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Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Mike Ramy, Decatur Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Mike Ramy, of the Decatur Chapter.

When did you become a GNPA member? I joined in 2016.

What is your occupation?  I own and operate Rock Art, Ltd., doing specialized epoxy applications in the motorsports and aerospace industries.

How did you get into photography? I started as an underwater videographer in the mid 1970s, which led to my transition into full-time still photography in 2011. Editor’s note: Mike’s photography website is

What are your favorite photography subjects? Nature and wildlife, as well as the guests I host having fun on my photography tours.

What are your favorite places to shoot? Rivers of the Southeast.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  I conduct my two “dream trips” each year in the form of photography tours. One is a sandhill crane tour on the Tennessee River aboard my custom-built camera boat. The other is a spring break tour on the St. Johns River in Florida.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? Canon 1DX MII and MIII with a 70-200 and 100-400 telephotos.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?  They are and

Have any photographers inspired you? Yes, especially Mark Seaver (, Brad Hill (, Howard Cheek (, Alan Murphy ( and   Max Waugh (

What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? The membership of fine people and talented photographers.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know: Not sure what people find interesting anymore. I am finding truth in the old adage: “The older I get, the less I seem to know.”

Where are you from? Atlanta.

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided: 


Chickamauga Chickadee

Chickamauga Chickadee – During a visit to the Chickamauga National Military Park to feel the history and enjoy the fall colors, I was privileged to have this Chickadee share some time with me. As one of my favorite images in the series, with the late afternoon sun setting the background leaves aglow, it gave me the feeling of how it may have appeared back in September of 1863 as the cannons fired during this historic battle in Northwestern Georgia. The Chickamauga Chickadee allowed me to see the beauty of nature in a place where you can feel the sadness of war. Canon 7D Mark II at 1/250, f9, Flash Exp Comp -1, ISO 400 at 400mm.


Apart from the Crowd

Apart from the Crowd – A very thick fog lay over the Tennessee River during our predawn departure from the marina at Bluewater Resort, so thick that you could hardly see the front of the boat.It was a slow go towards our planned position to see the Sandhill Cranes leaving the roost in and around the Hiwassee National Wildlife Refuge for their daily feeding excursions. Wave after wave, thousands of cranes head north for nearly two hours but this morning was different as the group take-offs were in a weather delay. This image was one of the many sandbars on the east side of the river between the marina and the refuge, and shows the cranes backlit by the rising sun filtered through the thick fog and the trees on the distant shoreline. Canon 1D X Mark II: 1/800, f6.3, Exp Comp +1 2/3, ISO 200 at 400mm.



Waiting – Julie Newsome, a participant on Mike’s Spring Break Photogaphy tour, provided the coments for this image: “…we glided with the current along the Ocklawaha River through the Ocala National Forest near the St John’s River. These beautiful Cattle Egrets, photographed by Mike, appear clearly intent on an unrevealed focal point; most likely a consideration for a potential meal or a birdcall from an unseen origin. Only if a slight breeze ruffles their perfect feathers is there a hint these birds are alive. Poised in rapt attention they appear as exquisite, detailed carvings by a master sculptor. I am deeply moved by the diversity of the environment surrounding me, and changed from the exposure to the wonders I’ve had the privilege to witness first-hand on this beautiful river. Once isn’t enough. I must go back again.”

The Year of the Okefenokee

The Year of the Okefenokee

Photo by Tom Wilson

Two great organizations – GNPA and the Georgia Sierra Club – are teaming up to spend a year celebrating the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. “The Year of the Okefenokee” project will feature field trips, seminars, photo contests, special GNPA e-newsletter articles and more.

The two photo contests will be centerpieces for this year-long event. The competitions will be open to the public and include an entry fee of  $5 per submission. The images should be taken in the Okefenokee and can only include species found there. There is no time limit on when the photo was made, but it must be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer.

The first contest will accept submissions from May 1-31, 2022. This will be following the GNPA Expo at Jekyll Island on April 7-10, which will include several presentations as well as field trips to the Okefenokee. A pre-judging panel – consisting of Larry Winslett, Eric Bowles and Tom Wilson – will select the final images to be reviewed by judge Amy Gulick. Winners will be announced around July 1.

The second contest will take submissions from November 1-30, 2022. The same panel will prejudge the submissions, with Peter Essick serving as judge. The contest winners will be revealed in the second week of January 2023.

The contest will have cash prizes for each of four categories: Landscapes, Animals, Plants, and People in Nature.  More information including specific rules, prize amounts, and submission guidelines, will be forthcoming.

The purpose of this year-long celebration is to increase public awareness of the Okefenokee. We hope all GNPA members will participate, and learn more about this amazing, world-class location within our state.



GNPA Elections Open Now

The GNPA election of Board members and officers is open March 15 through March 22 at midnight.  Every member was sent an email on March 15 with the link to vote.  If you did not receive the link, it is posted on the Member Home page.  Just click on the Member Log In button at the top right corner of the website.

The Nominating Committee proposed the following slate of candidates and these candidates were accepted by the Board.  The Board approved expanding the number of At Large board members from five to seven positions to reflect the increased number of chapters and members GNPA has today.

2021-2022 Nominees
President Bill White
VP Tom Wilson
Secretary Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer Bill Hatherley
Past President Eric Bowles
Member at large Travis Rhoads
Member at large Doug Flor
Member at large Lee Friedman
Member at large – New position Jenny Burdette
Member at large – New Position Ray Silva

Candidate biographies are available for viewing: Download PDF Here

Photographer’s Quote

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.”

 – Painter/photographer Chuck Close