NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship Program

Photos by © Mark Larson

Quick Guide

About the Program
The Scholarship Program Client Project
Student Projects from Past Programs
Additional Information


About the Program

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.

We encourage you to apply to participate in the NANPA Summit College Photography Scholarship Program and the biennial NANPA Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show, which takes place in odd-numbered years. This is a great time of fellowship and 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 (see below). Past participants have described their experiences during the program with phrases like inspiring, incredible, and even life-changing!

To qualify, you must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age as of December 31 the year before the biennial event
  • Be 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. Past winners of NANPA’s high school and college scholarships are not eligible to apply. Finally, transportation to and from the Summit site is the responsibility of the student.

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;
  • 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.

College students, this is an opportunity of a lifetime! The next application period will open in 2020.

The Scholarship Program Client Project
A key part of this scholarship experience is developing a story-telling project prior to the start of the Summit. The student team will work with the client to develop the story line and decide the visual format for the project. The team 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 Summit attendees on the final night of the event.

Watch the 2019 Final Project: Clark County (Nevada) Wetlands Park

Below are other examples that illustrate recent client-project videos:

2017: North Florida Land Trust O2O Corridor
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

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact a program coordinator:

Benjamin Olson – Email or Voice: 651-242-2357
Michele Westmorland – Email or Voice: 425-896-8113

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!

Scholarships are funded by the:

Click to donate to the NANPA Foundation.