Photo by Bill White

Up Next: EXPO and Smokies Trip

Bill White
GNPA President

In September, GNPA members will have some great opportunities to learn new techniques and visit statewide photo hotspots as part of Virtual Expo 2021. This year’s event will feature a terrific lineup of keynote speakers and special seminars covering a wide range of nature photography topics. The 21 in-person guided photo trips will be held across Georgia from Sept. 10-17. The virtual programs, with two keynote speakers and 12 webinars, will be offered over Zoom Sept. 18 and 19.

The cost is only $95, and members who register (at will be able to review all of the program recordings whenever they wish, at their convenience. But hurry; registration ends at 11 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Those seminars and field trips will offer opportunities to learn new photo skills that can be put to use during GNPA’s annual Fall Smokies Trip. This year’s event will be November 4-7, and is a trip you should not miss if you have never visited Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll have opportunities to photograph landscapes, macro subjects, sunrises, sunsets and animals such as bears, coyote and turkeys. More information is available on the GNPA website.

Meanwhile, make sure you sign up for the statewide GNPA Meetup Group. Each chapter has its own Meetup Group, but the state group allows you to keep abreast of all our programs and upcoming events.

The annual North Georgia Shootout will be Saturday Oct. 30, 2021, in Dallas, GA. Each participating club, including GNPA, puts together a team to compete for fun and prizes. Check out their website ( for more information.

Remember that GNPA is always looking for a few good men and women to assist with programs, field trips and other events. If you are interested in getting involved, let me know.

See you in the field.

— Bill