Making Your Photographs Matter

Making Your Photographs Matter

What is Conservation Photography? 

Conservation photography is defined more by the way it is used than by what it contains. Conservation photography inspires action to protect and conserve the natural world. Within that broad category, almost any kind of photograph can be used for conservation purposes, including the following:

  • Stock photos donated to local nature organizations.
  • Scenics, wildlife, and macro shots of nature that are specifically requested.
  • Images of people enjoying outdoor activities.
  • Photos taken at organization events.
  • Art photos donated for fundraising.
  • Photographers helping educate organizations on how to use and present photos.

Volunteer to be a GNPA conservation volunteer photographer!

Please log in to the members only site.  Complete the short contact form for the Conservation Committee Volunteer program.  We’ll be in touch soon to discuss your interests and how you can help!


 

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Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org for questions or to request a Model Release Form if you choose to photograph visitors.

 

2021 May/June Photo Calendar & Shot List:

Requested Shot List for Spring:

  • Summer landscapes
  • Summer skylines
  • Flora closeups
  • Welcome Plaza planters (area right outside of the parking garage when you enter Piedmont Park)
  • Baby birds
  • Butterflies
  • Bees
  • Pollinator garden at the North Piedmont Commons

Scheduled weekday shoot:

Saturday shoots:

Open Times Photography Opportunities:

  • Dog Parks – general park area (including dogs)
  • Active Oval skyline
  • Wide views of Oak Hill
  • Group shots – only if people are spread out in Park (must look like people are distancing)
  • People wearing masks
  • Front Lawn
  • Peregrine Point
  • Lake Gazebo
  • Park Drive bridge
  • Active Oval
  • Fall colors (late October)

Specifics plants:  Beautyberry

Always needed:

Diversity in photos (age, ethnicity, attire); Runners, walkers, bikers, skaters, scooters, fishing, sports, picnics, kites, families, bench sitting, all birds, ducks, squirrels, turtles, bugs.

Monuments- there are monuments throughout the park. Once we have these images we can tell a story about them.

Current Projects – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Current Projects – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Education Outreach photo by Dale Aspy, GNPA

 

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a private, non-profit environmental education facility in Roswell, Georgia. The Chattahoochee Nature Center has as its mission to connect people with nature.  It does this by focusing on educational outreach through the use of live flora and fauna.  The Chattahoochee Nature Center also conducts educational programs and activities to inform its visitors about the natural environment.

Photo by Dale Aspy, GNPA

Get involved!

Georgia Nature Photographers support CNC’s mission by donating photographs of activities at a few specific events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when requested by them. This provides volunteer photographers a controlled environment with a specific shot list for each occasion to photograph guests

For more information about CNC, including the types of events we provide, how to submit photos or videos, and photo submission guidelines contact GNPA’s partner rep Dale Aspy at cons_cnc@gnpa.org.

 

Current Projects – Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Current Projects – Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites (Friends) is a non-profit group whose mission is to partner with, promote and preserve Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. As part of their mission, Friends has an ongoing need for photographs of any of the state parks or historic sites. If you have photos that you would like to contribute, please contact Jenny Burdette at cons_friends@gnpa.org for photo naming guidelines and submission information.
Additionally, Friends will need photos of specific events scheduled at parks or historic sites.  THANK YOU to the 32 members who donated nearly 700 photographs to Friends in our Fall Project with Prizes!  These images are already being used in their social media and marketing materials. Click here to see the winning images.
Please contact Jenny Burdette at cons_friends@gnpa.org to volunteer to cover specific events at a favorite park, more information or if you have any questions.

 

Current Projects – Park Pride

Current Projects – Park Pride

Park Pride is an organization that engages communities all over the Atlanta area to create and improve local parks, activating the power of parks as places for members of the community to gather, play, relax, and connect with nature, encouraging mental and physical health.

Nature Photography Opportunity

One of the conservation partners supported by GNPA is Park Pride, an organization that engages communities all over the Atlanta area to create and improve local parks activate the power of parks. Park Pride has started a couple new initiatives that provide additional opportunities for GNPA support.

  • Park Pride has started a new messaging theme focused on people exploring their backyards and local parks as small havens of natural beauty and environmental stewardship, and Park Pride needs photographs to support this messaging theme. Besides supporting one of our partners, there’s another good reason to jump into this area of photography. GNPA’s Conservation Committee has a number of recommendations on ways that members can enhance the environmental benefit of their own backyards, and this would be a perfect time to do a little ecological enhancement, create your own little nature preserve for photography, and support one of our partners, and do all three at once. If you’d like more information on setting up a backyard “nature preserve,” check out these resources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuietOrganicYardshttps://www.facebook.com/pollinatorfriendlylandscaping;
  • Park Pride has also taken a number of short GNPA-provided videos, set them to music, and is sharing them on social media snippets called “Peace of Nature.” Check out a few of them below:

                                

                   

As you can see, these little videos are quite soothing (something we all need nowadays), and Park Pride is very good at identifying both GNPA and the contributing photographer in the media it uses. Doing short videos like these is something that most GNPA photographers can do easily.

Be sure to name the files before submitting them per the file naming protocol, which can be found here: File Naming Standards.

For more information, including how to submit photos or videos, contact cons_partners@gnpa.org.

 

Current Projects – Trees Atlanta

Current Projects – Trees Atlanta

Plantlanta, the annual tree planting event sponsored by Trees Atlanta, took place over three days, November 6, 7, and 8.  Marcia Brandes and Cheryl Tarr covered several venues of the event and contributed 52 photos to Trees Atlanta.  Trees is a great partner because they not only credit the photographer but also include a link to the GNPA website!  

 

Trees Atlanta has a tree care event somewhere in the city every Saturday.  We encourage all volunteers to sign up for their newsletter, attend an event (masked, of course) and snap some photos.  Send them to cons_chair@gnpa.org with your name, event date, and location.  

 

Contacts

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 (http://www.gnpa.org).  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 ( kathyaspy@hotmail.com ) or Eric Bowles ( eric@bowlesimages.com )

 

Schedule:

  • 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.  
Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Photo by David Dunagan

By Eric Bowles

An enthusiastic response by GNPA members resulted in 276 entries this month for the “Spread Your Wings” gallery exhibit at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Of those entries, only 24 could be chosen to hang in the gallery. The level of photography was excellent, and there were a number of truly outstanding photos.

