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Rail-riding photographer has Yuma in viewfinder

YUMA, ARIZONA - A fine-art and commercial photographer from rural Illinois will have Yuma in her viewfinder during a nationwide rail journey that focuses on "shooting the West."

Billed as "a photography, social media, and travel adventure," the America By Rail project conceived by Jordana Wright launched from Chicago on April 28 and will follow the rails through historic locations like New Orleans, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. before returning to Chicago 45 days later.
In eight major cities, celebrity photographers from the Google+ Network will join in to lead local "photowalks" that are free and open to the photo-appreciative public, while in other destinations like Yuma, participation will be encouraged through daily blog posts, Google+ updates and Google Hangouts.
Though Jordana Wright Photography is based in tiny Paris, Illinois, it has an outsized presence on line, based on "a reputation for consistently generating diverse, high-quality content," which has yielded more than 49,000 active followers across the Google+ community.
Wright is scheduled to arrive in Yuma at 11:49 p.m. Sunday (May 13) and depart at 11:49 p.m. Tuesday (May 15). She'll be hosted here by Hilton Garden Inn Pivot Point, and plans to shoot local sights such as historic downtown, the Yuma Territorial Prison, Yuma Quartermaster Depot and the Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area.
To find out more - or to hang out or meet up - follow Jordana Wright Photography on Google+, on Facebook or visit  You can reach Wright via email to or call/text 217-686-4366. Click here to download a media kit about the America by Rail Shooting the West project.


Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public.  Don't forget that though Arizona's official "birthday" has passed, our bold Centennial offer still stands: guests at participating Yuma hotels eat free every day the sun doesn't shine - through July 31 of this year!
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Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

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