Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship Program in Las Vegas, NV
If you love nature and photography, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make personal contacts with the top pros in nature photography, as well as, editors and other industry leaders, as you participate in the 2019 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Summit College Photography Scholarship Program held before the biennial NANPA Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Apply now for a scholarship that will enable you to participate in the 2019 NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship Program and the biennial NANPA Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show. This is a great time of fellowship with some of the top nature photographers and includes outstanding opportunities to network with peers and professionals, attend workshops, and photograph in the field alongside professional photographers and mentors. Scholarship awardees will also participate in a *field-based, story-telling project for a Summit-area client.
Past participants have described their experiences during the NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship Program with phrases like: inspiring, incredible, or even “life-changing!” It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make personal contacts with the top pros in nature photography, editors, and other industry leaders. A select group of college students will be awarded this scholarship to participate in the program being held in Las Vegas, NV, in February 2019.
To qualify, you must be at least 19 years of age as of December 31, 2018, and a full-time college student in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or trade/vocational school. You don’t have to be an art or photography major. You don’t even have to call yourself a nature photographer, but you will be one when you leave the Summit! You do have to have a digital camera that accepts interchangeable lenses. Lastly, transportation to and from the Summit site is the responsibility of the student. Past winners of NANPA’s high school and college scholarships are not eligible to apply.
Each college student selected to participate in the program and attend the NANPA Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show will be provided with the following:
- Full registration and admission to all keynote presentations and breakout sessions at the Summit; NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show dates are February 21-23, 2019;
- All meals and hotel room (shared with another student) at the Summit site;
- Portfolio review given by a professional nature photographer, stock agent, or photo editor;
- All meals and housing during your participation in a field-based, story-telling project for a Summit-area client;
- Opportunity to network with mentors throughout the Summit; and
- Membership in NANPA for three years.
In addition, students will meet with a variety of invited guests that include top nature photography pros for small-group and one-on-one discussions. Throughout the Summit, students will have the opportunity to brainstorm, critique images, and talk with many pros on a variety of subjects.
*The Scholarship Program Client Project
A key part of this scholarship experience is working with a Summit-area client on a story-telling project prior to the start of the Summit. The student team of scholarship recipients will work with the client to develop the story line and decide the visual format for the project. Participants will then go into the field to shoot photographs and record video and audio to support the project. The story-telling project will then be shown to attendees on the final night of the Summit.
Watch the 2017 Final Project–North Florida Land Trust
Below are other examples that illustrate recent client-project videos:
2015: San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve
2013: Big Talbot Island
2011: Reconnecting the Rio Grande Valley
2011: From Passion to Profession, Aaron Schmidt’s Account of His 2011 Participation
If you have any questions, please contact a program coordinator:
If you would like to speak with some of our past student participants, please ask a program coordinator for a list of names and contact information. They would love to visit with you!