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Chapter Coordinators

Alpharetta Chapter: Lee Friedman
Coastal Chapter:  Jamie Anderson (912) 344-4851

Co-Coordinator: Lynne Daley

Decatur Chapter: Cheryl Tarr

Chapter Co-Coordinator: Emil Powell

Griffin Chapter: David Shively and Neal McEwen

Communications Chair: Mary Stiles

Gwinnett Chapter: Stewart Woodard

Secretary: Mikki Root Dillon

Program Coordinator: Vacant, S. Woodard Temp

Field Trip Coordinator: Jenny Burdette

Communications Coordinator: John Criminger

Education Coordinator: Anna DeStefano

Competitions/Exhibits Coordinator: Vacant, S. Woodard Temp

Hamilton Chapter: Whit Perry

Roswell Chapter: Kathy and Dale Aspy

Smyrna Chapter: Stewart Roach

Chapter Co-Coordinator: Jen Ludlum



GNPA 2021

Register now for this year’s Smokies Photo Weekend:
November 4th through 7th, 2021.

Don’t Miss Out!

This year’s Smokies Photo Weekend will be very much like last year’s, due to COVID-19 Safety Concerns.  We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable during this pandemic.  This year’s registration will prompt you to review and accept GNPA’s updated COVID-19 policy.

We’ll feature field trips ONLY again this year—beginning with a sunset shoot on Thursday evening, followed by 1/2 day field trips Friday and Saturday.

COVID-19 safety guidelines will once again limit field trip participation to a maximum of 12 people per trip:

  • we will practice social distancing at all times (even when asking field trip leaders for advice or help)
  • there will be no touching or sharing other photographer’s equipment
  • carpooling is not encouraged

There will be NO Thursday night welcome, pizza dinner or speaker again this year.

David Foster is our Sunday morning speaker. 

Photo Competition

Our Smokies Weekend photo competition will once again be online. That means you’ll have Saturday evening through Monday evening to prepare your images for the competition.

  • online competition categories will be Wildlife, Landscapes and Macros/Close Up.
  • Competition rules will be shared after registration.
  • Images must be submitted by 9:00 P.M. on Monday, November 8.
  • Winners will be announced by email, no later than Saturday, November 13, on our GNPA webpage and GNPA Facebook page.

This year there will be cash/gift card prizes!

  • 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($75), and 3rd place ($50) in each category
  • Honorable mention photos will be recognized
  • Best in Show will be selected from the winners in each of the three categories. A $125 cash/gift card will be awarded for the overall winner.
  • Prizes will be mailed to the winners.

Come Photograph Fall in the Smokies!

Join us to photograph landscapes, water, wildlife, flora, the historic structures and buildings that all have been preserved to reveal the rich tapestry of the region.

The Smokies is well known for its wonderful fall colors, but in November, the crowds thin out, the leaves are still colorful, and the forests reveal old growth trees, old structures, feeding bears & other wildlife, waterfalls, reflections, etc.  In years past we have still had good color in early November.  We have the privilege of GNPA members who have agreed to be field trip leaders and who will share their knowledge and love of both the Smokies and Photography!

As we get closer to the dates of our Fall Smokies Photo Weekend we will send out additional information regarding the Townsend and Great Smoky National Park area, including info on restaurants that are open (and whether dine in or take out, or take out only), and updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures. In the event of travel restrictions, National Park closing, or stay at home requirements, GNPA will make a decision on whether to cancel the event.  Also, our normal guidelines for cancellations will be in place for this event.

Schedule at a Glance

Nov 4, 4:00 pm       Sunset Field Trips to various locations

Sunset will be around 5:30 P.M.

Dinner will be on your own.

Friday & Sat.
Nov. 6, 7                Field trips as detailed in the Field Trip schedule.

Nov 7, 9:00am        Speaker – David Foster, Capturing the Essence of Photography

11:00am Check out – return home, process images for photo competition.

Register EARLY

How Much?          
GNPA members only. $65 registration fee.

All meals will be on your own.

Beverages or incidentals are not included.

NOTE: Wine is not available for purchase in Townsend, so BYO. Some restaurants allow you to “Brown Bag” wine into the restaurant.  There may be a ‘corkage fee’ charged to serve the wine.

Where?                  Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center, Townsend, TN.

This is the SAME LOCATION as last year.

Room rates will be $113.35 per night (plus 14.25% taxes = $129.50).

When?                   Call Highland Manor Inn at 800-213-9462 or (local number) 865-448-2211.  Mention GNPA when you register to get the discount.

Room Reservations can be made now. 

Room Reservations CLOSES Saturday, Oct. 15.


Sign up SOON – Rooms are blocked only until Oct. 15.

Event registration CLOSES Friday, Oct. 29.


Mike Thornton – email –; phone 678-362-2144, leave voice mail if no answer.

Travis Rhoads – email; phone 770-356-2935, leave voice mail if no answer.

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

We would love to hear from you. Below is a listing of our current officers, committee chairs, and chapter coordinators. Click the person’s name to email them.

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

GNPA Board Members At Large

Janet Newton
Tricia Lynch
Lee Friedman
Ray Silva
Travis Rhoads
Marcia Brandes
Jenny Burdette 

Committee Chairs

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

GNPA Website Content Submissions
To submit an article for the website; email: (Coming Soon)
To submit a GNPA Event announcement/information for the website, email: (Coming Soon)

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”.