Eric Bowles judged the competition and made the selections for the gallery. The winning images will be selected after the framed prints are delivered in early June. The gallery exhibit opens on June 4, 2021.

Of course, bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography. For this specific exhibit, we also had a large number of entries featuring winged insects, resulting in a very diverse and creative set of images. We’ve compiled some statistics about the submissions, which may be helpful to our members when they consider entering future competitions.

By a wide margin, there were more images of wading birds submitted than any other category. They accounted for 85 submissions, or 31% of total entries. We had 39 egrets alone, featuring Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Reddish Egrets. In addition, there were 12 Great Blue Herons, 9 Sandhill Cranes and 16 Spoonbills. The large number of submissions is not unusual for such a popular subject. Wading birds are relatively common and easy to photograph, so if you want your image to stand out, it helps if you can include something unique or unusual in your photo, along with an artistic composition.

The second largest category of submissions was raptors, with 34 photos. The leading species were Bald Eagles with 10 submissions, Osprey with 6 and various owls with 14. We also had several images of hawks and vultures in this group. Raptors are another very popular category, so little details in a photo can make a big difference.

The third big category is one I’ll generically refer to as ducks and geese, but it also includes cormorants and anhingas. We had 21 images submitted in this group covering a wide range of subjects. There was nice variety of species, compositions and behaviors.

Making up the balance of submissions were 59 entries split between songbirds, hummingbirds and shorebirds. The variety of songbirds was particularly large, and included some less-common subjects. The tough thing about this group of images, from a judge’s perspective, is that compositions or poses are very challenging. You are dealing with a relatively small subject, so many of the photos are going to be perched birds. That places a premium on clean backgrounds, good head positions and proper editing.

Among the insects, most images fell into three groups – butterflies, dragonflies and bees. We had 28 images of butterflies and moths submitted, and the quality level was remarkably good.  We had a lot of nice images with clean backgrounds, nice positioning on a flower or plant, and appropriate depth of field.

The second big group of submissions was dragonflies and damselflies. There were 19 of these entries, and they represented a range of species and some very nice photography. Many were particularly colorful and faithfully captured in the image.

Finally, in the third group we had 9 images of bees. These included some very good close ups of bees and wasps. The images showed nice detail and color, making selection particularly tough.

Overall, the images for the gallery exhibit were selected based on artistic image quality, with an effort to strike a balance of different types of winged subjects and their behavior. The selected images were determined to be the best of their specific group or species, and in many cases showed creativity or unusual behavior. All were well edited to present the subject naturally and in a positive light. While we had to narrow it down to just 24 images to hang in the gallery, there were over 90 images submitted that were selected as finalists and were worthy of hanging in any GNPA exhibit.

For those images that were not selected, in part it’s simply a numbers game in a competition that included lots of good images. If you submitted an egret, spoonbill, heron, eagle or owl, you simply had the bad luck of competing against a number of really excellent images.

Here are a few tips that may be helpful for future competitions:

  • You can’t know in advance how many images of a particular species will be submitted, but in general there are usually lots of entries featuring wading birds and raptors. With these subjects, your submission needs to be outstanding. Little details with light, saturation, white balance and post-processing will make a difference.
  • If possible, try to avoid the harsh shadows associated with photographing in the middle of the day. Watch out for blown highlights and images that are too dark.
  • When editing your image, be alert for over-saturated color. This is especially a problem with a particularly warm or cool white balance, or with brightly colored subjects like spoonbills. There is nothing wrong with strong color, but nature photos should reflect how those subjects look in real life.
  • When selecting your images for competition, backgrounds are important. Backgrounds that are clean and don’t distract from the subject can result in an outstanding image. Thoughtful backgrounds can also provide context or a sense of place that gives an image an environmental context. And while it may be difficult, avoid backgrounds that are busy or cluttered.
  • Finally, the little details count in a competition. With birds, the head should normally be turned slightly toward the camera, rather than turned away. A catch light in the eye provides an added spark to the subject. Leave a little space in front of the subject so it has “room” to move or fly. Look at the wing position and foot/leg position to be sure it does not seem awkward. And remember – birds have two legs, so be sure your bird is showing both of them.

One of the big benefits of competitions is that you get feedback on your images. But remember, it’s supposed to be a fun experience. If you have questions about your photographs, feel free to ask other members; many of them have a great deal of experience and are happy to help. Learning from the work of others, and asking for feedback regarding your own images, can help you improve as a photographer.

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org for questions or to request a Model Release Form if you choose to photograph visitors.

 

2021 May/June Photo Calendar & Shot List:

Requested Shot List for Spring:

  • Summer landscapes
  • Summer skylines
  • Flora closeups
  • Welcome Plaza planters (area right outside of the parking garage when you enter Piedmont Park)
  • Baby birds
  • Butterflies
  • Bees
  • Pollinator garden at the North Piedmont Commons

Scheduled weekday shoot:

Saturday shoots:

Open Times Photography Opportunities:

  • Dog Parks – general park area (including dogs)
  • Active Oval skyline
  • Wide views of Oak Hill
  • Group shots – only if people are spread out in Park (must look like people are distancing)
  • People wearing masks
  • Front Lawn
  • Peregrine Point
  • Lake Gazebo
  • Park Drive bridge
  • Active Oval
  • Fall colors (late October)

Specifics plants:  Beautyberry

Always needed:

Diversity in photos (age, ethnicity, attire); Runners, walkers, bikers, skaters, scooters, fishing, sports, picnics, kites, families, bench sitting, all birds, ducks, squirrels, turtles, bugs.

Monuments- there are monuments throughout the park. Once we have these images we can tell a story about them.

Framing Specifications – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Framing Specifications for the Chattahoochee Nature Center Gallery

If you have exhibited at CNC before, these are the same guidelines so you can reuse a frame if you would like.  There is a difference in the frame sizes for the wall and the grid system so check on the size of your frame if you are reusing one. The inner dimension of the frame is what counts as the measurement.  That is also the measure of the outside edge of the acrylic and the mat.

Information on framing are as follows:

Photos to be displayed on the WALL. 

  • Framing specs for the wall will depend on the specific competition.
    • Normal CNC Gallery Framing – 16×20 or 18 x 24 frames
    • Double Vision Exhibit – 22 x 28 frames for the wall
  • Wood (or wood composite) frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Photos for the metal GRIDS – Double Vision Only

  • Frame specifications are 16 x 20 for the grids for all exhibits
  • 16” x 20” wood frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Sources

You should be able to buy stock frames and custom mats if needed.  Michael’s and other craft shops have frames at a reasonable price.  Discount Picture Framing in Lawrenceville also has reasonable prices. Also, one of our GNPA sponsors, Digital Arts Studio may also be considered. The latter will provide a one-stop shop for GNPA to print from your digital image and frame for about $100 – $150 depending on the size and mat you choose.

