Official Iditarod Photographer – Jeff Schultz

In 1980, As a young wedding and portrait photographer, I met the “Father of the Iditarod” Joe Redington Sr. at his home in Knik when I went out to do a portrait of him. Joe was wanting everyone to get involved in the Iditarod. He suggested I go out and photograph it. That was just the adventure I was looking for, so I did just that. I found a pilot who would fly the race getting paid only for expenses. After shooting my first race in 1981, I donated the images for the race committee’s use and the next year they invited me back as one of their official photographers. I’ve been the Trail Committee’s official volunteer photographer ever since.

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Iditarod family and experiencing many new adventures on the trail each year.  I travel the entire trail, mainly by airplane and also by snow machine once I’m at a checkpoint.

I am blessed and happy to be a part of this unique event that ties the State of Alaska together.