Don’t Miss
GNPA’s Natural Expressions Photography Exhibit
at the Alpharetta Arts Center!

Show opens, Monday January 13

Reception January 25th from 5-7 pm



Fantastic images from GNPA members
at three experience levels (student, novice, and experienced)
will be on display.


Details to remember…

  • Images will be hung January 9-11.
  • The exhibit opens January 13th.
  • Winners will be announced during the Jan. 25th reception, from 5-7 pm.
  • The exhibit will be open to the public through March 6th.


Categories include landscape, macro/closeup, wildlife,
fine art, and conservation photography.


The Alpharetta Arts Center is a beautiful venue–and the location of the Alpharetta GNPA chapter’s monthly meetings.

Come join the fun and help us celebrate our fellow GNPA photographers’ beautiful work.

71 GNPA members submitted 349 images.  That’s an average of 5 images per entrant.

The final round judges had a heck of a time choosing finalist and winners:

  • Eric Bowles judged Landscapes
  • David Akoubian, Wildlife
  • Tom Simpson, Macro
  • Anna DeSteafno, Fine Art
  • Tom Wilson, Conservation

Come support another


Georgia Nature Photographers Association exhibit!


Don’t forget to thank Lee Friedman and everyone else
from the Alpharetta Chapter,
who made this magical show possible.


to all our exhibited
artists and winners!




Tell me you didn’t miss our 2019 Smokies Weekend!


Image Credit: Trip Leader Jenny Burdette

2 Organizers
+ 7 Field Trip Leaders
+ 57 Registered Attendees =
a “Great Job” (Skip Kazamarek,

and a “Wonderful Time” (Jenny Burdette),

and a “Fabulous time once again” (Steve Laymen).


We SO appreciate everyone who joined us in Townsend for our four-day-weekend, November photography trip!

There was so much to see and experience and capture as we explored the Great Smoky Mountains, including favorite locals such as Cades Cove and Elkmont and Tremont and beyond.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Horace Hamilton

So many fabulous images were captured. Many were shared through our Smokies Weekend Competition–winners in each category and our Grand Prize Winner all received fantastic gift cards as their prizes. Look for future blog posts spotlighting each category!

We’ve also collected images for our GNPA Facbook Page Album–be sure to check them out on our GNPA Facebook Page.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Anna DeStefano

A special shout out goes to Art Stiles, our Griffin Chapter coordinator, who says he is, “…so looking forward to next year. I managed to get eight of the Griffin chapter members to attend this year, and I expect to increase that next year, after everyone hears what a great time we all had.”

Image Credit: Mary Stiles

An exciting trend: we had TONS of first-time attendees this year! We were honored to share with these “newbies” all the things we love best about the Great Smoky Mountains in November. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year, when we hope to welcome even more first-timers to one of our premiere annual membership events.

Image Credit: Trip Leader Horace Hamilton

Speaking of which… Drum roll please…

Our 2020 Dates are already confirmed!

Join us next year, so you don’t miss out on the fun!


GNPA’s 2020 Smokies Photography Weekend

November 5-8, 2020
Townsend, Tennessee
Lodging: the Highland Manor Inn


Image Credit: Mary Stiles



Ladies–Don’t Miss GNPA’s Winter in Yellowstone Trip!

Ladies–Don’t Miss GNPA’s Winter in Yellowstone Trip!

S O L D   O U T

An excited group of GNPA members are headed to Yellowstone next year
from February 7th-14th.

And there’s room for one more lady
to join in the fun!

This has been a favorite trip for years, and one lucky lady can still snag a spot…

So if you’re a GNPA Member, and your New Year’s resolution is to have a once-in-a-lifetime photography adventure as soon as possible…

Then follow THIS LINK to check out all the details and sign up today!

  • Three full days shooting inside Yellowstone NP in new tundra-tired buses.  Each bus holds 13 people, however, we are limiting thenumber of people per bus so there will be plenty of room for you and your gear.
  • Park Entrance Fees. But bring you National Park Pass if you have one, it may be needed.
  • Lodging at the 3 Bear Lodge, Double occupancy. Single rooms are available.
  • A breakfast burrito to go in the morning and coffee for those staying at the 3 Bear Lodge.  An optional deli box lunch can be individually purchased each day from the 3 Bear Restaurant. (Order the day before and pay in advance.)
  • Two days in Gardiner, MT and Lamar Valley for Bighorn, foxes, coyotes and more
  • Your transportation to and from Bozeman, MT to the West Yellowstone then to Lamar Valley and back to Bozeman.

(Note the original trip had to be modified to include Lamar Valley due to a fire at the vehicle barn where most of the available snowcoaches were stored. This lets you shoot both sides of the park and a greater variety of animals and landscapes. DOWNLOAD: CHANGE IN ITINERARY FOR THE YELLOWSTONE 2020 TRIP )


TONS MORE DETAILS after the jump.

Link over now, check it out, and sign up before the spot is gone!

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

At the June 22, 2019 board meeting, after GNPA general elections were held, the following officers and members at large were installed by unanimous board approval. Chairmen for standing committees were also announced. Please reach out to one of our board officers or members with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

President: Eric Bowles

Vice President: Mary Jo Cox

Secretary: Ken Dunwoody

Treasurer: Susan Burroughs

Past President: Tom Simpson

Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Anna DeStefano
Lee Friedman
Tony Madden
Tom Wilson

Committee Chairs

Communications: Anna DeStefano

Expo: Alfie Wace

Membership Chair: Stewart Woodard

Chapter Coordinators

The activities of each GNPA chapter are overseen by one or more chapter coordinators.  You can find the current chapter coordinator on each Chapter’s page (under Chapters).

Welcome to the new GNPA website

Welcome to the new GNPA website

It’s been a long time coming but we are exited to introduce you to our new membership system and website.  While it’s new, we’re sure you’ll find it a big improvement.

Let’s go through a few steps to help you get started.  Logging in and setting up your profile will take about 10 minutes – but if you want to explore you might take longer.  We’d like you to do three things:

  1. Set up your new password
  2. Log into the membership system
  3. Update your profile

Start with a visit to the new GNPA website –

We hope you like the new look.  The menu should be much easier to navigate and find what you need.  The content on the home page will be changing frequently as we share images from winners of the latest competitions and exhibits, and as we have new content from our chapters and as we add new events, workshops and competitions.

You’ll notice that each chapter page has the most current posts from MeetUp so you can get all the information you need right from the GNPA website.

We will be adding many new features and more content through the month, so bear with us while construction is completed.

Logging In

You access all the member only content using just one login which means that you can register for events, trips, workshops and competitions once logged in.  No more multiple logins!

To log in, select “Member Login” at the top right of the page in the green band.  This will take you to the login page for membership where you will.

  1. Enter your email address as your UserName and
  2. Set up a new password for your membership account.

Once you have logged in and set up your new password, you will be taken to your Member Home page.  This is the landing page for all member activity.

Set Up Your Profile

To set up your profile, simply click on My Profile.  Your profile page has a lot of information and that information is used in many places.  It has information about your membership, address, phone and email, photo interests, camera system, and more.  By filling out your profile, when you get ready to enter a competition, sign up for a trip, etc, your information will be pre-filled in saving you time and effort.  At any time, you can click “Edit” and you update your profile.  (Don’t forget to click on Save when you finish.)

There is a lot more so I would encourage you to browse and explore.  Try uploading a few photos to your profile (show off your work!).  Explore the Directory Search and see which other members of your chapter use the same camera system or have similar interests.

We’re just getting started.  More to come!


Eric Bowles
Georgia Nature Photographers Association