We also want to help keep the cost down.  If you need to order frames and mats with acrylic glazing, www.framedestination.com has everything available.  I recommend the Corporate Wide Black wood frames and the White Sale mats.  The cost will probably be around $55-65 for frame with styrene glazing  and mat.  If you want to upgrade to acrylic for a higher end glazing, it will cost around $25.  You can also order frames and mats online from https://www.frameusa.com/wood-frames/corporate-wide-picture-frames  They are both very reasonably priced but usually require a 2-3 week lead time.

We recommend printing to the required mat opening.  Prints can be ordered online if desired from mpix at www.mpix.com  and COSTCO, for pickup at their store.  A local Atlanta company that has also been great to work with is https://www.myphotopipe.com/.  Owen Thompson at Digital Arts can provide turnkey prints and framing.

If you have an image that does not work with standard framing, or if you have questions, be sure to ask.   We usually can accommodate small exceptions or make suggestions to help keep costs down.

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

 Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!  The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Framing guidelines will be provided when images are selected.  The exhibit will use our typical framing standards – plain black wood frames, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Frame sizes must be 16×20, or 18×24 with mat borders of around 2-3 inches.  Frames, mats and glazing can be purchased online at FrameUSA, Frame Destination or a range of other sources.  For more details on framing specifications, please read this article:  https://gnpa.org/2021/04/27/framing-specifications-chattahoochee-nature-center/

Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

New CNC Competition – Spread Your Wings

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!

The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Up to twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Selected images will be framed using our normal framing standards – plain black wood frame, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Details will be provided when selected images are announced.

 Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

GNPA 2021 Annual Meeting on April 7

The GNPA Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT on Zoom.  Normally we would hold the Annual Meeting during the Expo, but those plans are impacted by Covid-19.  This will give everyone a chance to attend.

We will be providing an update on GNPA.  We’ll introduce the leadership team and cover key topics like membership, financial condition, upcoming events, and the communications program including the monthly webinars, newsletter, blog, and website.

You must register to attend.  Login to visit the Member Home page for the link to register.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation with a link to join the webinar.

The meeting will be recorded.

Bill White

GNPA President

 

Eric Bowles

GNPA Past President

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

After the 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: Bill White
Vice President: Tom Wilson
Secretary: Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer: Bill Hatherley
Past President: Eric Bowles
Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Tricia Lynch
Lee Friedman
Ray Silva
Travis Rhoads
Doug Flor
Jenny Burdette

Committee Chairs

Communications: Tom Wilson
Conservation: Marcia Brandes
Membership Chair: John Criminger
Newsletter Chair:  Ken Dunwoody

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. View Chapters

GNPA ELECTIONS OPEN NOW!

GNPA Elections Open Now

The GNPA election of Board members and officers is open March 15 through March 22 at midnight.  Every member was sent an email on March 15 with the link to vote.  If you did not receive the link, it is posted on the Member Home page.  Just click on the Member Log In button at the top right corner of the website.

The Nominating Committee proposed the following slate of candidates and these candidates were accepted by the Board.  The Board approved expanding the number of At Large board members from five to seven positions to reflect the increased number of chapters and members GNPA has today.

2021-2022 Nominees
President Bill White
VP Tom Wilson
Secretary Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer Bill Hatherley
Past President Eric Bowles
Member at large Travis Rhoads
Member at large Doug Flor
Member at large Lee Friedman
Member at large – New position Jenny Burdette
Member at large – New Position Ray Silva

Candidate biographies are available for viewing: Download PDF Here

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

Competition Entries Now on Exhibit

 

We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the sixth annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

The 134 photograph exhibit at The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA began Saturday, February 20 and closes Saturday, April 17, 2021. You can view all entries by clicking here. A video featuring judge Charlotte Gibb’s comments and critiques on the winning  entries and is available only to GNPA members here. Thanks to Lee Friedman for producing both of these videos.

Congratulations to everyone who entered their work. You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.

BEST of SHOW

Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter 

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

 A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams

And here are the winning GNPA Members by Division and Category:

NOVICE DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Three Gossips”

Second Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Cypress Swamp”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Chimney Ruins”

Honorable Mention – Edward Schlissel, Roswell Chapter “Horsetail Falls”

Honorable Mention – Donna Thornell, Hamilton Chapter “Yellowstone Rock Monsters”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Morning Dew”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Fern”

Third Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Gourd”

Honorable Mention –  Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Water Lilies”

Honorable Mention –  Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Hibiscus”

Honorable Mention –  Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Twenty Four Candles”

OPEN

First Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Kiva Spirit”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Through the Window”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Soda Butte”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Sea Weed”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Reflections”

 

ENTHUSIAST DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Laurie Rising, Roswell Chapter “Winter Wonders”

Second Place – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Introspective Serenity”

Third Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Road to Denali”

Honorable Mention – Sara Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Creeping Slowly Down the Hill”

Honorable Mention – Dale Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Misty Morning”

Honorable Mention – Martin Longstaff, Roswell Chapter “Storm on the Forgotten Coast”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Water Stone Leaves Sky”

Second Place – Traci Dickson, Gwinnett Chapter “Witch Hazel Leaf”

Third Place – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Poppy Pop”

Honorable Mention – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Covid Blues”

Honorable Mention – Linda Coatsworth, Decatur Chapter “Butterfly Milkweed”

Honorable Mention – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Waiting to Take Flight”

OPEN

First Place –  Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Balcony House”

Second Place – Jeff Milsteen, Gwinnett Chapter “Two Survivors”

Third Place – Stephen Weiss, Decatur Chapter “FLOW”

Honorable Mention – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Open”

Honorable Mention – Darryl Neal, Gwinnett Chapter “Gladiolus Bulbs”

Honorable Mention – Susan Perry, Griffin Chapter “Veil of Innocence”

Photographers competed in two Divisions:  Enthusiast – Someone who has placed in ANY photographic competition and Novice – Someone who has never placed in ANY photographic competition.

