Sapelo Island, Georgia Trip May 22-24, 2020

Sapelo Island, Georgia Trip May 22-24, 2020

Join GNPA Coastal Chapter Leaders Jamie Anderson and Vicki Hardy as well as island guide and cook Lesley Varnadore on a photography tour of one of Georgia’s remote coastal barrier islands.

WHEN: May 22-24, 2020
Where: Sapelo Island, GA
FEE: $395

FEE Includes: Boat Transportation to & from the island, On Island Lodging, Farm to Table Meals prepared by Chef Varnadore, Transportation around the island w/ Jamie Anderson, Vicki Hardy, and Lesley Varnadore.

Sapelo Island is a state protected barrier island located in McIntosh County, Georgia. The Island is only accessible by aircraft or boat. A Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) operated ferry comes from the Sapelo Island Visitor Center which is a seven-mile, twenty-minute trip.

The state of Georgia owns 97% of the island and it is managed by the DNR. The western perimeter of the island is the National Estuarine Research Reserve and the University of Georgia Marine Institute is located on about 1500 acres on the south end of the island.

The Reynolds Mansion, a Georgia State Park, also lies on the south end of the island. Sapelo Island is also home to the Hog Hammock community which is a Gullah community of about 70 full-time residents, many of whom are descended from the antebellum slaves of Sapelo’s plantations. Allen Bailey, an NFL defensive end who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and later the Atlanta Falcons, grew up in Hog Hammock, Sapelo Island, Georgia.

Much of the island remains in a natural state with plenty of wildlife, undeveloped beachfront, woodlands, and some historic development. Arriving on Sapelo Island is somewhat like arriving in a third world country.

Eagles, Osprey, Hawks, and plenty of Gulls, Terns, Skimmers, and other shorebirds can be photographed. Inland, around fresh water ponds, Spoonbill, Wood Storks, Herons, and Egrets may be spotted. A non-native Chachalacas bird from Mexico lives on the island and might also be spotted as well as some non-native wild cattle. Sunrise/Sunset, Milky Way, photographing the Sapelo Island Lighthouse, and wildlife opportunities will be provided.

Participants will arrive at their leisure on Friday, May 22nd, by 2:30pm at the Sapelo Island Visitor Center in McIntosh Country. The ferry leaves at 3:30pm.

Plan for a two-night stay on the island and bring all your necessary clothes, toiletries, bug spray, prescription medicines, and camera equipment. You will be staying in one of two rental housing with beds and linens. Linens will need to be washed Sunday morning (or you can bring your own sleeping bag).

On Friday, May 22nd, after arriving on Sapelo Island and getting everyone setup in the rental housing, dinner will be served around 6:00pm. All meals will be prepared and cooked by an on-island farm to table cook who is also a guide on the island. A Sunset photoshoot is planned as well as a Milky Way photoshoot later in the night (weather permitting).

On Saturday, May 23rd, a full day of photographing is planned. We’ll start with an early morning sunrise shoot and then eat breakfast. A mid-morning wildlife shoot followed by lunch is next. An afternoon of shooting historical sites and wildlife and then dinner is planned. After dinner, again a sunset shoot and milky way shoot later in the night is planned.

On Sunday, May 24th, we will need to clean up 

Location : Sapelo Is. Visitors Center, 1766 Landings Road, Dairen GA 31305(including bed linens), eat breakfast, and leave at 7:30am for the 8:30am ferry departure. Once we arrive back on the mainland, everyone can depart for home.

Group size is limited to eight (8) participants with a minimum of 5 required.

Spring Awakenings Gallery Exhibit at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Spring Awakenings Gallery Exhibit at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Date: March 11 – June 9 2020

Birds are nesting, the first flowers are popping up.  It’s Spring!  Show off your best happy Spring photo in our next gallery exhibit at the CNC.  

Enter up to 5 photos.  Entry fee is $5 per photo. 


Login.  You will see the Link to Submit entries in the right column under “Quick Links.”


  • Submissions End – February 16
  • Notifications by email – by February 18
  • Prints delivered March 10th, or March 11 at 10:00 AM to CNC
  • Ribbons will be posted after the hanging
  • Take Down / Pick up –  June 9 at 10:00 AM
Photo Critiques with Arthur Morris at The GNPA EXPO 2020

Photo Critiques with Arthur Morris at The GNPA EXPO 2020

We are delighted to offer one on one photo critiques with Arthur Morris each morning of the GNPA Expo.  Each critique session will be a 15 minute one on one review of approximately 20 images.  You should bring 20 images on a thumb drive ready for review.

