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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
Fall Field Trips! Don’t miss out…

Fall Field Trips! Don’t miss out…

Fall field trips make us happy!

And the Gwinnett Chapter is leading the way this year with a flurry of trips planned for October–check out their meetup page for more information. JUST CLICK HERE.

Most slots are filled, but there’s a waiting list–and you might just snag a chance to attend. So don’t be shy! Any GNPA member can attend.

Also, these are fantastic locations to scout out and explore with your own small group. So, let’s get out there and photograph together…

October Meetups include:

For more places to shoot in and around your “hood,” CLICK HERE!

Image Credit: Jenny Burdette

2021 Smokies Weekend Update: SPEAKER REVEAL!

2021 Smokies Weekend Update: SPEAKER REVEAL!

2021 SMOKIES WEEKEND UPDATE: Our Sunday speaker will be the one and only David Foster!

In addition to being one of GNPA’s first members and original board members, David is an award-winning nature photographer who specialized in healing art. After 30 years of photography as a personal pastime, he discovered his artistic passion and a desire to share his images. He began exhibiting and selling his work in 2006, and since then his images have been part of more than 75 regional, national and international exhibitions – including solo, juried and group shows.  His work is held in the collections of numerous hospitals and other health settings, public buildings and many private collections across the US.

David’s a FANTASTIC speaker and workshop instructor. We can’t wait for him to join us at this year’s Smokies Weekend!

Plus we have TONS of field trips/excursions planned, including sunrises and sets, waterfalls, wildlife, Cades Cove, art/waterscapes and SO much more.

For more information about David and his work, visit his website HERE.

And stay tuned, and keep Nov. 4-7 free to join us in the Smokies!

Membership News

Membership News

Raffensperger a Finalist in National Contest

A photograph by GNPA member Tricia Raffensperger was recently chosen as one of the finalists for the “American Landscape” photo contest, sponsored by Outdoor Photography magazine. We asked her to tell us more about the image, and how she came to make it:

“I have always had an affinity for capturing trees in my photography. This one in particular spoke to me when I captured it in Death Valley in February 2019. It was coming up on the first anniversary of the death of my oldest son, and I felt this tree symbolized strength in solitude. I’d recently had a Canon 5D Mark III converted to an infrared camera, and this was the first time I was using it. I thought the Joshua trees were perfect for trying it out.

“I entered it in the Gwinnett Ansel Adams competition, along with a few other images just after I returned. John Mariana was the judge and he remarked how much he liked the image, but he felt it needed more contrast. He did select another image I had submitted for first place. But this was my favorite, so I took his advice and gave it more contrast.

“This year, just for the heck of it, I entered it and four other images in the Outdoor Photography “American Landscape” contest. When I received an e-mail notifying me that this image had been selected as a finalist, it absolutely blew me away. What an honor and surprise to have this image selected! John Mariana was spot-on with his critique. Thank you, John!”

Image details: Canon 5D Mark III, EF 24-105 lens, ISO 800, 1/60 sec @ f/11.

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 4 – 7, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: GNPA Smokies Weekend is Nov. 4 – 7, 2021

Plans will soon be finalized for GNPA’s annual Fall Smokies Photo Weekend—our committee’s working on a safe and fun trip, filled with fantastic photography opportunities with experienced trip leaders.

Early November is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in the Smokies.

We can’t wait to see all our friends at this year’s event.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

Participate in Double Vision 2021

Participate in Double Vision 2021


Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) will partner with the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) and the Roswell Fine Arts Association (RFAA) for the 6th Annual Photo Competition and Exhibit that is to be included as part of the fall Atlanta Celebrates Photography event. The theme is titled Double Vision. Twenty-four (24) images will be selected in the contest to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia. These same images will be interpreted by artists from the RFAA. When brought to the CNC for hanging, the photographic image and the artist’s interpretation will be hung side-by-side…thus the theme name Double Vision.

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/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 can be any nature subject. There are 3 categories for entry:  macro, landscape, and wildlife.   Full details of the contest are attached below.

Framing specifications are available here.  Twelve images will be selected to hang on the Wall using 22” x 28” frames.  The twelve images selected for the Grids will use 16” x 20” frames.

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



  • Submissions:           June 5 – June 27, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • June 30, 2021:          Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • September 1, 2021:        Framed and matted prints must be delivered.