Three NANPA Member Benefits You Might Not Know About

Cover of NANPA's Conservation Photography Handbook

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Everyone wants to maximize their membership dollars but you can only take advantage of what you know about. NANPA offers its members a wide variety of benefits, from training to discounts to marketing advice and opportunities to connect with other nature photographers. The 2021 members’ survey showed that many of you are quite familiar with NANPA’s member benefits, but three resources didn’t have the same, high level of awareness. So, let’s take a closer look at NANPA’s general liability/workshop insurance discounts, citizen science database, and handbook series.

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NANPA Member Benefit: Gear Insurance Designed for Photographers

Photo of a car, with the back door forced open and an empty camera backpack discarded on the ground. No one expects their gear to be stolen or damaged, but it happens. Gear insurance can prevent that from becoming a catastrophe.
No one expects their gear to be stolen or damaged, but it happens. Gear insurance can prevent that from becoming a catastrophe.

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

The other day, my news feed included a story about a photographer who had his gear stolen. It seems like this happens on a fairly regular basis, so I asked Google about stolen photography gear and got more than 857,000 results, ranging from well-known nature photographers to a local wedding photographer in circumstances ranging from a stolen bag at an overseas airport to auto break ins to snatch and runs. Accidental damage to your gear is another expensive and unanticipated problem you’ll hear about if you’re around enough photographers. Hmmm. Time to reexamine my own photography insurance coverage and make sure I am appropriately covered. Good thing one of NANPA’s member benefits is photography insurance underwritten by Chubb and administered by Rand Insurance in the US. (Front Row Insurance Brokers offers gear insurance for NANPA members in Canada). There’s even a discount code for NANPA members!

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Getting the Most Out of a Regional Field Event

Participants at NANPA's Regional Field Event in Michigan's Upper Peninsula line up to photograph fall foliage. © Tom Haxby
Participants at a previous NANPA Regional Field Event in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. © Tom Haxby

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

One of the top-rated NANPA member benefits is the opportunity to participate in NANPA Regional Field Events. Each year, professional nature photographers, workshop leaders, and educators plan, organize, and lead field workshops in beautiful places at very modest costs. But what are Regional Field Events like? What should you expect? Why are they so popular? We asked several of the pros leading upcoming trips for their thoughts.

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Learning While Stuck at Home

Image of a bird in flight from Scott Dere’s December 2019 NANPA webinar on Photographing Birds of Prey. Watch a recording in the webinar archive in the Members’ Area of NANPA’s website.
Image from Scott Dere’s December 2019 NANPA webinar on Photographing Birds of Prey. Watch a recording in the webinar archive in the Members’ Area of NANPA’s website.

Nature photographers are used to being outside—hiking, leading tours, teaching classes, seeking new vistas.  Now that the restrictions related to the novel corona virus have most of us stuck at home and confined to the neighborhood, what can we do to scratch our nature photography itch?  One enjoyable and productive way to spend your time is in learning new skills or refining your existing prowess through NANPA webinars, sponsored by Tamron.

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