NANPA VOLUNTEER: Danita Delimont

VOLUNTEER-Danita-Delimont-2-2011-213x300Danita Delimont is a photo agent representing worldwide travel, nature and culture from 300 globally based photographers. She is CEO and founder of Danita Delimont Stock Photography. Danita brings more than 25 years of experience in licensing stock images to a broad base of editorial, travel and advertising clients. Owning and evolving a specialist library on her own terms—and being able to make sound decisions based on her experience in the industry—has been a win-win for anyone working with Danita. She received the prestigious Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year Award in 2009 by the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), and NANPA honored her with a Fellows Award in 2007. Danita has served as a judge in various photo competitions and as a guest instructor at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Seattle Central Community College. The agency website is www.DanitaDelimont.com.

Do you have a “day” job? What do you do?

Yes, I do! In addition to working with photographers and clients worldwide through my stock agency, I also have many image partners in different global markets. We offer them our image content (and vice versa in some cases). By doing this, we reach customers who might never know us otherwise. Our international agents license the images in their time zones, in their languages and at price points appropriate for their parts of the world. While the U.S. market is huge because there are so many people here, other countries have far fewer “eyes” that will see the work. Rates vary with circulation numbers.

On any given day I converse with photographers, colleagues and clients in many different countries on a myriad of topics. The internet and Skype capabilities without question have made the photo industry a global market. Today, for instance, I’ve talked to people in Brazil, Poland, Germany, France, Japan, Korea and Australia, not to mention the United States. Every day is different, and in-between it all, I’m editing thousands of incoming low-res submissions and reviewing way too many contracts. (They take forever.) I also interact with my staff to make sure that everything gets done in a timely manner and we’re on top of things. I travel to trade shows and conferences throughout the year, so I’m thankful for my capable staff who keep everything organized and under control. I couldn’t do it without them.

How have you been involved in NANPA?

I served on the Foundation Board for nine years and was grateful for the mentorship and experience of Jane Kinne throughout. Raising money for the student programs has never been easy, but we did our best. I think keeping the photo blinds program alive was especially significant. So many photographers can now shoot in the blinds located on national wildlife refuges throughout the country and get up close with the animals.

I’ve presented material at different programs over the years, usually in the capacity of a photo agent. In San Diego this year, I presented a program on the Advance Your Business Pro Day that covered the realities of licensing images in 2015 and how (and why) the different licensing models have changed so much over the last few years. Flexibility is key in this business.

I was honored to judge the 2014 Showcase competition and delighted to see so many fantastic images from NANPA members. Because judging for that competition is blind and there are other judges, it was fun to see what the overall winning pictures turned out to be.

Over the years I’ve written various articles for Currents, based on the stock industry and the role I’ve played or offering advice on how photographers can be better organized, license their work, etc.

I’ve also reviewed portfolios at every Summit since 1999 in San Diego. That was a turning point in my life. It was then that I resigned from working with Wolfgang Kaehler, a worldwide travel and nature photographer, after 18 years and began the path I am on now.

What was it about the work you’ve done with NANPA that held your interest?

Working with like-minded people is always inspiring. Because I’ve had a home office for more than 35 years (!), it’s important to get out of the office and gather with industry colleagues on all levels. Working with ASPP (national president 2000-2001 and West Coast president for many years) and DMLA (formerly known as PACA, now called the Digital Media Licensing Association), as well as NANPA, has given me a wider perspective on the overall industry and how we all need to work together in as much harmony as possible. Working for Wolfgang prior to starting my agency gave me the photographer’s perspective and an understanding, from a business perspective, of what it takes to travel the world and be a successful photographer.

What are the highlights thus far of what you have done for NANPA?

I think sharing my agency knowledge with members is one thing that I’m especially proud of. Since I work for myself, no one can fire me. This has freed me up to speak openly and let people know what’s really going on out there in the world of stock photography.

How long have you been a NANPA member?

I’m a charter member. I knew when NANPA was first established that it would be a great organization to be a part of.

Do you have a goal as it pertains to NANPA ?

My goal is to continue sharing my knowledge on whatever level I can. Getting information on licensing stock images isn’t so easy for photographers these days. It’s also tough to know why images sell as they do and how to price them for different kinds of uses. This is the information that I can help with. We can always learn something new. Maybe I’ll become a photographer someday, but I doubt it. I know the composition, I can see the light, but I just don’t have the patience to take the time to learn how to handle a camera. To sit in the bush waiting for wildlife would probably drive me crazy, too! I was a Girl Scout and spent years camping in national parks with my family and wandering the trails. “I love to go a-wandering. Along the mountain track….” That’s me!

VOLUNTEER: William Jaynes

Bill-JAYNES-pikFor 11 years Bill Jaynes managed the Inner Reflections engagement calendar, which specializes in publishing superlative nature photography. During those years, many of the best nature photographers in the world said that each year Inner Reflections set the standard for nature photography. The Calendar Marketing Association has stated that Inner Reflections won more gold, silver and bronze awards in its annual competitions than any other calendar in its history. This includes all types of calendars from around the world. In 2006 alone, Inner Reflections won four gold and four silver CMA awards.

