What’s Next for GNPA?


Eric Bowles, GNPA President

After a necessary break due to Covid-19, we’re starting to resume some level of normal activities within GNPA. Yes, we certainly need to be careful about health and safety, but it’s time to move forward where we can. Each of our state chapters will be determining the right time to safely resume in-person meetings. That decision will vary by chapter, because different locations may have different community issues. If you do attend any GNPA event, keep in mind that a mask is required, and we want to do our best to maintain proper social distancing.

The GNPA Webinar program is off to a good start. Most of the chapters have conducted one or more webinars, or have one scheduled. It’s not the same as our in-person chapter meetings, of course, but webinars have allowed us to continue to serve our members and share our interest in photography. We’ve enjoyed some excellent speakers so far, and considerable member participation. A complete list of upcoming webinars and webinar recordings is posted on the Member Home Page of our website. If you missed the live webinars, be sure to view the recorded programs.

Shute Bear Refuge by Eric Bowles, GNPA

By the end of July, we will open registration for the Fall Smokies Event, scheduled for November 5-8, 2020. The event is being structured around some great field trips. In order to help with social distancing, we’ve dropped the group meeting and reduced the cost accordingly. We will still conduct our photo contest for all participants, which is a popular part of the event.


Bosque Del Apache NWR photo by Larry Winslet

Meanwhile, we’re starting to test the water on a couple field trips. I know many of you were planning to do some Milky Way photography at the Expo. That opportunity is now available in our new “Jekyll Island – Dusk to Dawn” workshop led by Jamie Anderson. This three-day event (August 14-16) will feature extensive field work as well as classroom sessions. We also have a terrific trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico with Larry Winslet on December 12-17. Bosque is a “bucket list” trip for bird photographers, and Larry will put you in the right locations for some fabulous photos.

Thanks for your continued support of GNPA.

— Eric Bowles