Anza Borrego with Sandy Zelasko

Join your workshop leaders for an intense weekend photographing in California’s largest state park and the town of Borrego Springs, CA. From desert wildflowers and migratory birds to eclectic, historic locations. If lucky, we will photograph the elusive desert bighorn sheep in its palm canyon environment. All levels of photographers are welcome. Low student to instructor ratio allows for personal attention.

Panama and Ethical Field Photography with Jennifer Leigh Warner

Have you ever wanted to travel to Central America and photograph exotic wildlife, such as Howler Monkey, Three-toed Sloth, or Toucan? Join conservation photographer Jennifer Leigh Warner in the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama for this incredible opportunity to photograph species rarely seen anywhere else in the world, while learning valuable techniques on how to photograph your subjects more ethically.

Dates: March 16 – 23, 2019

Lead by: Jennifer Leigh Warner

Location: Cocobolo Nature Reserve, Panama

Price: $2,000 pp

Maximum Number of Participants: 10

Climbers, Crawlers and Flyers: A Guide to Ethical Nature Photography Workshop

Anza Borrego Birds with Sandy Zelasko

This half day bird photography workshop will take place in Borrego Springs, CA where your workshop instructors will guide you to hot birding spots and offer personal instruction for all levels of photographers. Low student to instructor ration, max 10 participants. Resident and migratory birds including the well documented Swainson hawk migration.

Truth In Captioning – An Interview with Melissa Groo and Don Carter

Photographs by Melissa Groo

Interview by David C. Lester


A Great Horned Owl in Fort Myers, Florida. © Melissa Groo

Although little introduction is needed, Don Carter is the president of NANPA, and Melissa Groo, in addition to being a world-renowned wildlife photographer, is chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee.  Over the past several years, significant ethical considerations around nature photography have arisen, along with the need to honestly and accurately caption the details of images.

After several years of work, NANPA has developed a new “Truth in Captioning” statement that addresses these and other issues.  I recently sat down with Don and Melissa to talk about ethical considerations in wildlife photography, as well as the work done on this document.

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