From the NANPA News Blog- “And the winners are…”
The 2017 competition drew approximately 3,350 images from some 369 NANPA members (only members can enter). The top 250 images appear in NANPA Expressions. The two top prizes (Best of Show and First Runner-up) for each of the five categories (Mammals, Birds, Scapes, Altered Reality and Macro, Micro and All Other Wildlife), ten Judge’s Choice awards and 230 of the highest-scoring images from the competition appear in the journal. In addition, all 250 images appear in a searchable image gallery on the NANPA website. Each week, 7 different top-scoring images are featured on the NANPA home page slideshow and promoted through social media for the entire year.
- Mammals – Includes all mammals, land and sea
- Birds – Includes all birds
- Scapes – Includes landscape, plantscape, seascape, atmosphere, weather, etc.
- Macro, Micro, and All Other – Includes images of non-bird, non-mammal wildlife as well as close-ups of any subject. Close ups are intimate views, tightly framed, or close examinations of subjects in nature.
- Altered Reality – The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these. It must be enhanced or transformed beyond the way the subject appears in nature.
Showcase 2017 Jury Panel –
Alison Jones –
An award-winning documentary photographer, Alison was a former NANPA Board Member and NANPA Awards Chairman. She is now International League of Conservation Photography Senior Fellow, and the Founding Director of No Water No Life® (www.nowater-nolife.org). This long-term project combines photography, science and stakeholder information to raise awareness of watershed degradation and sustainable solutions that can help ensure clean water for all.
Granted an honorary Masters Degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, Alison is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, The Explorers Club, The National Arts Club, Society of Women Geographers and American Society of Media Professionals. She is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, and a founding supporter of Kenya’s Mara Conservancy. So that she could combine the powers of science and photography for her No Water No Life project, Alison studied forest ecology and watershed management at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
George Lepp –
One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of both Digital Photo and Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His work is extensively published and exhibited, and his stock photography is represented by Getty Images, Corbis, and Photo Researchers.
Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light and Printmasters programs, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. Lepp has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world.
Lepp has won many awards for his work, including the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and an honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography.
George and his wife Kathryn have just released a new book, Wildlife Photography: Stories from the Field, published by Lark Books (Sterling). George lives in Bend, Oregon and can be contacted through his web site, www.GeorgeLepp.com.
Marc Muench –
Marc Muench is a internationally renowned landscape photographer with eleven book titles to his name, ESPN outdoor shows and numerous magazine, calendar and poster titles to his credit. Marc is a third generation landscape photographer following in the family tradition started by his grandfather Josef Muench and then his father David Muench. His most recent exhibition was titled “Explorations” at the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos CA. Marc has completed photography training videos with Creative live and Craftsy, on landscape photography in 2015. Marc currently runs photography classes and workshops around the world with his company Muench Workshops. In May of 2016 Marc was designated a Hasselblad Ambassador.