The three categories for entries in this year’s competition were: LANDSCAPE (think big and wide vistas, storm clouds, trees or meadows shrouded in fog, moving or even frozen water, rain, or snow), MACRO/CLOSEUP (typically detail, forms, shapes and textures of nature) or the OPEN theme (more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category). Ideas could include, but were not limited to, intimate landscapes (ethereal, eerie, delicate, spiritual or mystical), on the edge of abstract (from nature), shadows (natural, not man-made) or your vision and interpretation of an Ansel Adams image.

Judging criteria included: Overall emotional impact, technical expertise, post-processing skill, originality/creativity, composition, lighting, subject matter, tonal balance and WWAD (What Would Ansel Do?). WWAD was Charlotte’s criteria, which was GREAT!

We sincerely thank Charlotte Gibb for serving as our judge this year, the first year in which judging was completed online. We were incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte work with our photographers. She approached her judging responsibilities with deliberation and integrity to adhering to the overall goals of the competition, “to create the look and feel of an Ansel Adams photograph.” She spent an incredible amount of time on this task and for that, we are indebted to her.

Our sincere thanks to the GNPA members who participated, the staff at The Hudgens and especially, judge Charlotte Gibb.

 

 

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 (http://www.gnpa.org).  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 ( kathyaspy@hotmail.com ) or Eric Bowles ( eric@bowlesimages.com )

 

Schedule:

  • 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.  
Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Photo by David Dunagan

By Eric Bowles

An enthusiastic response by GNPA members resulted in 276 entries this month for the “Spread Your Wings” gallery exhibit at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Of those entries, only 24 could be chosen to hang in the gallery. The level of photography was excellent, and there were a number of truly outstanding photos.

Eric Bowles judged the competition and made the selections for the gallery. The winning images will be selected after the framed prints are delivered in early June. The gallery exhibit opens on June 4, 2021.

Of course, bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography. For this specific exhibit, we also had a large number of entries featuring winged insects, resulting in a very diverse and creative set of images. We’ve compiled some statistics about the submissions, which may be helpful to our members when they consider entering future competitions.

By a wide margin, there were more images of wading birds submitted than any other category. They accounted for 85 submissions, or 31% of total entries. We had 39 egrets alone, featuring Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Reddish Egrets. In addition, there were 12 Great Blue Herons, 9 Sandhill Cranes and 16 Spoonbills. The large number of submissions is not unusual for such a popular subject. Wading birds are relatively common and easy to photograph, so if you want your image to stand out, it helps if you can include something unique or unusual in your photo, along with an artistic composition.

The second largest category of submissions was raptors, with 34 photos. The leading species were Bald Eagles with 10 submissions, Osprey with 6 and various owls with 14. We also had several images of hawks and vultures in this group. Raptors are another very popular category, so little details in a photo can make a big difference.

The third big category is one I’ll generically refer to as ducks and geese, but it also includes cormorants and anhingas. We had 21 images submitted in this group covering a wide range of subjects. There was nice variety of species, compositions and behaviors.

Making up the balance of submissions were 59 entries split between songbirds, hummingbirds and shorebirds. The variety of songbirds was particularly large, and included some less-common subjects. The tough thing about this group of images, from a judge’s perspective, is that compositions or poses are very challenging. You are dealing with a relatively small subject, so many of the photos are going to be perched birds. That places a premium on clean backgrounds, good head positions and proper editing.

Among the insects, most images fell into three groups – butterflies, dragonflies and bees. We had 28 images of butterflies and moths submitted, and the quality level was remarkably good.  We had a lot of nice images with clean backgrounds, nice positioning on a flower or plant, and appropriate depth of field.

The second big group of submissions was dragonflies and damselflies. There were 19 of these entries, and they represented a range of species and some very nice photography. Many were particularly colorful and faithfully captured in the image.

Finally, in the third group we had 9 images of bees. These included some very good close ups of bees and wasps. The images showed nice detail and color, making selection particularly tough.

Overall, the images for the gallery exhibit were selected based on artistic image quality, with an effort to strike a balance of different types of winged subjects and their behavior. The selected images were determined to be the best of their specific group or species, and in many cases showed creativity or unusual behavior. All were well edited to present the subject naturally and in a positive light. While we had to narrow it down to just 24 images to hang in the gallery, there were over 90 images submitted that were selected as finalists and were worthy of hanging in any GNPA exhibit.

For those images that were not selected, in part it’s simply a numbers game in a competition that included lots of good images. If you submitted an egret, spoonbill, heron, eagle or owl, you simply had the bad luck of competing against a number of really excellent images.

Here are a few tips that may be helpful for future competitions:

  • You can’t know in advance how many images of a particular species will be submitted, but in general there are usually lots of entries featuring wading birds and raptors. With these subjects, your submission needs to be outstanding. Little details with light, saturation, white balance and post-processing will make a difference.
  • If possible, try to avoid the harsh shadows associated with photographing in the middle of the day. Watch out for blown highlights and images that are too dark.
  • When editing your image, be alert for over-saturated color. This is especially a problem with a particularly warm or cool white balance, or with brightly colored subjects like spoonbills. There is nothing wrong with strong color, but nature photos should reflect how those subjects look in real life.
  • When selecting your images for competition, backgrounds are important. Backgrounds that are clean and don’t distract from the subject can result in an outstanding image. Thoughtful backgrounds can also provide context or a sense of place that gives an image an environmental context. And while it may be difficult, avoid backgrounds that are busy or cluttered.
  • Finally, the little details count in a competition. With birds, the head should normally be turned slightly toward the camera, rather than turned away. A catch light in the eye provides an added spark to the subject. Leave a little space in front of the subject so it has “room” to move or fly. Look at the wing position and foot/leg position to be sure it does not seem awkward. And remember – birds have two legs, so be sure your bird is showing both of them.

One of the big benefits of competitions is that you get feedback on your images. But remember, it’s supposed to be a fun experience. If you have questions about your photographs, feel free to ask other members; many of them have a great deal of experience and are happy to help. Learning from the work of others, and asking for feedback regarding your own images, can help you improve as a photographer.

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org for questions or to request a Model Release Form if you choose to photograph visitors.

