Built and sustained by Volunteers

NANPA was built and is sustained by hundreds of volunteers who give cumulatively thousands of hours each year to the programs that you love and administrative tasks that enable NANPA to meet your needs.

Want to get involved? We’re actively recruiting volunteers for several positions. See the opportunities or tell us your interests.

Volunteer Spotlight

NANPA volunteers include a wide range of individuals interested in nature photography. Some are long-time NANPA members who have held volunteer leadership roles since the organization’s founding while others are new members with the same passion and complementary skills to move the organization into the future.

SEAN FITZGERALD

Sean is fighting for your intellectual property rights as co-chair of NANPA’s Advocacy Committee, including the CASE Act, an effort to provide photographers and other artists with a small claims court for copyright infringement proceedings. But that’s nowhere near all that Sean does for NANPA. He is also active on the Conservation Committee, Ethics Committee, and contributes to our blog and handbook series.

Beyond NANPA, Sean is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer. He has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, and CBS News recently named Sean one of 10 emerging artists in the Dallas area. His work has been widely circulated in a variety of publications, fine art collections, and large-scale installations across the country.

Read more of Sean’s thoughts on viral images and photographer licensing in our blog archive.

Photographer Wendy Shattil in the field with camera


WENDY SHATTIL

Wendy is one of the photographers who has truly shaped NANPA’s annual Showcase competition, and she continues to advocate for increased exposure for winning photographers. Her “Photo Contest Secrets Revealed” webinar, short video tips, and archived blog posts can help you strategically plan your next photo contest entry. Additionally, she is a contributor to NANPA’s handbook Make It Work: The Business of Nature Photography.

It’s no coincidence that Wendy organizes NANPA’s biggest annual contest. She was the first woman to win Grand Prize in BBC’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Together with her husband (now deceased) Bob Rozinski, Wendy published 15 books, compiled more than 300,000 stock images of nature and wildlife, and received multiple fellowships, grants, and awards for conservation photography. She now serves as photography editor at Cloud Ridge Publishing.


KIKA TUFF

Kika participated in NANPA’s College Scholarship Program in 2015 while working towards her PhD in ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2018-2020 she served on the High School Program Committee and is now serving a three-year term on NANPA’s Board of Directors which began July 1, 2020.

Outside of NANPA, Kika is founder of Impact Media Lab, where she helps scientists and science organizations find the compelling stories in their research. Her goal is to bring the same rigor, creativity, and experimentation to the business of communication that scientists bring to the business of research.

Check out Kika’s tips for nature photographers interested in designing and marketing their own online courses.


Committee Service

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

NANPA’s Advocacy Committee has devoted much of the past three years to the CASE Act and other advocacy efforts for artists’ copyright protection.

Sean Fitzgerald
and Jane Halperin, Committee Co-Chairs

Clay Bolt, Sean Fitzgerald, Gabby Salazar, Bruce Haley

AWARDS COMMITTEE

NANPA’s Awards Committee manages the nomination, selection, and conferring process for a number of achievement and service awards, including the prestigious NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award and brand new Outstanding Young Nature Photographer Award.

Ted Moreno, Committee Chair
Barbara Adams
Kathy Adams Clark
Eric Bowles
Tom Dwyer
John Ehrenfeld
Roger Johnson
Jeri Love
Alton Marsh
Matt Morrissette
Jennifer Smith
Richard Spencer

ADVISORY PANEL
Deanne Cunningham
Frans Lanting
Cheryl Opperman
Jeff Parker
Gabby Salazar

Ted Moreno with Olympus Digital Camera
Ted Moreno

COLLEGE PROGRAM COMMITTEE

NANPA’s College Program Committee works to provide 12 college students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make personal contacts with top pros and industry leaders while participating in a field-based storytelling program that mixes nature photography, videography, and marketing.

Ryan Trenkamp
and Michele Westmorland,
Committee Co-Chairs
Don Carter
Jon Holloway
Ted Keller
JP Lawrence
Benjamin Olson
Tom Richardson
Alice Robertson

2019 NANPA College Program Video

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

The Conservation Committee is one of NANPA’s oldest committees. They help you learn about conservation photography, get started on a conservation project, and support and promote conservation projects by NANPA members. The Conservation Committee helps select the recipient of the Philip Hyde Grant.

Dave Huth and
Andrew Snyder,
Committee Co-Chairs
Dee Ellison
Clay Bolt
Sean Fitzgerald
Melissa Groo
Morgan Heim
Jaymi Heimbuch
Steven Johnson
Robin Moore
Donald Quintana
Gabby Salazar
Krista Schlyer

Andrew Snyder in the field with camera equipment
Andrew Snyder in the field. © Liz Condo

In 2019 the Conservation Committee released NANPA’s Conservation Photography handbook, an e-book featuring how-to help for getting started in conservation photography, tips for working with scientists, strategies for using photography in storytelling, and more. LEARN MORE OR DOWNLOAD NOW >


ETHICS COMMITTEE

The Ethics Committee gathers, disseminates, and promotes information on ethical issues in nature photography. The committee periodically issues position statements, guidelines, and suggestions to help nature photographers navigate complex issues. Many leading nature publications rely on the committee’s “Truth in Captioning Statement” as a training tool for field staff.

Jennifer Leigh Warner,
Committee Chair
Josh Asel
Nikhil Bahl
Tom Carlisle
Daniel Dietrich
Melissa Groo
Mark Hendricks
Nick Kanakis
Sarah Killingsworth
Ed MacKerrow
Diana McPherson
Michael Milicia
Benjamin Olson
Natalie Robertson
Andy Smith
Krisztina Scheeff

© Jennifer Leigh Warner
Judges’ Choice, Conservation, 2020 Showcase

The Ethics Committee maintains and promotes NANPA’s Truth in Captioning Statement, which is used by publications including Audubon to train field staff.

