From the Executive Director – Susan Day

Cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Currents magazine, which was the last published printed issue.      Photo caption:  An Ogeechee tupelo photographed by Carlton Ward Jr. spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp.

Cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Currents magazine, which was the last published printed issue. Photo caption: An Ogeechee tupelo photographed by Carlton Ward Jr. spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp.

While flipping through old NANPA printed publications recently, it hit me that I’ve been contributing to our communications for nearly 25 years, so it seemed timely for NANPA’s 25th birthday year, that I share a bit of NANPA’s communication’s history.  I started writing for NANPA immediately after the 1994 Forum in Ft Myers, Florida and volunteered in some capacity –committee member, committee chair, advisor, editor/proofreader, project manager, etc. since.  I can’t count how many articles I wrote, researched, interviewed for, ghost-wrote, assigned or edited through the years.  In the early years, all communications were printed and mailed to members; and I saved sample copies of almost every issue. 

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Nightline: Overwhelmed by “Insta-crowds”

NANPA member and regular blog contributor Jerry Ginsberg was a a consultant to and interviewed on ABC’s Nightline program last night (July 29th) in a feature that examined the balance between access and protection at precious natural places, like the Wave, Zion, Horseshoe Bend and other unique, but fragile, locations.
NANPA member and regular blog contributor Jerry Ginsberg was a a consultant to and interviewed on ABC’s Nightline program last night (July 29th) in a feature that examined the balance between access and protection at precious natural places, like the Wave, Zion, Horseshoe Bend and other unique, but fragile, locations.

Story by Jerry Ginsberg

As some confirmed night owls and insomniacs reading this may have noticed, I recently appeared on ABC TV’s Nightline.

Aside from simply showcasing my good looks (Ha!!), the story made a serious and thoughtful point.

Social media, and especially Instagram, have contributed very significantly to over-crowding in our National Parks and other federal lands originally set aside for their ability to help us re-connect with Nature.

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From the President: Tom Haxby

Bears, Salamanders and Snakes – Oh My!

NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.
NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  I thought about that proverb a lot during the NANPA High School Scholarship Program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where I was one of the instructors. A month ago, ten high school students from around the country spent a week learning about photography, conservation, ethics, biodiversity and a whole lot more through this annual program, made possible by your donations to the NANPA Foundation.

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Weekly Wow! Week of July 29, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: A Mother's Love, Biwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Mammals © Peter Balunek.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: A Mother’s Love, Biwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Mammals © Peter Balunek.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 29, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase runs from August 1st through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Joshua Asel

Showcase 2019, Judges' Choice , Mammals: A Long-tailed Weasel Killed by a Vehicle, Highway 1, Bodega Bay, California © Joshua Asel.

Showcase 2019, Judges’ Choice , Mammals: A Long-tailed Weasel Killed by a Vehicle, Highway 1, Bodega Bay, California © Joshua Asel.

Bio:

Josh Asel started wildlife and conservation photography in 2012 and has transitioned into an award-winning photographer, Ethics Committee Member at NANPA, large carnivore tracker, author, and instructor. He founded Wild Expectations, is represented by Wildscreen, and has appeared on multiple judging panels. Josh’s publications include Defenders of Wildlife, Improve Photography, National Geographic Education, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and The Press Democrat, among others.

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Learning From Graffiti: Adding a Third Dimension With Light and Shadow

STADT/WAND/KUNST (City/Wall/Art) Every year in the German city of Mannheim, artists are invited to create murals on the sides of buildings, turning gray walls into a public art gallery. https://www.stadt-wand-kunst.de/

Photographs are two dimensional representations of a three dimensional world.  One of a photographers’ principal challenges, then, is to bring a sense of depth into that two dimensional image.

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Five Reasons to Study Contest-Winning Photos

Winning photos in the Audubon Awards were recently announced.
Winning photos in the Audubon Awards were recently announced.

The winning entries for the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards and National Geographic Travel Photo Contest were recently posted.  Like many contests (including NANPA’s soon-to-open Showcase), these competitions attract passionate photographers of all levels.  But, beyond a quick look at the prize-winning pretty pictures, can you learn anything from them?

Yes!  And here are five good reasons to spend some time studying and appreciating contest-winning photos.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Jeff Maltzman

Showcase 2019, Best in Show, Scapes: Saguaro Cacti Reflected in a Small Pool, Bear Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, © Jeff Maltzman.

Bio:

Jeff Maltzman is an ophthalmologist and avid landscape/nature photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. While he enjoys world travel in the pursuit of nature’s wonder, he is particularly fond of exploring and photographing his ‘backyard’ of the southwestern US, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. His images have been published in Arizona Highways magazine as well as in their books and calendars.

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Weekly Wow! Week of July 22, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Mr. Turtle, Palau, Macro/Micro/All Other © Peter Nestler.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 22, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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From the Archives: WEEDS- Give ‘Em A Break

Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette
Wireweed in Iris Bed © Bonnie Marquette

Story and photos by Bonnie Marquette

 (before you give them a rake) Weeds- the bane of existence for every gardener. They’re invasive and take over our flowerbeds and carefully manicured yards. The definition of “weed” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reads as such: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.”The fight of weeds vs. gardeners is never ending. Since 1974, 9.4 million tons of glyphosate, the active chemical in RoundUp, has been used worldwide. [3] If a plant isn’t pretty, if it can’t be used for cut flowers or used for a photography session, we don’t want it. End of story. Or is it?

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