 

2021 May/June Photo Calendar & Shot List:

Requested Shot List for Spring:

  • Summer landscapes
  • Summer skylines
  • Flora closeups
  • Welcome Plaza planters (area right outside of the parking garage when you enter Piedmont Park)
  • Baby birds
  • Butterflies
  • Bees
  • Pollinator garden at the North Piedmont Commons

Scheduled weekday shoot:

Saturday shoots:

Open Times Photography Opportunities:

  • Dog Parks – general park area (including dogs)
  • Active Oval skyline
  • Wide views of Oak Hill
  • Group shots – only if people are spread out in Park (must look like people are distancing)
  • People wearing masks
  • Front Lawn
  • Peregrine Point
  • Lake Gazebo
  • Park Drive bridge
  • Active Oval
  • Fall colors (late October)

Specifics plants:  Beautyberry

Always needed:

Diversity in photos (age, ethnicity, attire); Runners, walkers, bikers, skaters, scooters, fishing, sports, picnics, kites, families, bench sitting, all birds, ducks, squirrels, turtles, bugs.

Monuments- there are monuments throughout the park. Once we have these images we can tell a story about them.

Framing Specifications – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Framing Specifications for the Chattahoochee Nature Center Gallery

If you have exhibited at CNC before, these are the same guidelines so you can reuse a frame if you would like.  There is a difference in the frame sizes for the wall and the grid system so check on the size of your frame if you are reusing one. The inner dimension of the frame is what counts as the measurement.  That is also the measure of the outside edge of the acrylic and the mat.

Information on framing are as follows:

Photos to be displayed on the WALL. 

  • Framing specs for the wall will depend on the specific competition.
    • Normal CNC Gallery Framing – 16×20 or 18 x 24 frames
    • Double Vision Exhibit – 22 x 28 frames for the wall
  • Wood (or wood composite) frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Photos for the metal GRIDS – Double Vision Only

  • Frame specifications are 16 x 20 for the grids for all exhibits
  • 16” x 20” wood frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Sources

You should be able to buy stock frames and custom mats if needed.  Michael’s and other craft shops have frames at a reasonable price.  Discount Picture Framing in Lawrenceville also has reasonable prices. Also, one of our GNPA sponsors, Digital Arts Studio may also be considered. The latter will provide a one-stop shop for GNPA to print from your digital image and frame for about $100 – $150 depending on the size and mat you choose.

We also want to help keep the cost down.  If you need to order frames and mats with acrylic glazing, www.framedestination.com has everything available.  I recommend the Corporate Wide Black wood frames and the White Sale mats.  The cost will probably be around $55-65 for frame with styrene glazing  and mat.  If you want to upgrade to acrylic for a higher end glazing, it will cost around $25.  You can also order frames and mats online from https://www.frameusa.com/wood-frames/corporate-wide-picture-frames  They are both very reasonably priced but usually require a 2-3 week lead time.

We recommend printing to the required mat opening.  Prints can be ordered online if desired from mpix at www.mpix.com  and COSTCO, for pickup at their store.  A local Atlanta company that has also been great to work with is https://www.myphotopipe.com/.  Owen Thompson at Digital Arts can provide turnkey prints and framing.

If you have an image that does not work with standard framing, or if you have questions, be sure to ask.   We usually can accommodate small exceptions or make suggestions to help keep costs down.

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

 Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!  The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Framing guidelines will be provided when images are selected.  The exhibit will use our typical framing standards – plain black wood frames, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Frame sizes must be 16×20, or 18×24 with mat borders of around 2-3 inches.  Frames, mats and glazing can be purchased online at FrameUSA, Frame Destination or a range of other sources.  For more details on framing specifications, please read this article:  https://gnpa.org/2021/04/27/framing-specifications-chattahoochee-nature-center/

Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

New CNC Competition – Spread Your Wings

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!

The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Up to twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Selected images will be framed using our normal framing standards – plain black wood frame, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Details will be provided when selected images are announced.

 Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

GNPA 2021 Annual Meeting on April 7

The GNPA Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT on Zoom.  Normally we would hold the Annual Meeting during the Expo, but those plans are impacted by Covid-19.  This will give everyone a chance to attend.

We will be providing an update on GNPA.  We’ll introduce the leadership team and cover key topics like membership, financial condition, upcoming events, and the communications program including the monthly webinars, newsletter, blog, and website.

You must register to attend.  Login to visit the Member Home page for the link to register.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation with a link to join the webinar.

The meeting will be recorded.

Bill White

GNPA President

 

Eric Bowles

GNPA Past President

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

After the 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: Bill White
Vice President: Tom Wilson
Secretary: Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer: Bill Hatherley
Past President: Eric Bowles
Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Tricia Lynch
Lee Friedman
Ray Silva
Travis Rhoads
Doug Flor
Jenny Burdette

Committee Chairs

Communications: Tom Wilson
Conservation: Marcia Brandes
Membership Chair: John Criminger
Newsletter Chair:  Ken Dunwoody

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. View Chapters

GNPA ELECTIONS OPEN NOW!

GNPA Elections Open Now

The GNPA election of Board members and officers is open March 15 through March 22 at midnight.  Every member was sent an email on March 15 with the link to vote.  If you did not receive the link, it is posted on the Member Home page.  Just click on the Member Log In button at the top right corner of the website.

The Nominating Committee proposed the following slate of candidates and these candidates were accepted by the Board.  The Board approved expanding the number of At Large board members from five to seven positions to reflect the increased number of chapters and members GNPA has today.

2021-2022 Nominees
President Bill White
VP Tom Wilson
Secretary Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer Bill Hatherley
Past President Eric Bowles
Member at large Travis Rhoads
Member at large Doug Flor
Member at large Lee Friedman
Member at large – New position Jenny Burdette
Member at large – New Position Ray Silva

Candidate biographies are available for viewing: Download PDF Here

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

Competition Entries Now on Exhibit

 

We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the sixth annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

The 134 photograph exhibit at The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA began Saturday, February 20 and closes Saturday, April 17, 2021. You can view all entries by clicking here. A video featuring judge Charlotte Gibb’s comments and critiques on the winning  entries and is available only to GNPA members here. Thanks to Lee Friedman for producing both of these videos.

Congratulations to everyone who entered their work. You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.

