From the President- Don Carter

Don Carter- NANPA President

My favorite time of the year is fall and I’m venturing to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to photograph the beautiful red and gold colors of the season. Perhaps even a wolf, a bear, or a Great Horned Owl may cross my path as I travel through the vast area of the North Woods adjacent to Lake Superior. Pictured Rock National Lakeshore and the Hiawatha National Forest are two of the photographic jewels of the Midwest.

Even though I’m excited about my trip I’m more excited about NANPA’s Jackson Wyoming Nature Celebration next May 20-22. We will have a great lineup of photographers and researchers discussing conservation, the future of photography, and topics related to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. As a sneak preview, one of our first keynote speakers will be Rick Sammon, Canon Explorer of Light. The NANPA website is being updated and we will start taking registrations mid-October. Mark you calendars now for this great new event!

This past July I had the pleasure of being part of NANPA’s High School Scholarship program. This program, led by Kika Tuff, Andrew Snyder and Morgan Heim, provided ten students with an experience they will never forget. We also had guest lectures by JP Lawrence and Todd Pierson. The most amazing thing about our leaders and presenters is they all were part of one of the past NANPA Scholarship programs. The Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont hosted us for the week as we traveled throughout the Park while each student created a personal story via his or her photography that was presented to parents and guests the final evening. We were up before dawn and didn’t get to sleep till very late and for some no sleep at all. The students photographed bears, flowers, bugs, salamanders, snakes, streams and waterfalls. They even documented some of the adventures of the Tremont family campers that were there at the same time.

The NANPA Foundation provided funding for this program with donations from the fStop Foundation and from you, our members. Canon provided the students with their latest camera bodies and lenses while Hunt’s Photo and Video provided “goody bags” for all. These scholarship programs are vital to NANPA’s continuing success. These young people are the future; they will be the future leaders of NANPA and of our country. Please continue to provide support for our scholarship programs by going to the Foundation’s website and making a donation- it’s for our future. http://nanpafoundation.org/donations/

Don Carter
NANPA President