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GNPA Contest/Exhibit at  Chattahoochee Nature Center  “Georgia on My Mind”

GNPA Contest/Exhibit at Chattahoochee Nature Center “Georgia on My Mind”

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are happy to announce the next photography gallery at the Nature Center.  Coinciding with the reopening of the CNC boardwalk on the Chattahoochee River, the theme of the gallery is “Georgia on My Mind”.

This contest/exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today (  The entry fee for this contest/exhibit is $5 per 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.  You do not need to reduce the size of the photo you upload.  There is no limit to the number of entries person but a limit of two photos per person may be selected.

There are 3 categories for entry:  macro, landscape, and wildlife. Photos can be color or black and white.  Images of wildlife and macro images must have been taken in Georgia or contiguous states and be a species native to GA.  Landscapes must have been taken in Georgia. There is no restriction on when the photo was taken.


  • Submissions:           February 12 – February 22 (11:59 p.m.)
  • February 24:          Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • March 9, 10 a.m.:         Framed and matted prints must be delivered to CNC.   Framing requirements are the same as prior CNC exhibits.  See full framing specifics on the Competitions page of the GNPA website.

For questions, contact Kathy Aspy ( ) or Eric Bowles ( )

7th ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Exhibition, OPENS 2/19 until 4/30/22

7th ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Exhibition, OPENS 2/19 until 4/30/22

CONGRATULATIONS! Photographer selections for exhibition have been made for the 7th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” photographic competition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association (

The exhibit will run for 10-weeks at The Hudgens from February 19 until April 30, 2022. Invite your family, friends and people who may like photography, especially Ansel Adams black & white photography. Hours Tuesday-Friday (10am – 5pm), Saturday (10am-4pm) and closed Sunday & Monday.

Join us at The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, Duluth GA ( to view these wonderful photographs and exhibition. Public welcome and no parking or entry fees.

This is the Gwinnett Chapter’s small tribute to Ansel Adams who made such a major impact to landscape photography and wilderness preservation, known for his magnificent black-and-white images of the great American Western Wildernesses. The goal of our competition is to shoot in Black & White (monochrome) to emulate as close as possible the style, look and feel of his work.

Our judge, Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950’s. His view and understanding of photography began to develop from an early correspondence with Ansel Adams. It continued to develop from work with Minor White and Paul Caponigro.

Ron Rosenstock was honored as the 2021 winner of the Fine Art in Nature Photography Award from North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). Recognized as a photographer who creates fine art nature imagery and/or who is an educator and instruct in the techniques critical to fine art imagery. Ron Rosenstock’s website is

Members from all eight chapters are represented with an impressive 229 photographs submitted in all categories: Landscape (102), Macro / Up Close (52) and Intimate Spaces (75).

Selections have been made for the 7th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition & Exhibition. Sorry but due to space limitations, only the best 133 were accepted for exhibition at The Hudgens.

The competition was very tight and not easy to make the evaluations for acceptance.

These 46 photographers have been selected to participate in the exhibition at The Hudgens. Remember, the exhibition will remain open to the public until April 30, 2022.

NOVICE Division
Cynthia Kurczewski, Dwain Vaughns II and Paul Xuereb

Russell Adams, Jacqueline Bedel, Paul Carter, Tammy Cash, John Criminger, Lynne Daley, Bryan Galgano, Jo Hancock, Tracie Joyner, Rex Matthews, John McClelland, Neal McEwen, Patricia Moore, Darryl Neill, Art Stiles, Mary Stiles, Walter Swett, Donna Thornell and Jeffrey Whittingham

Michael Anderson, Toni Anderson, Dale Aspy, Sara Aspy, Tawni Blamble, Gary Bowlick, Marcia Brandes, Jimmy Cash, Greg Comstock, Mikki Dillon, Nicolette Dunn, Morey Gers, Terry Gilliam, Richard Green, Steve Layman, Tricia Lynch, Ruth McCully, Janet Newton, Susan Perry, Charles Scheff, Marti Schriver, Ray Silva, Stephen Weiss and Neil Williams

Our sincere thanks to the many GNPA members who submitted entries and the staff at The Hudgens.

