Underwater Photojournalist Receives Outstanding Young Photographer Award

Jennifer Adler dives at Ginnie Springs in White Springs, Florida May 29, 2019 (Photo by Bob Croslin/Getty Images for National Geographic Partners)

Florida-based conservation photographer and underwater photojournalist Jennifer Adler will receive one of NANPA’s Outstanding Young Photographer of the Year Awards during the 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29-30. She earned a degree in marine biology from Brown University and a PhD in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida. “Having a background in science allows me to communicate science accurately and impactfully,” she says. “I often write and photograph stories, so understanding science and being able to read complex peer-reviewed papers helps me ask the right questions of the researchers and then use the more creative part of my brain to tell a visual story that brings science to a wider audience in a compelling way.” She’s given TED Talks and presentations for museums and conservation organizations, has an extensive list of publication credits, and has been awarded Young Explorer and Storytelling grants from National Geographic.

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Showcase 2021 Winner: Alex Rose

"Startled California Sea Lion," Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2021 Showcase Best in Category, Mammals © Alex Rose
“Startled California Sea Lion,” Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2021 Showcase Best in Category, Mammals © Alex Rose

Artist’s statement

I enjoy creating animal portraits that exist within a whole ecosystem context. Unlike land photography where we have the luxury of spending hours patiently waiting with our telephoto lenses to capture tight shots of animals hundreds of feet away, photographing mammals underwater is a different beast. It’s close up, it’s unpredictable, it’s fast paced, and you’re shooting in what amounts to a hostile human environment that requires a life support system just to keep breathing. While challenging, these conditions also make it endlessly exciting and rewarding. The California sea lion colony of Los Islotes in the Sea of Cortez is an intensely fun place to make photos, and I was ecstatic to capture this moment in the life of one of the most charismatic marine mammals on our blue planet.

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Underwater Photography for the Enthusiastic Amateur: Trials, Tribulations, and Occasional Triumphs

“Discovering what lies beneath” a photo of an underwater photographer swimming under a school of fish. © Jim Squires
“Discovering what lies beneath” © Jim Squires

By Jim Squires

Nature photography is a powerful medium. Transporting us from expansive celestial heavens to secretive microscopic worlds only inches away, nature photography has the power to drop jaws, warm hearts, foster curiosity, and inspire action by giving the viewer a front row seat to our natural world. While the bulk of nature photography has captured life on the surface of our planet and its interface with the skies, more recently photographers have been discovering what lies beneath.

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Networking, Lessons in Life and Nature Photography on Tap for New Podcast

In a few short weeks, NANPA will officially launch The Nature Photographer Podcast in collaboration with the cast of Wild and Exposed, so we asked one of the co-founders and co-hosts to tell us what he’s gained from hosting and participating in nature photography podcasts, and what he hopes the new NANPA podcast brings its listeners.

Photos and story by Ron Hayes

I’m all about networking in wildlife photography. Networking is critical to being able to find good locations to shoot, but it’s also how you find people you respect to review your work and give you honest input. You might not want to hear the feedback, but it will help you improve your image quality.

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Top Seven Tips for Choosing Winning Images for Photo Contests

2021 NANPA Showcase
Time to get your entries ready for NANPA’s 2021 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 2021 Showcase photo competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?

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Weekly Wow! Week of July 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Galapagos Sea Lion Blowing Bubbles at Me” © Susan McConnell
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Galapagos Sea Lion Blowing Bubbles at Me” © Susan McConnell

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, July 13, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Sharon Wada

Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: "Smashing Mantis Shrimp Holding Eggs” © Sharon Wada
Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: “Smashing Mantis Shrimp Holding Eggs” © Sharon Wada

How I Got the Shot

Underwater photography is a balancing act of patience, awareness and readiness, not to mention the “minor” details of hauling a huge housing around while managing buoyancy, current, depth, air supply, divers, etc. When an elusive mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) pops up for a few seconds from a coral crevasse, one has to be quick.

In addition to its beautiful mass of well-developed eggs, this shrimp shows a hint of the “ribbon” in which they are laid. The shrimp folds these layers and masterfully tucks them underneath its body. Seeing this ribbon was a first for me and a special moment in our tropical seas.

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Matthew Meier

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.

How I Got the Shot

This photo was created while on a dive trip to Tiger Beach, located NW of Grand Bahama Island. While anchored over the dive site, dozens of Lemon Sharks circled the boat near the surface. To get this shot, I was laying face down on the swim step with my camera housing in the water, trying to balance the exposure for the fleeting sunset with the power of my strobes to illuminate the sharks under the surface.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 9, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Green lynx spider on echinacea flower, Red Belly Ranch, Smithville, Texas" © Jeff Parker.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Green lynx spider on echinacea flower, Red Belly Ranch, Smithville, Texas” © Jeff Parker.

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, March 2, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 9, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Roseate Spoonbill, Alligator Farm, Saint Augustine, Florida " © Dave Hattori.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Roseate Spoonbill, Alligator Farm, Saint Augustine, Florida ” © Dave Hattori.

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 9, 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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