The North American Nature Photography Association (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 tenets 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.
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 Summits (19 and counting), Regional Events, one day seminars and local Meetups. And it celebrates nature photography and its member talent through various written and electronic publications and photo contests.
Want to learn more about NANPA’s History?
– Check out the History of NANPA Timeline.
– The history of the Board of Directors.