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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Join the GNPA’s Coastal Chapter for their June field trip at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta, Georgia! Time permitting there will also be a visit to Audubon’s Silver Bluff Sanctuary and Brick Pond Park.

We hear the possibilities for bird photography in these areas are huge! Dr. Bill Lutin who lives in the area and is an avid bird photographer will be our guide.

“Our mission is to provide leadership for sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through research, education and by connecting people with nature. The vision of Phinizy Center is that every community will have a healthy environment that includes clean water and watersheds.” ~Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

To register and learn more click here or visit . Registered members will meet in the parking lot of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 7:30AM. The address is 1858 Lock and Dam Rd., Augusta, GA. Call 912-659-7064 if you are going to be late or can’t find us.

It is about a 25 minute drive from Phinizy Nature Center to Audubon’s Silver Bluff and another 25 minute drive from Audubon’s Silver Bluff to Brick Pond Park.

Bring your preferred lenses. Suggestions: A long lens for photographing wildlife, and a shorter lens or wide angle lens for landscapes or macro. Tripods will also be very helpful.

There will be no fees for Phinizy Center, Silver Bluff or Brick Pond Park.

There are restrooms at Phinizy Center Nature Park.

Bring water, snacks, comfortable walking shoes, rain gear for you and your camera, insect repellant and hat if needed. Check the weather forecast beforehand and dress for the weather and come prepared.

Group size: 15 max. GNPA Field Trips are for PAID GNPA MEMBERS ONLY.
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Call for Entries! 4th Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition in Savannah Georgia

Call for Entries! 4th Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition in 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.

In partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Coastal Chapter is organizing a 4th Annual Nature Photography Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this competition will be Coastal Landscapes, Coastal Wildlife, Macro, and ‘Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’. This Competition will be open to GNPA members only. In addition to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Honorable Mention Ribbons, winners will be able to display their framed winning photos in a gallery at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Additionally, the Best in Show will receive a $150 Gift Card and all other 1st place winners will receive a $50 Gift Card for Hunt’s Photo and Video.

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.

We are honored to have as this year’s judges… Lisa Langell and David Akoubian!

Lisa Langell

Scottsdale, Arizona

A nature photographer and birder from the age of eight, Lisa is the founder of Langell Photography,Inc.( and more recently, Focus Your Art,LLC ( She began her own business in 2010 after long vibrant careers as a floral designer, educational psychologist, consultant and in helping launch and manage two startups that grew into leading companies in the Ed-Tech space. Since then, she has earned numerous awards and has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Images Arizona and more. She is a board of Directors member for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), is an ambassador for Tamron, Fotopro and H&Y, and is a judge for Viewbug.

Lisa loves creating nature photography and art that inspired by her background in psychology and design. When Lisa isn’t having fun making photographs, she’s thriving on teaching photography. Her humility and passion for both shines through in how she provides memorable, fun and educational experiences that enrich, invigorate and expand photographers’ minds in wonderful ways.

David Akoubian

Jasper, Georgia

David has been a photographer since 1972 when his father presented him with his first camera, but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father who shares his love of nature and photography. Early in his career he traveled with, learned from and taught beside some of the masters of nature photography including John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Bryan Peterson, Pat O’Hara and Rod Planck. David has been teaching photography since 1994 in the classroom and leading workshops around the United States. David presents and leads workshops at many of the country’s top photographic conferences such as the Photographic Society of America Annual Conference, as well as many camera clubs across the United States.

David’s clients include, but are not limited to, Coca Cola, PNC Bank, Tamron, Sirui, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, Lensbaby, The Nature Conservancy, Scholastic Books, and Gibbs Garden. His photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, Birder’s World, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker Magazine, and many local publications. His work has appeared in several feature books, calendars, as well as in instructional guides. David is a Tamron Image Master

To Download the Complete Rules for the Contest: CLICK HERE

To Download the Additional Framing Requirements for Winning Photos: CLICK HERE

To Enter the Contest, Log In to your Member Portal and Look for a Link to “4th Annual OIWC-GNPA Photo Contest”.

The contest Call for Entries will start June 1st, 2022

Deadline to Enter the Contest is July 14th at 10pm.


Your Photos Can Save Wildlife

Your Photos Can Save Wildlife

By Dr. Susan Perz, Photo by Jimmy Cash.

