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Call for Entries:  Natural Expressions Competition  –   ONLY 12 MORE DAYS!  Get your entries in ASAP!

Call for Entries: Natural Expressions Competition – ONLY 12 MORE DAYS! Get your entries in ASAP!

DON’T BE SHY! NOVICE photographers. This is your chance to get your feet wet. We need more of you to participate. Even if you don’t win, your images are likely to be displayed in an Art Museum.

 HOW COOL IS THAT!

ALL MEMBERS, give it a shot! 

Try something wild (all puns intended)! 

REMEMBER, THIS IS FOR EVERYONE, EVERY CHAPTER, EVERY MEMBER!

The Alpharetta Arts Center will host a Photography Competition and Exhibit organized by the Alpharetta Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association (GNPA) to promote the arts in our community.

In partnership with the Alpharetta Arts Center, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Alpharetta Chapter is organizing a 2ND Natural Expressions Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this are:

  • Fine Art
  • Birds
  • Macro/Close-up
  • Wildlife
  • Scapes

The event is open to GNPA members only. It will highlight nature and wildlife to educate people about the natural world. This exhibition at the Alpharetta Arts Center includes a reception.

DATES:

Submissions Open: August 5

Submissions Close: August 26

Exhibiting Images Announced: August 31

Framed Images due at Alpharetta Arts Center: September 21

Reception and Winners Announced: October 8 5PM at the Alpharetta Arts Center

Exhibit: September 26- October 28

DIVISIONS:

In order to make the competition more inclusive for less experienced photographers, we have three classifications of entrants:

  • Advanced Division:A more experienced member who has PLACED in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in 3 or more photography competitions, not just GNPA competitions!
  •  Enthusiast Division:A member who considers themselves 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 1 or 2 photography competitions, not just GNPA competitions!
  •  Novice Division:A less experienced member, a beginner, who may have competed in but has never placed in any photographic competition, not just GNPA competitions!

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

CATEGORIES:

  • Fine Art*: Images in this category will be more interpretive than photo realistic. You have full freedom to use any in camera or post capture processing techniques. Subjects may include any naturally occurring element. Example: composites, kaledescopes, effects images, etc…
  • Birds*: Includes all birds.
  • Macro/Micro*: Includes images of close-ups of any subject (for example: insect, animal, plant life, fungus….). Close-ups are intimate views, tightly framed, or close examinations of subjects in nature.
  • Wildlife*: Includes both land and sea animals.
  • Scapes: Includes landscape, intimate landscapes, plantscape, seascape, atmosphere, weather, astro etc.

*Domestic and captive birds, animals and sealife are not permited.

Each category will have a Novice, Enthusiast and Advanced 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner and may include some honorable mentions.

 

Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer, by Jeff Rose

OUR JUDGE:

We are honored to have this year‘s judge, Kathy Adams Clarke.

Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun,, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. AAA Journey, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Kathy’s photos of Houston were compiled into a calendar offered in Costco in 2016.

Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events, including GNPA.

 

 

To Download the Complete Rules for the Contest: CLICK HERE

To Enter the Contest:

  • Log In to your Member Portal and
  • Look for a Link to “2ND Natural Expressions Exhibit and Competition”.

 

Good luck to all

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 (https://langellphotography.com/)

David Akoubian, Bear Woods Photography (http://www.bearwoodsphotography.com/)

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: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/8lUiOkvCQhbfjs2hPXC7IigblCN5HSj8f5G62xDin6OlzG0ff-CVHV8MTIoBaSH_.Ngfo4U-DLI_b-UuT

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

Landscape

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

Macro

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

Wildlife

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: https://www.loom.com/share/2dac29c1036a46d6b41980167d3dc079 Wood Duck Takeoff from Horton Pond:  Bill Lutin

Review: https://www.loom.com/share/5d0632a557534950bef427a7d653d497 Barred Owl – William Harrell

Review: https://www.loom.com/share/e1df9d0c2cb94c6da7c3d716c6dd5d63 Munching Moss – Robbie Medler

Review: https://www.loom.com/share/42815c6eb75c433ead7cec6b570e84f0 Who’s eating who – Gary Bowlick

Review: https://www.loom.com/share/e4b1db3718f64ff6aa12afd78ca70e77 What a hug – Maria Fernandez

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/9ce0eac8927d426f8752304c8c1780e9  Macro Frog – Lynne Daley

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/c85e5f7f8b9541eb8b17094c164ad2d6  Camelia – Ruth McCully

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/947d8ec76c964dcc95b017a0832aa4ac  Red Clover – William Harrell

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/ff464599c48b4b9f9db6ef26b0469342  Milkweed – Maria Fernandez

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/b46d8e2ba4374487847c80807ed8cf82  Dew Drops – Susan Culpepper

Review:  https://www.loom.com/share/e4e7975cdbb54431ad4c2fd27e8e82a6  Driftwood in Sand – Nicolette Dunn

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – August 19th & 20th, 2022

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census – August 19th & 20th, 2022

By Tammy Cash. Media resources provided by GGAPC.

