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2021 VIRTUAL EXPO UPDATE: Learn about “Creative Macro Photography” from Charles Needle

2021 VIRTUAL EXPO UPDATE: Learn about “Creative Macro Photography” from Charles Needle

Register NOW for this year’s Virtual EXPO, and learn about Creative Macro Photography from Charles Needle

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. You can check out his book on Impressionistic Photography HERE.

Charles is just one of the FANTASTIC speakers we have in store you at our 2021 Virtual EXPO.


Registration ends September 3rd.

Webinars are scheduled for the afternoons of Sept 18th and 19th.

See every one there!

Image Credit: Charles Needle

2021 Smokies Weekend Update: SPEAKER REVEAL!

2021 Smokies Weekend Update: SPEAKER REVEAL!

2021 SMOKIES WEEKEND UPDATE: Our Sunday speaker will be the one and only David Foster!

In addition to being one of GNPA’s first members and original board members, David is an award-winning nature photographer who specialized in healing art. After 30 years of photography as a personal pastime, he discovered his artistic passion and a desire to share his images. He began exhibiting and selling his work in 2006, and since then his images have been part of more than 75 regional, national and international exhibitions – including solo, juried and group shows.  His work is held in the collections of numerous hospitals and other health settings, public buildings and many private collections across the US.

David’s a FANTASTIC speaker and workshop instructor. We can’t wait for him to join us at this year’s Smokies Weekend!

Plus we have TONS of field trips/excursions planned, including sunrises and sets, waterfalls, wildlife, Cades Cove, art/waterscapes and SO much more.

For more information about David and his work, visit his website HERE.

And stay tuned, and keep Nov. 4-7 free to join us in the Smokies!

Virtual EXPO 2021 Registration is OPEN!

Virtual EXPO 2021 Registration is OPEN!

Spread the word…GNPA’s 2021 Virtual EXPO is OPEN for Registration!

“It’s Fall Y’all,” and GNPA’s 2021 EXPO is making the most of the changing seasons.

From September 10th – 18th we have a fantastic slate of in-person field trips AND dynamic webinars (keynotes, speakers and a round table) coming your way.

Mark your calendar for this year’s hybrid EXPO. And REISTER SOON, before your favorite fieldtrip is sold out!

For more Virtual EXPO information, click HERE.

To review the Full Program, click HERE.

GNPA members, click HERE to Register(You must be a dues-paying GNPA member and be signed into the members-only section of the website to register)

We’ll see you there!


GNPA 2021 EXPO Keynote Reveal!

GNPA 2021 EXPO Keynote Reveal!

The VIRTUAL portion of this year’s GNPA Expo kicks off September 18th with a stellar lineup of Keynote, breakout session and round table speakers–including many new faces to GNPA.

Our two keynotes are Jennifer King, speaking about, “Creative Composition: It’s not what you photograph; it’s how you photograph,” and Alyce Bender, bringing us, “Wandering through the Wilderness.”

For more information about Jennifer and Alyce, see their bios below.

Don’t forget that beginning September 10th, the 2021 EXPO IN PERSON Field Trips start! You’ll sign up for field trips during the registration process. For more information, click HERE.

Look for more EXPO details and for registration to be up and running soon!

Photo Credit: Alyce Bender


Jennifer King is an internationally acclaimed landscape and fine art photographer with a passion for teaching and inspiring photographers around the world. She draws on her fine art and design background to bring an artistic approach to nature photography. Jennifer is honored to be a Moab by Legion Master Photographer, Singh-Ray Filters Ambassador and one of the premier black and white photographers in the country. You can find her photography, tutorials and interviews in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photography Guide, Camera in the Wild, Photography Talk, VIA Magazine, Smoky Mountains Journal of Photography, Wild Planet and more!

Alyce Bender is a nature photographer, writer, educator, and adventurer. Camera in hand since childhood, her fascination for photography developed into a career after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her passion for wildlife and the natural environment compels her to connect others with nature through sharing both visual art and in-field experiences that promote conservation, creativity, and ethical photography. She is a Tamron USA Ambassador, contributing writer for the Journal of Wildlife Photography, and her work has been featured in group and solo gallery shows across the US as well as in international publications from the UK to Japan. Bender leads photography adventures around the world to help beginner through advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision and naturalist skills ethically. When not in the field, she offers a variety of educational programs both in person and virtually for photography organizations large and small.

In Person Field Trips at our Virtual EXPO???

In Person Field Trips at our Virtual EXPO???

Did you know there will be IN PERSON FIELD TRIPS during this year’s virtual EXPO?

Starting September 10th, there will multiple photography field trips offered on each day through the 17th–to fantastic locations throughout Georgia, lead by experienced photographers from each of our chapters.

You sign up for field trips as part of the 2021 EXPO registration.

CLICK HERE to learn more about EXPO.

CLICK HERE for the Full Program of speakers and trips.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (You must be logged into the website as a  member, before you can register).

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 4 – 7, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 4 – 7, 2021

Plans will soon be finalized for GNPA’s annual Fall Smokies Photo Weekend—our committee’s working on a safe and fun trip, filled with fantastic photography opportunities with experienced trip leaders.

Early November is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in the Smokies.

We can’t wait to see all our friends at this year’s event.

Stay tuned for more information soon!



GNPA’s Chapter Committee is up and running again, and we’re eager to hear from our chapter leadership and members!

Our members are the heart and soul of GNPA. Our chapters are the day-to-day way we connect and stay relevant. As an organization, GNPA is dedicated to helping nature photographers of all skill levels improve their photography and network with other outdoor photographers through the exciting meetings, meetups, trips and annual events we offer. A mission we could not fulfill without the hard work and active participation of our chapters.

I’m Anna DeStefano, a former board “member at large.” With the help of Ray Silva, who is a current board member in the same role, the Chapter Committee will be reaching out over the next weeks and months to both chapter leadership and members. We’ll be listening and observing, asking questions, and taking tons of notes. Our goal is to better understand GNPA chapter needs–and to assist the board in offering chapters and members the best support possible, as things begin to open up all over our beautiful state.

So…Look for us soon at a GNPA chapter meeting near you!

In the mean time, come back for regular “Chapter Talk” updates here on the blog and on GNPA’s Facebook and Instagram pages.