Back in June, many photographers joined in the NANPA Nature Photography Day Bioblitz, an eleven-day citizen-science project. A bioblitz is an event created to find and identify as many species as possible in a given area over a limited period of time. All observations are uploaded to an iNaturalist project. During the NANPA event, participants made close to 10,000 observations of over 3,000 species, 97 of which were threatened species. All this data is now available to scientists and researchers. To add a little excitement, several of NANPA’s generous sponsors contributed to prize packages. North Carolina-based nature photographer Sam Ray won the random drawing for a Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens.
I recently took a road trip to Goshen’s Falconry Excursions in upstate New York. It’s an amazing place with all kinds of birds of prey—owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and vultures, among others. The owner has set up one of the largest privately owned and operated raptor breeding programs in the country. On my camera for this birding adventure was the new Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057), an ultra-telephoto zoom that’s Tamron’s first model for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras equipped with Vibration Compensation (VC) technology. It can also be used with APS-C cameras for that extra crop factor.
June 15 is Nature Photography Day, a time to promote the enjoyment of nature photography and to reflect on how photos can be used to further the cause of conservation. NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day (NPD) back in 2006 and, over the past 15 years, there have been many ways the day has been observed—not just in North America but across the globe as well.
Earlier this week NANPA announced the winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Day photo contest. Ingrid Lockhart’s “Fern Medley” was awarded grand prize, Patrick Siu’s “Swan Family Dinner Time” received second place honors, and Jennifer Smith’s “Fight Over Fish!” won third place. Photographs by Deborah Duke, Keith J. Freeburn, Jeff Nelson and William Sutton received Honorable Mention awards.
The precautions taken to reduce the spread of the novel corona virus have hit the photography business hard. While the impact on us photographers has been immediate and painful, what about the companies who make the products and services we love and rely on? How has the virus affected them? What are they doing to survive, to continue to service customers and, eventually, thrive?
It’s tough for them, too. Even the companies with quality products, great customer service and smart business operations are being tested. Supply chains are disrupted. Sales are down. Some have had to temporarily close stores, offices or repair facilities and attempt to work from home. But they’re not just hanging tough, they’re also adapting. They’re adding education, training, support features and more. Still providing value to customers and taking care of employees.
We started by speaking to three of the companies (Tamron, Hunt’s & Fotopro) that have been supporters of NANPA. Over the next few days, you’ll hear what they said.
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.
Exhibit hall at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit. Photo by Frank Gallagher
Putting on a great conference, like NANPA’s recent Nature Photography Summit, isn’t easy and the full costs aren’t covered by your registration fees, alone. Keeping the conference affordable to attendees, while providing excellent speakers, technology, facilities and food, requires more. Some of that extra support comes from our exhibitors and sponsors.