Have you heard the buzz? On August 19th and 20th, Georgia and South Carolina residents will be venturing out to count all of the pollinators that we can find for the 2022 Great Georgia Pollinator Census! The census is a citizen science research project created by the University of Georgia and launched four years ago in 2019 inviting all Georgians to come together for two days to document pollinator populations. The project is designed for everyone to participate and make a difference for pollinator conservation! It further encourages everyone to create sustainable pollinator habitats and to learn about the many types of pollinators throughout the year. The program also offers a no-cost STEM program for educators, with teaching resources available through the program website.  Buzzing with excitement, the citizens of South Carolina will be joining the Great Georgia Pollinator Census for the August 2022 count, expanding the reach of the pioneering project in the Southeast!

It may sound un-bee-lievable, but did you know bees and butterflies aren’t the only pollinators out there. Learn more about all of the different types of pollinators, catch all the buzz about this year’s census and…

Join the count!

Here’s how: Visit the official website at www.ggapc.org where you can:

  1. Sign up for their newsletter to get the latest in your inbox
  2. Prepare for the count days on August 19th and 20th by:
  3. Check out the resources and share on social media
  4. Join and share Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook page and follow it on instagram @GaPollinators.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Winners of the First 2022 “Year of the Okefenokee” Photo Contest

Congratulations to the Winners of the First 2022 “Year of the Okefenokee” Photo Contest

Our first of two photo contests for the Year of the Okefenokee has now been completed and the winning images are fantastic! We would like to start by thanking all those who participated. Your participation not only helped the GNPA and GA Sierra Club, it also helped shine a light on the Okefenokee, a true Georgia gem. The images winning first place in each of the four categories are featured above, and below you’ll find a list of all winners in each category. The First through Third Place winners will receive gift cards according to their place as per the contest description. Thanks so much to Amy Gulick for lending us her expertise and talent as our judge. Make sure to keep your camera clicking and your eyes peeled for the Second Okefenokee centered photo contest scheduled for November of this year. The judge for that contest will be renowned nature/conservation photographer, Peter Essick.

The winning images in the Landscape category:

First Place “Setting” by Stephen Weiss

Second Place “Black Water Reflections” by Chris Dahl

Third Place “The Heavens Smile on the Swamp” by Bill Lutin

Honorable Mention “The Golden Hour” by James Squires

The winning images in the Animals category:

First Place “Northern Parula” by Pete Followill

Second Place ” Mama is that You” by Gary Bowlick

Third Place ”Jump” by Stephen Weiss

Honorable Mention “Asp” by Stephen Weiss

Honorable Mention “American Bittern” by Pete Followill

The winning images in the Plants category:

First Place “Swamp Spear Thistle” by Janet Newton

Second Place “Hooded Pitcher Plant 2” by Myrtie Cope

Third Place “Waterlily” by Gary Bowlick

Honorable Mention “Thistle Flower 1” by Jimmy Day

Honorable Mention “Botanical Fractals” Bill Lutin

The winning images in the People in Nature category:

First Place “Tourists?!?!  I LOVE Tourists” by Bill Lutin

Second Place “Paddling Away” by Gary Bowlick

Third Place “Making Waves in the Swamp” by Traci Dickson

 

 

SHARE THE SHORE and BE A HERO for beach-nesting birds and turtles this holiday weekend and beyond! 

SHARE THE SHORE and BE A HERO for beach-nesting birds and turtles this holiday weekend and beyond! 

By: Tammy Cash

Nesting season of our protected and vulnerable shore birds and sea turtles is in full swing, and so are summer beach vacations. With the Independence Day holiday weekend marking the height of beach vacation time, states in the southeast along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts reminds beachgoers how to “share the shore.” Help shore-nesting birds and turtles survive while enjoying beach time in their coastal habitats during this holiday weekend and beyond. Typically from April through August, shorebirds, seabirds, and turtles rely on the sandy beaches for critical nesting habitats. Everyone headed to the beach can make a big difference in their nesting success. Be a hero for beach-nesting birds and turtles this Independence Day weekend and beyond by following these simple tips:

Stay off the dunes. Walk below the high tide lines or on the wet-sand. The dry sand and dunes above the high tide, also called the wrack line are where shorebirds and sea turtles are nesting.

