Laredo, Texas features some of the best wildlife habitat in the country. It's a perfect place to photograph migrating birds, trophy sized bucks, and many small mammals and reptiles. Join Texas residents Kathy Adams Clark, Larry Ditto, Sean Fitzgerald, Ruth Hoyt, Mike Sloat, and an all-star team of pro nature photographers for special access to five boutique ranches. Each ranch is different and provides its own special group of photo activities. Don't miss this fantastic event and the chance to join fellow NANPA members for some great fellowship and photography.
Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. Her photos have been published in many places including AAA Journey, Nature's Best, New York Times, Birder's World, and Family Fun. Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy's photos on their cover.
Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the "Nature" column in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published six books and have one more in the works that combine their photography and writing skills.
Kathy's photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by Farcountry Press. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout.
Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Peru and Morocco through Strabo Tours.
Larry Ditto - I have been a nature photographer for over 3 decades... full time for 12 years. My focus is on South Texas but I also range into other areas of the U.S. a few times each year. My photos have appeared in National Geographic books, Field & Stream, Natural History, Sports Afield and other magazines for many years. Audubon calendars, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, National Wildlife, and Texas Highways regularly feature my work. In 2000, I won The Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest along with my good friend Greg Lasley. If you happened to read the book, Texas Wildlife Portfolio, you saw a lot of my photos there.
When I'm not shooting or working photos on the computer, I lead workshops, conduct instructional tours, judge photography contests, and advise landowners on how to set up commercial wildlife photography operations. My training as a wildlife biologist and background as a manager in the National Wildlife Refuge System are huge assets in my pursuit of wildlife photography.
I conduct several workshops and instructional tours each year (see the Instructional Tours page on my site). At the same time, I'm expanding my horizons in Photoshop software, an essential part of the digital photography world.
Sean Fitzgerald is a Dallas based environmental and fine art photographer whose images have been widely published in books, magazines, calendars and more. His fine-art prints are found in private and corporate collections across the country, including banks, hotels, hospitals, and convention centers. Sean creates images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects are widely varied, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both.
Sean has won numerous awards and contests, including the international World in Focus photo contest, the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, Texas Tech University's High and Dry competition, the City of Dallas Trinity River Photo Contest, and numerous others. Sean received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival and his career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and other books. The Bravo Network has featured his artwork on several home redesign shows. He is currently working on projects to document and celebrate the Dallas' urban Trinity River ecosystem and the vanishing Blackland Prairie.
Ruth Hoyt, full-time professional nature photographer and writer, is a Texas resident with nearly 25 years of experience teaching photography. She is a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide.
Ruth teaches photography, leads photo tours, conducts workshops, coaches and consults for photographers, guides groups and individual photographers on professional photo ranches, consults for private ranches, does speaking engagements, writes articles and edits books for publication.
Photo credits include National Geographic Books, The Nature Conservancy, FarCountry Press, Nature's Best, Texas A&M, Texas Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Wildlife Association and many more. She and her partner John Pickles were First Grand Prize winners in the Texas-based Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest.
Mike Sloat is a Fort Worth, Texas, based nature photographer specializing in Texas wildlife. Anything that flies, walks, crawls or swims is fair game - and that occasionally puts him in some interesting situations.
Mike has a passion for helping others learn about Texas wildlife photography. He is an experienced workshop leader with a long history in south Texas, and a coach for the Images for Conservation Fund.
Mike's work has been featured in such publications as Texas Highways, Nature Photography, Audubon, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Monthly, Travel Host magazines, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau, International Crane Foundation, Bugle Magazine, University of Wisconsin, and Windsport Magazine.
Here is the list of ranches tentatively scheduled for the Regional Event. All of these ranches provide great photography, but conditions vary. If necessary, we will make substitutions and changes to make sure participants have the best photo opportunities available.
Please note that the schedule for all Regional Events are subject to change...
Field trips in particular are subject to change! We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way -- several alternate locations are waiting in the wings, if needed.
Participants should arrive on Thursday, October 10 for a welcome and orientation. Friday (AM and PM), Saturday (AM and PM), and Sunday (AM only) will feature early morning and late afternoon trips to ranches for photography in the field. We will rotate among the ranches, so only a portion of the group will visit a ranch for a photo session. A NANPA pro will accompany each small group to each ranch and provide coaching and instruction in the field. During the middle of the day there will be classroom presentations and image critiques. The evenings will have some flexibility depending on your interest - perhaps light painting, astrophotography, or some quiet time to process images.