Cynthia is a passionate photographer with a deep love and appreciation for all things nature. She enjoys the solitude that nature photography requires but delights in sharing her photos and encouraging others to recognize the beauty that surrounds them and the peace that it brings. She frequently visits national wildlife refuges, state parks in Texas and surrounding states and the gulf coast to capture unique images of nature. Some of these photos have been published in Birds & Blooms and Country magazines and a pocket field guide by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Bob Schamerhorn was propelled into nature photography as a result of the digital age. In 2006, a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a Peregrine Falcon on a beach in Cabo San Lucas sparked the transition from a point-and-shoot to a semi-pro camera. Within two years he began presenting programs at bird clubs, wildlife festivals and Audubon groups. He now keeps a full speaker schedule and displays at thirty art shows a year. Occasional publishing opportunities for book and magazine covers, plus photography contests have provided recognition and, in 2015, nature photography became a full time vocation.
Charles Gangas became interested in nature photography as an aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his career he had the opportunity to travel to distant lands and found he enjoyed taking photographs of the many “natural critters” he encountered. After retiring in 2013 from a career as a pilot for a major U.S. airline, he has gone from an avid hobbyist to a full-time professional photographer and guide. He has been a NANPA member for three years, and this is his first Showcase recognition.