Annual Smokies Weekend Photo Competition 2020 Results

The Annual Smokies Weekend Photo Competition is over.
There were over 144 entries this year, here is the breakdown:
Here is the breakdown:

  • Wildlife: 32
  • Landscape: 74
  • Macro/Closeup: 42
  • Total: 144

and here are the winners:

Landscape (Judge: Jamie Anderson)

  • First Place Steve Layman: Maple Splash
  • Second Place Jimmy Day: Tremont
  • Third Place Dianne Walters: Amazing Grace
  • 1ST HM Edward Borosky: Smokies
  • 2ND HM Carolyn Collmer: Parkway Sunset
  • 3RD HM Lee Friedman: The Gathering

Macro/Closeup (Judge: Cheryl Tarr)

  • First place Lee Friedman: Leaf Litter
  • Second place Kenneth Gosden: Leaf2
  • Third place Carolyn Collmer: River Abstract
  • 1ST HM Kenneth Gosden: BigCreek
  • 2ND HM Carolyn Collmer: Nature at Work
  • 3RD HM Travis Rhoads: FallBokeh

Wildlife (Judge: Larry Winslett)

  • 1ST Place Anna DeStefano:  Pretty Mama
  • 2ND Place Traci Dickson: Field Sparrow
  • 3RD Place David Shively: Do You Mind
  • HM Don Williams: Jaw Breaker

Here is the link to see the winners: WINNERS

Here is the link to see all the photos: ANNUAL SMOKIES PHOTO COMPETITION








Meet A Member

Meet A Member

Sophie DeBacker, Roswell Chapter In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Sophie DeBacker from the Roswell Chapter. When did you join GNPA? Some years ago, haha! I don’t remember exactly, around 5-6 years...

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Astrophotography 101

Astrophotography 101

Photo by Jamie Anderson   Astrophotography 101 By Jamie Anderson When people see an awesome photo of the night sky or the Milky Way, the first thing they typically ask is, “What camera settings did you use?” Well, that’s certainly part of the equation for doing...

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GNPA Welcomes Newest Conservation Partner:

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites


The GNPA Conservation Committee is excited to announce our newest conservation partner – Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites (Friends).

Friends has a chapter at each of the state parks or historic sites, and its mission is to work with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources to protect, preserve and enhance the state’s natural and cultural resources. Friends sponsors environmental education programs, organizes cleanup days at parks, and supports projects such as pollinator restoration and efforts to save Georgia’s hemlock trees.


Fort McAllister State Park, Jenny Burdette, GNPA

GNPA conservation volunteers will work with Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites to provide photography that will help them spread their message. Our role is to provide photographs of some of Georgia’s beautiful parks and historic sites, as well as answering specific requests for photos of particular events or projects.


How can you be a part of this partnership and help support Georgia’s treasured natural resources? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!


First, click here to sign up to be a GNPA Conservation Photographer. Once registered, you’ll receive timely information and invitations to get involved with Friends and all our other conservation partners.


Second, start looking through your photo archive, and set aside your favorite images from any of Georgia’s state parks or historic sites (landscapes, wildlife, recreation, etc.). We will be announcing a fall project (with prizes!) to help the Friends group build a library of photos needed for promotional purposes.


Third, “adopt” a specific park or historic site that you would like to work with. Do you have a favorite park near your home or a special park close to your heart?  Friends needs your help to photograph events and projects, or to fulfill any special requests for that particular park. If you are interested in being a volunteer for a specific park, please contact Jenny Burdette, GNPA Liaison/ Point of Contact (POC), at and she will add your name to the list.


Be on the lookout later this year for our fall project!

How to Renew Your Membership

How to Renew Your Membership

Each year, when your GNPA membership is about to expire, you’ll receive an email renewal notice. You can use that email to renew your membership, and/or change your membership category. We encourage you to use the link in the email to renew, rather than going directly to your Member Page.