7:00 AM until 8:30 AM – individual times will be assigned based on the order of sign up (first to register is 8:30-8:45 and so on)

Cost:      $25 – There are No Refunds

April 3                  limit 6

April 4                  limit 6

April 5                  limit 6


Arthur Morris – BIRDS AS ART/Jekyll Island/GNPA In-the-Field Instructional Photo-Tour

Arthur Morris – BIRDS AS ART/Jekyll Island/GNPA In-the-Field Instructional Photo-Tour

April 5-April 8   $1599 for GNPA members only  – Limit 12 photographers

3 1/2 days/the afternoon of SUN April 5 through the full day on WED 8 April, 2020.  In conjunction with the Georgia Nature Photography Association Annual Conference: $1599.00.  Lunch is included on the three full days.

Join Arthur Morris for 3 ½ days of bird photography field work in this event just for GNPA members.  This is a special opportunity to spend several days with Artie in the field on Jekyll Island.  You’ll get personal instruction and tips for bird photography with a group of your GNPA friends.  This will be a packed program with field work to get the best photographs.  The small group and personal instruction will be something you’ll never forget.

Artie’s IPT events are normally priced at $2500 and higher, but we have a special program just for GNPA members.  The program will be co-led by GNPA professional Eric Bowles.


The tentative schedule calls for us to meet at Villas by the Sea at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 5.  We’ll be in the field until sunset that day.  The next three days we’ll be out early in the morning to take advantage of the best locations in the area.  We’ll tentatively plan to cover Jekyll Island, Harris Neck, the Jekyll Causeway, and Altamaha WMA – subject to bird activity and the weather.  You’re sure to walk away with great bird photographs and a brain packed full of new techniques and tips.

A Taste of Savannah and the Low Country

A Taste of Savannah and the Low Country

Join GNPA Coastal Chapter Leaders Robbie Medler, Lynne Daley, Duion Furgason and Jamie Anderson on a photography tour of the Savannah area and the Low Country.

WHEN: APRIL 30 – MAY 3, 2020
FEE: $399


Included in the cost of the trip will be two sunrise shoots, a tour of the Wormsloe Historic Site, Bonaventure Cemetery, and Fort Pulaski. We will also visit Skidaway Island State Park, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah Wildlife Refuge, and take in a Sunset Dolphin Tour. On Saturday, we will take a ferry to Daufuski Island and be given a golf-cart tour of the of the island. Along with all of these photography sites, there will be stops at restaurants in between for some great low country seafood and BBQ.


Participants will arrive at their leisure on Wednesday (April 29th, 2020) and check into the Hilton Garden Inn.  The fee does not include Hotel, Food or Travel expenses to locations.


On Thursday, April 30th, we’ll meet for a sunrise shoot at the beautiful Isle of Hope Bluff Drive at the marina at 6:00am, Breakfast afterwards. At 9:00am we’ll visit the Wormsloe Historic Site with it’s beautiful avenue of oaks then go to lunch. Afterwards we’ll tour Skidaway Island State Park (1pm) for a nature hike, then the Historic Bonaventure Cemetery (3pm) before dinner at Tubby’s Tank House for a seafood dinner.

On Friday, May 1st, we’ll meet at 4:00AM on Tybee Island for some Milkway Photography (optional) or 6:00AM on Tybee for sunrise. Around 7:00am we’ll eat breakfast the Sunrise Cafe, then travel to Oatland Island Wildlife Center (8:30am) to photograph the nesting activity of herons, egrets, and wood storks. After lunch, we’ll travel to Fort Pulaski (1:30pm), eat dinner at the Crab Shack, then take in a Sunset Dolphin Tour (6:45pm).

On Saturday, May 2nd, we’ll meet at 7:30am at the Bull River Marina to take a ferry to Daufuski Island. Once on the island, we’ll be given a tour of the island while travelling in golf carts. We’ll eat lunch at the Lucy Bell’s on Daufuski and have some free time after lunch to travel around in our golf carts before departing back to the mainland at 4:00pm. Once back on the mainland, we’ll eat dinner at the Flying Fish Café (5pm).

On Sunday, May 3rd, check out from the hotel and meet at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge at 8:00am for an auto tour around the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive before departing for home.

Group size will be limited to ten (10) participants with a minimum of 5 required to hold the event.


You may cancel anytime before end of day on March 29, 2020  for a CANCELLATION FEE OF $50.  Thereafter, there are no refunds.  We encourage you to obtain trip insurance in case something unexpected comes up.  If the trip is cancelled by the GNPA for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund of moneys paid.