I took the podium and looked out over the room: seven hundred men and women, some of the finest nature photographers in the world. This was the North American Nature Photographer’s Association’s (NANPA) Second Annual Forum and it was my job to bring it to a close.
That morning, I had holed up in my hotel room trying to come up with what I would say. My mind wandered back over my own career as a photographer — not so much the photographs but rather the experiences and the lessons I had learned.
I thought about the natural cycles I had so often witnessed while photographing – the seasons, the tides, the rising and setting of the sun. How many thousands of times I had I watched them? Like watching the smooth muscle of the planet — the things our little orb can’t help but do. Like watching the earth breathe.
The 2015 NANPA Summit is shaping up to be a great event.
A star-studded group of keynote speakers include
and Dewitt Jones
The breakout speakers vary from familiar names as well as new and emerging talent and plenty of viewpoints.
serious, hard-core Lightroom techniques
preparing work for fine art exhibits (including a look at the “before and after”)
how-to topics galore, such as landscape, birds and multimedia
plus conservation topics and personal projects.
The pre-Summit Boot Camp will be back and filled with how-to and inspiration. For the working professionals, a Pro Day on Sunday will be packed with meaty business topics and discussion. The tradeshow gives a chance to visit vendors offering products, tours and services. More details are being worked out. But for now, put February 19-22, 2015 on your calendar. The 2015 NANPA Summit is an event not to be missed.
Telluride Photo Festival Discounts for NANPA members
Nestled in the heart of the of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado is a charming Victorian mining town surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The main festival held October 2-5, 2014 is composed of seminars, speakers in the evening, panel discussions, networking events and portfolio reviews. This year’s festival features several workshops of interest of NANPA members: Mark Muench – Composed By Light, Ian Shive – National Parks Magazine Workshop, Jason Huston – Conservation Photography: Make Your Photos Matter. Bill Ellzey – Telluride’s Autumn Aspen Landscape. Visit the NANPA website at https://www.nanpa.org/member-discounts.php and login to the member area for a link to special NANPA discount passes and lodging. Morgan Heim (NANPA Board Member) and Gabby Salazar (NANPA President) will be attending the festival and will have a booth to represent NANPA.
June 15, Nature Photography Day:
A Weekend for You!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo by Eric Bowles.
Here’s a weekend that’s hard to beat!
Sunday, June 15th, is Father’s Day. And it’s Nature Photography Day, celebrating nine years of discovery.
How to enjoy? Time and your imagination can be the best gifts for your Dad. Take your family to a gallery or museum exhibit of nature photographs. Or start a gallery at home—by displaying your images of plants, animals, and natural scenes.
Invite your Dad to experiment with photographs. Pick something in nature that you’ve never photographed before. Then capture that scene on Nature Photography Day.
Chances are you’ll find lots of ways to be creative—especially close to your home. The beach, a trail, or a garden might be just the right spot to photograph. Make it so memorable that you will want to bring your camera to the same place same time, every June 15th.
Remember to look for the Nature Photography Day Member Event on NANPA’s website—and our page on Facebook! Take images on June 15 and upload one for the event section.
During the last week of May of this year, an interesting question from NANPA appeared on my Facebook timeline asking, “Is anyone interested in a local NANPA Nature Photography Group?” to which I replied as quickly as I could, “Yes, in East Central Florida!” A few hours later, I was asked if I would like to be a NANPA Meetup Organizer for my area. It took me all of three seconds to say yes. Thus, on June 10, 2013, the second NANPA Nature Photography Group was launched here in East Central Florida (aka, The Space Coast).
Over the past year and a half, I experienced two long drives home from NANPA gatherings, first from the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Event and then again from the 2013 NANPA Summit. During both of those drives, the same thought played out in my mind: “Now what?”. It seemed that I would have to wait until NANPA offered another opportunity somewhere across the vast USA to gather and shoot with other NANPA members again. I didn’t know any NANPA Members near my home, or how to easily get in touch with members in my area. The NANPA Meetup Group Program solved this problem. And, the program also presents the valuable opportunity to introduce non-members to NANPA.
Organizing and hosting our nature photography group has been both easy and richly rewarding. Since June, we’ve held seven outings in differing settings and environments, focusing on close-up, landscape, flower, wildlife, and conservation photography. Attending members are enthusiastic and eagerly RSVP yes for upcoming Meetups. And, since our start in June, two of our regular attendees have become new NANPA members. That is really exciting!
Two outings that I particularly enjoyed include a trip to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, America’s first wildlife refuge established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and a trip into a section of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Of all of our outings, I most enjoyed leading folks into this special, historic corridor. There, we explored the ranchlands, sod farms, lakes and wildlife management areas that immediately adjoin the eastern boundaries of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Members were introduced to conservation photography, while recognizing and celebrating Florida’s ranchers and sod farmers who are helping to preserve vestiges of wild Florida environments.
A few closing thoughts:
– If you plan to visit central Florida and you’d enjoy participating in one of our outings, please contact me at email@example.com. I’d be pleased to include you as my guest. You can check out the group website here.
– If you have a passion for nature photography, a passion for NANPA, and an interest in connecting with other members (and non-members) in your area, I urge you to become a local NANPA Nature Photography Meetup Group Organizer. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Meetup members at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.