An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 2

Twan Leenders and His Camera
Twan Leenders and His Camera

Interview by Dave Huth

This is the continuation of a conversation between Dave Huth, who serves as co-chair of NANPA’s Conservation Committee and Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, who serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press. See part one of the conversation here.

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An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 1

Image of Twan Leenders  Photographing in Panama by a waterfall.
Twan Leenders Photographing in Panama

Interview by Dave Huth

In 1994, Roger Tory Peterson – an ornithologist and artist famous for his innovative and popular field guides – convened a gathering of more than 100 photographers for conversation about how nature photography might meet the challenge of conservation in the years ahead.

The result of this gathering, held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, New York, was the incorporation of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

Today, RTPI carries on Peterson’s passion for conservation, education, and the arts. Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press.

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Andrew Snyder – Young Photographer Profile

Photographs by Andrew Snyder

Interview by David C. Lester

Andrew Snyder in the field. © Liz Condo

Andrew Synder is finishing up his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Mississippi.  His dissertation is entitled “Biodiversity and Evolution in the Guyana Shield.”  He is a scientist and a professional photographer, but more about his work later.

Andrew got involved with NANPA in 2013 as one of the college scholarship winners.  “I consider that weekend of the NANPA conference, and spending the week with other members of my team working on a project as one of the defining moments of my photography career,” Andrew says.  Their project was to document Amelia Island off the coast of Jacksonville.  A number of pro photographers were with the students to give guidance and to make sure things went well.  “The presentation of our group was done at the 2013 summit, and this experience set the tone for how I wanted to guide my photography work,” he adds.

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