competition.

Circling the globe as a National Geographic staff photographer from 1969 to 1976, Durrance continued to develop his creative vision, producing the images for nine stories and three books. The assignments were a great lesson in how important connecting with people is to expressing creative vision. The White House News Photographers Association selected him as their Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1972.

In an effort to continue to expand his vision as a photographer, Durrance resigned his position at National Geographic in 1976 to start his own business. He and his team created advertising photographs for global companies like Kellogg’s, AT&T, Reader’s Digest, Mobil, Hertz and Philip Morris. His peers in the American Society of Media Photographers named him their Advertising Photographer of the Year in 1987 (the only National Geographic photographer ever honored as both Magazine and Advertising Photographer of the Year).

Dartmouth College awarded Durrance their Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in 1991.

In 1993, his creative vision led him and his wife, Susan Drinker, to the national parks with their panorama cameras. In 1995, they expanded the range of their landscape shooting to the world’s great golf courses.

Durrance now spends most of his time giving keynote presentations and leading photographic workshops for a wide variety of clients, including the Million Dollar Round Table, New York Life, Timberland, YPO chapters, ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, Club Managers Association of America, Red Wing Shoes and RE/MAX.

He particularly enjoys inspiring students to unleash their creative vision so they can bring to the world the best they have to offer. He has spoken at the annual Retreat for Profoundly Gifted students, Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Rotary Club’s Young Leadership Awards and a number of schools throughout Colorado.

Durrance’s ideas and images are available to readers in eight books: In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark, The Appalachian Trail and The Majestic Rocky Mountains published by the National Geographic Society; Where War Lives published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Golfers and The PGA Tour: A Look Behind the Scenes published by Andrews McMeel; Little Book of Big Ideas and Dream Like A Champion published by Ideas and Images Unlimited.

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The PGA Tour : A Look Behind The Scenes

The PGA Tour : A Look Behind The Scenes

Speaking Topics
  • Dream Like A Champion

    “Dream Like A Champion” is a 50-minute keynote presentation featuring stories and pictures from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Durrance can adjust the keynote to fit in time slots ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

  • Using Photographs To Tell Your Story

    With photographs, stories and experiences from shooting National Geographic assignments, global advertising campaigns, National Parks and the world's great golf courses, I share the visual skills that led to my being named both the Magazine Photographer of the Year and the Advertising Photographer of the Year by my peers. What people take away from the workshop (often given as a breakout session for my keynote Dream Like A Champion) is a clearer understanding of how they can harness the power of the graphic elements in photographs--the light, lines, shapes, colors, and textures--to better communicate their thoughts and experiences.

  • Unleash Your Creative Vision

    “Unleash Your Creative Vision” is a unique two-part program that opens with a 35-minute keynote presentation featuring stories, pictures and insights from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Following the keynote, Durrance leads participants through three engaging exercises in which they use the cameras in their phones to apply the ideas in the keynote to their lives at home and at work. The length of the exercises portion of the program can be sized from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to fit the meeting planner’s schedule.

  • Telling Stories With Your Pictures

    “Telling Stories With Your Pictures” is a hands-on photographic workshop in which Dick Durrance shares with participants the best of what he has learned traveling the world as a photographer—shooting pictures for National Geographic and global advertising campaigns—while creating beautiful, storytelling photographs. Participants are taken on a photo shoot (usually in a nearby park) and then Durrance reviews a sampling of their pictures with them. What participants take away from the workshop is a greater awareness of the graphic tools like light, line, shape, color and texture that they can apply to make their pictures more dramatic and effective. The workshop is often offered in conjunction with one of the keynote presentations. The workshop can be scaled from 2-4 hours to meet a client’s scheduling needs.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dick Durrance for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dick Durrance, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dick Durrance or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Dick Durrance?

    Booking fees for Dick Durrance, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dick Durrance, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Dick Durrance?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dick Durrance for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dick Durrance for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dick Durrance or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dick Durrance or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Dick Durrance

Photographer, Speaker and Creative Vision Guide

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Dick Durrance Biography

Dick Durrance studied at Andover and Dartmouth College, where he majored in art and studied leadership as president of his class, was a member of the Green Key Society, Casque & Gauntlet (a senior society) and captain of the ski team. As a skier, he learned a lot about competition and was twice named an All-American skier.

In 1964, as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Durrance joined a team of students organizing an expedition to paddle canoes down the Danube River. He served as one of the two photographers. Incredibly, the pictures they captured were published as a 45-page cover story in National Geographic magazine, opening the door to a career in photography.

He served as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, where he saw conflict up close. The National Press Photographers Association honored him with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in the 1969 Military Photographs of the Year competition.

Circling the globe as a National Geographic staff photographer from 1969 to 1976, Durrance continued to develop his creative vision, producing the images for nine stories and three books. The assignments were a great lesson in how important connecting with people is to expressing creative vision. The White House News Photographers Association selected him as their Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1972.

In an effort to continue to expand his vision as a photographer, Durrance resigned his position at National Geographic in 1976 to start his own business. He and his team created advertising photographs for global companies like Kellogg’s, AT&T, Reader’s Digest, Mobil, Hertz and Philip Morris. His peers in the American Society of Media Photographers named him their Advertising Photographer of the Year in 1987 (the only National Geographic photographer ever honored as both Magazine and Advertising Photographer of the Year).

Dartmouth College awarded Durrance their Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in 1991.

In 1993, his creative vision led him and his wife, Susan Drinker, to the national parks with their panorama cameras. In 1995, they expanded the range of their landscape shooting to the world’s great golf courses.

