NANPA Celebrates Nature Photography Day Every June 15
About Nature Photography Day
Since its beginning, enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day continues to grow worldwide. Each year, June 15 is designated by the North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images are 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 (now Rowman & Littlefield) reference work, Chase’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent, and 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!
Help Promote Nature Photography Day
Nature Photography Day is 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 encourage business owners, camera stores, and other organizations to post a flyer announcing Nature Photography Day.
|30-second PSA (Download MP3 file)
|60-second PSA (Download MP3 file)
How Can You Celebrate Nature Photography Day?
NANPA invites everyone to take photos of our natural world then enter our contest for a chance to win great prizes. Learn more now. Below are some of the prizes you could win.
See where your photography takes you!
- Learn even more about the natural history of your environment: plants, wildlife, and land.
- Encourage creativity among your kids, grandkids, and other young photographers. Show them how to photograph flowers, birds, and more.
- Use your photos to tell important stories about nature. Find something that detracts from the natural world, showing images about how human beings sometimes adversely affect the environment.
- If you teach, ask your students to read about the experiences of nature photographers—legends of the past and today.
- Photo club members: Remind your colleagues about Nature Photography Day and how images have been used to protect the natural world. If you have a website or blog, spread the news there too.
- 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 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 will you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the Nature Photography Day Facebook Page
Join the NANPA Nature Photography Facebook Group
Discussions completely focused on nature photography including but not limited to wildlife, landscape, underwater, macro, weather, and night sky images.
NANPA Nature Photography Facebook Group
Tag Your Nature Photos — #nanpapix
Enjoy, experience, and view an amazing collection of nature photography images. Follow nanpapix on Instagram
Attend a Nature Photography Workshop or Tour
Over 200 nature photography workshops and tours are listed on the NANPA Events page. Look for an opportunity in your area or make plans for a great getaway.
Subscribe to a Nature Photography Blog
Sign up for NANPA’s Blog to get nature photography information, resources, and news delivered to your email for free.
Read Nature Photography Articles
Learn more about nature photography from other nature photographers in NANPA News
View Winning Images
What makes an award winning image? View a gallery of winners from the 2018 NANPA Showcase Photo contest.
Enjoy a Nature Photography Video
Why do we love nature photography? This 2-minute video captures the true passion of nature photography.
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