Also, thanks to Ron Rosenstock for his time and adherence to the concept, rules, and instructions for ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps.’ Keep watch for the announcement of the winners in all divisions and categories after opening day, February 19th, 2022.

Make the trip to The Hudgens to view and appreciate this great collection of amateur photography as a small tribute to Ansel Adams. You will not be disappointed!


7th Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps Exhibit and Competition

7th Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps Exhibit and Competition

Don’t miss your chance, submit your entries today, Jan. 14th by 10:00pm!!!

The Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association is once again hosting our successful “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”. This annual competition began as our humble way to pay tribute to the legendary Ansel Adams.  It has grown each year with not only more participating photographers but with the tremendous quality and quantity of the work submitted.

Another BIG year is planned for 2022!

The 7th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” photographic competition will return to The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning a 10-week exhibition. This year’s exhibit will run from February 19th until April 30th, 2022, in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, Promenade & Georgia Galley.

GNPA members have demonstrated their excellent creative work and continue to submit wonderful photographs each year to honor Ansel Adams.

Eligibility & Restrictions

You must be a current GNPA member.

No restrictions on geographic location or when the photograph was taken. Each photograph must have an identification label on the back and no identification of the photographer on the front. Entries may NOT have placed in any previous competition.

Not a member? Join now


Amateur Photographer Divisions

This competition is strictly for amateur photographers!  NO professional photographers regardless of discipline; portrait, nature, wedding, event, commercial, etc.  We use the HONOR SYSTEM as to a photographer’s division choice and status as an Amateur, please observe the criteria and do not abuse. We strive to keep the divisions as level a playing field as possible for our members.

For this competition: Anyone who is certified with a degree or certification in photography or who earns more than $5,000 in a year with their photography, shall be considered a Professional and may NOT participate.

Key Dates

January 14 @ 10:00 pm: Deadline to Submit Digital Images
January 17 @ 10:00 pm: Acceptance Notification into Exhibition by email
Feb 8 – Feb 12 (10am – 4:30pm): Delivery to the Hudgens
February 19: Announcement of Winners and Judges’ comments
February 19 – April 30: Exhibit in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning
May 3 – May 7 (10 am – 4:30 pm):  Members pick up work from Hudgens

Division Definitions:

Novice: A less experienced member, a beginner, who may or may not have competed and has never placed in any photographic competition. Not just GNPA competitions!

Enthusiast: A member with 3+ years as a photographer hobbyist.  May have competed in previous photographic competitions but has NOT placed in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in more than 1 or 2 photography competitions, not just GNPA competitions!

Advanced: NEW this year: A more experienced member who has PLACED in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in at least 3 or more photography competitions anywhere. Not just GNPA competitions!

NOTE: Any photographer has the OPTION to compete in a division above their experience level.  For example, a Novice member may choose to compete in either the Enthusiast or Advanced Division.

Entry Fees:  

Each entry is $10.00.  Maximum of 3 entries per a single Category or a maximum
total of 7 entries in 2 or more Categories.


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 the discretion of our judge, up to 5 in each category.

Our Judge: We are incredibly pleased and fortunate to have Ron Rosenstock for the 2022 “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps”.

See a recent video hosted by Eric Bowles: Fine Art Back and White Photography with Ron Rosenstock

See his website:

Here are important documents:

The instructions: 7th Ansel Adams Submission Framing Exhibition Instructions

The other required documents:

Project Feeder Watch! Birdwatching to Benefit Conservation…

Project Feeder Watch! Birdwatching to Benefit Conservation…

Project FeederWatch is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada—and if you have birds in your yard, you have what you need to participate!