Do the “flock walk” and observe from a distance. Keep at least 300 feet from nesting birds and walk around flocks of birds. Getting too close to nesting shorebirds, seabirds and wading birds can cause them to flush from their breeding sites, leaving vulnerable eggs and chicks exposed to the elements and predators. Egg temperatures can increase to lethal levels after just a few minutes of direct sun exposure. Birds and turtles lay eggs in shallow scrapes in the sand where the nests, eggs and chicks are camouflaged to blend with its surroundings. This makes makes them difficult to be seen and vulnerable of being stepped by beachgoers. Also, watch where you set up camp. Pay attention, if a bird acts aggressively towards you, it’s likely that you are too close to its nest.

Look for Critical Wildlife Area closures. Be on the lookout for signs designating nesting and critical areas on the beach or coastal islands – avoid these posted areas as they are closed to public access to protect high concentrations of wading birds, shorebirds and turtles while they nest and raise their offspring. Boaters and beachgoers can help by keeping distance and noise volumes low near these critical areas.

Keep Fido at home or on a leash. Even fun-loving, well-behaved dogs can frighten shorebirds, causing them to abandon their eggs and chicks. If you bring your dog with you to the shore, go to a beach where they’re allowed and follow all leash laws.

Properly stash the trash, fill the holes, and leave no trace. Trash and food scraps attract predators, such as raccoons and crows that prey on bird/turtle eggs and chicks. Litter on beaches and in the water can entangle birds, turtles and other wildlife. Beachgoers can help beach-nesting birds and other wildlife by properly disposing of all trash, filling in human-made holes in the sand, and removing all personal gear from the beach before sunset. Fishing line can be deadly to birds, sea turtles and other wildlife, so be sure to dispose of it properly. Search for a monofilament recycling station near you.

Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Keep personal fireworks off the beach and at home; attend an official event instead that has been properly authorized for beach areas. The loud sounds and bright lights of personal fireworks on the beaches and waterways can have catastrophic effects on nesting birds and their chicks, as well as nesting sea turtles.

Currently all seven species of our sea turtles are listed as federally threatened or endangered. Some of the cause(s) of their decline include loss of habitat, boat strikes, capture and drowning in commercial fishing nets,  and many other human-caused dangers.  It is believed that as a result of these detrimental threats only about one in four thousand sea turtles will survive to reproductive maturity, exact estimates vary.

Tips while visiting turtle nesting beaches:

  • LIGHTS OFF! Leave your bright lights at home (or carry red “turtle-friendly” lights). White lights can deter nesters and cause hatchlings to crawl the wrong way. If you’re staying the beach that is home for nesting turtles, turn off exterior lighting and draw your shades at night during turtle season (May-October).
  • Take your beach chairs and gear home with you – discarded gear causes unnecessary obstacles for turtles and may cause them to false crawl. Fill in sandcastles and holes, which create roadblocks for nesting mothers and hatchlings.
  • Never litter. Ensure all trash, including plastic bags and six-pack rings, are properly disposed of or recycled.
  • Slowdown in the water! Boat strikes account for a significant number of sea turtle deaths annually.
  • If you’re ever lucky enough to encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchling, please watch from a safe and quiet distance and never disturb a nest. All species of sea turtles are protected by state and federal laws.
  • To report a dead or injured sea turtle, please call 1-800-2-SAVE-ME.

Some of our near-threatened, threatened and/or endangered feathered friends that nest on the southeastern U.S. beaches are the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and American oystercatcher. The sea turtles that lay eggs in the southeast are loggerheads, leatherbacks, green turtles. All of these species and others are facing conservation challenges and need help from people to survive.

Pass the information on to your family and friends; let them know how to be a hero for our shore birds and turtles!

Resources for information about sharing the shore with beach-nesting birds and turtles:

In Georgia:

  • Beach-nesting bird tips and video are available at com/conservation/birds, click “Share the Beach”.
  • Sign up for updates on the Georgia Shorebird Alliance Facebook page.
  • If you see people disturbing nesting birds, respectfully tell them how their actions can affect the birds. If the people continue, contact DNR’s Law Enforcement hotline, (800) 241-4113 or rangerhotline@dnr.ga.gov.
  • To report any dead, sick or injured sea turtles to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division at 912-280-6892. You can also call the Stranding Hotline at 1-800-2-Save-Me (1-800-272-8363).

In Florida:

In Alabama:

In South Carolina:

In North Carolina:

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