Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Newton Hightower

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Mammals. "Nectar Bat and Banana Plant Flower, Costa Rica" © Newton Hightower.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Mammals. “Nectar Bat and Banana Plant Flower, Costa Rica” © Newton Hightower.

How I Got the Shot

While traveling in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to photograph nectar bats in the rain forest at night. I set up my camera and lens with multiple flashes to provide the light necessary to produce this exposure. I sat in a chair a few feet away and watched them swarm the blossom. A couple of them even bumped into me!

What I Used

Nikon D850 with a Nikkor 80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens at 180mm, f/11, ISO 400.

About Me

I live in Arroyo Grande, California, and enjoy nature photography as a very enthusiastic hobbyist. I have been photographing nature for about five years and my preferred subjects are often things with wings—usually birds. One of my favorite locations to photograph is in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas.

NANPA and Me

I joined NANPA just a few years ago, and my involvement has mostly been through attending NANPA regional events. I have never been recognized in a previous Showcase, so this was quite a surprise for me!

Learn More About Me

My NANPA Portfolio is http://www.nanpa.org/events/showcase/about-nanpa-showcase/2020-top-24-showcase-newton-hightower/
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