Tom Haxby (President) – My photography is influenced by over 25 years as a natural resource professional and a lifetime spent exploring the outdoors. Even as a boy growing up in southern Ohio I can remember many days exploring the nearby woods.
After working as a yearbook photographer in college my interest continued in photography through the 1980’s and early 1990’s until my first digital camera in 1998 awakened my passion for photography. In 2004, I moved to Traverse City, Michigan and became a member of the Traverse Area Camera Club. After several years of working with the group I attained the level of Master Photographer. This gave me the confidence to start my nature photography company in 2007 (Tom Haxby Photos).
Eric Bowles is an Atlanta based nature photographer specializing in the Southeastern United States. His work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and commercial publications. In addition to fine art prints, Eric leads workshops for intermediate and experienced photographers. Custom instruction and tours are available on request for select southeastern destinations including the Great Smoky Mountains, Okefenokee, and Coastal Georgia. Eric’s non-profit work includes a leadership role as moderator for Nikonians.org. He is a past Board member of Georgia Nature Photography Association and served as NANPA’s Marketing/Communications Committee Chair.
Don Carter (Vice President) is a nature photographer whose passion is photographing wildlife. Don loves a great mountain scene but having a bird or animal in the same scene truly completes it, by making the statement, “this is nature.” While Don has loved photography most of his life his passion really began with the advent of digital photography in the early 2000s. His main interest at that time was photographing sporting dog competitive events. Don has led numerous photo tours to places such as Yellowstone, the Badlands, and Bosque del Apache. He has been published in Springer’s in the Field magazine, the AKC magazine and Midwest Outdoors. He is also chair of the NANPA College Committee and the Regional Events Committee. Don is a retired university professor who is taking photographs full time while traveling around the country with his wife and springer spaniel in their RV.
Bruce Haley (Treasurer) is a Charleston, WV native has always felt the need to create. He experimented with writing, music, painting and crafts. While finding all these expressions somewhat satisfying, it wasn’t until he found photography that Bruce knew he had found what he had been searching for all his life. Bruce uses the camera lens as his paint brush. Since November of 2002, Bruce’s award-winning photographic works of art have been displayed in more than eighty exhibitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina and California. His work is included in many corporate and private collections including six pieces in the State of West Virginia’s permanent art collection.
Jon Holloway – Having been in the business of photography for over twenty years and being a part of the Art Department faculty at Lander University for the last seven years, holloway knows a thing or two about the process of creating well executed and successful images. He believes in the power of the image to inspire thought and promote awareness of global issues pertaining to us all. His work is extremely dynamic and just about everyone finds something he or she can relate to. holloway is sincere and compassionate, loves the earth, can be very serious at times, but also, he is just a lighthearted creature and enjoys himself.Located in the quaint little town of Greenwood, South Carolina, holloway likes to stretch his legs, travel a bit, and stir the pot every now and then. jon holloway’s professional career has allowed him to travel the globe, creating photographic exhibits on South Carolina, India, South Africa, Cuba, Gates of the Arctic, 500 Years: Native America, Spirit, Solitude, and Nature’s Rhythm as a testament to his artistic vision. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited, and collected by private and corporate clients, museums, and galleries. Some publications include South Carolina Beautiful Places, National Geographic; America 24/7; South Carolina 24/7; Daybreak 2000; Bronze, Silver, Gold; M.I.L.K; the Palmetto Portrait Project, as well as a variety of national ad campaigns. For him, it is imperative to share global issues with his fellow men and women and bring them to light locally as well as internationally. It is also equally important for him to celebrate this trip around the sun and enjoy it while he can.
Gordon Illg (Past President) and his wife, Cathy, have been working as full time professional nature photographers since 2000. Their work appears in nearly every major nature and travel publication, including numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Young Explorer, National Geographic Kids, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick. In the extreme print category, several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets. They have also done well in photo contests, the highlight of which was being flown to London to accept awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Their livelihood now revolves around sharing the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers because they lead photo tours under the name Adventure Photography.He served on the Communications Committee for many years, led two regional events and is currently the chair of the Professional Issues Committee. He has been instrumental in setting up the new webinar program that has been so successful.
Lisa Langell (Executive Committee Member-at-Large) is a multi-award-winning photographer from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is best known for her evocative images that create both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer. Lisa works to create not just a photograph—but a moving experience with nature.
Lisa’s images have been published numerous magazines, newspapers, and other works, including Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Phoenix Home & Garden, Images Arizona, Arizona Wildlife Views, and more. Her work has also earned honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, and others.
Chuck Luzier (Executive Committee Member-at-Large) began his career as an apprentice with well-known circus photographer, Joe Steinmetz for two years, then studied photography and graduated with honors and a A.S. degree in 1981 at Daytona Beach State College in Florida. While a student, Chuck worked with the Associated Press on the first Shuttle missions at Cape Canaveral and the Daytona 500 series races.
Coming from a family of custom-wooden boat builders, Chuck became interested in marine photography along with his passion for flying. I n 1987, Chuck and his wife, Maresa began Lightwave Photography Inc., in Sarasota, Florida. He specialized in marine, aerial work, and freelanced for AP/Reuters America. During that time, Chuck shot for some of the largest marine companies in the world, covered professional sports, 95 space shuttle missions, and political events around the United States.
In 2007, he left Lightwave to join Canon USA to work as a Pro Marketing Specialist supporting professional photographers around the world. During that time, he has covered large events such as the Summer Olympics in China, Super Bowls, Final Four, College Football National Championships, and NASCAR.
As a six generation Florida cracker, Chuck has always felt connected to the land. While with Canon he has focused on wildlife and nature events such as the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, North American Nature Photography Association, Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest, Biggest Week in American Birding, and the Festival of the Cranes. He resides with his wife in Bushnell, Florida.
Alice Robertson joined NANPA in 1996 and attended her first Summit the same year while a photography student. Finding NANPA was a welcome discovery as she turned her studies to wildlife, nature and travel photography after graduating with an AS in photo technology.
In 2000, Alice joined the NANPA Foundation Board. In 2002, she proposed the NANPA College Scholarship Program, one of the Foundation’s most successful endeavors. Alice was honored by NANPA with their Outstanding Service Award for her work with the college program. She has been instrumental in helping the Foundation further their scholarship and grant programs by attending NANPA Summits and helping to fund a variety of NANPA programs.
Andrew Snyder is a conservation photographer and biologist from Baltimore, Maryland. While he is a biologist by profession, photography has always been a major passion and is now an important component of his career, as he uses his images to communicate his science and conservation work with the general public. As a conservation biologist, he participates in international expeditions with organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and Global Wildlife Conservation. As a conservation photographer, he documents these expeditions, the unique biodiversity that lives in these areas, and highlights the conservation threats impacting the regions and their communities to impact change. His work has been published widely in books, magazines, and calendars by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Discovery Channel and many others.
Dawn Wilson is an award-winning, professional nature photographer specializing in photographing the wildlife of high latitudes and high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. Dawn has used her writing and photography skills and her passion for the outdoors to communicate the stories of wildlife to help raise awareness about their lives, their challenges and their beauty. Recognized as one of the top-ten female nature photographers to watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Dawn’s work has been published in numerous regional and national publications, including Wyoming Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, MotorHome magazine, Colorado Outdoors, Colorado Life and Nature’s Best Photography. She frequently presents about photography to camera clubs and outdoor organizations around Colorado and is a master naturalist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas. She recently published an ebook titled Preparing for the Next Shoot: Ten Tips to Get You to the Right Place at the Right Time and finished a 15-month adventure in an RV in 2016.