Emerging Photographer Award

NANPA Recognition Awards:  Awarded in recognition of one’s accomplishments, stature or length of service to nature photography

The Emerging Photographer Award (formerly NANPA Vision Award) is given to an emerging photographer in recognition of excellence and serves to encourage continuation of vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation, and education.

1. Photographer
2. Within the past five years, has achieved growth in his/her “significant presence” within the nature photography industry, regionally or nationally
3. Outstanding Work

NOTE: Nominees who are not NANPA members must be born or reside in North America. However, this birth/residency requirement shall be waived if the non-NANPA member nominee’s work is focused on North America.

Selection Criteria Definitions:

Personal vision: The nominee consistently:

  • Conducts him/herself in a professional and ethical manner; and
  • Demonstrates a commitment to achieving a positive impact upon nature photography, plus the education of the general public about nature

Quality of Work: The nominee’s photographic imagery is of exceedingly high quality and demonstrates the nominee’s mastery of the artistic and craftsmanship aspects of nature photography.

Inspirational Impact of Work: The nominee’s photographic imagery motivates others, in and outside of the nature photography industry, to take positive, proactive steps to conserve and protect the natural world.


Past Recipients:
2019: Sebastian Kennerknecht
2018: No award
2017: Melissa Groo
2016: No Award
2015: Krista Schlyer
2014: No Award
2013: Sandesh Kadur
2012: No Award
2011: Jenny Ross
2010: Ian McAllister
2009: Christian Ziegler
2008: Florian Schulz