Most of my weeks are filled with board tasks, committee meetings, and writing and studying reports; but lately, I’ve been reminded of the essence of NANPA—nature photography.
I talked to a relatively new NANPA member recently who had looked at his first issue of Expressions, the annual journal of our Showcase winners. He commented on the amazing images that won the competition and how inspired he was viewing them. I’m probably not alone as a charter NANPA member who has seen and been involved with the world-class photography of our members for many years; and even though I still appreciate seeing an outstanding photo, I had forgotten about that sense of wonder of looking at hundreds of extraordinary images in one sitting. My conversation with that member made me see those images with fresh eyes. Expressions 2018https://www.nanpa.org/learning/publications/expressions/ was delivered to the Showcase winners this week, and the office received quite a few emails and comments about how much people enjoyed it and that they are proud to be a part of it.
A special thank you to everyone who celebrated Nature Photography Day on June 15 and all who entered the photo contest. Make plans now to enter one of the most prestigious photo contest in the nature photography community the 2019 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. Competition opens August 1. Learn more now.
About a decade ago the Yellowstone Association Institute offered a series of Master Artist workshops in the park. I was lucky enough to be accepted into a class with one of my favorite wildlife painters, Robert Bateman. Over the course of three days in Mammoth, the renowned artist captivated participants with stories, demonstrations, and instruction on how to better portray the natural world in our chosen medium.
How do you know if a photography workshop you are considering is right for you? Good question, huh? I’ve asked it myself and I’ve heard it asked many times, so I thought I’d try to answer it in case it’s a question that’s on anyone’s mind.
The North American Nature Photography Association produces an annual print/digital publication called Expressions. The journal highlights the top 250 photographs from the NANPA Showcase competition held each year. The 2018 edition of Expressions is now available.
The digital version is available free of charge to all current NANPA members. Simply go to the NANPA website and log into the Members’ Area and click the “Expressions” link. From this page, you can download the magazine for each year back to 2011.
A magazine-quality printed version of Expressions is available via the MagCloud link on the webpage. The print version is a beautiful publication to add to your collection, and you can enjoy it without having to be online.
NANPA Expressions is among the highest-quality annuals devoted to nature photography. We hope you’ll check it out soon!