Kevin Adams, Keynote Photographer & Emcee
Track: Night Photography
Kevin Adams has always loved nature and the outdoors. He received his first camera as a birthday present in the mid-1980s. In 1994, Kevin wrote North Carolina Waterfalls, his first book. Since then, he’s written and photographed nine additional books. He’s had well over a thousand images published in books, calendars, magazines, and all sorts of other venues.
Today, his photography business consists mainly of teaching and leading photo tours. He also runs an online store where he sells his books and a few other products. Kevin has been called the “MacGyver” of photography, because he’s always tinkering in the shop making new photo gear. He sells a few products he invented in his online store.
Kevin loves to hike, paddle his kayak, and gaze at the night sky. He especially loves to travel, to see new worlds and experience new cultures.
Kathy Adams Clark
Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. She runs KAC Productions, a stock agency representing the work of 15 photographers.
Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. AAA Journey, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways have featured Kathy’s photos on their magazine covers. Her photos have also appeared in calendars published by Barnes & Noble, the Arbor Foundation, Sierra Club, and Costco.
Kathy often collaborates with her husband, author Gary Clark. Their work appears weekly in the Houston Chronicle’s “Nature” column. Together they’ve published ten books with national publishing houses, including Book of Texas Birds published by Texas A&M University Press and Backroads of Texas published by Voyageur Press.
Richard Day is a professional photographer who has been licensing photos and teaching photo workshops since 1984. He specializes in birds, butterflies, dragonflies, panoramics, drone photography, and backyard habitats.
Richard’s work has been published in Audubon, Birds & Blooms, National Wildlife, National Geographic and hundreds of other nature-related publications, calendars, books, and assignments worldwide. Richard leads photo tours, teaches butterfly and dragonfly workshops, and was a guide for Frontiers North to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba for 14 years.
Richard has received numerous awards for his conservation efforts, creating a wildlife sanctuary on 63 acres that he and his wife own in southern Illinois. He received the NANPA Fellow award in 2019.
Donna Eaton is a full-time professional photographer and educator. A native of North Carolina, she recently relocated back to her home state with her husband and cats.
Donna spent eleven years as staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center before venturing out on her own as a professional photographer in 2008. She is known for her creative vision and artistic images. Donna is constantly searching for the unique details, shapes, textures, and colors of her subjects, and likewise enjoys seeing her photography students grow.
Donna frequently is a featured speaker at photography events. She has led NANPA Regional Events and has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School and the Bryan Peterson School of Photography. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and is represented by Fogstock and Getty Images.
Track: Fine Art
Jon Holloway’s professional career has taken him around the globe to photograph a variety of people and landscapes. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited, including: India, South Africa, Cuba, Gates of the Arctic, 500 Years: Native America, and South Carolina.
Publications include: Trek Across America, The Web of Water, South Carolina Beautiful Places, National Geographic, America 24/7, South Carolina 24-7, Daybreak 2000, M.I.L.K, The Palmetto Portrait Project, and Bronze, Silver, Gold. He has also photographed a wide variety of regional and national ad campaigns.
Throughout his career, Jon has experimented with the splendor and beauty forged from connections between the human spirit and universe. “Too often in our society,” he says, “we neglect the importance of creating meaningful connections with the world around us. When we share our ‘spark,’ however brief, we experience an overwhelming joy and appreciation for the beauty and majesty of life.”
Mary Louise Ravese
Mary Louise Ravese is a professionally-trained photographer producing award-winning imagery in color and black and white. She specializes in fine art nature, travel, and creative photography from locations across the world.
Mary Louise’s photographs can be found in private, university, and corporate collections in over 40 states, and are exhibited nationally. Her images have been published in calendars, magazines, books, and websites, including special projects for National Geographic Maps and The Nature Conservancy. For Mary Louise, photography represents the confluence of art and science, of imagination and application.
An experienced instructor as well as a practitioner, Mary Louise has trained hundreds of amateur photographers. Based in North Carolina, she leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad through her company Bella Vista Photography. She enjoys teaching both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Her expertise is frequently sought as a speaker and competition judge.
Andrew Snyder is both a conservation biologist and a photographer. Andrew earned his PhD at the University of Mississippi, exploring species diversity and endemism in the Guiana Shield in South America, and has spent many years living and working in tropical rainforests.
He has participated in conservation expeditions for organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and Global Wildlife Conservation. In addition to his research, Andrew’s photography raises awareness about tropical biodiversity and looming conservation threats.