Help with $10 and 10 Minutes

By Sean Fitzgerald, NANPA Past President

NANPA High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee, USA.

NANPA High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee, USA. © Gabby Salazar

How You Can Help “Crowdfund” Our High School Program with $10 and 10 Minutes

The NANPA Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps fund many NANPA projects we all know and love. One of those is our High School Scholarship Program, which has literally changed the lives of its young participants and helped create future generations of conservation photographers (including one of our past NANPA presidents, Gabby Salazar!). Continue reading

Igniting the Passion for High School Nature Photography- NANPA Foundation

 

I collect caterpillars at one of my field sites in California, using a 'beat-sheet' - a simple tool used for collection of insects on plants. © Moria Robinson

I collect caterpillars at one of my field sites in California, using a ‘beat-sheet’ – a simple tool used for collection of insects on plants. © Moria Robinson

Lifelong friendships – Opened my eyes to a diversity of perspectives – Inspiring – Everlasting impact – Remarkable environment – Cemented my passion for protecting the environment – Drastically changed the way I approach photography

According to past participants of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program (NHSSP), these words and phrases above describe their experience in the program.

In July, ten more students will get to experience the same community and learning opportunities as they participate in NANPA’s 2016 program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Combining classroom and field-based instruction, students will have the chance to improve their nature photography skills, learn about NANPA, meet industry professionals, and gain an appreciation of the Smoky Mountains’ rich natural history.

The program is based at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT), a nonprofit resident environmental education center in the heart of the national park. Participants are selected through a competitive application process that opens on November 20. Scholarship recipients are responsible for a $150 registration fee and their transportation to/from Knoxville, TN.

This image of two caterpillars is of an uncommon color morph of a lonely little moth - Drepanulatrix falcataria. The caterpillars are feeding on a plant (Ceanothus jepsonii) endemic to serpentine soil - a unique soil type in California. © Moria Robinson

This image of two caterpillars is of an uncommon color morph of a lonely little moth – Drepanulatrix falcataria. The caterpillars are feeding on a plant (Ceanothus jepsonii) endemic to serpentine soil – a unique soil type in California. © Moria Robinson

All other program costs including events, lodging, food, local transportation, and photo instruction are covered by the NANPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Seeing the different results that we students could create while working the same area was eye-opening. After the first shoot when we shared our pictures, I was astounded by how many different shots there were among the group that looked nothing alike. I also learned more about post-processing from the instructors, and the quality of my LR-edits when up significantly.” – Johan Doornenbal, 2011 NHSSP participant

Program Highlights

  • Photography Field Trips
  • Biodiversity Education
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Group Project
  • Pro for the Day

The structure of NHSSP encouraged a unique degree of contact and communication between high school participants and adults across a range of careers. I can remember meeting one woman who was both a wildlife and cultural photographer, as well as an advocate for human rights and development around the world. She spoke to us as though we were junior colleagues and capable of following any of the paths we were exposed to at NANPA.” – Moria Robinson, 2006 NHSSP Participant

High school participants have gone on to have a number of varied careers – some including photography, some not. Here’s a sampling of what former NHSSP students are now doing:

  • Environmental Photojournalist
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Accountant
  • Owner, Jewelry Design Business
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Filmmaker
  • Adjunct Professor of Photography
  • Captain in the US Army Special Forces
  • Full Time Nature/Conservation Photography
  • Cinematographer
  • Information Technology Professional
  • Owner, Photography Business

Help Make the 2016 Program Possible

NHSSP has been life-changing for many students since the NANPA Foundation began supporting the program in 1997. It has helped create another generation of nature photographers and enthusiasts who truly embrace an awareness of and appreciation for nature through photography.

Consider making a tax-deductible gift to NANPA Foundation to bring in 10 more students for an inspiring and everlasting experience. Through December 4th, the Foundation is running a campaign to raise $10,000 for the 2016 program. Visit our campaign site and invest in the future of nature photography.

 Online fundraising for High School Student Scholarship Program

 

 

 

Exhibit: The Past, Present, and Future of Nature Photography

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The Past, Present, and Future of Nature Photography: The Future – NANPA High School Scholarship Students’ display

 

Photo and story by Lione Clare

Last October, I had the opportunity to visit the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) in St. Louis, Missouri for its Grand Opening to see my image in, The Past, Present, and Future of Nature Photography exhibit that was on display through January of this year. My photo was one of ten selected from several submissions by recent North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) High School Scholarship Students for the “Future” part of the exhibition.

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