Project FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds—individuals, children, families, nature centers, and bird clubs. More than 20,000 participants across the United States and Canada survey the birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locations, and it’s not too late to join the 2021-22 FeederWatch Season, which began in mid-November and continues into April, 2022.

FeederWatch data provides insight into bird population biology that cannot be detected through other methods. Throughout the winter, participants count the number of individual birds in each observed species, collecting data that helps detect and explain gradual changes in the wintering ranges of many species.

FeederWatcher counting schedules are COMPLETELY flexible. Count your birds for as long as you like on days of your choosing. Enter your counts online. It’s that simple.

Your contribution to a data-set of bird distribution and abundance will enable scientists to piece together more accurate population maps.

Data collected by FeederWatchers helps scientists understand:

  • long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance
  • the timing and extent of winter irruptions
  • expansions or contractions in the winter ranges of feeder birds
  • foods and environmental factors that attract birds
  • how disease is spread among birds that visit feeders

And if you photograph your feathered visitors (and what’s not fun about that?!), there is also a PHOTO CONTEST.

Go to and click on the cardinal for more information. The photo entry deadline is January 24, 2022.

To learn more about the Project FeederWatch and sign up to count and submit data, visit

Let’s use our backyard birdwatching to benefit the birds that we enjoy watching!

PHOTO CREDIT: Jenny Burdette Photography
The Year of the Okefenokee

The Year of the Okefenokee

Photo by Tom Wilson

Two great organizations – GNPA and the Georgia Sierra Club – are teaming up to spend a year celebrating the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. “The Year of the Okefenokee” project will feature field trips, seminars, photo contests, special GNPA e-newsletter articles and more.

The two photo contests will be centerpieces for this year-long event. The competitions will be open to the public and include an entry fee of  $5 per submission. The images should be taken in the Okefenokee and can only include species found there. There is no time limit on when the photo was made, but it must be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer.

The first contest will accept submissions from May 1-31, 2022. This will be following the GNPA Expo at Jekyll Island on April 7-10, which will include several presentations as well as field trips to the Okefenokee. A pre-judging panel – consisting of Larry Winslett, Eric Bowles and Tom Wilson – will select the final images to be reviewed by judge Amy Gulick. Winners will be announced around July 1.

The second contest will take submissions from November 1-30, 2022. The same panel will prejudge the submissions, with Peter Essick serving as judge. The contest winners will be revealed in the second week of January 2023.

The contest will have cash prizes for each of four categories: Landscapes, Animals, Plants, and People in Nature.  More information including specific rules, prize amounts, and submission guidelines, will be forthcoming.

The purpose of this year-long celebration is to increase public awareness of the Okefenokee. We hope all GNPA members will participate, and learn more about this amazing, world-class location within our state.




Winners were announced Tuesday night, Oct. 12th for the 2021 GNPA Double Vision competition, in partnership with the Chatahoochee Nature Center (CNC) and Roswell Fine Arts Association (RFAA).

This is GNPA’s 6th annual Double Vision photo competition. The Exhibit, which is open for viewing at the CNC River Resource Gallery, in Roswell, Georgia, is once again part of the fall Atlanta Celebrates Photography event. It will hang at the CNC through December 1st.

Twenty-four photographic images were selected from the 176 submitted entries (all captured in Georgia or contiguous states). These same images were then interpreted by artists from the RFAA. For the exhibit, the photographic image and the artist’s interpretation hang side-by-side, to be viewed together…hence, the exhibit’s name: Double Vision.

Of the exhibited photographic images, the following winners were selected for special recognition:

  • Best in Show (image show with this article): Thomas Yackley, Yellow Rumped Warbler
  • First Place: Pamela Cather, Hide and Seek
  • Second Place: Stephen Weiss, Rose Stack
  • Third Place: Horace Hamilton, Abrams Falls Trailhead Bear
  • Honorable Mention: Morey Gers, Hibiscus Dew Drops
  • Honorable Mention: Tom Simpson, Solar Glow