BEST of SHOW

Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter 

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

 A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams

And here are the winning GNPA Members by Division and Category:

NOVICE DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Three Gossips”

Second Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Cypress Swamp”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Chimney Ruins”

Honorable Mention – Edward Schlissel, Roswell Chapter “Horsetail Falls”

Honorable Mention – Donna Thornell, Hamilton Chapter “Yellowstone Rock Monsters”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Morning Dew”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Fern”

Third Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Gourd”

Honorable Mention –  Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Water Lilies”

Honorable Mention –  Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Hibiscus”

Honorable Mention –  Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Twenty Four Candles”

OPEN

First Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Kiva Spirit”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Through the Window”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Soda Butte”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Sea Weed”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Reflections”

 

ENTHUSIAST DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Laurie Rising, Roswell Chapter “Winter Wonders”

Second Place – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Introspective Serenity”

Third Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Road to Denali”

Honorable Mention – Sara Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Creeping Slowly Down the Hill”

Honorable Mention – Dale Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Misty Morning”

Honorable Mention – Martin Longstaff, Roswell Chapter “Storm on the Forgotten Coast”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Water Stone Leaves Sky”

Second Place – Traci Dickson, Gwinnett Chapter “Witch Hazel Leaf”

Third Place – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Poppy Pop”

Honorable Mention – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Covid Blues”

Honorable Mention – Linda Coatsworth, Decatur Chapter “Butterfly Milkweed”

Honorable Mention – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Waiting to Take Flight”

OPEN

First Place –  Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Balcony House”

Second Place – Jeff Milsteen, Gwinnett Chapter “Two Survivors”

Third Place – Stephen Weiss, Decatur Chapter “FLOW”

Honorable Mention – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Open”

Honorable Mention – Darryl Neal, Gwinnett Chapter “Gladiolus Bulbs”

Honorable Mention – Susan Perry, Griffin Chapter “Veil of Innocence”

Photographers competed in two Divisions:  Enthusiast – Someone who has placed in ANY photographic competition and Novice – Someone who has never placed in ANY photographic competition.

The three categories for entries in this year’s competition were: LANDSCAPE (think big and wide vistas, storm clouds, trees or meadows shrouded in fog, moving or even frozen water, rain, or snow), MACRO/CLOSEUP (typically detail, forms, shapes and textures of nature) or the OPEN theme (more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category). Ideas could include, but were not limited to, intimate landscapes (ethereal, eerie, delicate, spiritual or mystical), on the edge of abstract (from nature), shadows (natural, not man-made) or your vision and interpretation of an Ansel Adams image.

Judging criteria included: Overall emotional impact, technical expertise, post-processing skill, originality/creativity, composition, lighting, subject matter, tonal balance and WWAD (What Would Ansel Do?). WWAD was Charlotte’s criteria, which was GREAT!

We sincerely thank Charlotte Gibb for serving as our judge this year, the first year in which judging was completed online. We were incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte work with our photographers. She approached her judging responsibilities with deliberation and integrity to adhering to the overall goals of the competition, “to create the look and feel of an Ansel Adams photograph.” She spent an incredible amount of time on this task and for that, we are indebted to her.

Our sincere thanks to the GNPA members who participated, the staff at The Hudgens and especially, judge Charlotte Gibb.

 

 

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Please log in to the members only site.  Look in  and complete the short contact form for the Conservation Committee Volunteer program.  We’ll be in touch soon to discuss your interests and how we can work together.

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 (http://www.gnpa.org).  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 ( kathyaspy@hotmail.com ) or Eric Bowles ( eric@bowlesimages.com )

 

Schedule:

  • 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.  
Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Analyzing The ‘Wings’ Contest Submissions

Photo by David Dunagan

By Eric Bowles

An enthusiastic response by GNPA members resulted in 276 entries this month for the “Spread Your Wings” gallery exhibit at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Of those entries, only 24 could be chosen to hang in the gallery. The level of photography was excellent, and there were a number of truly outstanding photos.

Eric Bowles judged the competition and made the selections for the gallery. The winning images will be selected after the framed prints are delivered in early June. The gallery exhibit opens on June 4, 2021.

Of course, bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography. For this specific exhibit, we also had a large number of entries featuring winged insects, resulting in a very diverse and creative set of images. We’ve compiled some statistics about the submissions, which may be helpful to our members when they consider entering future competitions.

By a wide margin, there were more images of wading birds submitted than any other category. They accounted for 85 submissions, or 31% of total entries. We had 39 egrets alone, featuring Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Reddish Egrets. In addition, there were 12 Great Blue Herons, 9 Sandhill Cranes and 16 Spoonbills. The large number of submissions is not unusual for such a popular subject. Wading birds are relatively common and easy to photograph, so if you want your image to stand out, it helps if you can include something unique or unusual in your photo, along with an artistic composition.

The second largest category of submissions was raptors, with 34 photos. The leading species were Bald Eagles with 10 submissions, Osprey with 6 and various owls with 14. We also had several images of hawks and vultures in this group. Raptors are another very popular category, so little details in a photo can make a big difference.

The third big category is one I’ll generically refer to as ducks and geese, but it also includes cormorants and anhingas. We had 21 images submitted in this group covering a wide range of subjects. There was nice variety of species, compositions and behaviors.

Making up the balance of submissions were 59 entries split between songbirds, hummingbirds and shorebirds. The variety of songbirds was particularly large, and included some less-common subjects. The tough thing about this group of images, from a judge’s perspective, is that compositions or poses are very challenging. You are dealing with a relatively small subject, so many of the photos are going to be perched birds. That places a premium on clean backgrounds, good head positions and proper editing.

Among the insects, most images fell into three groups – butterflies, dragonflies and bees. We had 28 images of butterflies and moths submitted, and the quality level was remarkably good.  We had a lot of nice images with clean backgrounds, nice positioning on a flower or plant, and appropriate depth of field.

The second big group of submissions was dragonflies and damselflies. There were 19 of these entries, and they represented a range of species and some very nice photography. Many were particularly colorful and faithfully captured in the image.

Finally, in the third group we had 9 images of bees. These included some very good close ups of bees and wasps. The images showed nice detail and color, making selection particularly tough.

Overall, the images for the gallery exhibit were selected based on artistic image quality, with an effort to strike a balance of different types of winged subjects and their behavior. The selected images were determined to be the best of their specific group or species, and in many cases showed creativity or unusual behavior. All were well edited to present the subject naturally and in a positive light. While we had to narrow it down to just 24 images to hang in the gallery, there were over 90 images submitted that were selected as finalists and were worthy of hanging in any GNPA exhibit.

For those images that were not selected, in part it’s simply a numbers game in a competition that included lots of good images. If you submitted an egret, spoonbill, heron, eagle or owl, you simply had the bad luck of competing against a number of really excellent images.

