Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Jeff Maltzman

Showcase 2019, Best in Show, Scapes: Saguaro Cacti Reflected in a Small Pool, Bear Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, © Jeff Maltzman.

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Jeff Maltzman is an ophthalmologist and avid landscape/nature photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. While he enjoys world travel in the pursuit of nature’s wonder, he is particularly fond of exploring and photographing his ‘backyard’ of the southwestern US, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. His images have been published in Arizona Highways magazine as well as in their books and calendars.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Amy Marques

Showcase 2019: Best in Show, Altered Reality: The Dreamer- A Fantasy of Flying Penguins © Amy Marques.

Showcase 2019: Best in Show, Altered Reality: The Dreamer- A Fantasy of Flying Penguins © Amy Marques.

Bio:

Since first taking up nature photography in 2009, Amy has discovered that the passion allows her to capture many emotional moments and details in nature that she would not have normally noticed.

Amy’s nature photography has done well with NANPA, winning many placements in Top 100, Top 250, a Judge’s Choice, two Showcase winnings and one image published on the front cover of NANPA 2018 Expressions.  She has also had two Highly Honored in the Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best, one being chosen for exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.  Other winnings include Share the View- Greater Denver Audubon, National Wildlife Society, among others.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Hector Astorga

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Mammals: Silverback Mountain Gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Hector Astorga.

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Mammals: Silverback Mountain Gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Hector Astorga.

Bio:

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer based in South Texas. His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is the ranch manager at the Santa Clara Ranch, a photography ranch that hosts nature photographers from all over the globe.. He leads and conducts photography tours & workshops at multiple locations in North America, Central America, Europe and Africa.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Carol Grenier

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Mammals: Wolves Re-establishing Dominance, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming © Carol Grenier.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Mammals: Wolves Re-establishing Dominance, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming © Carol Grenier.

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Carol Grenier’s interest in nature photography really took off with her first full-time job, a seasonal appointment as a surveyor in Yellowstone National Park which she calls, “the best job I ever had: working outdoors in a beautiful setting with abundant opportunities for recreation and nature photography.” Exposure to the stunning landscapes and wildlife of the western United States inspired a passion to capture the beauty of nature ever since. In recent years her images have been recognized in NANPA’s Expressions, Nature’s Best magazine, Audubon, and Denver Audubon.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Mark Hoyle

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.

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My name is Mark Hoyle. I’m a practicing General Dentist in Anderson,SC. and live with my wife Darlene in Townville,SC on Lake Hartwell. My passion for nature photography began many years ago as a scuba diver. My favorite subjects include anything with a heartbeat and landscapes. Continue reading

Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Ben Knoot

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Birds: Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Ecuador, © Ben Knoot.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Birds: Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Ecuador, © Ben Knoot.

Bio:

Ben Knoot is a 22-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. He now resides in Marana, Arizona, where he enjoys photographing the local wildlife.

Ben now leads educational and instructive photography tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours; http://www.tropicalbirding.com Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earths beauty as much as he does.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Barney Koszalka

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Bio:

Barney Koszalka is a nature photographer based in Chapel Hill, NC, and Jackson, WY.  Originally trained as a scientist, he’s been photographing across Europe, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Australia as well as throughout the western US.  His work has been featured by the Sierra Club, recognized with numerous Explorer designations by Flickr, Member Choice awards in both Landscape and Plant Life by the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA), and named as a finalist in the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Awards competition. Koszalka is also a contributor to CNPA’s Camera in The Wild quarterly magazine and his studio art photography has appeared in a variety of advertising venues and craft books.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Arabella Dane

Showcase 2019 Altered Reality, Judges' Choice: Flowers Barbados – Tabernaemontana divaricata , Pinwheel Flower © Arabella Dane.

Showcase 2019 Altered Reality, Judges’ Choice: Flowers Barbados – Tabernaemontana divaricata , Pinwheel Flower © Arabella Dane.

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Arabella Dane is an accredited photography judge, a member of two camera clubs in New England, 2 Photography Society of America study groups ,as well as a serving as an emeritus Garden Club of America photography judge and instructor. She is the founder of the GCA Photography Study Group, and is the coordinator for the photography initiatives of the National Garden Clubs, working with Charlie Burke, PSA past president, to develop online photography programs and competitions for the NGC membership (250,000 members).

She regularly competes in photography competitions and takes courses in photography. She shares with her husband Nat a love for nature, gardening, conservation, fishing, bird shooting, traveling, and photography. Arabella is an avid horticulture student – working most recently on the correlations between our native plants and their pollinators. Her online www.plantipedia.com web site includes more than 150,000 plants and 25,000 plant photographs as well as photos of many of our native butterflies and is a favorite resource for plant huggers.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Laura M Eppig

Showcase 2019 Birds, Judges' Choice: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Catching Gnat © Laura M. Eppig.

Showcase 2019 Birds, Judges’ Choice: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Catching Gnat © Laura M. Eppig.

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Laura M. Eppig is a mostly self taught Nature Photographer who learned on slide film in the late ’80’s. She was invited to join a Camera Club in order to learn Bird Photography and was mentored by 3 of the founding members.  While Laura shoots the majority of her images close to home, she has been known to travel far afield in search of certain elusive subjects, specifically Owls.

Laura finds that she can combine most of her interests through photography. Hiking and bird watching are two of her passions that nature photography encompasses. Macro photography is one of her special interests, especially shooting insects and spiders.  Library Exhibits, as well as other types of displays, and Photography Classes keep her busy in addition to photographing whenever possible.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Cynthia Lockwood

Showcase 2019 Scapes, Judges' Choice: Bald Cypress Trees in Autumn © Cynthia Lockwood.

Showcase 2019 Scapes, Judges’ Choice: Bald Cypress Trees in Autumn © Cynthia Lockwood.

Bio:

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.

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