Happy Spring!

Photo of mule deer fawn. Now that spring has arrived, it won't be long before wildlife babies will be bouncing around.
Now that spring has arrived, it won’t be long before wildlife babies will be bouncing around.

By Dawn Wilson, NANPA President

It is the season of spring flowers, wildlife babies, and green landscapes. It is also the season of growth and new beginnings.

So, what new beginnings can you start? Maybe learn a new skill to improve your photography? Maybe you could try some new piece of equipment for a different type of photograph. Or maybe you could visit a new location and explore what photo options it has. Or maybe you can evaluate your impact and how you can make a difference? There are endless options.

Photo of a bird in a flowering tree. Although I am back in Colorado now, it was nice to see the first signs of spring before leaving Louisiana, like this cedar waxwing perched in the blossoms of a cherry tree.
Although I am back in Colorado now, it was nice to see the first signs of spring before leaving Louisiana, like this cedar waxwing perched in the blossoms of a cherry tree.

I’ll be honest that sometimes I struggle with my impact. I travel a lot and use a lot of gas, but I hope that it is ultimately in the vein of raising awareness about challenges facing wildlife and opportunities for helping them.

I am thankful to be involved in an organization like NANPA to make positive impacts. This organization has also opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities that do exist in just about every corner of the world—from your own backyard to far away destinations.

So, as we venture into spring and look for those happy signs of growth, keep the idea of impact in mind and consider your own impact.

Virtual Summit

April also means the arrival of NANPA’s first Virtual Summit on April 29-30! Are you excited? I know I am.

Although I know we all miss the social aspects of a traditional in-person gathering, the Summit team has put together a fantastic agenda of learning and networking opportunities for you to enjoy right from your own home.

  • Teach Me in Ten: There are thirteen of these member-led breakout sessions with bite-sized tips of succinct information. Topics include birds, conservation, composition, gear, macro, post-processing strategies, fine art, field ethics, YouTube, and more.
  • Members’ Theatre: Your Summit registration includes screenings of five member-produced movies: Morgan Heim’s Deer 139, Dee Ann Pederson’s Lone Star EMMY Award-winning film Against All Odds, Christina Selby’s Saving Beauty, and Michele Westmorland’s Headhunt Revisited. And be sure to catch Krista Schlyer’s Ay Mariposa during her keynote presentation.
  • Live demos from Tamron and Hunt’s Photo and Video. Get to know the complete line of Tamron FE lenses, or discover the best gear for your next wildlife or landscape photo adventure.
  • Portfolio Reviews: Have you ever wondered how your photos stack up? Here’s your chance to have them reviewed by a professional photographer, agent, or editor. Pull together a collection of your five best images and then add the review when checking out during registration. A 30-minute review, up to five images, is just $45.
  • Interactive Platform: Just because you attend Summit from the comfort of your home doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to network and chat with friends and colleagues. Summit takes place inside Attendify, an easy-to-use platform where you can post and comment in the main activity feed, start an instant video chat with other guests, post questions, and share ideas in any individual session you attend. Discussion channels by topic are also available in the accompanying app for your mobile device.
  • Keynote Presentations: Plus, there are eight inspirational keynote presentations from our award-winning members.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today!

I look forward to seeing you on April 29 and 30.

Add a “See you at the Summit” frame to your Facebook profile. Help friends and colleagues find you at the Virtual Summit by letting them know in advance that you’ll be there. You can add the frame to your profile image in a few easy steps:

  1. Click on the camera icon on your profile photo
  2. Select “Add a Frame”
  3. Type “NANPA” in the search box
  4. Select the NANPA Virtual Summit 2021 frame
  5. Set the frame to begin immediately and end at 11 pm EDT on April 30
Photo of a herd of elk. While recently working on an assignment in the Jackson, Wyo. area, I witnessed the beginning of the spring elk migration from the National Elk Refuge. It amazes me that each year a lead cow elk will pick a moment and decide it is time to start heading to summer feeding grounds.
While recently working on an assignment in the Jackson, Wyo. area, I witnessed the beginning of the spring elk migration from the National Elk Refuge. It amazes me that each year a lead cow elk will pick a moment and decide it is time to start heading to summer feeding grounds.

Share the News

One of the most common ways new members find out about NANPA is through current members. If you give a presentation to other photographers, include a slide about NANPA and ask attendees to visit nanpa.org. If a fellow photographer asks you about where to learn more about nature photography, recommend they visit nanpa.org. If you are interviewed about your photography, drop a quick mention about NANPA for your audience.

NANPA truly offers a wide range of learning, socializing and networking opportunities for nature photographers of all levels.

Want to get involved? Consider volunteering for a committee. There are numerous options available for a variety of interests. Get more info about volunteering >>

Keep letting our membership and marketing teams know about your projects. There may be ways to share the news, like writing a blog or being interviewed on the podcast.

Do you have ideas for events or topics you want to learn more about? Reach out to us through our contact form

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” ~Robin Williams

Let’s stay positive. We are in this together.