The NANPA Foundation is nearing the end of its crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support an annual High School Student Scholarship Program through 2019 and the students still need quite a bit of support. Can you help us? Continue reading
By Sean Fitzgerald, NANPA Past President
How You Can Help “Crowdfund” Our High School Program with $10 and 10 Minutes
The NANPA Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps fund many NANPA projects we all know and love. One of those is our High School Scholarship Program, which has literally changed the lives of its young participants and helped create future generations of conservation photographers (including one of our past NANPA presidents, Gabby Salazar!). Continue reading
Story and Photography by Michelle A. Butler
It is with excitement and a bit of trepidation that I approach the presentation of my final thesis for a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. Continue reading
Ten dollars is what the NANPA Foundation is asking each NANPA member to contribute along with his/her NANPA membership renewal. Continue reading
Story by Mary Jane Gibson, NANPA Foundation Vice President
Whether new to NANPA or an original charter member, you probably have little understanding of the NANPA Foundation – what it does, why it exists, and why it is asking for money. Continue reading
Story by John Nuhn, NANPA Foundation President
Philip Hyde Grant Offers Funding for Conservation Photography Projects
Imagine receiving $2,500 to assist your current conservation photography project! The NANPA Foundation’s Philip Hyde Grant could do just that. Continue reading
Story and Photography by Jorel Cuomo
When I attended NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program (NHSSP) in 2004 in Portland, my eyes opened to exploring wildlife photography as a medium. I greatly benefited from the one-on-one instruction and support of fellow photographers, both peers and mentors. Before attending this program, I never knew all this support existed; I felt that I was exploring nature and my camera by myself. Being a scholarship winner gave me the opportunity to harness my potential. Being surrounding by world-class photographers that shared their knowledge and experience opened my eyes to the possibilities that awaited me in our magnificent world.
Lifelong friendships – Opened my eyes to a diversity of perspectives – Inspiring – Everlasting impact – Remarkable environment – Cemented my passion for protecting the environment – Drastically changed the way I approach photography
According to past participants of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program (NHSSP), these words and phrases above describe their experience in the program.
In July, ten more students will get to experience the same community and learning opportunities as they participate in NANPA’s 2016 program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Combining classroom and field-based instruction, students will have the chance to improve their nature photography skills, learn about NANPA, meet industry professionals, and gain an appreciation of the Smoky Mountains’ rich natural history.
The program is based at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT), a nonprofit resident environmental education center in the heart of the national park. Participants are selected through a competitive application process that opens on November 20. Scholarship recipients are responsible for a $150 registration fee and their transportation to/from Knoxville, TN.
All other program costs including events, lodging, food, local transportation, and photo instruction are covered by the NANPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
“Seeing the different results that we students could create while working the same area was eye-opening. After the first shoot when we shared our pictures, I was astounded by how many different shots there were among the group that looked nothing alike. I also learned more about post-processing from the instructors, and the quality of my LR-edits when up significantly.” – Johan Doornenbal, 2011 NHSSP participant
- Photography Field Trips
- Biodiversity Education
- Classroom Instruction
- Group Project
- Pro for the Day
“The structure of NHSSP encouraged a unique degree of contact and communication between high school participants and adults across a range of careers. I can remember meeting one woman who was both a wildlife and cultural photographer, as well as an advocate for human rights and development around the world. She spoke to us as though we were junior colleagues and capable of following any of the paths we were exposed to at NANPA.” – Moria Robinson, 2006 NHSSP Participant
High school participants have gone on to have a number of varied careers – some including photography, some not. Here’s a sampling of what former NHSSP students are now doing:
- Environmental Photojournalist
- Fashion Photographer
- Owner, Jewelry Design Business
- Wildland Firefighter
- Adjunct Professor of Photography
- Captain in the US Army Special Forces
- Full Time Nature/Conservation Photography
- Information Technology Professional
- Owner, Photography Business
Help Make the 2016 Program Possible
NHSSP has been life-changing for many students since the NANPA Foundation began supporting the program in 1997. It has helped create another generation of nature photographers and enthusiasts who truly embrace an awareness of and appreciation for nature through photography.
Consider making a tax-deductible gift to NANPA Foundation to bring in 10 more students for an inspiring and everlasting experience. Through December 4th, the Foundation is running a campaign to raise $10,000 for the 2016 program. Visit our campaign site and invest in the future of nature photography.
Grant Supports Environmental Projects with Impact
Philip Hyde Environmental Grant applications accepted through October 30, 2015
What difference do your photographs make?
Applications are now available for NANPA’s Philip Hyde Environmental grant, a $2,500 award given annually to an individual NANPA member actively pursuing completion of a peer-reviewed environmental project featuring natural photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation and environmental protection. Application deadline is October 30, 2015 at midnight PDT.
Past recipients include Paul Colangelo (2010), whose efforts to bring the remote and largely unseen Sacred Headwaters of British Columbia to the attention of lawmakers and citizens outside of the Tahltan First Nation played a key role in vacating Shell Oil Company from a million acres slated for methane development; Amy Gulick (2008), whose award-winning book Salmon in the Trees, traveling exhibits, lectures and YouTube videos tell a hopeful story of Alaska’s Tongass rain forest, a rare ecosystem where salmon grow trees and support an abundance of bears and bald eagles; and C.C. Lockwood (2008), whose photographs showcase disappearing swamplands that threatened the culture and economy of Louisiana, as featured in the PBS documentary Atchafalaya Houseboat.
As applicants for the Philip Hyde Environmental Grant, these photographers successfully demonstrated the ways in which their still photographs would make a difference to specific decision-makers wrestling with a timely issue. Additionally, at the time of application, these projects were already well underway, with established collaborations, realistic schedules and practical budgets. These factors made for compelling applications that fared well in scoring.
For complete guidelines, link to the online application and additional tips for applicants, please visit http://nanpafoundation.org/philip-hyde-environmental-grant/.
Magical light, accessible shoreline and community await prospective tour leaders.
You’re invited on a 10-day tour of Western Ireland with veteran tour leader Ron Rosenstock, September 23 through October 3, 2016. The magical light, sacred sights and after-dinner conversation with fellow artists not only beckon you to expand your portfolio but also your career—perhaps becoming a photo tour leader yourself.
Rosenstock, retired photography instructor from Clark University in Massachusetts, has led more than 200 tours to worldwide destinations since 1967. He was first drawn to Western Ireland because of the light and extensive miles of accessible shoreline. “Being in the northern hemisphere, there are magical cloud formations daily, if not hourly,” he explains. “The light is silvery sifting through layers of cloud and sky.” Continue reading