Photographers’ New Year’s Resolutions

The words 'new years resolutions' are displayed in the center of a page on a vintage typewriter.
Photo by Matthew Henry via Burst.

It may seem trite to talk about resolutions for the new year but, really, it’s as good a time as any to challenge yourself.  Are there things you can do to improve your photography?  To improve your business?  To increase the satisfaction and enjoyment you get from your photography?

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Wanted: Future Nature Photographers

Students at work during Photo from 2019 High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. © Tom Haxby.
Photo from 2019 High School Scholarship Program at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. © Tom Haxby.

By NANPA President Tom Haxby

Do you know a high school student who will be between the age of 14-19 and a rising sophomore, junior or senior during the dates of July 6-11, 2020, who might be interested in exploring nature through nature photography while having fun too? Perhaps this might be one of your children, grandchildren or even a non-relative.

Please consider encouraging eligible students to apply to the NANPA High School Photography Scholarship Program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Applications are available at http://nanpafoundation.org/high-school-scholarships/ and must be submitted online by January 31, 2020.

If you know an educator who might interact with interested students, please inform them of this program. You can download a flyer to share.

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 30, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Burchell's Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia " © Karen Hunt.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Burchell’s Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia ” © Karen Hunt.

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 30, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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NANPA Foundation Awards Philip Hyde Conservation Grant to Clay Bolt

Photo of bees in a high-altitude field of flowers.
Photo © Clay Bolt

Clay Bolt of Livingston, Montana has been named the 2019 Philip Hyde Conservation Grant recipient by the NANPA Foundation. Bolt’s award of $2,500 will be used to continue his study of bumble bees, specifically the effect of climate change on bumble bees in the Sky Islands in south-central New Mexico.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays sign
Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst.

Just as there are many types of nature photographer and many ways to frame a shot, NANPA’s members come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, with differing perspectives and beliefs.  From all of us at NANPA, best wishes to all of you on whichever holidays or traditions you find meaningful and celebrate.

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How NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program Impacted Me

Story and Photography by Jorel Cuomo

When I attended NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program (NHSSP) in 2004 in Portland, my eyes opened to exploring wildlife photography as a medium. I greatly benefited from the one-on-one instruction and support of fellow photographers, both peers and mentors. Before attending this program, I never knew all this support existed; I felt that I was exploring nature and my camera by myself. Being a scholarship winner gave me the opportunity to harness my potential. Being surrounding by world-class photographers that shared their knowledge and experience opened my eyes to the possibilities that awaited me in our magnificent world.

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 23, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Eruption at Fuego Volcano, Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala" © Hector Astorga.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Eruption at Fuego Volcano, Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala” © Hector Astorga.

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 23, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Wildlife Photography and Book Design

Page layout for a book with a photo of a leopard and text.
“Claws Spread” in book layout. © Dr. Paul Brooke.

You’ve put your wildlife photos on Instagram and other social media, as prints and on notecards.  What’s next?  Books!  Have you ever wanted to see your work in a book, either self-published or in someone else’s collection?  What’s involved in preparing your files?  What design work must you do?  In a NANPA webinar, Dr. Paul Brooke will walk us through the process of Wildlife Photography and Book Design on January 2, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

In this 1.5-hour presentation, Dr. Brooke will teach you about the layout and design of photography books using Adobe InDesign. Topics covered include page layout, color palettes, text/image balance, cover design and overall aesthetic.

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What Books Make a Great Gift for a Photographer?

Photo of a bookshelf full of books
Photo by Tatiana from Pexels.

What books have impacted your photography?  Did Ansel Adams change how you photographed nature?  Did Galen Rowell make you see differently?  Did George Lepp or John Shaw make the complex easy to understand?  If you were giving a fellow photographer a book this holiday season, what would it be?

The New York Times Book Review recently printed an article on the best photography books of 2019.  It didn’t feature any nature photography, but it still got me thinking about what books really impacted my photography and the way I experience both nature and the art of nature photography.  What book changed how you photograph and experience nature?

Maybe it’s not even a photography book.  Did the writing of John Muir, Bill Bryson or Henry David Thoreau change the way you experience nature?  Did an exhibit of Monet’s or Van Gogh’s paintings affect how you see the world?  Maybe it’s a video or a Ted Talk.

DeWitt Jones really helped me become fully present and “in the moment” when I’m out in the natural world.  My senses become keener.  I see, hear and feel more acutely than in day-to-day life.  In turn, that impacts what I notice, what I decide to photograph and how I shoot it, as well as the mood I wish to convey.  You might have seen his columns in Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Those were my first exposure to him and I enjoyed his writing.  Then I saw him as a keynote speaker at a conference I was attending and gained a whole new appreciation for his approach to photography. Check out his Ted Talk.

So what’s your ideal gift, to give a photographer or receive as a photographer?  (Of course, a NANPA membership always makes a fabulous gift!) Tell us about it.  Send us a short review explaining what the book/video/whatever is about and what resonated with you.  Email your recommendation to publications@nanpa.org.  We’ll publish recommendations in a future blog.

Weekly Wow! Week of December 16, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Hazy Light Filters Into Panther Creek Falls, Panther Creek, Washington" © Ian S. Frazier.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Hazy Light Filters Into Panther Creek Falls, Panther Creek, Washington” © Ian S. Frazier.

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

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