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Photo by Bill White

In-Person EXPO Returns to Jekyll

 

Bill White
GNPA President

The annual GNPA Expo, held this year at Jekyll Island, was a great success! We had terrific  speakers, including keynote presenter Arthur Morris. In addition, attending members enjoyed guided field trips to the Okefenokee Swamp, sunrise and sunset photography, bird photo trips on Jekyll and at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and Milky Way photography on the island at Clam Creek and Driftwood Beach. While a big storm caused us to miss the sunrise on the Prairie in the Okefenokee, we still had a great encounter with some barred owls in the swamp.

Membership has increased by more than 110 members since last year. We also ended 2021 with a $12,206 increase in our surplus over the previous year, primarily due to covid-based cost savings in 2021. Those savings were the result of not paying rent for our chapter meetings, minimal fees for speakers, and minimal costs for canceling the 2021 in-person Expo.

Our Communications Committee is continuing to manage the Facebook page, the Instagram feed, the website and the digital newsletter. A complete redo of the website was unveiled earlier this year and looks great. Six newsletters were published and distributed to members in 2021, with another six set for 2022. The most popular item overall in the newsletters are the  “Where To Shoot Now” columns (you can find those, and all the newsletter articles, on our website).

The Conservation Committee, meanwhile, has also been busy. We have 62 volunteer photographers involved with the committee, and they have donated photographs to four metro Atlanta and three state-wide organizations.

Last year, the Board formed a Programs Committee and began hosting monthly outside speakers on Zoom. We will continue to bring even more speaker programs to our members for the remainder of this year. Be sure to check the GNPA Meetup page for the programs and webinars being offered in 2022. Please remember that you have to sign up for those programs in the members’ section of the website – you won’t receive Zoom links from signing up on Meetup.

We hope to have all chapters meeting in person again by this summer. Watch Meetup for news on each chapter.

Also, don’t miss our annual Fall Smokies Trip on November 3–6, 2022. It is an excellent opportunity to photograph wildlife, macro and landscapes in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and one of our most popular events.

Looking ahead, the 2023 Expo will be held in the Atlanta area. GNPA will offer field trips at many locations, including but not limited to Zoo Atlanta, Stone Mountain, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Georgia Aquarium and Gibbs Gardens. We’ll have more details later.

See you in the field.

— Bill

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