Photo Editor Becomes NANPA Fellow

Photo of Susan McElhinney
Susan McElhinney

Susan McElhinney is the photography editor for Ranger Rick magazine, published by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and for NWF children’s publications and projects. And, during NANPA’s 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29 – 30, she’ll receive a NANPA Fellows Award. The award recognizes McElhinney’s career in publishing, in supporting professional nature photographers, and in using images to promote children’s connection to nature and educate them about conservation issues.

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Montana Photographer Received NANPA Fellow Award

Montana-based nature and conservation photographer Daniel Cox will receive a NANPA Fellow Award during the 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29-30. Through a long career, he and his images have reached a wide audience through publications (including two National Geographic covers), exhibits, workshops, and presentations. He’s published more than 20 books is a member of the Explorers Club, and serves as an advisory board member of Polar Bears International and as director of their Arctic Documentary Project. He’s received awards in competitions such as BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best and NANPA’s 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year Award. He and his wife, Tanya, lead photo tours at Natural Exposures.

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Arizona Photographer Receives NANPA Fellow Award

Tucson-based nature and conservation photographer Jack Dykinga will receive a NANPA Fellow Award during the 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29-30. Dykinga began his career as a photojournalist in Chicago, working for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, where he won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. After moving to Arizona and working at the Arizona Daily Star, he began working on a book about the Sonoran Desert, which launched his career in a new direction. Dykinga is a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and his work regularly appears in National Geographic and Arizona Highways magazines. He’s taught at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College and has received NANPA’s 2011 Outstanding Photographer of the Year and 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dykinga’s latest book, A Photographer’s Life: A Journey from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Celebrated Nature Photographer (Rocky Nook), was published in 2017.

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Awards Season

Joel Sartore, John Shaw and George Lepp (left to right) receive NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at NANPA's 2019 Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas.
Joel Sartore, John Shaw and George Lepp (left to right) receive NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas.

It’s that time of the year: awards season.  Last night was the Grammys and before that the Golden Globes, Directors’ Guild and Screen Actors Guild.  The Oscar nominee list is out and, soon, the Emmy list will be, too. And just how is this related to nature photography?

What all these awards have in common is a focus on honoring outstanding achievement in their respective fields.  So, too, do NANPA awards.

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