Dawn Wilson, President
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.
Beth Huning, Vice President
Beth Huning has extensive organizational development and management experience with conservation non-profits and government agencies, most recently coordinating partnerships to protect and restore wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beth has served NANPA in various capacities over the years, including Membership Chair in the early years and an active member of the Environment (now Conservation) Committee where I coordinated Conservation Centers at 5 NANPA Summits.
She also received the NANPA Foundation’s 2011 Philip Hyde Conservation Grant for Turning the Tide: Restoring the Wetlands of San Francisco Bay and the California Coast. I developed photographically illustrated audio tours of some of the largest restoration projects on the West Coast as well as a companion book to raise funds for restoration. Other publications include a series of books on gardening for wildlife for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Bruce Haley, Treasurer
Bruce Haley 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.
Lisa Langell, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Lisa Langell 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.
Coby Cooper recently retired from a career spanning 40 years in broadcast TV and video production. He’s been actively involved as a media partner for the Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas, helping to conserve a a tract of pristine native brush and raise awareness of the wildlife that makes their homes there.
Coby is a former board member of the Illinois Broadcasters Association, Tennessee Broadcasters Association, and Operation Honor Guard. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in mass communications and visual design, Coby lives near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and has been a NANPA member since 2017.
Hank Erdmann is a professional natural history photographer and photographic educator who resides in Will County, Illinois. He has photographed throughout North America, making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest. A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles a special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior. He helped start the photography program at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago.
Hank has been a NANPA member for more than twenty-five years, serving on the environmental committee (now conservation committee) and as a judge for the Nature Photography Day photo contest. He was also active in the River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, participating in numerous environmental campaigns in northern Illinois.
JP joined NANPA in 2015 as a participant in the College Scholarship Program and has been active on the college, high school, and conservation committees ever since. Most recently he helped to launch NANPA’s iNaturalist projects to encourage NANPA members to contribute to citizen science.
JP is an academic specialist at Lyman Biggs College at Michigan State University, where he teaches college students about cellular and molecular biology. He actively uses his photography to highlight the natural world and generate interest in it. Science communication is of central importance to his career as a scientist, and photography is a key component of that communication strategy.
Amanda Joy Mason
Amanda Joy Mason has been working as a professional photographer since 2005—as a portrait and event photographer, lead digital artist in a post-production lab and more recently as a conservation photographer. She served as community organizer for NANPA’s DC Metro Regional Meetup from 2017-2020 and helped plan NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program at the Tremont Institute for 2020, a year the program was impacted by the pandemic. She is a former participant in NANPA’s College Scholar Program.
A U.S. Department of State Gilman Scholarship recipient, Amanda graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in communication and minor in sustainability studies. She recently began work at the National Science Foundation, where she oversees brand development, acts as primary staff photographer, and provides graphic design for internal and external communication.
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.
Trent Sizemore is a full-time nature photographer and workshop leader specializing in Yellowstone National Park. He has lived full-time in West Yellowstone, Montana, since 2014 after graduating from college in Georgia with a degree in photography and graphic design. His work has been published in print, online, and shown in a solo gallery exhibition at Young Harris College. His focus is on Yellowstone’s wildlife and the art of photography, prioritizing unique and creative images over technically perfect ones.
Kika Tuff is founder and creative director of a science communication agency called Impact Media Lab, using visual storytelling tools to help scientists communicate about their research. She participated in NANPA’s College Scholarship Program in 2015, an experience she has said totally changed her life and career. She has a PhD in ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Kika has helped coordinate the NANPA High School Scholarship Program and has held multiple volunteer leadership positions for the Ecological Society of America.