Nature Photography Celebration – May 20-22, 2018

About the Event

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is hosting a Nature Photography Celebration in Jackson Hole, WY, May 20-22, at The Virginian Lodge. NANPA wishes to extend an invitation to anyone interested in nature photography, or photography in general, the environment, conservation, wildlife, and Yellowstone or if you just want to have fun learning about them. This Celebration includes demos and hands-on opportunities to use the latest technology from vendors.

The NANPA Nature Celebration is open to anyone interested in nature photography. Our speakers will be discussing the state and future of photography as well as issues concerning the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. There will be sessions by bison and wolf researchers, keynote speakers, Lightning Talks, panel discussions and so much more. We will gather together for gallery walks, in coffee shops, impromptu photo shoots, and other fun activities around Jackson. The beautiful area around Jackson Hole will provide many photo ops, excursions, or views as you sip coffee with friends (new and old). Bring your family and experience the Grand Teton Mountains in springtime. Register today!

Click to Download the 2018 Nature Photography Celebration Schedule

Registration Info

NANPA Members
Full Registration
Full Registration
One-Day Ticket Student Ticket
(current student ID required)
One Keynote
Presentation Ticket
$220 thru April 20, 2018,
after $395
$325 thru April 20, 2018,
after $500
$175 thru April 20, 2018,
after $275
$50 $45

To register as a NANPA member, you’ll need to enter a Promotional Code, which is your NANPA Membership ID. If you don’t know your NANPA ID # , please login to the members’ area of the NANPA website, your membership number appears at the top of the page. If you recently renewed your expired NANPA membership, please contact our office for your promotional discount code. After you register for the Celebration, you’ll receive a link to Sched, which will keep you up-to-date on the latest schedule and activities.

You’ll receive a link to the Sched App after registration to keep you up-to-date on all the activities, so make sure you download the app ( and use it to locate friends or find new ones!

Click to register and to learn more

Keynote Speakers

Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon–Evolution of an Image

In this presentation Rick Sammon illustrates the creative photographic process from start to finish. He pulls back the curtain to prove that creating amazing photographs is a well-thought-out process that involves several stages: envisioning the end result, seeing the light, using creative composition, taking the picture and processing the image. 

To illustrate his points, Rick will share some of his favorite wildlife, landscape and seascape images from his worldwide travels. He will also share his favorite photographs from his recent trip to Grand Tetons National Park.

By including his outtakes in his presentation― and the reasons that he considers them outtakes― Rick suggests the steps that every photographer should take in order to improve their images.

Combining technical advice with tips on lighting, composition and using Lightroom and Photoshop, this presentation will motivate and encourage those looking to evolve as creative photographers and digital darkroom artists.

Dan Cox

Daniel J. Cox–Preserving the Future of Polar Bears

This cooperative presentation by Daniel J. Cox and Geoff York, colleagues at Polar Bears International, will highlight the future of polar bears. Geoff and Dan have spent numerous seasons working in the field documenting Geoff’s scientific research with polar bears.

Daniel has been an advisory board member with Polar Bears International since 1996. He’s currently in charge PBI’s long-term endeavor, the Arctic Documentary Project, and he’ll be sharing some of his current and past projects highlighting the field research on polar bears and other arctic species. He is also a Lumix Luminary and will be discussing new still and video technologies that help him tell the important stories of the Arctic.

Geoff York

Geoff York–Preserving the Future of Polar Bears

Geoff will discuss the changes already taking place in the Arctic that will have serious repercussions for polar bears, the iconic animal of the Arctic. Polar bears are listed as a vulnerable species by the World Conservation Union and Geoff’s work with his mentor, Dr. Steven Amstrup, was a big part of the reason polar bears made the IUCN list.

Henry Holdsworth

Henry Holdsworth–Spring Awakening In The Tetons

This presentation will take you on a photographic journey through Grand Teton National Park in the spring. Spring is an excellent time to photograph in the Jackson

Hole. As melting snow gives way to green aspens, wildflowers and an abundance of new life, this presentation will document what one might expect to encounter photographically at this time of year.  It will cover the animals, landscapes and locations you might want to explore while you are here.  It will also touch on photo tips, weather, natural history and changes that have occurred in Henry’s 35 years documenting the valley’s wild residents and scenic backdrops.

Breakout Speakers

Avoiding a Silent Spring-David Akoubia: David has used the skills developed in his backyard to photograph more efficiently in the wild. Come listen to his story and learn to build an area in your own yard as well.

Hope is a Thing With Little Clear Wings-Clay Bolt: Clay will share some his favorite images and stories about our beautiful native bees and what we can all do to make a difference in their lives.

Yellowstone History Through the Tourist Eye-Mike Francis: A view of Yellowstone National Park utilizing unpublished historic images from tourist visits dating from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. These images have never been seen by the public.

