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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2019 NANPA Fellow Sue Flood

2019 NANPA Fellow Sue Flood speaks at NANPA's 2019 Nature Photography Summit.

2019 NANPA Fellow Sue Flood speaks at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit.

Everybody loves penguins.  Right?  I mean who doesn’t smile when they see one of these birds awkwardly waddling along?  Who doesn’t go “Awww” when seeing them with their young? But it’s not easy to photograph them.  You have to go to remote, freezing, inhospitable places like the Weddell Sea or Antarctica.  You have to be out in sub-zero temperatures in all kinds of weather.  And, frankly, a large colony of sea birds doesn’t always smell very good.

In spite of it all, Sue Flood is one of a small number of photographers who come again and again (she’s taken more than fifty trips!) to the cold, harsh environments of the South Atlantic and Antarctica.  And she’s a new NANPA Fellow, honored last month at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show, where she was also a terrific keynote speaker.

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NANPA Member in the News: Cindy Miller Hopkins and Five Penguins

The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project interviews NANPA member Cindy Miller Hopkins.

The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project interviews NANPA member Cindy Miller Hopkins.

What’s so special about a photo of five penguins?  You could get that at a local zoo.  Certainly, during NANPA member and travel and photographer Cindy Miller Hopkin’s trip last year to the far reaches of the South Atlantic, she had plenty of photos of penguins.  But one shot, from off the South Sandwich Islands, turned out to be unique.

As she was editing and captioning her shots, Cindy noticed that there were five different species of penguins in one frame.  That seemed unusual and she brought it to the attention of an ornithologist on the tour who told her he’d never seen an image with five species in the same place, at the same time.  Further research revealed that no one else had either.

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NANPA Weekly Wow: March 27 – April 2

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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