2019 NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award: George Lepp

George D. Lepp

George D. Lepp

Photographer, educator, writer and mentor George D. Lepp will receive NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show, February 21-23 in Las Vegas, NV.

To nature photographers and his long-time fans, Lepp needs no introduction.  As the awards committee noted, he is “one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers. His passions for natural beauty, technical precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility are revealed in his beautiful and compelling photographic images. He is also widely recognized for his unique dedication to sharing his photographic and biological knowledge with other photographers through his seminars and writing. In both realms, George Lepp is a leader in the rapidly advancing field of digital imaging.”

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From the Executive Director – Susan Day


Traditionally, October is a relatively slow time in the NANPA office because so many photographers are out searching for fall color and wildlife.  It’s also when people take vacations or squeeze in another workshop while the weather is cool, but not yet bitterly cold and blustery. For whatever reasons, this October was different – and busy – with member activity, phone calls, and questions.

In this month’s column, I’ll give a brief status report on what’s happening with NANPA’s events and programs.

2019 Showcase Competition

The 2019 Showcase Competition closed on October 17, and judging started soon thereafter.  We received more than 3,600 entries from nearly 400 photographers, which is our highest participation since 2009.  Judging has been completed, and winners have been notified and are now sending us their hi-res photos that will be published in Expressions 2019.  Production of Expressions 2019 is underway, and barring any unforeseen delays, will be available in February.  Members who submitted images in the competition can view the results by logging into the members area of the website.  The Top 250 Winning Images will be displayed on the NANPA website beginning in January.  Thank you to all who entered the competition; to judges Melissa Groo, George Lepp, and Joe and Mary Ann McDonald; Showcase Coordinator, Wendy Shattil; Showcase Web Developer, John Lock; and Project Manager, Teresa Ransdell.

We do have a few spots left for advertising in Expressions 2019.  If you’d like to place an ad, contact Gina Head for rates and availability.  Or download ad info here.

2019 Nature Photography Summit & Trade Show

Registrations opened in early October for the 2019 Nature Photography Summit & Trade Show which will be held February 21-23, 2019 in Las Vegas.  As usual, members wanting to ensure spots with their top choices of portfolio reviewers and to make sure they get in for Super Sessions and pre/post photo outings, registered early.  Take a look at the speaker lineup and schedule for this Summit, check out the reviewer openings (A bargain at only $60 for 20 minutes one-on-one time with a pro!), and consider adding a Super Session (only $75 for a 3-hour class on a variety of great topics).   We’ve heard of some great airfare sales to Vegas, and you can’t beat the room rate at the Westgate!  NANPA will be emailing a series of Summit Snapshots to you in the coming weeks with announcements of any changes or additions to the program.  Be sure to bookmark the Summit website and check back periodically because we’ll be making updates as they come up.

A few exhibitor booth spaces, advertising, and sponsorships are still available.  More info.

Regional Events

NANPA Regional Events are almost full for 2018 and 2019.  As of November 1, there are two spots left for the Bosque del Apache event with Cathy Illg in December and one spot left on the Florida Birding Workshop with Maresa Pryor Luzier in January.  We still have spaces left for the fall 2019 Fall in Upper Peninsula of Michigan with Richard Day and Hank Erdmann.  The Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour and the Arches Astrophotography Workshop are both sold out.


We took a short break from webinars this fall while photographers were traveling, but have a great lineup ready for the next few months.  Topics include power marketing, video nature photography, timesaving tips with Adobe ACR or Lightroom, macro on a budget, and more.

Remember that all NANPA members can view past webinars in the members area of the website—including the latest in our Town Hall Series on Ethical Field Approaches for Nature Photography.

Those are the highlights from October, and we’ll continue to share new information on events, programs, and projects when it’s available.


Susan Day
NANPA Executive Director




From the Executive Director – Susan Day

Susan Day at NANPA board meeting, Jacksonsville, FL. Photo by David Small.

Choices and Goals

Everyday we make choices.  What to eat.  What to wear.  What to do.  Nature photographers make choices on new equipment, how to pay for it, where to use it, how to compose an image, which tweaks to make during post-processing; and for some, how to make a living.  Everyone’s bucket list is unique, and we take different paths to reach them–whether you’re a big-time goal-setter with spreadsheets and planners or a seat-of-the-pants winger.

Passion, planning, and drive play big parts in whether (and when) we take those fall landscape photos in the Rockies or photograph wildlife on an African safari.

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Getting from No to Yes: Entering Photo Contests



Fox Family won an award in the National Parks Contest.

“Fox Family” won an award in the National Parks Contest.


Story and Photography by Karen Schuenemann

A few years ago, a friend said to me, “You already have NO.”  I asked what he meant.  His response has stuck with me ever since, and has served me well.  If you sit back and don’t put in the effort, you already have NO.   If you don’t try something that you dream about doing, you already have NO.  If you don’t attempt to do anything at all, you already have NO.

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Top Five Tips for Choosing Winning Images for Photo Contests

NANPA Showcase Competition

2019 NANPA Showcase Competition. Entries due by September 17, 11 PM Eastern.

In a photo contest, everybody wants their entry to win.  So, what can you do to maximize your chances of having one (or more) of your photos chosen for recognition in NANPA’s 2019 Showcase Photo Competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?

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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.

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