A film and photography exhibit celebrating the freshwater life of Southern Appalachia
Story and photos by David Herasimtschuk
A true spectacle of biodiversity, freshwater hosts a
teeming collage of colors, shapes and behaviors. These flowing waters are
essential to life. Yet, as a society dependent upon this vital resource, how
often do we look beneath the water’s surface? Over the last ten years,
Freshwaters Illustrated has worked to document the vibrancy and wonder of life
found in the rivers and streams of Southern Appalachia, North America’s most
biologically-rich waters. This unique region harbors the world’s richest
temperate fish fauna and is home to the highest diversity of freshwater
mussels, snails, crayfish and salamanders on the planet. Highlighting this
great variety, Freshwaters Illustrated created its newest
feature film, Hidden Rivers, which
follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region
and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems.
Mary Jane Gibson, Vice President of the NANPA Foundation Board of Trustees announces the results of a challenge grant at the 2019 Nature Photography Summit.
During NANPA’s recent Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show in Las Vegas, one bunch of photographers always seemed to be especially hard at work, energized and excited. These young people were participants in the NANPA Foundation’sSummit College Scholarship Program and their week in Las Vegas was packed with learning, growing, creating, networking and having fun.
Their assignment: develop a story-telling project which would be shown during the Summit.
The end of a year signals a time for reflection of the past months as well as anticipation of what’s ahead. As I review 2018 for NANPA, I’m amazed at the variety and number of events and services offered for a relatively small organization. Everything we do is coordinated by a handful of part-time contractors and around 100 volunteers.
Cullinan Ranch levee breach – The 1500 acre Cullinan Ranch was purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as part of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge in 1991. It was diked off from tidal action and drained in the 1800’s to grow oat hay. It is now being restored for endangered species and other wildlife.
Story and photographs by Beth Huning, 2011 Philip Hyde Grant Recipient
As photographers, many of us are good at telling our conservation stories through imagery. We use our photos to support projects that protect or restore the earth, its ecosystems, and inhabitants. Philip Hyde was a pioneer in using photographs for conservation and I have long admired his achievements. A native Californian, he was passionate about protecting the American West, and his photographs were influential in many conservation campaigns.
From the Editor: Applications for the 2018 Philip Hyde Grant and the 2018 Janie Moore Greene Grant are encouraged and will be accepted through midnight, October 31st. Details are at the end of the article.
Award recognizes those studying photography in higher education
Kelsey Gramza of West Falls, New York has been chosen as the 2017 Janie Moore Greene Grant recipient. She is in her sophomore year at University at Buffalo and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography. University at Buffalo is in Buffalo, New York.
Gramza’s career goals are to go on to graduate school and become a photography professor at a university. She currently runs a photography club at University at Buffalo.
Gramza shared what has led up to her studying photography which started when she was eight years old and picked up a camera for the first time. Her father commended her on her first photographs and she hasn’t looked back since. In 2013, she was awarded a NANPA High School Scholarship Program scholarship which allowed her to attend NANPA’s 2013 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida. Gramza described that experience as “one of the most inspiring weeks of my life. I learned more from that experience than I ever had about photography and I connected with so many others in my group. To this day, I still keep in contact with and watch those in the program with me grow in their photography.”
The Janie Moore Greene Grant is a $1,000 award given annually by the NANPA Foundation through the generosity of Janie Moore Greene to a student currently enrolled in, or who has been accepted to, an institution of higher education specializing in the study of photography.
Applications for the 2018 award will be accepted beginning in late summer. For more information and updates, visit the NANPA Foundation website.