From the Executive Director – Susan Day, July 2018

NANPA Executive Director Susan Day

Most of my weeks are filled with board tasks, committee meetings, and writing and studying reports; but lately, I’ve been reminded of the essence of NANPA—nature photography.

I talked to a relatively new NANPA member recently who had looked at his first issue of Expressions, the annual journal of our Showcase winners. He commented on the amazing images that won the competition and how inspired he was viewing them. I’m probably not alone as a charter NANPA member who has seen and been involved with the world-class photography of our members for many years; and even though I still appreciate seeing an outstanding photo, I had forgotten about that sense of wonder of looking at hundreds of extraordinary images in one sitting. My conversation with that member made me see those images with fresh eyes. Expressions 2018 http://www.nanpa.org/learning/publications/expressions/ was delivered to the Showcase winners this week, and the office received quite a few emails and comments about how much people enjoyed it and that they are proud to be a part of it.

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From the New President – Gordon Illg

Gentoo penguins checking out a photographer, Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands. © Gordon Illg

In an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon—most of my philosophy comes from cartoons—Calvin comments, “I wonder why people are never content with what they have.”

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Nature Photography Day Photo Contest Winners

On June 15, the world celebrates Nature Photography Day numerous ways. NANPA encouraged people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. Thousands of people tag their nature images #naturephotoday or #nanpapix or #naturephotographyday or #naturephotocontest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each year, many images are submitted for the Nature Photography Day Photo Contest.  NANPA is proud to announce the 2018 winners along with a special thanks to the prize donors: Olympus, Cognisys, B&H, Mindshift Gear, Tamron, and Wimberley.

1st Place – Stu Smith

© Stu Smith – Fox kit checking out the camera lens…

 

2nd Place – Greg Duncan

© Greg Duncan – Milky Way over Stanley Lake, Idaho

 

3rd Place – David Armer

© David Armer – Young elk in velvet with dandelion

 

A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.

Weekly Wow! – Week of June 25, 2018

Curious humpback whale calf takes a look. © Jodi Frediani

From the Editor:  To see all of this week’s Weekly Wow! images, simply go to the NANPA home page, www.nanpa.org, and view the slideshow.  DL

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 25, 2018 –

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The Soloist or the Orchestra?

Polar bear soloist © Kathy Lichtendahl

Story & Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

 

About a decade ago the Yellowstone Association Institute offered a series of Master Artist workshops in the park. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a class with one of my favorite wildlife painters, Robert Bateman. Over the course of three days in Mammoth, the renowned artist captivated participants with stories, demonstrations, and instruction on how to better portray the natural world in our chosen medium.

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Choosing A Photography Workshop

Shooting the rapids on Calamity Brook. © Tom Dwyer

Story & Photographs by Tom Dwyer

 

How do you know if a photography workshop you are considering is right for you? Good question, huh? I’ve asked it myself and I’ve heard it asked many times, so I thought I’d try to answer it in case it’s a question that’s on anyone’s mind.

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