Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Ben Knoot

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Birds: Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Ecuador, © Ben Knoot.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Birds: Displaying Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Ecuador, © Ben Knoot.

Bio:

Ben Knoot is a 22-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. He now resides in Marana, Arizona, where he enjoys photographing the local wildlife.

Ben now leads educational and instructive photography tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours; http://www.tropicalbirding.com Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earths beauty as much as he does.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 17, 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: “Peregrine Falcon With Its Prey Perched Cliffside," Alpine, New Jersey, © Scott Dere.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Peregrine Falcon With Its Prey Perched Cliffside,” Alpine, New Jersey, © Scott Dere.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 17, 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 starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Crowds vs. Conservation–Conflict or Cooperation

Crowds of tourists and photographers start to gather by Delicate Arch hours before sunset.

Crowds of tourists and photographers start to gather by Delicate Arch hours before sunset.

Story & photo by Frank Gallagher

Where do you draw the line between access and preservation?  At what point does introducing a larger number of visitors to the wonders of nature start to endanger that very nature?  It’s a tough call and one that land owners, government agencies and photographers are facing every day.

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On Bended Stems: Explore the Beauty of Post-Peak Tulips

Lily-flowered tulips beginning to “show their age”

Lily-flowered tulips beginning to “show their age”

Story & photos by F. M. Kearney

Timing is everything. As nature photographers, we’re constantly trying to schedule our shoots during times when our subjects will be seen at their best. For landscapes, this is generally during the “Magic Hours” of the day – the hour just before sunrise or after sunset. Flowers can benefit from the warm light at this time of day as well, but more important than that is catching them at the peak period in their blooming cycle. It’s an absolute obsession for some photographers. A field of tulips in pristine condition is truly breathtaking. The photo below is one such example.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Barney Koszalka

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Scapes: Bobby Sock Trees in the Winter Cold, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, © Barney Koszalka.

Bio:

Barney Koszalka is a nature photographer based in Chapel Hill, NC, and Jackson, WY.  Originally trained as a scientist, he’s been photographing across Europe, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Australia as well as throughout the western US.  His work has been featured by the Sierra Club, recognized with numerous Explorer designations by Flickr, Member Choice awards in both Landscape and Plant Life by the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA), and named as a finalist in the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Awards competition. Koszalka is also a contributor to CNPA’s Camera in The Wild quarterly magazine and his studio art photography has appeared in a variety of advertising venues and craft books.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 10, 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: “Red Pine Tree Trunks in Snow Storm,” near Reno, Nevada, © Susan Dykstra.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Red Pine Tree Trunks in Snow Storm,” near Reno, Nevada, © Susan Dykstra.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 10, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15 so let’s get shooting!  And, the period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Your best shot might be your next one.

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From Lemons to Lemonade in Olympic National Park

Small waterfall in a creek in Olympic National Park.

Small waterfall in a creek in Olympic National Park.

Story & photos by John Pedersen

Sometimes we just have to make lemonade from lemons. We don’t control the weather, the sun or clouds, or even the subjects we like to shoot. There are those occasional days when we show up on location and the variables beyond our control just don’t seem to want to cooperate. So, what do we do? Turn around and go home and wait for better conditions? No! We stay, adjust our expectations and dig into our bag of photographic skills to make the best of the situation, making the best lemonade we can from the lemons that are given to us.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Arabella Dane

Showcase 2019 Altered Reality, Judges' Choice: Flowers Barbados – Tabernaemontana divaricata , Pinwheel Flower © Arabella Dane.

Showcase 2019 Altered Reality, Judges’ Choice: Flowers Barbados – Tabernaemontana divaricata , Pinwheel Flower © Arabella Dane.

Bio:

Arabella Dane is an accredited photography judge, a member of two camera clubs in New England, 2 Photography Society of America study groups ,as well as a serving as an emeritus Garden Club of America photography judge and instructor. She is the founder of the GCA Photography Study Group, and is the coordinator for the photography initiatives of the National Garden Clubs, working with Charlie Burke, PSA past president, to develop online photography programs and competitions for the NGC membership (250,000 members).

She regularly competes in photography competitions and takes courses in photography. She shares with her husband Nat a love for nature, gardening, conservation, fishing, bird shooting, traveling, and photography. Arabella is an avid horticulture student – working most recently on the correlations between our native plants and their pollinators. Her online www.plantipedia.com web site includes more than 150,000 plants and 25,000 plant photographs as well as photos of many of our native butterflies and is a favorite resource for plant huggers.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 3, 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: "Eruption at Fuego Volcano," Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala © Hector Astorga.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Eruption at Fuego Volcano,” Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala © Hector Astorga.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 3, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15 so let’s get shooting!  And, the period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Your best shot might be your next one.

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From the Archives: The Commoners

Story and Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Anyone who has ever so much as considered going on an African photo safari is well aware of the concept of “The Big Five”. What many may not realize is that the expression originated as a hunting term used to describe those game animals most difficult to hunt on foot. Regardless, photographers and sight-seers alike have adopted the idea of seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo as the sign of a successful trip.

From the Editor: Today we reach back into the archives to republish some timely advice about finding what’s special in the common from Kathy Lichtendahl. If you have tips and advice to share with your fellow photographers, drop us a line at publications@nanpa.org.

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