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The High School Program Committee oversees a week-long learning opportunity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for high school students interested in learning about nature photography, biodiversity, and using photography to tell stories.

Kathy Lichtendahl,
Committee Chair
Randy Dunn
Tom Haxby
JP Lawrence
Amanda Mason
Karen Schuenemann
Kika Tuff

Students at work during the 2019 High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. © Tom Haxby.
2019 High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. © Tom Haxby.

HISTORY COMMITTEE

The History Committee develops guidelines, conducts interviews, and manages NANPA’s archives with the intent to compile, preserve, and promote NANPA’s history and the history of nature photography in general.

John Nuhn
and Shirley Nuhn,
Committee Co-Chairs
Don Carter
Erik Hagstrom
Jeanne Hoadley
Brian Powell

January 20, 1998, Englewood, Florida. NANPA’s first oral history. Shirley Nuhn interviews National Geographic photographer Robert Sisson. © John Nuhn.

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Marketing Communications Committee develops and implements NANPA’s communications and marketing efforts, including emails, websites, blog, social media, and contests (including Showcase). Volunteers are particularly essential to NANPA’s Daily Feature and Takeover programs on Instagram as well as daily moderation of NANPA’s popular public Facebook Group.

Alyce Bender
Deborah Duke
Teri Franzen
Frank Gallagher
John Lock
Wendy Shattil
Dawn Wilson

FACEBOOK GROUP ADMINS
Eric Bowles
JP Bruce
David Hekel
Lee Hoy
Krisztina Scheeff
Melissa Theil

Ezo red fox on patrol, Eastern Hokkaido, Japan.
Ezo red fox on patrol, Eastern Hokkaido, Japan. © Alyce Bender

Learn from the pros

NANPA members can access the recorded webinar, “An Introduction to Manual Marketing on Instagram,” by professional photographer Alyce Bender, a co-curator of NANPA’s Instagram account.

REGIONAL EVENTS COMMITTEE

The Regional Events Committee reviews proposals and selects… See what they’ve selected for late 2020 and beyond.

Tom Richardson, Committee Chair
Don Carter
Krisztina Scheeff

© Krisztina Scheeff

SUMMIT/CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

The Summit/Celebration Committee plans the signature events for NANPA.

Kathy Adams Clark, Committee Chair
Mary Louise Ravese

© Mary Louise Ravese

Educational Offerings

The Upper Falls at Cascade Falls, Patapsco Valley State Park, MD. Nikon D7100, using 1/5 sec. f/5 40mm & ISO 360.

Upper Falls at Cascade Falls
© Jagandha (Sastry) Karra

BLOG POSTS

Kathy Adams Clark
Linda Burek
Michelle Butler
Thomas Croce
Jorel Cuomo
Scott Dere
Theresa DiMenno
Sean Fitzgerald
Jerry Ginsberg
David Herasimtschuk
Irene Hinke-Sacilotto
June Jacobsen
Kerrick James
Jagandha (Sastry) Karra
Wendy Kaveney
F.M. Kearney
Mark Kreider
Debbie McCulliss
Eileen Nauman
Bill Palmer
John Pedersen
Haley Pope
Marie Read
Phil Rieel
Krista Schlyer
Ashleigh Scully
Mac Stone
Jiayu Su
Melissa Theil
Sue Wolfe
Bridget Ye

Nature photographer Bob Coates

Bob Coates photo
© Dennis Chamberlain

WEBINARS

FACILITATORS
Eric Bowles
John Canan
Bob Coates
Audrey Tucker
Jennifer Leigh Warner
Bridget Ye

PRESENTERS
Kathy Adams Clark
Jeff Allen
Alyce Bender
Paul Brooke
Linda Burek
Bob Coates
Scott Dere
David DesRochers
Suzanna Euston
Armando Flores
Roie Galitz
Steve Gettle
David Hekel
Jaymi Heimbuch
Lewis Kemper
Jennifer King
Lisa Langell
Shane McDermott
Greg Miller
Douglass Owen
Deborah Roy
Patrick Roy
Krisztina Scheeff
Kristin Tucker
Jennifer Leigh Warner

Beach stones © Wendy Shattil

HANDBOOKS

Clay Bolt
Jim Clark
Dee Ellison
Sean Fitzgerald
Bernard Friel
Jack Graham
Melissa Groo
Morgan Heim
Jaymi Heimbuch
Dave Huth
Steven Johnson
Robin Moore
Jeff Parker
Donald Quintana
Marie Read
Ron Rosenstock
Gabby Salazar
Krista Schlyer
Karen Schuenemann
Jim Shane
Wendy Shattil
Andrew Snyder
Budd Titlow

Board of Directors

Last but certainly not least, NANPA’s Board of Directors provides vision, direction, and oversight that makes the programs, events, groups, and opportunities that you depend on possible.

Tom Haxby, President
Don Carter, Vice President
Bruce Haley, Treasurer
Gordon Illg, Past-President

Eric Bowles
Jon Holloway
Lisa Langell
Chuckie Luzier
Alice Robertson
Andrew Snyder
Dawn Wilson

July 2018, NANPA Board and Contractors Left: Bethany Brucker, Gina Head, Eric Bowles, Gordon Illg, Chuckie Luzier, Lisa Langell, Jon Holloway. Right: Don Carter, Andrew Snyder, Bruce Haley, John Nuhn, Jane Halperin, Sean Fitzgerald, Tom Haxby, Teresa Ransdell, Ted Moreno. © Susan Day