Meet the Judges of the NANPA Showcase Photo Competition

NANPA Showcase CompetitionIt’s time to think about which images you’ll enter in NANPA’s 2019 Showcase Competition.  The window for entries opened August 1st and closes on September 17th at 11 PM Eastern Time. There are some great prize packages and plenty of opportunities for recognition.

On Tuesday, September 4th, at 7:30 PM Eastern, Wendy Shattil, NANPA’s Showcase coordinator, will be doing a webinar on Photo Contest Secrets Revealed. Learn valuable tips to help your images rise to the top of Showcase, or any other photo competition.  You’ll also find the Showcase rules, tips and an FAQ on the NANPA website.

Melissa Groo. Photo Credit: JL Warner

Melissa Groo. Photo Credit: JL Warner

A terrific panel of judges awaits your submissions.

Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, speaker, and educator. She’s an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a contributing editor for Audubon magazine. She writes a regular column on wildlife photography, “Wild By Nature,” for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Deeply passionate about ethics in nature photography, she served as Chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee for three years. She recently retired as Chair, but still remains on the Ethics Committee, and in addition serves on NANPA’s Conservation Committee. Melissa has judged numerous contests, including the National Audubon Society, and Big Picture Natural World.

George D. Lepp

George D. Lepp

George D. Lepp is one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging. He is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers. Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. A founder and Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year and the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography. George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon and can be contacted at www.GeorgeLepp.com.

Joe & Mary Ann McDonald

Joe & Mary Ann McDonald

Joe and Mary Ann McDonald are the most prolific and active husband-wife wildlife and nature photography team in the United States today with over 30 years of experience in the photography profession. At least half of each year is spent in the field, leading photo tours and safaris to Africa, South America, India, and other exotic locations, as well as various tours and workshops in the US. They conduct their Digital Complete Nature Photo Course and Advanced (Flash) Courses at their studio at Hoot Hollow, in central Pennsylvania.

Joe and Mary Ann’s work has appeared throughout the years in calendars and publications such as National and International Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Ranger Rick and Your Big Back Yard, and Nat Geo for Kids and in calendars published by Audubon, Brown Trout, Day Dream, Impact Photo and numerous others. Although their work is represented by a number of stock photo agencies worldwide, they also maintain an active stock photo sales file from their Hoot Hollow home.

They have written multiple books and the two have been the most successful husband/wife photo team in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Together, through 2015, they have placed fifteen times, with three firsts, and multiple seconds and thirds including Joe’s well-received winning shot in the Mammal Behavior Category of two mating jaguars fighting. Both Joe and Mary Ann are Contributing Editors of Nature Photography magazine, writing a regular feature each issue.

Joe and Mary Ann are founding members of NANPA and Joe served on the Board of Directors from 1999-2001. They have both been involved as Master of Ceremony, keynote speakers, workshop presenters and other service roles at the annual summits. Joe is a member of POWA (PA Outdoor Writers Association) and OWAA (Outdoor Writers of America Association). Mary Ann regularly visits schools in a Visiting Author program, where she inspires young students in writing, photography, conservation and natural history studies.

 

The judges are waiting for your entries.  What are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about the 2019 Showcase.