Here are a few tips that may be helpful for future competitions:

  • You can’t know in advance how many images of a particular species will be submitted, but in general there are usually lots of entries featuring wading birds and raptors. With these subjects, your submission needs to be outstanding. Little details with light, saturation, white balance and post-processing will make a difference.
  • If possible, try to avoid the harsh shadows associated with photographing in the middle of the day. Watch out for blown highlights and images that are too dark.
  • When editing your image, be alert for over-saturated color. This is especially a problem with a particularly warm or cool white balance, or with brightly colored subjects like spoonbills. There is nothing wrong with strong color, but nature photos should reflect how those subjects look in real life.
  • When selecting your images for competition, backgrounds are important. Backgrounds that are clean and don’t distract from the subject can result in an outstanding image. Thoughtful backgrounds can also provide context or a sense of place that gives an image an environmental context. And while it may be difficult, avoid backgrounds that are busy or cluttered.
  • Finally, the little details count in a competition. With birds, the head should normally be turned slightly toward the camera, rather than turned away. A catch light in the eye provides an added spark to the subject. Leave a little space in front of the subject so it has “room” to move or fly. Look at the wing position and foot/leg position to be sure it does not seem awkward. And remember – birds have two legs, so be sure your bird is showing both of them.

One of the big benefits of competitions is that you get feedback on your images. But remember, it’s supposed to be a fun experience. If you have questions about your photographs, feel free to ask other members; many of them have a great deal of experience and are happy to help. Learning from the work of others, and asking for feedback regarding your own images, can help you improve as a photographer.

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Current Projects – Piedmont Park Conservancy

Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org for questions or to request a Model Release Form if you choose to photograph visitors.

 

2021 May/June Photo Calendar & Shot List:

Requested Shot List for Spring:

  • Summer landscapes
  • Summer skylines
  • Flora closeups
  • Welcome Plaza planters (area right outside of the parking garage when you enter Piedmont Park)
  • Baby birds
  • Butterflies
  • Bees
  • Pollinator garden at the North Piedmont Commons

Scheduled weekday shoot:

Saturday shoots:

Open Times Photography Opportunities:

  • Dog Parks – general park area (including dogs)
  • Active Oval skyline
  • Wide views of Oak Hill
  • Group shots – only if people are spread out in Park (must look like people are distancing)
  • People wearing masks
  • Front Lawn
  • Peregrine Point
  • Lake Gazebo
  • Park Drive bridge
  • Active Oval
  • Fall colors (late October)

Specifics plants:  Beautyberry

Always needed:

Diversity in photos (age, ethnicity, attire); Runners, walkers, bikers, skaters, scooters, fishing, sports, picnics, kites, families, bench sitting, all birds, ducks, squirrels, turtles, bugs.

Monuments- there are monuments throughout the park. Once we have these images we can tell a story about them.

Framing Specifications – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Framing Specifications for the Chattahoochee Nature Center Gallery

If you have exhibited at CNC before, these are the same guidelines so you can reuse a frame if you would like.  There is a difference in the frame sizes for the wall and the grid system so check on the size of your frame if you are reusing one. The inner dimension of the frame is what counts as the measurement.  That is also the measure of the outside edge of the acrylic and the mat.

Information on framing are as follows:

Photos to be displayed on the WALL. 

  • Framing specs for the wall will depend on the specific competition.
    • Normal CNC Gallery Framing – 16×20 or 18 x 24 frames
    • Double Vision Exhibit – 22 x 28 frames for the wall
  • Wood (or wood composite) frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Photos for the metal GRIDS – Double Vision Only

  • Frame specifications are 16 x 20 for the grids for all exhibits
  • 16” x 20” wood frames using plain flat black molding of 1″ to 2″ wide.
  • Mats must be white – not ivory – with normal heavyweight mat board. They must have approximately a 2″ mat border on each side (the border can range from 1.5 to 3 inches)
  • Acrylic or styrene glazing is required over the print.  No glass may be used for this gallery.
  • Photos must be prepared and ready for hanging using picture wire.  (Sawtooth hangers or loop hangers are not permitted.) Be sure the picture wire is pulled tight and has just enough slack to fit your hand between the wire and back of the print.

Sources

You should be able to buy stock frames and custom mats if needed.  Michael’s and other craft shops have frames at a reasonable price.  Discount Picture Framing in Lawrenceville also has reasonable prices. Also, one of our GNPA sponsors, Digital Arts Studio may also be considered. The latter will provide a one-stop shop for GNPA to print from your digital image and frame for about $100 – $150 depending on the size and mat you choose.

We also want to help keep the cost down.  If you need to order frames and mats with acrylic glazing, www.framedestination.com has everything available.  I recommend the Corporate Wide Black wood frames and the White Sale mats.  The cost will probably be around $55-65 for frame with styrene glazing  and mat.  If you want to upgrade to acrylic for a higher end glazing, it will cost around $25.  You can also order frames and mats online from https://www.frameusa.com/wood-frames/corporate-wide-picture-frames  They are both very reasonably priced but usually require a 2-3 week lead time.

We recommend printing to the required mat opening.  Prints can be ordered online if desired from mpix at www.mpix.com  and COSTCO, for pickup at their store.  A local Atlanta company that has also been great to work with is https://www.myphotopipe.com/.  Owen Thompson at Digital Arts can provide turnkey prints and framing.

If you have an image that does not work with standard framing, or if you have questions, be sure to ask.   We usually can accommodate small exceptions or make suggestions to help keep costs down.

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

New Competition at CNC – Spread Your Wings

 Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!  The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Framing guidelines will be provided when images are selected.  The exhibit will use our typical framing standards – plain black wood frames, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Frame sizes must be 16×20, or 18×24 with mat borders of around 2-3 inches.  Frames, mats and glazing can be purchased online at FrameUSA, Frame Destination or a range of other sources.  For more details on framing specifications, please read this article:  https://gnpa.org/2021/04/27/framing-specifications-chattahoochee-nature-center/

Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

New CNC Competition – Spread Your Wings

Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) and our partner, the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) are pleased to announce a new photography exhibit coming up.  Each quarter, the CNC selects a theme for their nature programs.  This quarter, their theme is “Spread Your Wings”.  So that’s an easy subject for a nature photography club!

The focus of your photo does not have to be in flight but it must have wings and be the primary subject.  Let your imagination take flight.  Up to twenty-four (24) images will be selected to be exhibited in the CNC River Resource Gallery in Roswell, Georgia.

