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Congratulations to the GNPA Smokies Photo Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the GNPA Smokies Photo Competition Winners!

There were many great entries in this year’s photo competition, so thanks to all for entering.  The judges have selected their winning entries and several Honorable Mentions.  The prizes for winning entries are: $125 – Best In Show; $100 – First Place; $50 – Second Place; $25 – Third Place. All the winning entries can be viewed in the Galleries at

Here are the winners by category:

Best In Show:  Sunning Spider, James Day Sunning Spider - James Day


Wildlife:  1st Place – Big Bear, Emil Powella


 2nd Place  – Meadowlark Singing, David Donagan

3rd Place – Buckeye Butterfly, Don Williams

Honorable Mention – Bear Poised, David Donagan

Honorable Mention – Red Bellied Woodpecker, Don Williams

Honorable Mention – Nursing Fawn, Traci Dickson


Landscape:  1st Place – Morning Rays, Tom Simpson


2nd Place – Tremont Stream, James Day

3rd Place – Sunkissed Sumac on the Foothills Parkway, Traci Dickson

Honorable Mention – Mountain Church and Sun Rays, Donna Thornell

Honorable Mention – Vestiges of Fall, Jerry Black


Macro/Close Up:  1st Place – Sunning Spider, James DaySunning Spider - James Day

Macro/Close Up:

2nd Place – Natures Silk, Don Williams

                                     3rd Place – Seed Catcher, Tom Simpson

Honorable Mention – Water Sun Mosaic, Marcia Brandes

Honorable Mention – Elkmont Strider, Ray Silva



 Make your plans now to come to the Smokies next year…




2022 GNPA Smokies Weekend Contest Winners  Gallery

2022 GNPA Smokies Weekend Contest Winners Gallery

Best in Show – Sunning Spider – James Day

Natural Expressions 2022 Competition Winners  Gallery

Natural Expressions 2022 Competition Winners

It is a pleasure to welcome everyone to the Alpharetta Arts Center Gallery and the GNPA Alpharetta Chapter gallery of “Natural Expressions 2022.” Our juried nature photography contest began in 2019 before the pandemic. We had to cancel our plans for subsequent contests due to the pandemic and the need for social distancing. We are delighted to be back once again this year to curate this exhibit created by photographers from GNPA chapters across the state of Georgia.

At the close of registration, we had 501 images submitted. Out of those images 174 have been selected as the best of the best and are on exhibit in the gallery. Our set of preliminary judges had the difficult task of selecting the images displayed here today. That panel consisted of Jenny Burdette, Lee Friedman, Marvin Price, and Larry Winslett. We thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to look at every image submitted and narrow them down to those on exhibit.

We also want to extend our special thanks to our Awards Judge: Kathy Adams Clark.

Kathy had the daunting task of judging 5 categories in 3 divisions, a total of at least 45 awards plus Best in Show and Honorable mentions. In all, she produced 59 awards. She worked tirelessly to review 174 images and to select first, second, and third-place winners in each category in each division. Kathy has also chosen 13 honorable mention winners and the Best of Show winner. We humbly thank her for all her hard work and expertise.

View The Winning Images            Download the list of Natural Expressions 2022 Competition Winners

We would also like to thank the Alpharetta Arts Center and specifically, Nancy Murphy, the Cultural Services Galleries Coordinator for her help in making this possible. I also want to thank Kim Zane, Cultural Services Manager for her support. Of course we thank Dave Palmieri at the Arts Center, and the staff and volunteers who helped us prepare for this exhibit.

Some GNPA members and their friends also volunteered. They gave their time and effort to get all the artwork you see up on these walls. They collaborated with Nancy and others to come up with a stellar layout for each wall to give you the best presentation possible. They are Michael Anderson, Ken and Pat Dunwoody, Shari Garnsey, Will Harrison, Henry Hene, Crystal Larson, John Wilson, and Tom Yackley. We thank them all.

Finally, the logistics coordinator helped to make things run smoothly and efficiently so everything went as it should. A special thanks to my wife, Brenda, for her guidance in making this event work. Her efforts made this all come together.

4th Annual OIWC/GNPA Photo Contest Winner Announcement!

4th Annual OIWC/GNPA Photo Contest Winner Announcement!

By Jamie Anderson.

Thanks again to our judges, Lisa and David, who have spent their time to make this contest happen and bring it to one of its most exciting parts… picking and announcing the winners. This contest is growing and we had over 170 entries in the contest this year so picking the winners was no easy task.

Lisa Langell, Lisa Langell Photography (

David Akoubian, Bear Woods Photography (

Thanks to all who entered the contest, for by doing so we can only improve and continue to challenge ourselves to do better.

Visit this link for a video of Lisa and David discussing the 1st Place winners in each category:

Here are the Finalists for each Category:

Found at Oatland Island

1st Place: “Red Shouldered Hawk”, Jackie Bedell

2nd Place: “The Buck Stops Here”, Jamie Anderson

3rd Place: “Eagle Buddies”, Jamie Anderson

Honorable Mention: “Marsh View”, Ruth McCully

Honorable Mention: “Ossabaw Pig”, Lynne Daley

Honorable Mention: “Sleepy Fox”, Morey Gers


1st Place: “Ossabaw”, William Harrell

2nd Place: “Fall in the Coniferous Swamp”, Vivian Lynch

3rd Place: “Woodstorks at Spoonbill Pond”, Gary Bowlick

Honorable Mention: “Dune Patrol”, Donna Taylor

Honorable Mention: “Sandscape with Oyster Catcher”, Bill Lutin

Honorable Mention: “Whirlpool Sunrise”, Jamie Anderson


1st Place: “Milkweed Pod”, Morey Gers

2nd Place: “Spotted Skimmer”, Morey Gers

3rd Place: “Sand”, Nicolette Dunn

Honorable Mention: “Lotus Blossom with Pod”, Jackie Bedell

Honorable Mention: “Namibia Golden Sands”, Bill Lutin

Honorable Mention: “Magnolia Grandifloral’, Jackie Bedell


1st PLACE AND BEST IN SHOW: “Dancing Egrets”, Debbie Staley

2nd Place: “A Pink Party of Three”, Debbie Staley

3rd Place: “Gliding In”, Betty Walden

Honorable Mention: “In the Moss”, Betty Walden

Honorable Mention: “Skimming the Surface”, Bill Lutin

Honorable Mention: “Tricolored in the Cattails”, Jamie Anderson

View all of the winning photos in our Gallery: CLICK HERE (Coming Soon!)


More Helpful Reviews by Lisa Langell:

Review: Wood Duck Takeoff from Horton Pond:  Bill Lutin

Review: Barred Owl – William Harrell

Review: Munching Moss – Robbie Medler

Review: Who’s eating who – Gary Bowlick

Review: What a hug – Maria Fernandez

Review:  Macro Frog – Lynne Daley

Review:  Camelia – Ruth McCully

Review:  Red Clover – William Harrell

Review:  Milkweed – Maria Fernandez

Review:  Dew Drops – Susan Culpepper

Review:  Driftwood in Sand – Nicolette Dunn

Photo Competition Galleries

Outstanding Photography and Talent Deserves Recognition

The following galleries showcase the winning images from some of our previous photo competitions and events.

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners

OIWC/GNPA 4th Annual Photo Competition Winners 2022

GNPA Expo ’22 Photo Contest Winners.

GNPA Expo ’22 Photo Contest Winners.

GNPA Expo ’22 Photo Contest Winners.