From NANPA’s President: August 2020

Dawn Wilson photographing wildlife on the tundra of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
Dawn Wilson photographing wildlife on the tundra of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

By Dawn Wilson

Hi everyone. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my first post as your president. It is an honor to serve in this role for NANPA for the next year and I am excited about the opportunities that lay before us.

Thank you to all of the outgoing Board members—Andrew Snyder, Don Carter and Gordon Illg—for their dedication to serving on the Board. Thank you to Tom Haxby for doing a tremendous job leading NANPA during the past year. And thank you to all of the past presidents and board members who have kept the NANPA goals alive and flourishing.

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Camera Support: Four tripods and why I use them

A Platypod was set in the middle of the creek to achieve a super low angle. © Bob Coates
A Platypod was set in the middle of the creek to achieve a super low angle. © Bob Coates

By Bob Coates

Steady support for the camera is an important part of making good images. As a professional photographer, I have worked with many support systems over the years from tiny three-legged kit tripods to big studio stands. As I made the transition to nature and wildlife photography my needs evolved towards supports that hold the camera steady yet are relatively light and portable.

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Cuba, Si

Antique and historic American cars are common sights in Central Havana,  Cuba. 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible.
Antique and historic American cars are common sights in Central Havana, Cuba. 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

Story and photos by Jerry Ginsberg

In recent years, Cuba has been a hot spot for photographers seeking fascinating new subjects as well as for those seeking (normal) tourism. A photo trip to Cuba offers the combination of interesting travel photography along with fascinating and informative sightseeing. This small country offers both an exciting city environment as well as a largely unknown countryside. The often prohibited and prohibitive nature of traveling to this close-by island nation only adds to its exotic allure.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 3, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Cape Buffalo in Morning Light, Chobe National Park, Botswana” © Barbara Fleming
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Cape Buffalo in Morning Light, Chobe National Park, Botswana” © Barbara Fleming

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 3, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

Get ready! The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition began Saturday, August 1st! Enter your best photos between now and September 21st and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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It’s Showtime!

2021 NANPA Showcase Graphic

Saturday, August 1st, marks the opening of the 2021 NANPA Showcase photo competition. The beginning of the Showcase entry period is something I look forward to each year. It gives me an incentive to review my work over the past year and motivates me to get outside and do some photography.

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Surprise! Your App Has Been Updated

This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel
This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel

By Bernard P. Friel

Have you ever had your day ruined by an update to an app or to your operating system that was automatically installed, without you even being aware? It happens, and sometimes it’s not pretty.

Picture this: You fire up your computer and suddenly learn that all the work you did on over 4,000 images—key wording and some preliminary editing—will have to be redone, from the beginning, because those precocious technicians at the software company have automatically updated your image-processing program, and the update will not accommodate the preliminary editing you have already completed. Frustrated? Well, that’s not the whole of it.

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Challenge to Copyright

United States Supreme Court, photo by skeeze, royalty-free pixabay license
United States Supreme Court, photo by skeeze, royalty-free pixabay license

By Sean Fitzgerald

Did you know that state governments are immune from suit for copyright infringement? In Allen v. Cooper, the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that state governments are immune from suit for copyright infringement and that existing statutes eliminating that immunity failed to pass constitutional muster. As a result, state entities now have a free pass when it comes to using the work of a photographer outside of an existing contractual relationship.

This is not a hypothetical situation. For example, the University of Houston took an image by photographer Jim Olive off the internet and used it in multiple publications. Despite his dogged efforts, the University got away with it, quite brazenly. Olive uncovered at least 17 other similar infringements by Texas state entities in the course of his lawsuit.

NANPA has signed amicus briefs on the issue on behalf of Mr. Olive and others and supports efforts to pass new federal legislation correcting the problem. The Copyright Office has also asked for information regarding the experiences of artists who have dealt with state entities in order to determine the scope of the problem.

You can be part of the solution! Every voice counts. Help us gather your user experiences by answering this short survey.

Weekly Wow! Week of July 27, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Photo collage of solar and lunar eclipses, Tennessee and Virginia” © Joyce Harman
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Photo collage of solar and lunar eclipses, Tennessee and Virginia” © Joyce Harman

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 27, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

Get ready! The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition begins Saturday, August 1! Enter your best photos between then and September 21 and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows. Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 2

Twan Leenders and His Camera
Twan Leenders and His Camera

Interview by Dave Huth

This is the continuation of a conversation between Dave Huth, who serves as co-chair of NANPA’s Conservation Committee and Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, who serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press. See part one of the conversation here.

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An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 1

Image of Twan Leenders  Photographing in Panama by a waterfall.
Twan Leenders Photographing in Panama

Interview by Dave Huth

In 1994, Roger Tory Peterson – an ornithologist and artist famous for his innovative and popular field guides – convened a gathering of more than 100 photographers for conversation about how nature photography might meet the challenge of conservation in the years ahead.

The result of this gathering, held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, New York, was the incorporation of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

Today, RTPI carries on Peterson’s passion for conservation, education, and the arts. Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press.

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