GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

After the GNPA general elections were held, the following officers and members at large were installed by unanimous board approval. Chairmen for standing committees were also announced. Please reach out to one of our board officers or members with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

President: Bill White
Vice President: Tom Wilson
Secretary: Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer: Bill Hatherley
Past President: Eric Bowles
Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Tricia Lynch
Lee Friedman
Ray Silva
Travis Rhoads
Doug Flor
Jenny Burdette

Committee Chairs

Communications: Tom Wilson
Conservation: Marcia Brandes
Membership Chair: John Criminger
Newsletter Chair:  Ken Dunwoody

Chapter Coordinators

The activities of each GNPA chapter are overseen by one or more chapter coordinators.  You can find the current chapter coordinator on each Chapter’s page. View Chapters

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

Oatland Island Wildlife Center will host a Photography Competition and Exhibit organized by the Coastal Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association (GNPA) to help further the mission of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

Open Call for Entries! In partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Coastal Chapter is organizing a 3rd Annual Nature Photography Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this year’s competition will be Coastal Nature (Landscapes and/or Wildlife), Nature in Black and White, Nature in Digital/Fine Art, and ‘Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’. This Competition will be open to GNPA members only.

This exhibit will highlight nature and wildlife and therefore supplement Oatland Island’s mission to educate people about wildlife.  All images must be taken in the Southeast United States by the participant / photographer.

This year’s judges will be Eric Bowles and Horace Hamilton!

Eric Bowles is the President of the GNPA (2020), Past Board member of the GNPA, Director of Nikonians Academy of North America, and Board member of NANPA.

Eric is a full-time professional photographer specializing in nature photography, primarily in the Southeastern USA. He serves as an instructor for his own workshops and private instruction as well as for speaking engagements for the GNPA and other organizations. He is a dedicated member of the GNPA who is always willing to help the organization as well as the people in it. He has served as a judge for this competition as well as many others. His teaching style is both down to earth, exciting, and very informative. As president, he guided the GNPA through a complete migration to a new website platform and registration system and also through our the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Horace Hamilton is a Past President of the GNPA, Past Board member of the GNPA, and Past Chapter Coordinator of GNPA Gwinnett.

Horace is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing for over 40 years focusing primarily on nature photography. He has been a Canon shooter for over 40 years and currently shoots a 5d Mark IV, 1dx Mark ii and the new Canon R5 mirrorless.  He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA.  In recent years he has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club, Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Photographic Society and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia. Horace’s favorite subject is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its animals, landscape, streams and flowers.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills and to coordinate events to enable them to exercise their craft.

Deadline to enter this competition is February 28th, 2021 at 10:00pm.

Download the complete rules: 2021 OIWC-GNPA Photo Competition 3 - rules

To Submit Your Entries: Click “Member Login”, Enter your Login Credentials, Click “GNPA – Oatland Island Wildlife Exhibit”.

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition – Selected Photographers Named


Selections have been made for the 6th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition & Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

Join us at The Hudgens, Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA to view these wonderful photographs and exhibition.  Exhibit opens February 20 and closes April 17, 2021.   Members from all eight chapters are represented with a new milestone of 326 entries.

The following photographers have been selected to participate in the exhibition:

Steve Weiss #  Jacquelin Bedell*  Olin Batchelor#  Marti Schriver*  Alan George# Tom Simpson#  Gary Bowlick#  Alicia Pastiran#  Jo Hancock*  Jeff Milsteen# Ed Schlissel *  Greg Comstock#  Neil Wiliams #   John Barfield #  Jimmy Cash #  Kathy Aspy #  Jeffrey Whittingham#  James Herndon#  Gail Mitchell#  Lee Friedman# Donna Thonell* Martin Longstaff#  Carolyn Madden# Neal McEwen*   Ray Silva Chris Dahl #  Dale Aspy#  Tammy Cash#  Tawni Blamble# Linda Coatsworth# Traci Dickson# Nicky Dunn#  Morey Gers# Mikki Root Dillon#  Sara Aspy #  Tony Madden#  Darryl Neill #  Susan Perry#  Laurie Rising#  Horace Hamilton#         Ed Scheff#  David Shively#
Jill Howard Church#  Cheryl Tarr#  

   * denotes Novice   # denotes Enthusiast

Our judge, Charlotte Gibb, is critically evaluating the final selection for Best of Show and the Division/Category awards.