Bill has given generously of his time to NANPA by doing portfolio reviews, judging the Showcase competition and sharing his expertise in writing and editing as an integral part of the Communications Committee. He received a Fellows Award at the 2003 Summit for “…outstanding contributions to the field of nature photography.” Continue reading

NANPA VOLUNTEER: Rob Sheppard

RobSheppardMany people know Rob Sheppard as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer. While still associated with that magazine as a contributing editor, Rob is also a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, speaker, workshop leader, editor and videographer. He has worked to hone his craft to best present the natural world he loves to others. That world includes everything from a bee in his native plants garden to a visit to a national park. Rob has written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles. What is most important to him about these projects is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain an improved connection to nature. Rob has received a NANPA Fellow award. A short list of some of the books Rob has authored: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook). See more on Rob at his website, www.robsheppardphoto.com and his blogs, www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com. Continue reading

VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA: Conrad Obregon

Conrad Obregon

Conrad Obregon

Conrad Obregon was born in Chicago and raised in New York City. He started taking photographs in 1951 and bought his first Nikon SLR in 1961. “My principal genre is birds,” he says, “and while I have had a few shows and sold some images, I consider myself an amateur.” Conrad photographs in New York City’s Central Park every week of the year, but he’s also traveled as far as Japan and Central America for photography. Continue reading

VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA – Don Carter

Don Carter

Don Carter

Don Carter is a fine-art nature and wildlife photographer from Illinois. His hope is that his images cause the viewer to wonder about his or her relationship with nature and how the land needs to be shared and the environment protected. Since his retirement from teaching in 2013, Don takes photographs full-time. “My wife and I love to camp,” says Carter. “We are on the road with our springer spaniel several months a year.” Don’s website is www.doncarterphotography.com. Continue reading

VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA: Jeffrey R. Botkin

Jeff-Botkin-1What is your “day” job?

I am on the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, where I chair the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities. I am a pediatrician by training, although I no longer see patients.

Much of my time is devoted to ethical issues in medicine, particularly in human genetics, in pediatric medicine and in the conduct of biomedical research. Nature photography has been a long-standing interest of mine, and it has been fun to be involved in the many ethical issues in nature photography through NANPA. Continue reading

Volunteers of NANPA: Mac Stone

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Mac Stone © Eric Zamora

What is your “day” job?

I run a non-profit conservation organization called Naturaland Trust, www.naturalandtrust.org. We protect ecologically important areas in Upstate South Carolina through land conservation.

What NANPA committees have you served on, when and what positions?

I currently serve on the High School Scholarship Committee as the chair.

What was it about this committee that interested you?

My first introduction to NANPA was through the scholarship program. I was an 18-year-old student, and it forever changed my career goals. Now, leading the committee, I’m able to develop a program that leverages the knowledge of its members and gives the students an experience they’ll never forget. I love teaching, and this is a perfect outlet.

What are the responsibilities you assumed?

We develop a week-long program for students at the NANPA summit.

What are your greatest accomplishments or the highlights thus far of what you have done for NANPA?

Leading the last High School Scholarship Program in Jacksonville was probably my most notable accomplishment.

Also, while teaching photography to kids in Honduras, I was able to help one of my students come to the 2008 NANPA Summit in Destin, Florida, where I served as his translator. Still today, he talks of this trip as a major milestone in his life.

How long have you been a NANPA member?

Twelve years.

Do you have a goal as it pertains to the High School Scholarship Committee?

My goal is to train the next generation of photographers and provide them with the same network and skills that have contributed to my professional career.

Volunteers of NANPA: Bernie Friel

700_px1999_Photo_BPF_sc0150809a(1)Bernie Friel has been a professional photographer since he retired from his law practice in 2001. Following two years as an Air Force JAG officer, he began his civilian practice as a trial lawyer and eventually became a municipal bond lawyer. He was one of the creators of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and became its first president. Bernie’s interest in the outdoors draws him to worldwide adventure travel. He is a charter member of NANPA and a member of the prestigious Explorers Club, International Society of Aviation Photography and the Grand Canyon River Guides. His website is http://www.wampy.com. Continue reading

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Please fill out the NANPA Annual Survey!

Each year we survey all NANPA members and stakeholders in order to get their feedback and understand how they feel about key issues. The survey results are used by the Board, Staff and Committees to evaluate our progress and set direction for NANPA.

Your feedback is important to us and we’d like your participation in the NANPA Annual Survey Please use the following link to start the survey:
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It’s important to have input from the greater nature photography community, so we do want feedback from both members and non-members. All feedback is confidential and only presented in summary form without specific attribution.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Executive Director, Susan Day (susanday@nanpa.org) or Membership Coordinator, Teresa Ransdell (transdell@nanpa.org).

The survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time. In advance, thank you for your participation.

Volunteers of NANPA: Jamie Konarski Davidson

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© Carter Frutiger

Jamie Konarski Davidson is a freelance outdoor and nature photographer with a passion for capturing intimate details of nature and landscapes. From tiny creatures and flowers to rural and grand landscapes, Jamie connects with simple beauty as well as all things old and fading. She embraces creative techniques that include color, infrared and black and white. Through New Life Photos, Jamie leads workshops in the Southeast, including North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. To learn more, visit www.newlifephotos.com.

What is your “day” job?

I have a blend of jobs that connect various aspects of photography. New Life Photos is my photography business in which I lead workshops, present programs, and market my work through exhibits and art shows. I am also part of the ASAP Photo & Camera team in Greenville, North Carolina, where I coordinate classes and special events, social media/marketing, purchasing and sales. The best part of what I’m doing now is that I am able to share my passion for photography and nature with teaching and encouraging others in their photography ventures. Continue reading