GNPA Members Shoot it Out for DNR

Nearly 400 photos submitted for

GNPA’s Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project


Last week we announced the full list of winners and this week we are putting our focus on the winning shots from the Challenge Category. With 384 submissions from 39 members across 5 categories our judges had their hands full selecting the top photos.

The biggest winner of GNPA’s first annual conservation photography project is Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division, which now has hundreds of amazing photos to use online and in their materials to help connect people to nature.

“The Wildlife Resources Division is so thankful for the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association and the special partnership we’ve built. By providing beautiful Georgia-based photos, photographers are able help the agency spread the message of conservation while also showcasing the talented residents of the state of Georgia.”   Aubrey Pawlikowski, Assistant Manager for Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing


Week 1 – Challenge Category

1st Place – Dale Asby

Roseatte Spoonbill Landing, Dale Aspy       


Camera:           Canon
Lens:                Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length:   140mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/5000
ISO:                 800
Location:          Jekyll Island, GA
Date:                April 6, 2016 9:39AM

The annual project is a key piece of GNPA’s Conservation Committee, whose primary goal is helping GNPA members become aware of how they can engage in GNPA’s conservation efforts, and help members develop the skills to make valuable contributions to conservation in Georgia.

2nd Place – Jenny Burdette

Brown Headed Nuthatch, Jenny Burdette

          Camera:           Nikon D500
Lens:                Sigma 150-600mm
Focal Length:   550mm
Aperture:          f/7.1
Exposure:        1/400
ISO:                 900
Location:          Gwinnett Co, GA
Date:                Aug 2, 2019  5:04PM

With 8 official conservation partners of GNPA across the state, there is always a need for your help.  From documenting cleanup events and families in nature to helping build a database of plants and wildlife, you can make a difference!

3rd Place – Paul Thomas

Young alligators in Okefenokee, Paul Thomas

                      Camera:           Nikon D7000
Lens:                Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
Focal Length:   200mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/1000
ISO:                 1600
Location:          Okefenokee Swamp, GA
Date:                April 2015

GNPA is extremely proud of the difference that our Conservation Group members are making to have their photographs inspire current and future generations to connect with our natural world. 

To join the GNPA Conservation Group email