Watch for the announcement by opening day, February 20th, 2021…  Which happens to be Ansel Adams’ birthday, he would be 119 this year.

Our sincere thanks to the GNPA members who submitted, the staff at The Hudgens and especially, our judge Charlotte Gibb.


6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition

Held at The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning


Another BIG year planned for 2021! The 6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” photographic competition will return to The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning a 8-week exhibition. This year’s exhibit will run from February 20th until April 17th, 2021 in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, Georgia Galley.

Concept and goal remain to shoot in Black & White (monochrome) to emulate as close as you can the style, look and feel of Ansel Adams work. OPEN to any current GNPA member.

Enthusiast and Novice Divisions and 3 Categories (Landscape, Macro / Close Up & Open). Entry Fees:  Per entry $5.00 each.  Maximum of 3 entries per a single Category or a maximum total of 9 entries.

For the first time we will have more than ribbons, certificates, and bragging rights!  A Best of Show will be awarded from across all categories. Each category will have a First, Second, and Third Place. Honorable Mention will be awarded at discretion of our judge, up to 4 in each category.  Coupons and Gift Cards to winners.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand

Ansel Adams

We are incredibly pleased and fortunate to have Charlotte Gibb as our judge this year. Charlotte Gibb is an award-winning and renowned nature and landscape photographer.   Known for her mastery of “Intimate Landscapes” — small scenes derived from a big large landscape with an eye for the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of nature.

To view work by Charlotte Gibb, go to Her thoughts on black and white photography can be read on her blog – Charlotte Gibb

DOWNLOAD the Full Prospectus of Rules & Instructions here: 6th 'Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps' PROSPECTUS Rules & Instructions - Rev 210120


Log into the member section to register and pay for your entries in the Competitions section.

This year we will have several changes to the details for the competition & exhibit, so keep watch.

Chattahoochee Nature Center – Winter Gallery Exhibition/Competition

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, the theme is Winter Wonders.

Our theme for the photo exhibit is titled simply “Winter”.  Twenty-four (24) images that best evoke the feeling of winter will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

The contest is open to members of GNPA.  If you are not a member you can join today by going to the GNPA website.

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Entering the contest/exhibition:   Entry for the contest will be through the GNPA website.   Sign-in to the Member home page and look for the announcement and link below your member badge.

There is a $5.00 fee for each entry.  Your images do not need to be re-sized for entry.  Your photos do not need to be renamed.  We recommend formatting your photo as sRGB and jpg.

Photographers with images that have been selected for the exhibition will be notified by November 11, 2020.

While a photographer may enter any number of images that evoke the feeling of winter, but a maximum of two images by any photographer will be selected.  Contest winners will need to frame their images at their own cost in solid black frames with acrylic glazing and white mats, details to be provided later.  Photos must be delivered to the Chattahoochee Nature Center by 11:00 am on December 3, 2020.

Judging:  Images will be reviewed to make sure they fit competition rules.  Images will be judged on the basis of overall photographic excellence and how they evoke feelings of winter.

Photographs must meet the following requirements:

1:  This Contest/Exhibit is open only to nature photography images. Images of other subjects will be excluded.

2:  Images must have been taken in Georgia or contiguous states.  There is no restriction on when the photo was taken.  The image does not have to have snow or ice but should invoke thoughts of winter – bare trees, winter grasses, frosty grasses or blooms, snow frosted wildlife, etc.  No captive or domestic subjects and minimal “hand of man”.

3:  Submissions may not have been previously exhibited at CNC.

4:  Composite and panoramic images are specifically not allowed. Normal post processing plus minor edits or corrections are allowed. Images should represent what was actually seen in the field.:

5:   Contest winners will need to frame their images at their own cost in solid black frames with acrylic glazing and white mats, details to be provided later.


Submissions:  now to November 8th (11:59 p.m.) 

November 11th, 2020:   Photographers with selected photos will be notified 

December 3, 2020:  Gallery installation