Durrance now spends most of his time giving keynote presentations and leading photographic workshops for a wide variety of clients, including the Million Dollar Round Table, New York Life, Timberland, YPO chapters, ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, Club Managers Association of America, Red Wing Shoes and RE/MAX.

He particularly enjoys inspiring students to unleash their creative vision so they can bring to the world the best they have to offer. He has spoken at the annual Retreat for Profoundly Gifted students, Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Rotary Club’s Young Leadership Awards and a number of schools throughout Colorado.

Durrance’s ideas and images are available to readers in eight books: In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark, The Appalachian Trail and The Majestic Rocky Mountains published by the National Geographic Society; Where War Lives published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Golfers and The PGA Tour: A Look Behind the Scenes published by Andrews McMeel; Little Book of Big Ideas and Dream Like A Champion published by Ideas and Images Unlimited.

Dick Durrance Books

Dick Durrance Speaking Topics

  • Dream Like A Champion

    “Dream Like A Champion” is a 50-minute keynote presentation featuring stories and pictures from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Durrance can adjust the keynote to fit in time slots ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

  • Using Photographs To Tell Your Story

    With photographs, stories and experiences from shooting National Geographic assignments, global advertising campaigns, National Parks and the world's great golf courses, I share the visual skills that led to my being named both the Magazine Photographer of the Year and the Advertising Photographer of the Year by my peers. What people take away from the workshop (often given as a breakout session for my keynote Dream Like A Champion) is a clearer understanding of how they can harness the power of the graphic elements in photographs--the light, lines, shapes, colors, and textures--to better communicate their thoughts and experiences.

  • Unleash Your Creative Vision

    “Unleash Your Creative Vision” is a unique two-part program that opens with a 35-minute keynote presentation featuring stories, pictures and insights from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Following the keynote, Durrance leads participants through three engaging exercises in which they use the cameras in their phones to apply the ideas in the keynote to their lives at home and at work. The length of the exercises portion of the program can be sized from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to fit the meeting planner’s schedule.

  • Telling Stories With Your Pictures

    “Telling Stories With Your Pictures” is a hands-on photographic workshop in which Dick Durrance shares with participants the best of what he has learned traveling the world as a photographer—shooting pictures for National Geographic and global advertising campaigns—while creating beautiful, storytelling photographs. Participants are taken on a photo shoot (usually in a nearby park) and then Durrance reviews a sampling of their pictures with them. What participants take away from the workshop is a greater awareness of the graphic tools like light, line, shape, color and texture that they can apply to make their pictures more dramatic and effective. The workshop is often offered in conjunction with one of the keynote presentations. The workshop can be scaled from 2-4 hours to meet a client’s scheduling needs.

FAQs on booking Dick Durrance

  • How to book Dick Durrance?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dick Durrance for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dick Durrance, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dick Durrance or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dick Durrance?

    Booking fees for Dick Durrance, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dick Durrance, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dick Durrance?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dick Durrance for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dick Durrance for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dick Durrance or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dick Durrance or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dick Durrance is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dick Durrance for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Dick Durrance generally travels from CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Schlappi, Michael Karpovich, Patrick Leroux, Debra Peppers and Alan Goff. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dick Durrance for an upcoming event.

Dick Durrance Speaking Topics

  • Dream Like A Champion

    “Dream Like A Champion” is a 50-minute keynote presentation featuring stories and pictures from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Durrance can adjust the keynote to fit in time slots ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

  • Using Photographs To Tell Your Story

    With photographs, stories and experiences from shooting National Geographic assignments, global advertising campaigns, National Parks and the world's great golf courses, I share the visual skills that led to my being named both the Magazine Photographer of the Year and the Advertising Photographer of the Year by my peers. What people take away from the workshop (often given as a breakout session for my keynote Dream Like A Champion) is a clearer understanding of how they can harness the power of the graphic elements in photographs--the light, lines, shapes, colors, and textures--to better communicate their thoughts and experiences.

  • Unleash Your Creative Vision

    “Unleash Your Creative Vision” is a unique two-part program that opens with a 35-minute keynote presentation featuring stories, pictures and insights from photographing combat in Vietnam, National Geographic adventures, global advertising campaigns, the national parks and the world’s great golf courses. The keynote, with its wonderful stories about remarkable people living in faraway places, reminds audience members that we are all graced with creative vision. What they take away from the presentation are three ideas specifically tailored to their industry that can help them unleash their creative vision, transform the challenges they face into promising opportunities and, as a result, bring to the world the very best they have to offer. Following the keynote, Durrance leads participants through three engaging exercises in which they use the cameras in their phones to apply the ideas in the keynote to their lives at home and at work. The length of the exercises portion of the program can be sized from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to fit the meeting planner’s schedule.

  • Telling Stories With Your Pictures

    “Telling Stories With Your Pictures” is a hands-on photographic workshop in which Dick Durrance shares with participants the best of what he has learned traveling the world as a photographer—shooting pictures for National Geographic and global advertising campaigns—while creating beautiful, storytelling photographs. Participants are taken on a photo shoot (usually in a nearby park) and then Durrance reviews a sampling of their pictures with them. What participants take away from the workshop is a greater awareness of the graphic tools like light, line, shape, color and texture that they can apply to make their pictures more dramatic and effective. The workshop is often offered in conjunction with one of the keynote presentations. The workshop can be scaled from 2-4 hours to meet a client’s scheduling needs.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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