Want to Network with Nature Photographers Where You Live?

By Teresa Ransdell, NANPA Membership Coordinator

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NANPA Meet-up Group: Eastern Banded Watersnake from Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary in South Carolina. © Colin Hocking

Did you know that NANPA has organized 20 Meetup groups around the US that will connect you with other nature photographers in those areas? NANPA’s Meetup program has been in existence for a couple of years, but it may be one of our best-kept secrets.

NANPA members in 20 different areas are organizing opportunities for nature photographers (not just NANPA members) who live in the area (or are vacationing/traveling to an area) to “meet up” and do what nature photographers love doing – shoot. It is a way to network locally around the common interest of nature photography.

These Meetups are generally free to attend, there is no cost to join the Meetup group, and you pick and choose what events and activities fit into your schedule and lifestyle. There are outdoor shooting opportunities, indoor events, classroom-type sessions, and very informal “let’s-just-chat” meetings.

If you live or vacation near one of these areas – or plan to be passing through – join the Meetup and see what they are doing and if you can participate.

 

Alaska                                                  

Southcentral Alaska

 

Arizona

Tucson Area

 

California

Central Coast of California

San Francisco Bay Area

Southern California

 

Colorado

Denver/Boulder

 

Louisiana

Southeast Louisiana

 

Massachusetts

Eastern Massachusetts

 

Montana

Northwest Montana

 

New York                                                                                       

New York City

 

North Carolina

Charlotte

Research Triangle Area

Western North Carolina

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

 

Tennessee

East Tennessee

 

Texas

Central Texas – Austin

North Texas – Dallas Area

East Texas – Houston

 

West Virginia

 

Washington DC Area

Meet-up Group: Prothonotary Warbler at the Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary in South Carolina. © Colin Hocking

Meet-up Group: Prothonotary Warbler at the Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary in South Carolina.  © Colin Hocking

 

FAQs

What is a Meetup? A Meetup is an outing or event that, for our purposes, focuses on nature photography. It can be a time where Meetup members get together at a local park or area in/around a certain area and have a chance to shoot nature photography together. It could also be a meeting indoors where the attendees talk about some aspect of nature photography or even share their photos and give feedback to each other. Local nature photographers volunteer to lead the group and organize the activities.

How Can You Join a Meetup? Visit the www.Meetup.com website, click on “Find a Meetup Group” and search for NANPA. You can also find the list of NANPA Meetup groups with links directly to that group’s page at http://www.nanpa.org/events/local-meetups/. Once you join, you’ll begin receiving notifications about upcoming activities and events. Through the Meetup system (and the event notifications you receive), you can RSVP for the event so the Meetup leader knows who and how many to expect. Details about each event will be included in the event posting.

How Much Does It Cost? Nothing. (Really!) There may be outings planned where there would be a fee to the park entrance or a facility that would be a nice place to photograph nature, but that would be the only fees and you choose what you attend, so you’re in charge of deciding if something meets your budget.

How Can I Help Lead a Meetup Group? Many of the current leaders would welcome an extra organizer or two to help take the load off of one person to do all of the events. Contact Teresa Ransdell, NANPA membership coordinator, for details.

What If There’s Not a Meetup in My Area? We can look into starting additional Meetups as NANPA has the availability. The most successful Meetup groups have at least 2 leaders/organizers so they workload doesn’t fall on one person. We would need to find leaders of the Meetup before we could set up a group in an area. If you are interested in being an organizer of a Meetup group, contact Teresa Ransdell, NANPA membership coordinator, for more information.