Environmental Impact Award

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

The Environmental Impact Award honors a photographic project undertaken by an individual or a team that addresses an important and urgent regional or global environmental problem. The project should be concerned with one or more species or ecosystems and illustrate perils facing the species or ecosystems and/or sustainable management solutions to help preserve them. The project will be judged on its success in raising public awareness for the need to protect our natural world and in stimulating further study of the issue(s) addressed. The project is to be grounded in photography, but can include videography and other media in the total package.

The individual or team directing the project may be offered a Summit Keynote presentation position. The award is open only to NANPA members or, in the case of a team project, a team headed by a NANPA member.

1. Must be a NANPA member (individual or team member)
2. Environmental importance
3. Impact upon public awareness and/or educational value
4. High quality of work

Selection Criteria Definitions:
Environmental Importance: The environmental issue that’s the primary focus of the nominee’s photographic project is of extreme importance.

High 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.

Public Awareness and/or Educational Value: The nominee’s photographic project has a very strong component that creates and distributes high quality educational material so as to enhance public awareness, including material created to influence decision makers.


Past Recipients:
2019: Clay Bolt (Beautiful Bees: Protecting North America’s Native Bees)
2018: No award
2017: Michael Forsberg (Platte Basin Time Lapse) and Carlton Ward, Jr., Mallory Dimmit and Joe Gutherie (Florida Wildlife Corridor)
2016: No award
2015: Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt (Meet Your Neighbours)
2014: No award
2013: James Balog (Chasing Ice)