6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition

Held at The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning


Another BIG year planned for 2021! The 6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” photographic competition will return to The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning a 8-week exhibition. This year’s exhibit will run from February 20th until April 17th, 2021 in The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, Georgia Galley.

Concept and goal remain to shoot in Black & White (monochrome) to emulate as close as you can the style, look and feel of Ansel Adams work. OPEN to any current GNPA member.

Enthusiast and Novice Divisions and 3 Categories (Landscape, Macro / Close Up & Open). Entry Fees:  Per entry $5.00 each.  Maximum of 3 entries per a single Category or a maximum total of 9 entries.

For the first time 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 discretion of our judge, up to 4 in each category.  Coupons and Gift Cards to winners.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand

Ansel Adams

We are incredibly pleased and fortunate to have Charlotte Gibb as our judge this year. Charlotte Gibb is an award-winning and renowned nature and landscape photographer.   Known for her mastery of “Intimate Landscapes” — small scenes derived from a big large landscape with an eye for the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of nature.

To view work by Charlotte Gibb, go to www.charlottegibb.com. Her thoughts on black and white photography can be read on her blog – Charlotte Gibb

DOWNLOAD the Full Prospectus of Rules & Instructions here: 6th 'Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps' PROSPECTUS Rules & Instructions - Rev 210120


Log into the member section to register and pay for your entries in the Competitions section.

This year we will have several changes to the details for the competition & exhibit, so keep watch.

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

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 3

DNR Winter Project Winners Spotlight – Week 3

“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


This week we are focusing on the winners of the Close Up category winners from our conservation photography project for Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division.  Close Up photography is a type of shot that tightly frames a person or object. Close-ups display the most detail, but they do not include the broader scene. (Wikipedia)


Week 3 – Close Up Category

1st Place – Sara Asby

Ghost Crab at Jekyll Island, Sara Asby


Focal Length:   8.7mm
Aperture:          f/4
Exposure:        1/1000
ISO:                 160
Location:          Jekyll Island, GA
Date:                April 4, 2014 9:39AM

The annual project is a key piece of GNPA’s Conservation Committee, whose primary goal is helping GNPA members become aware of how they can engage in GNPA’s conservation efforts, and help members develop the skills to make valuable contributions to conservation in Georgia.

2nd Place – Ricki Forbes

Camera:           Canon EOS 60D
Lens:                Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM
Focal Length:   100mm
Aperture:          f/9
Exposure:        1/50
ISO:                 400
Date:                September 7, 2019  9:20AM

With 8 official conservation partners of GNPA across the state, there is always a need for your help.  From documenting cleanup events and families in nature to helping build a database of plants and wildlife, you can make a difference!

3rd Place – Steve Rushing

Camera:           Olympus
Lens:                Olympus 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II
Focal Length:   80mm
Aperture:          f/5.6
Exposure:        1/1250
ISO:                 200
Location:          Terrell City, GA

GNPA is extremely proud of the difference that our Conservation Group members are making to have their photographs inspire current and future generations to connect with our natural world. 

To join the GNPA Conservation Group email cons_volunteers@gnpa.org