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The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is a nonprofit membership association that helps North America-based nature photographers at all levels of experience grow as artists, citizen scientists, and entrepreneurs through education, networking, and advocacy. Together with our members, we advance conservation and foster ethical field practices for the long-term benefit of all.


NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection.

NANPA provides information, education, inspiration, and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography.

NANPA fosters excellence and ethical conduct in all aspect of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.

Photographers in the field in Michigan UP
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North America’s preeminent nature photography organization

NANPA was officially incorporated in 1994, following a meeting of over 100 nature photographers at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York. Roger Tory Peterson—the famous ornithologist, artist, and nature photographer—brought the group together to discuss the future of nature photography. At that meeting, two important tenants were established that have remained key tenets of the organization: that the new association would be for nature photography—not restricted to photographers—and that it would represent all of North America—not just the United States.

Visit the NANPA timeline to learn more about our history.

Since its founding, NANPA has been North America’s preeminent nature photography organization. NANPA is a critical advocate for the rights of nature photographers on a wide range of issues, from intellectual property to public land access for nature photographers. Its focus on environmental issues and nature photographer rights separates it from photo clubs.

NANPA has a diverse membership base, from amateur photographers to industry professionals to the world’s top professional nature photographers. NANPA brings together its diverse membership to learn from each other, network professionally, and share their photography and inspiration with multi-day Nature Photography SummitsRegional Events, and local Meetups. And it celebrates nature photography and its member talent through various written and electronic publications and photo contests.


Two young photographers looking at camera in field

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