1993 Jamestown crowd

October 1-3, 1993. Some of the attendees at the Photography Forum, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY.  Visible in photo:  Virginia Peterson, Carl Sams, George Lepp, Towny Dickinson, John Nuhn, Frans Lanting, Helen Gilks, Helen Longest-Slaughter (partially hidden behind railing), Tom Mangelsen, Phyllis Greenberg.  © Mark Lukes.

October 1-3, 1993. Some of the attendees at the Photography Forum, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY. Visible in photo: Virginia Peterson, Carl Sams, George Lepp, Towny Dickinson, John Nuhn, Frans Lanting, Helen Gilks, Helen Longest-Slaughter (partially hidden behind railing), Tom Mangelsen, Phyllis Greenberg. © Mark Lukes.

Some of the attendees at the Photography Forum, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY. October 1-3, 1993. Visible in photo: Virginia Peterson, Carl Sams, George Lepp, Towny Dickinson, John Nuhn, Frans Lanting, Helen Gilks, Helen Longest-Slaughter (partially hidden behind railing), Tom Mangelsen, Phyllis Greenberg. Renowned photographer, artist and ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute organized this meeting, the first time in the U.S. that nature and conservation photographers, editors, agents and enthusiasts had gathered to discuss the future of the nature photography industry. At the meeting’s close, Frans Lanting passionately asked that the interest and enthusiasm not end here. There was a consensus that the field needed some type of organization to represent its interests and promote communication and education. A core of attendees interested in forming an association met informally in the college library to set up plans. Two important tenets were established at that afternoon meeting: 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. Several names for the new association were considered. RTPI volunteers to handle donations to assist in the formation of the association and the seed for NANPA was sown.

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