New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

 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, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!  The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  The entry fee for this Contest/Exhibit is $5/image. 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.

Images must have been taken in Georgia or contiguous states.  There is no restriction on when the photo was taken.  Entries must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Framing guidelines will be provided when images are selected.  The exhibit will use our typical framing standards – black wood frame, white mat, and acrylic glazing.

Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

New CNC Competition – Spread Your Wings

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, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!

The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Up to twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  The entry fee for this Contest/Exhibit is $5/image. 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.

Images must have been taken in Georgia or contiguous states.  There is no restriction on when the photo was taken.  Entries must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Selected images will be framed using our normal framing standards – plain black wood frame, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Details will be provided when selected images are announced.

 Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.
‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

Competition Entries Now on Exhibit

 

We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the sixth annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

The 134 photograph exhibit at The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA began Saturday, February 20 and closes Saturday, April 17, 2021. You can view all entries by clicking here. A video featuring judge Charlotte Gibb’s comments and critiques on the winning  entries and is available only to GNPA members here. Thanks to Lee Friedman for producing both of these videos.

Congratulations to everyone who entered their work. You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.

BEST of SHOW

Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter 

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

 A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams

And here are the winning GNPA Members by Division and Category:

NOVICE DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Three Gossips”

Second Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Cypress Swamp”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Chimney Ruins”

Honorable Mention – Edward Schlissel, Roswell Chapter “Horsetail Falls”

Honorable Mention – Donna Thornell, Hamilton Chapter “Yellowstone Rock Monsters”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Morning Dew”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Fern”

Third Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Gourd”

Honorable Mention –  Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Water Lilies”

Honorable Mention –  Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Hibiscus”

Honorable Mention –  Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Twenty Four Candles”

OPEN

First Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Kiva Spirit”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Through the Window”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Soda Butte”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Sea Weed”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Reflections”

 

ENTHUSIAST DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Laurie Rising, Roswell Chapter “Winter Wonders”

Second Place – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Introspective Serenity”

Third Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Road to Denali”

Honorable Mention – Sara Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Creeping Slowly Down the Hill”

Honorable Mention – Dale Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Misty Morning”

Honorable Mention – Martin Longstaff, Roswell Chapter “Storm on the Forgotten Coast”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Water Stone Leaves Sky”

Second Place – Traci Dickson, Gwinnett Chapter “Witch Hazel Leaf”

Third Place – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Poppy Pop”

Honorable Mention – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Covid Blues”

Honorable Mention – Linda Coatsworth, Decatur Chapter “Butterfly Milkweed”

Honorable Mention – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Waiting to Take Flight”

OPEN

First Place –  Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Balcony House”

Second Place – Jeff Milsteen, Gwinnett Chapter “Two Survivors”

Third Place – Stephen Weiss, Decatur Chapter “FLOW”

Honorable Mention – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Open”

Honorable Mention – Darryl Neal, Gwinnett Chapter “Gladiolus Bulbs”

Honorable Mention – Susan Perry, Griffin Chapter “Veil of Innocence”

Photographers competed in two Divisions:  Enthusiast – Someone who has placed in ANY photographic competition and Novice – Someone who has never placed in ANY photographic competition.

The three categories for entries in this year’s competition were: LANDSCAPE (think big and wide vistas, storm clouds, trees or meadows shrouded in fog, moving or even frozen water, rain, or snow), MACRO/CLOSEUP (typically detail, forms, shapes and textures of nature) or the OPEN theme (more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category). Ideas could include, but were not limited to, intimate landscapes (ethereal, eerie, delicate, spiritual or mystical), on the edge of abstract (from nature), shadows (natural, not man-made) or your vision and interpretation of an Ansel Adams image.

Judging criteria included: Overall emotional impact, technical expertise, post-processing skill, originality/creativity, composition, lighting, subject matter, tonal balance and WWAD (What Would Ansel Do?). WWAD was Charlotte’s criteria, which was GREAT!

We sincerely thank Charlotte Gibb for serving as our judge this year, the first year in which judging was completed online. We were incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte work with our photographers. She approached her judging responsibilities with deliberation and integrity to adhering to the overall goals of the competition, “to create the look and feel of an Ansel Adams photograph.” She spent an incredible amount of time on this task and for that, we are indebted to her.

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

 

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS

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.

 

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