Weekly Wow! Week of July 29, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: A Mother's Love, Biwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Mammals © Peter Balunek.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: A Mother’s Love, Biwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Mammals © Peter Balunek.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 29, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase runs from August 1st through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Carol Grenier

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Mammals: Wolves Re-establishing Dominance, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming © Carol Grenier.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Mammals: Wolves Re-establishing Dominance, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming © Carol Grenier.

Bio:

Carol Grenier’s interest in nature photography really took off with her first full-time job, a seasonal appointment as a surveyor in Yellowstone National Park which she calls, “the best job I ever had: working outdoors in a beautiful setting with abundant opportunities for recreation and nature photography.” Exposure to the stunning landscapes and wildlife of the western United States inspired a passion to capture the beauty of nature ever since. In recent years her images have been recognized in NANPA’s Expressions, Nature’s Best magazine, Audubon, and Denver Audubon.

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Weekly Wow! Week of July 1, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Baby Gray Whale," Guerrero Negro, Baja California, Mexico, © Matthew Meier.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Baby Gray Whale,” Guerrero Negro, Baja California, Mexico, © Matthew Meier.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, July 1, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Barney Koszalka

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Bio:

Barney Koszalka is a nature photographer based in Chapel Hill, NC, and Jackson, WY.  Originally trained as a scientist, he’s been photographing across Europe, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Australia as well as throughout the western US.  His work has been featured by the Sierra Club, recognized with numerous Explorer designations by Flickr, Member Choice awards in both Landscape and Plant Life by the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA), and named as a finalist in the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Awards competition. Koszalka is also a contributor to CNPA’s Camera in The Wild quarterly magazine and his studio art photography has appeared in a variety of advertising venues and craft books.

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From the Archives: The Commoners

Story and Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Anyone who has ever so much as considered going on an African photo safari is well aware of the concept of “The Big Five”. What many may not realize is that the expression originated as a hunting term used to describe those game animals most difficult to hunt on foot. Regardless, photographers and sight-seers alike have adopted the idea of seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo as the sign of a successful trip.

From the Editor: Today we reach back into the archives to republish some timely advice about finding what’s special in the common from Kathy Lichtendahl. If you have tips and advice to share with your fellow photographers, drop us a line at publications@nanpa.org.

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Weekly Wow! Week of May 6, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada" © Steven Barger.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada” © Steven Barger.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 6, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 29, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia" © Sharon Wada.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia” © Sharon Wada.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 29, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 22, 2019

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

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska" © Rona Schwarz.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska” © Rona Schwarz.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 22, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Photographing the Wapiti Wolf Pack in Yellowstone

The Wapiti wolf pack in Yellowstone.

The Wapiti wolf pack in Yellowstone.

Story & photos by Scott Joshua Dere

For 10 years, I have been traveling to Yellowstone National Park to pursue my love for wildlife photography. Every year the park has given me special scenes to photograph and animals to see in their natural environment.

One of the most coveted species to see in this national park are wolves. I have seen them many times in and around the park but usually it’s at great distances, similar to the above photograph, or on a late night drive. However, this year my guide, Christopher Daniel, and I were able to track them closely for 3 days, until we were gifted with a rare close encounter.

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A Turning Point in My Photography: NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program

Owl on alert in the forest.

Owl on alert in the forest.

Story and photos by Ashleigh Scully

I was a participant in the 2017 NANPA High School Scholarship Program and spent a week in the Great Smoky Mountains working with some incredible mentors, broadening my interests in photography and learning from some very talented kids my age as well.

This program was a turning point for me–it showed me just how much I want to inspire the younger generation to learn more about conservation and photography. Working with and learning from 9 other students from across the country was not what I expected it to be. I had assumed we would all stick to the certain aspects of photography we were comfortable with, but instead we all motivated each other to try a little bit of everything.

During that week in the Smokies, I got to experiment with flash and night photography and use some of the cameras, lenses, and flashes that Canon sent to as loaners. I now have knowledge of the settings to use for star and night photography, something that will definitely come in handy for me in the future. We also hiked out to a waterfall and attempted slow motion waterfall photos to capture the blur of the water. Using the loaner flashes, we also found little salamanders and toads and used white backgrounds for the “Meet Your Neighbors” technique that  Andrew Snyder, one of the mentors, taught us. Some of the kids were so in love with this new technique, it was all they did!

Do you know a talented young nature photographer? NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program is seeking 10 high school student photographers to attend a five-day field event where they can learn from the industry’s top shooters. Apply now for this immersive, hands-on education program to be held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 1–6, 2019. Combining classroom and field-based instruction, students will have the chance to improve their nature photography skills, learn about NANPA, meet industry professionals, and gain an appreciation of the Smoky Mountains’ rich natural history. The last day to apply is January 31, 2019, so don’t wait. Apply now!

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