Volunteers are the life blood of membership organizations. At NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, volunteers serve on committees, help plan conferences, present webinars, judge competitions and evaluate grant applications. Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and play other key roles in keeping NANPA vibrant, relevant and growing.
This is the second of an occasional series of volunteer profiles, saluting those whose hard work, ideas, passion and commitment benefit NANPA and its members.
NANPA recently had the opportunity to ask NANPA volunteer John E. Marriott a few questions about his volunteer experiences.
Your bio says you’ve been pointing cameras at the Canadian Rockies since about the age of six. Are you a full-time professional photographer now or do you have a different “day job”?
I’ve been a full-time photographer since Spring 2000. The vast majority of my work has been done in Canada, where I’ve carved out my niche as a photographer specializing in Canadian wildlife and nature photography.
What types of photography most interest you and why?
Wildlife and conservation photography. I love to document the natural world and tell conservation stories.
How have you been involved in NANPA as a volunteer?
I’ve been working on the Ethics Committee.
What was it about this work that most interested you?
The ethics of wildlife photography are critically important in today’s age of instant gratification. There are so many ways that photographers can be tempted to ‘cheat’ the system and affect the wildlife around us in a negative way. I wanted to work on this committee as soon as I heard about it and joined NANPA mainly to be on this committee.
Did you have a goal going into your NANPA volunteer experience?
Just to be as engaged as I could be given my busy schedule.
Does volunteering have benefits for you?
Volunteering is an important part of being a wildlife photographer, I feel like I need to give back to the community.
John E. Marriott is one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife and nature photographers, with images published worldwide by National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, McLean’s, and Reader’s Digest. He is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine and the host of the popular web series EXPOSED with John E. Marriott. Find him and his work at his website and on social media.