Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Jackie Kramer

Showcase 2019, First Runner-up, Altered Reality: Dead Tide – Stolen Lives © Jackie Kramer.

Showcase 2019, First Runner-up, Altered Reality: Dead Tide – Stolen Lives © Jackie Kramer.

Bio:

Jackie Kramer resides in St. Augustine, FL, after living in Alaska for almost 30 years. She has been photographing the natural world, with an emphasis on flowers, since the age of 16. Jackie has earned awards from The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY); from the Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild (Best in Show in 2017 and 2018 and Competitor of the Year in 2017 and 2018), and by the Professional Photographers of America’s International Photographic Competition (Silver Medal in 2018). Jackie maintains an active Facebook group, Phlorography- Artistic Floral Photography, with over 5,000 passionate floral photographers from around the world. She is committed to enriching others through the support and relationships developed and fostered through this network.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 19, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada. © Steven Barger.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada. © Steven Barger.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 19, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st and runs  through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Top Six Tips for Choosing Winning Images for Photo Contests

Time to get your entries ready for NANPA's 2020 Showcase Competition.
Time to get your entries ready for NANPA’s 2020 Showcase Competition.

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 2020 Showcase Photo Competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?

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Get Connected to the Underworld: Discover the Beauty of the Underside of Flowers

Rear of floribunda roses shot from below.
Rear of floribunda roses shot from below.

Story and photos by F. M. Kearney

Flowers are definitely one of the most popular subjects in nature photography. They’ve been photographed with limited depths of field to convey a soft, romantic look. They’ve been photographed with large depths of field to show the abundance of a large group. Sometimes, the sun is included for a more dynamic shot. A vast array of special effects have been employed to produce some truly stunning imagery. Indeed, flowers have been photographed in every conceivable way imaginable. However, the one way in which I hardly ever see is from the rear. I did a Google search of “Creative Flower Photography,” and out of the 100 or so results, only 2 or 3 photos featured the backside. That’s a shame because so many great opportunities are going unrealized.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – James Zablotny

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Goldenrod Soldier Beetles," Owosso, Michigan © James Zablotny.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Goldenrod Soldier Beetles,” Owosso, Michigan © James Zablotny.

Bio:

Jim Zablotny is an entomologist living in Fenton, Michigan and provides insect identifications and macro-photography for a government agency.  Jim earned an MSc in Zoology and doctorate in Entomology from Michigan State University.  While pursuing his college degrees, he also produced scientific and anatomical illustrations for several Zoology department faculty members at MSU.  He specializes in macro or close-up photography, but also incorporates the photography of birds and occasional wildlife images in his portfolio.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 12, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Cottonweed," High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cottonweed,” High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 12, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st and runs  through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Ephemeral: Photographing in Arches National Park

Sensuous Double Arch casts its mesmerizing spell on all who stand in awe at its base.
Sensuous Double Arch casts its mesmerizing spell on all who stand in awe at its base.

Story & photos by Jerry Ginsberg

The dictionary defines ephemeral as transient.
e-fem-e-ral —  Temporary, or passing, as changing as the rocks.

Maybe not.

In the case of the rock formations that dot and decorate our Earth, we could also add, “in transition” for the rocks do not stay the same. Even though they may look to us mortals that they do, it is only because we are changing faster than are they. Sometimes.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – William Page Pully

Showcase 2019, First Runner Up, Birds: Eagle Battle, Darlington, Maryland © William Page Pully.

Showcase 2019, First Runner Up, Birds: Eagle Battle, Darlington, Maryland © William Page Pully.

Bio:

William Page Pully is an avid amateur photographer based in Aberdeen, MD and Belmar, NJ. He has been shooting wildlife and nature photography for about 5 years. He mostly shoots in the Mid-Atlantic area but has also traveled to many other states in the US to explore nature and wildlife.  He plans to begin selling his work in 2019 and donating the proceeds to nature-based charities.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 5, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner:  "Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia," © Sharon Wada.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia,” © Sharon Wada.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 5, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st  and runs until through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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From the Executive Director – Susan Day

Cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Currents magazine, which was the last published printed issue.      Photo caption:  An Ogeechee tupelo photographed by Carlton Ward Jr. spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp.

Cover of the Fall 2013 issue of Currents magazine, which was the last published printed issue. Photo caption: An Ogeechee tupelo photographed by Carlton Ward Jr. spreads its branches over a shallow sandbar colored orange by tannin-stained water flowing from the Okefenokee Swamp.

While flipping through old NANPA printed publications recently, it hit me that I’ve been contributing to our communications for nearly 25 years, so it seemed timely for NANPA’s 25th birthday year, that I share a bit of NANPA’s communication’s history.  I started writing for NANPA immediately after the 1994 Forum in Ft Myers, Florida and volunteered in some capacity –committee member, committee chair, advisor, editor/proofreader, project manager, etc. since.  I can’t count how many articles I wrote, researched, interviewed for, ghost-wrote, assigned or edited through the years.  In the early years, all communications were printed and mailed to members; and I saved sample copies of almost every issue. 

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