On October 6, 2021, the Conservation Committee of Georgia Nature Photographers Association presented its first statewide webinar about conservation by introducing the concept of Citizen Science with 6 speakers!  Featured guest speakers were Caroline Nickerson from Sci-Starter and Andrew Snyder, who is Co-Chair of NANPA’s Conservation Committee and a wildlife biologist with Re-Wild.  Several of the GNPA Conservation Committee members made presentations. Susan Perz coordinated the webinar, hosted by the Alpharetta Chapter with a brief introduction by Lee Friedman.  Susan spoke about endangered species, camera traps and time lapse photography.  Committee Chair Marcia Brandes shared Tammy Cash’s presentation on bird banding and the importance of reporting banded birds viewed in the wild. The presentation was illustrated with images captured by Tammy and Jimmy Cash, Jenny Burdette, and others.  Chris Dahl presented his photos from a hummingbird banding event.  Tom Wilson gave a presentation about amatuer astronomers and astrophotography, and the impact their images can have on Citizen Science. He shared some of the equipment he uses and how some of his images have been used by scientists/astronomers. Tom is a former GNPA Vice President and Chair of the Conservation Committee, and currently serves as the Communication Committee.  The event was well attended online, and recorded for future viewing! The GNPA Conservation committee is proud to announce this webinar is now available for public viewing at the link below, as well as a list of resources related to the webinar. 


A few resources from the webinar:

Carolyn Nicholson, a Senior Program Director with recommends the following conservation/nature related projects:

The Great Sunflower Project

Susan Perz, Ph.D., Webinar Coordinator and Member of the Conservation Committee, presented 3 topics:  Endangered Species, Camera Trap Photography, and Time Lapse Photography.

Additional Related Resources: 

James Balog TED Talk about Nature Photography and his project Chasing Ice, which uses camera traps and time lapse photography.

Georgia Endangered Species: To submit data on endangered species in GA:

Florida Wildlife Commission produces annual reports on endangered species:

Camera Traps:  The Jaguar Identification Project

Camera Traps in Florida, The FStop Foundation Their award-winning film about the Florida Wildlife Corridor is here:

Chasing Ice

Sharing photos and videos with public schools for educational purposes. One of the videos that Susan Perz has shared with an elementary school is below:





May Okefenokee Photo Contest

May Okefenokee Photo Contest

Photo by: Tom Wilson

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and the Sierra Club of Georgia (Sierra) have partnered for a photography contest celebrating the Okefenokee Swamp, its history, and the flora and fauna that make the swamp special.  There are two contests planned –one in May 2022 and a second in November 2022. This is a part of the two organization’s year-long celebration of the Okefenokee designed to bring attention to this amazing Georgia gem. The contest will be juried by Larry Winslett, Eric Bowles and Tom Wilson. The judge is Amy Gulick who was a keynote speaker at our 2019 Expo and is a well-known conservation photographer. Find out more about her at Amy Gulick Images and Stories .

The time for the first contest is finally here! Details of the contest rules are outlined on the official entry page; here are a few highlights:

  • This Contest/Exhibit is open to the public.
  • The entry fee for this Contest is $5 per image.
  • There are 4 categories for entry – landscape, animals, plants, and people in nature.
  • The photo must have been taken in the Okefenokee.
  • There is no restriction on when the photo was taken.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winning images in each category, along with Judge’s Choice awards.
  • Prizes will be gift cards are being provided by Hunt’s Photo and Video. First Place $150.00 Gift Card, Second Place $100.00 Gift Card, Third Place $75.00 Gift Card
  • The top 24 GNPA member images will be selected for the annual Double Vision exhibit at Chattahoochee Nature Center with companion paintings by members of Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. Winning Images will be featured in a gallery on the GNPA Website.

The window for entries is from May 1st through May 31st. Make sure to go to the link provided below and read all the rules and submission guidelines before submitting your photographs. Non-members of GNPA must first create a profile by providing their email address and establishing a password to enter.





By: Bill White. Image by John Heinhold.

Join the GNPA team on Saturday, April 30, 2022, as photographers from Georgia and Tennessee will descend on Dallas in Paulding County to participate in the North Georgia Camera Club Council (NG3C) Thirteenth Annual Shootout photography competition.

The event will be held at the Chattahoochee Tech Paulding Campus location on Nathan Dean Boulevard in Dallas, GA starting at 8:00 a.m. Participants will be tasked with photographing subject matter illustrating randomly chosen topics from five photographic categories: Technique, Composition, Nature, Architecture, and Conceptual Photography. Following the assignment of topics, photographers will spread out into the community to create images for the competition.

Each club will submit its best entries to NG3C by 2:00 p.m. There will be lectures and door prizes through the afternoon whilst the images are being judged and ranked. The winning photographs and the photographers along with their clubs will be announced at an awards program held at 5:00 p.m.

Email to join the team.