Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

This one-day macro photography workshop is perfect for those wanting to get a handle on photographing nature’s itty-bitty world. Join me in a central-Texas country setting at my Red Belly Ranch nature preserve, located near Smithville, Texas.

During the workshop you’ll learn about both the artistic and technical aspects of this fun form of photography.

Offered twice ~ Choose your date:
Saturday, October 24, 2020 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 25, 2020 workshop

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet. Each workshop limited to eight (8) participants.
More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

This one-day macro photography workshop is perfect for those wanting to get a handle on photographing nature’s itty-bitty world. Join me in a central-Texas country setting at my Red Belly Ranch nature preserve, located near Smithville, Texas.
During the workshop you’ll learn about both the artistic and technical aspects of this fun form of photography.
Offered twice ~ Choose your date:

Saturday, October 24, 2020 workshop
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 25, 2020 workshop

Includes a delicious lunch (on-site) & extensive hand-out packet. Each workshop limited to eight (8) participants.
More info at: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Birds of High Island Texas with Maresa Pryor Luzier

Three full days of action-packed photography during the height of Spring Migration and Breeding Season in Coastal Texas. The highest concentrations of migrating warblers, shore, and wading birds galore in full breeding plumage . We will visit Sabine Woods, Smith Oaks Rookery, Bolivar Flats, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Photography education on low level imagery at Bolivar Flats, flash and natural light for warblers, and macro and motion of wildflowers at Anahauc. Limited to 10 people. NANPA members receive a 15% discount.

Weekly Wow! Week of November 11, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Female Grizzly Bear on Alert With Cubs, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" © Cal McKitrick.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Female Grizzly Bear on Alert With Cubs, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming” © Cal McKitrick.

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, November 11, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Showcase Deadline is Tonight!

Make the Image Your Own from NANPA Video on Vimeo.

Tonight, at 11 PM Eastern Time, the entry window for NANPA’s Showcase Competition closes. Have you got your entries in or are you a procrastinator? I’ll confess to sometimes waiting until the last minute to get something done. The important thing is actually getting it done. So, the good news is: You still have time. The bad news is: Not much!

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It’s Showtime!

This photo of monarch butterflies was a Top 250 image in last year's Showcase. (It was also a winner in Nature's Best Backyards contest. ) Photo © Tom Haxby.
This photo of monarch butterflies was a Top 250 image in last year’s Showcase. (It was also a winner in Nature’s Best Backyards contest. ) Photo © Tom Haxby.

From the President: Tom Haxby

It is always amazing to look back through my collection of older NANPA Expressions magazines (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019) featuring the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition for that year. I may be missing a few years in my collection, but I am sure the photos in those years are incredible too. NANPA has a lot of really, really talented photographers and I am always in awe of the award-winning nature images our members capture. Occasionally, I have been fortunate to have an image place in the top 250 and I always enjoy seeing my photograph along with all of the other spectacular photos.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 19, 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, August 19, 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 began August 1st and runs  through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Top Six Tips for Choosing Winning Images for Photo Contests

Time to get your entries ready for NANPA's 2020 Showcase Competition.
Time to get your entries ready for NANPA’s 2020 Showcase Competition.

In a photo contest, everybody wants their entry to win. So, what can you do to maximize your chances of having one (or more) of your photos chosen for recognition in NANPA’s 2020 Showcase Photo Competition or, for that matter, any other photo competition?

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – James Zablotny

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Goldenrod Soldier Beetles," Owosso, Michigan © James Zablotny.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Goldenrod Soldier Beetles,” Owosso, Michigan © James Zablotny.

Bio:

Jim Zablotny is an entomologist living in Fenton, Michigan and provides insect identifications and macro-photography for a government agency.  Jim earned an MSc in Zoology and doctorate in Entomology from Michigan State University.  While pursuing his college degrees, he also produced scientific and anatomical illustrations for several Zoology department faculty members at MSU.  He specializes in macro or close-up photography, but also incorporates the photography of birds and occasional wildlife images in his portfolio.

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Weekly Wow! Week of August 5, 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, August 5, 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 began August 1st  and runs until through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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