This Contest/Exhibit is open to all members of GNPA. If you are not a GNPA member, join today ( http://www.gnpa.org).  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 must be wildlife subjects with some form of wings.  Entries can include portraits, subjects in an environmental context, subjects in flight, or in any other context such as close ups or creative blur.

Selected images will be framed using our normal framing standards – plain black wood frame, white mats, and acrylic glazing.  Details will be provided when selected images are announced.

 Schedule:

  • Submissions:           Now to May 2, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
  • May 5, 2021:             Photographers with selected photos will be notified.
  • June 2, 2021:            Framed and matted prints must be delivered.  
  • June 3, 2021:            Gallery installation.

GNPA 2021 Annual Meeting on April 7

The GNPA Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT on Zoom.  Normally we would hold the Annual Meeting during the Expo, but those plans are impacted by Covid-19.  This will give everyone a chance to attend.

We will be providing an update on GNPA.  We’ll introduce the leadership team and cover key topics like membership, financial condition, upcoming events, and the communications program including the monthly webinars, newsletter, blog, and website.

You must register to attend.  Login to visit the Member Home page for the link to register.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation with a link to join the webinar.

The meeting will be recorded.

Bill White

GNPA President

 

Eric Bowles

GNPA Past President

GNPA Officers, Board and Committee Chairs

After the 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: Bill White
Vice President: Tom Wilson
Secretary: Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer: Bill Hatherley
Past President: Eric Bowles
Website: Chris Dekle

GNPA Board Members At Large

Jimmy Day
Tricia Lynch
Lee Friedman
Ray Silva
Travis Rhoads
Doug Flor
Jenny Burdette

Committee Chairs

Communications: Tom Wilson
Conservation: Marcia Brandes
Membership Chair: John Criminger
Newsletter Chair:  Ken Dunwoody

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. View Chapters

GNPA ELECTIONS OPEN NOW!

GNPA Elections Open Now

The GNPA election of Board members and officers is open March 15 through March 22 at midnight.  Every member was sent an email on March 15 with the link to vote.  If you did not receive the link, it is posted on the Member Home page.  Just click on the Member Log In button at the top right corner of the website.

The Nominating Committee proposed the following slate of candidates and these candidates were accepted by the Board.  The Board approved expanding the number of At Large board members from five to seven positions to reflect the increased number of chapters and members GNPA has today.

2021-2022 Nominees
President Bill White
VP Tom Wilson
Secretary Ken Dunwoody
Treasurer Bill Hatherley
Past President Eric Bowles
Member at large Travis Rhoads
Member at large Doug Flor
Member at large Lee Friedman
Member at large – New position Jenny Burdette
Member at large – New Position Ray Silva

Candidate biographies are available for viewing: Download PDF Here

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition Winners Announced

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

Competition Entries Now on Exhibit

 

We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the sixth annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

The 134 photograph exhibit at The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA began Saturday, February 20 and closes Saturday, April 17, 2021. You can view all entries by clicking here. A video featuring judge Charlotte Gibb’s comments and critiques on the winning  entries and is available only to GNPA members here. Thanks to Lee Friedman for producing both of these videos.

Congratulations to everyone who entered their work. You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.

BEST of SHOW

Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter 

Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter

 A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams

And here are the winning GNPA Members by Division and Category:

NOVICE DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Three Gossips”

Second Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Cypress Swamp”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Chimney Ruins”

Honorable Mention – Edward Schlissel, Roswell Chapter “Horsetail Falls”

Honorable Mention – Donna Thornell, Hamilton Chapter “Yellowstone Rock Monsters”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Morning Dew”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Fern”

Third Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Gourd”

Honorable Mention –  Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Water Lilies”

Honorable Mention –  Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Hibiscus”

Honorable Mention –  Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Twenty Four Candles”

OPEN

First Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Kiva Spirit”

Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Through the Window”

Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Soda Butte”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Sea Weed”

Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Reflections”

 

ENTHUSIAST DIVISION

LANDSCAPE

First Place – Laurie Rising, Roswell Chapter “Winter Wonders”

Second Place – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Introspective Serenity”

Third Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Road to Denali”

Honorable Mention – Sara Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Creeping Slowly Down the Hill”

Honorable Mention – Dale Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Misty Morning”

Honorable Mention – Martin Longstaff, Roswell Chapter “Storm on the Forgotten Coast”

MACRO / CLOSEUP

First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Water Stone Leaves Sky”

Second Place – Traci Dickson, Gwinnett Chapter “Witch Hazel Leaf”

Third Place – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Poppy Pop”

Honorable Mention – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Covid Blues”

Honorable Mention – Linda Coatsworth, Decatur Chapter “Butterfly Milkweed”

Honorable Mention – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Waiting to Take Flight”

OPEN

First Place –  Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Balcony House”

Second Place – Jeff Milsteen, Gwinnett Chapter “Two Survivors”

Third Place – Stephen Weiss, Decatur Chapter “FLOW”

Honorable Mention – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Open”

Honorable Mention – Darryl Neal, Gwinnett Chapter “Gladiolus Bulbs”

Honorable Mention – Susan Perry, Griffin Chapter “Veil of Innocence”

Photographers competed in two Divisions:  Enthusiast – Someone who has placed in ANY photographic competition and Novice – Someone who has never placed in ANY photographic competition.

The three categories for entries in this year’s competition were: LANDSCAPE (think big and wide vistas, storm clouds, trees or meadows shrouded in fog, moving or even frozen water, rain, or snow), MACRO/CLOSEUP (typically detail, forms, shapes and textures of nature) or the OPEN theme (more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category). Ideas could include, but were not limited to, intimate landscapes (ethereal, eerie, delicate, spiritual or mystical), on the edge of abstract (from nature), shadows (natural, not man-made) or your vision and interpretation of an Ansel Adams image.

Judging criteria included: Overall emotional impact, technical expertise, post-processing skill, originality/creativity, composition, lighting, subject matter, tonal balance and WWAD (What Would Ansel Do?). WWAD was Charlotte’s criteria, which was GREAT!

We sincerely thank Charlotte Gibb for serving as our judge this year, the first year in which judging was completed online. We were incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte work with our photographers. She approached her judging responsibilities with deliberation and integrity to adhering to the overall goals of the competition, “to create the look and feel of an Ansel Adams photograph.” She spent an incredible amount of time on this task and for that, we are indebted to her.

Our sincere thanks to the GNPA members who participated, the staff at The Hudgens and especially, judge Charlotte Gibb.

 

 

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