Nature Photography Day

Celebrate Nature Photography Day- June 15, 2017

This day was designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s reference work, Chases’s Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent–from overseas, too–have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.

NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don’t lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!

See how others from around the world celebrated Nature Photography Day: #naturephotographyday and visit www.naturephotographyday.org

Celebrate Nature Photography Day all year long!

See where your photography takes you!

– Even before June 15, get inspired by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in nature photography.
– Pick something that you’ve never photographed before, and then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15.
– Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek, and show them how to photograph trees, flowers, birds, and more. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers.
– Why not experiment? Look for something that detracts from the beauty in nature–images that show how human beings sometimes adversely affect our environment.
– Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to your world!
– How will you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Let us know: info@nanpa.org.

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Harlequin Duck, adults calling

Harlequin Duck, adults calling © Martin Sneary

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Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

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© Peter Zelinka

© Peter Zelinka

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© David Akoubian

© David Akoubian

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Great Kiskadees Beak to Beak, Hidalgo Co., TX- © Cissy Beasley

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Story and Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

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Intergalactic lens zoom of the Milky Way, Acadia National Park, Maine © David Francis

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Crystal Cathedral – ice caves, Grand Island Ice Caves on Lake Superior © Todd Reed

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Steam and trees on Minerva Terraces in Yellowstone National Park at below zero

Steam and trees on Minerva Terraces in Yellowstone National Park at below zero © D. Robert Franz

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