Storytelling and the Power of Video for Photographic Projects-Morgan Heim: Learn ways that you can approach subjects as stories and produce them by harnessing still and motion graphics to amplify your messages. Morgan will share examples where you literally create something from nothing, except an idea.

Urban Wildlife Photography: How Images Reconnect City Residents to Nature-Jaymi Heimbuch: Jaymi analyzes how professional urban wildlife photography reconnects people to nature all around them, and by bridging science and community, can drive innovation and improvements in urban design.

Creative Vision in Yellowstone’s Unique Environment-Cheryl Opperman: Join award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman as she takes us on a journey that explores how creative vision can change our perspective of this remarkable place and our approach to preserving it.

Hidden Places, Secret Times: Going It Alone to Get Ahead-Tom Horton: Discover specific little-known locations around the West and the World and techniques for teasing out their unique images – including drone photography. Most important, you will learn how to find your own secret spots. This presentation is ideal for ambitious nature photographers of any level who find themselves in a rut, wanting to get out.

Buffalo-People: The Path Back for Bison and Plains Tribes-Dennis Jorgensen: Dennise explains how using a community-based conservation approach, World Wildlife Fund is working with a team of local leaders in supporting both buffalo and people for long-term community and economic development, cultural re-connection, and ecological restoration of bison and tribal lands.

Communicating Conservation – The Power of Multi Disciplinary Projects-Jenny Nichols:  Communicating conservation is tough.  Its hard to make people care, or feel that your subject has anything to do with them and their lives.  That’s why we need to use every tool we have to try to appeal to all audience.  See how two recent films that are part of larger efforts.

Photography for the Ethically Minded Photographer-Jennifer Leigh Warner – NANPA Ethics Committee: As wildlife and nature photographers it is more important than ever that we protect the welfare of our subjects. This means always putting our subject’s well-being above ourselves and our photographs. During this presentation we will discuss the importance of thinking ethically when photographing wildlife.

Lightning Talk Speakers

Bethany Augliere
Don Quintana
Ashleigh ScullyReturning the Favor: Paying Back to our Wildlife Subjects


The Virginian Lodge

750 W. Broadway
Jackson Hole, WY 83001








Who Should Attend


Learn from educational presentations. Test new photo equipment & gear Network & shoot with other photographers


Participate as a VENDOR which includes product demonstrations, table top exhibits and sponsorship opportunities.

Local Venues

Participate as a LOCAL VENUE offering discounts to attendees and participating in the Gallery Crawl.

Vendor Information

Canon U.S.A. Inc.

Canon Explorers of Light
Canon Explorers of Light

Canon Professional Services


Hunt’s Photo and Video

Nature’s Best Photography

Olympus America Inc.

Panasonic North America



Wyoming Camera Outfitters

Photo Ops

Photography areas near Jackson, Wyoming

  • Grand Teton National Park website
  • Blacktail Ponds Overlook-sunrise or early morning
  • Gros Ventre Road-  anytime, watch for wildlife
  • Fences and horses along highway 26/89 191 north of Jackson
  • Jenny Lake (may be undergoing rehabilitation in May—check website for updates)
  • Menors Ferry Historic District- Chapel of the Transfiguration and historic cabins
  • Mormon Row Barns- sunrise
  • National Elk Refuge
  • Oxbow Bend along the Snake River—sunrise
  • Schwabacher Landing—sunrise
  • Signal Mountain Road–anytime
  • Snake River Overlook-sunrise or sunset

Download map of Grand Teton National Park


Discounted rates are available for Celebration participants. Act fast, rooms and camping spots fill up fast in Jackson.

The Virginian Lodge

750 W. Broadway
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Phone: 1.800.262.4999 or 307.733.2792
Single/Double Queen Room – $64 per night
Single/Double King Room – $77 per night
Mini Suite Room (3 double beds) – $80 per night
Hotel Cut-off date: April 30, 2018

Motel 6

600 S. Highway 89
Jackson Hole, WY 83002
Phone: 1.800.544.4866 or 307.733.1620
Single occupancy room – $149.99 ($152.99 for room with fridge) for Saturday night; $109.99 ($112.99 for room with fridge) for Sunday – Tuesday night
Double occupancy room – $155.99 ($158.99 for room with fridge) for Saturday night; $115.99 ($118.99 for room with fridge)  for Sunday – Tuesday night
Hotel Cut-off date: April 18

The 49er Inn and Suites

330 W.Pearl
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Phone: 1.800.451.2980 or 307.733.7550
Single occupancy room – $140 per night; additional guest is $5 per night
Complimentary breakfast included
Hotel Cut-off date: April 17


Reservations for camping open September 1, 2017. Save your spot now, they go fast!

Snake River KOA

Virginian RV Park

Campground reservations: 1.800.321.6982
Mention NANPA and receive a 10% discount.

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Please help us spread the word about the Nature Photography Celebration.

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