The email you receive should look similar to this, with your invoice attached:

Just click the ‘Click here to view this invoice’ link at the bottom and you will see your complete renewal invoice, with the invoice number, invoice date, amount due and membership category.

If you agree with all this information, click on the first grey PAY button (circled in red) toward the bottom of the example invoice shown to the left.  That should complete your renewal.

However, you may want to change your membership category, or have questions about the information in the invoice. Perhaps it’s about your expiration date, or you want to upgrade to a Lifetime or Family membership. In that case, save and forward your email to with an explanation of what you’d like to change. We will get back to you as soon as possible and assist with making any corrections or changes.

When your renewal is processed, you will receive an email stating your renewal has been successful.  If there is a problem with your credit card information, a similar email will be sent stating your credit card was declined or failed to process correctly.

Should you receive a notice that your credit card was declined, and you believe it should not have been, please forward your email to with an explanation of the issue. We will reply as soon as possible and assist you with completing the process.

Once your membership is renewed, we recommend you log into the GNPA website using your username and password.

When logged in, you have access to the GNPA home page and member home page (see image to the right). At this point you can view your Member Landing Page.

(This is also where you can register for any current open activities or field trips. These notices change frequently, so check often to find new activities or trips).

Now, go to your Member Profile to verify that your membership status has been updated to “active,” and your expiration date has been extended out one year.

Just below the name badge that shows your name, chapter and membership type, select My Profile (circled in red above). This is where you can view, update or change any information about your membership.


We suggest checking your profile to confirm your new expiration date, member type and status, email preference and chapter affiliation.

If you have any questions or issues with your Member Profile, please send an email to with your question. We will answer your questions and help you make any corrections.

We hope these instructions will make your next renewal quick and easy.

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 2

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 2

Brian Lucy, GNPA Conservation Communications Chair

This week’s post features the winner’s from the Landscape category.

“Landscape photography is the art of capturing pictures of nature and the outdoors in a way that brings viewers into the scene. From grand landscapes to intimate details, the best photos demonstrate the photographer’s own connection to nature and capture the essence of the world.”  –

Week 2 – Landscape Category

1st Place – Art Stiles

“Fishing at Marben PFA” by Art Stiles

Camera:           Nikon D700
Lens:                Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II
Focal Length:   185mm
Aperture:          f/8
Exposure:        1/30
ISO:                 200
Location:          Mansfield, GA
Date:                Nov 10, 2017  8:45AM

During our monthly, now Zoom-held, Conservation Committee meeting we were discussing how this series of blogs is a great way to highlight the winning entries from the winter project.  After about ten minutes talking about the winners Tom Wilson reminded us that while showcasing the top shots is important that the real win was hundreds of photos that GNPA was able to provide our conservation partner.  

Week 2 – Landscape Category

2nd Place – Jenny Burdette

“Boat at Sunrise” by Jenny Burdette

Camera:           Nikon D610
Lens:                Nikkor 28-300mm
Focal Length:   62mm
Aperture:          f/13
Exposure:        1/320
ISO:                 1250
Location:          Bryan County, Fort McAllister Park, GA
Date:                July 7, 2015 6:40AM

“The Wildlife Resources Division is so thankful for the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association and the special partnership we’ve built. By providing beautiful Georgia-based photos, photographers are able help the agency spread the message of conservation while also showcasing the talented residents of the state of Georgia.”   Aubrey Pawlikowski, Assistant Manager for Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing

Week 2 – Landscape Category

3rd Place – Joseph Kovarik

Camera:           Nikon D800
Lens:                Nikkor 16-35mm AF-S F/4G ED VR
Focal Length:   22mm
Aperture:          f/11
Exposure:        3 sec
ISO:                 100
Location:          Dick’s Creek Waterfalls, Cleveland, GA
Date:                July 7, 2015 6:40AM

Now is a great time to go through your photo library to find pictures to share with our conservation partners,  The conservation page in the GNPA website has list of active requests for photos for you to select from.  

To learn more about the GNPA conservation group email us at