Nature Photography Day

June 15 is Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day Was Observed by Many

Thank you for helping to promote the enjoyment of nature photography.

Here are just a few highlights:

—  9 images from the 2016 NANPA Showcase Competition were highlighted in an article by– See the full article here.



—  NANPA President, Sean Fitzgerald, appeared via Skype on The Weather Channel’s Live video. View this special segment on the NANPA Facebook page here.


—  NANPA member, Eric Bowles, was featured on a special nature photography segment of AMHQ for The Weather Channel.
—  John Tesh promoted NPD on his website: Intelligence For Your Life.
—  Other organizations included:

California State Association of Counties
Biosphere 2
Valley Morning Star
Brandywine Conservancy
Washington State Parks & Rec
No Water NO Life
Flat Stanley
National Parks
Smithsonian Magazine
Audubon Society
Canon USA
and many NANPA members. Go to:  #naturephotographyday  and to see more.

About Nature Photography Day

The eleventh anniversary of Nature Photography Day was observed nationally on Wednesday, June 15. This day was designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s reference work, Chases’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent–from overseas, too–have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.

NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don’t lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!

NANPA Nature Day Photo Contest on ViewBug

NANPA and ViewBug partnered to help celebrate Nature Photography Day with a special photo contest. We received over 25,000 entries. Jaymi Heimbuch, a wildlife conservation photographer selected the winners. View the results here:
1. Grand Prize Winner
Tamron SP 70-300mm Dv VC USD tele zoom lens (winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount) and a one day private photo workshop with David Hemmings of David Hemmings Photo Tours.
2. Peoples Choice Winner
One box of UltraPro Satin 4.0 photo paper with a sample kit from Red River Paper and $1,000 gift certificate for the 2016 Musk-ox, Autumn Colors & Aurora wildlife expedition with Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures.
3. Amateur Winner
1-year NANPA membership or renewal for current member and a standard pass for the Boulder Photo Festival- Aug 29-Sep 5

Thank You for Helping to Promote Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day was promoted through local and national media, businesses, photography clubs, and word of mouth by sharing these audio and pdf materials. As in previous years, public service announcements (PSAs) have been recorded for release to radio stations and websites. We also encouraged business owners, camera stores, and other organizations to post a flyer announcing Nature Photography Day.

Audio Announcements Signage
30-second PSA (Download MP3 file)

(Click to download/print)
60-second PSA (Download MP3 file)
PSA Music: Keep Up the Beat. ~ S. Nuhn

Celebrate Nature Photography Day all year long!

See where your photography takes you!

– Even before June 15, get inspired by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in nature photography.
– Pick something that you’ve never photographed before, and then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15.
– Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek, and show them how to photograph trees, flowers, birds, and more. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers.
– Why not experiment? Look for something that detracts from the beauty in nature–images that show how human beings sometimes adversely affect our environment.
– Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to your world!
– How did you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Let us know:

Join the Nature Photography Facebook Group

Discussions completely focused on nature photography including but not limited to wildlife, landscape, underwater, macro, weather and night sky images.

Tag Your Nature Photos- #nanpapix

Enjoy, experience and view an amazing collection of nature photography images on Instagram. Follow

Attend a Nature Photography Workshop or Tour

Over 200 nature photography workshops and tours are listed in the NANPA Member Events Calendar. Look for an opportunity in your area or make plans for a great get-away.

Subscribe to a Nature Photography Blog

Sign up to get nature photography information, resouces and news delivered to your email for free.

Read Nature Photography Articles

Learn more about nature photography from other nature photographers.

View Winning Images

What makes an award winning image? View a gallery of winners from the 2016 NANPA Showcase Photo contests.

Enjoy a Nature Photography Video

Why do we love nature photography? This 2 minute video captures the true passion of nature photography- Connecting the Photography Community.