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3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

Oatland Island Wildlife Center will host a Photography Competition and Exhibit organized by the Coastal Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association (GNPA) to help further the mission of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

Open Call for Entries! In partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Coastal Chapter is organizing a 3rd Annual Nature Photography Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this year’s competition will be Coastal Nature (Landscapes and/or Wildlife), Nature in Black and White, Nature in Digital/Fine Art, and ‘Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’. This Competition will be open to GNPA members only.

This exhibit will highlight nature and wildlife and therefore supplement Oatland Island’s mission to educate people about wildlife.  All images must be taken in the Southeast United States by the participant / photographer.

This year’s judges will be Eric Bowles and Horace Hamilton!

Eric Bowles is the President of the GNPA (2020), Past Board member of the GNPA, Director of Nikonians Academy of North America, and Board member of NANPA.

Eric is a full-time professional photographer specializing in nature photography, primarily in the Southeastern USA. He serves as an instructor for his own workshops and private instruction as well as for speaking engagements for the GNPA and other organizations. He is a dedicated member of the GNPA who is always willing to help the organization as well as the people in it. He has served as a judge for this competition as well as many others. His teaching style is both down to earth, exciting, and very informative. As president, he guided the GNPA through a complete migration to a new website platform and registration system and also through our the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Horace Hamilton is a Past President of the GNPA, Past Board member of the GNPA, and Past Chapter Coordinator of GNPA Gwinnett.

Horace is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing for over 40 years focusing primarily on nature photography. He has been a Canon shooter for over 40 years and currently shoots a 5d Mark IV, 1dx Mark ii and the new Canon R5 mirrorless.  He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA.  In recent years he has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club, Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Photographic Society and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia. Horace’s favorite subject is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its animals, landscape, streams and flowers.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills and to coordinate events to enable them to exercise their craft.

Deadline to enter this competition is February 28th, 2021 at 10:00pm.

Download the complete rules: 2021 OIWC-GNPA Photo Competition 3 - rules

To Submit Your Entries: Click “Member Login”, Enter your Login Credentials, Click “GNPA – Oatland Island Wildlife Exhibit”.

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition – Selected Photographers Named

CONGRATULATIONS

Selections have been made for the 6th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition & Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

Join us at The Hudgens, Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA to view these wonderful photographs and exhibition.  Exhibit opens February 20 and closes April 17, 2021.   Members from all eight chapters are represented with a new milestone of 326 entries.

The following photographers have been selected to participate in the exhibition:

Steve Weiss #  Jacquelin Bedell*  Olin Batchelor#  Marti Schriver*  Alan George# Tom Simpson#  Gary Bowlick#  Alicia Pastiran#  Jo Hancock*  Jeff Milsteen# Ed Schlissel *  Greg Comstock#  Neil Wiliams #   John Barfield #  Jimmy Cash #  Kathy Aspy #  Jeffrey Whittingham#  James Herndon#  Gail Mitchell#  Lee Friedman# Donna Thonell* Martin Longstaff#  Carolyn Madden# Neal McEwen*   Ray Silva Chris Dahl #  Dale Aspy#  Tammy Cash#  Tawni Blamble# Linda Coatsworth# Traci Dickson# Nicky Dunn#  Morey Gers# Mikki Root Dillon#  Sara Aspy #  Tony Madden#  Darryl Neill #  Susan Perry#  Laurie Rising#  Horace Hamilton#         Ed Scheff#  David Shively#
Jill Howard Church#  Cheryl Tarr#  

   * denotes Novice   # denotes Enthusiast

Our judge, Charlotte Gibb, is critically evaluating the final selection for Best of Show and the Division/Category awards.

Watch for the announcement by opening day, February 20th, 2021…  Which happens to be Ansel Adams’ birthday, he would be 119 this year.

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

 

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.

 

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!


 

Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee

Committee members Cheryl Tarr, Tom Wilson and Marcia Brandes give a “thumbs up” for conservation photography!

 

GNPA’s 2020 Conservation Photography Committee

If you are interested in joining the Conservation Photography Committee, contact Marcia at cons_chair@gnpa.org

Conservation Partner Organizations

Conservation Partner Organizations

Throughout the year our partners will ask us to provide volunteer photographers at conservation events or projects, or contribute photographs in support of their conservation efforts.  Photographs may be used in social media, traditional media, fundraising and/or marketing materials, but will be properly credited and remain the property of the contributing photographer (see MOU below).

GNPA’s Conservation Committee is proud to support and facilitate the contribution of conservation photography to the following organizations.  

Chattahoochee Nature Center, cons_cnc@gnpa.org

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, cons_edu@gnpa.org

Friends of Georgia State Parks, cons_friends@gnpa.org

GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division, cons_dnr@gnpa.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation,  cons_kgbf@gnpa.org

Park Pride,  cons_partners@gnpa.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy, cons_ppc@gnpa.org

Trees Atlanta, cons_chair@gnpa.org


Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

GNPA has written agreements with our supported organizations that provide important details on each party’s rights and responsibilities. Each of our partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that governs the use of these images for the protection of our photographers. These MOUs state, in part:

The parties understand and agree that the submitting photographer retains the copyright to submitted images, and that the non-exclusive license to utilize images submitted by GNPA members as set forth above is limited to your organization’s use for its own promotional and educational materials and programs.

From time to time, in addition to the GNPA services described herein, GNPA photographers may provide your organization with photographs from photographers’ personal portfolios. These photographs may contain the word “Limited Use” in the file name of the photograph. Unless your organization agrees otherwise in writing with the submitting photographer, photographs designated as Limited Use can only be used for the organization’s website, newsletters, social media channels, and printed material including posters, brochures, educational materials, annual reports and event invitations. Without limiting the generality of that limitation, photographs designated as Limited Use cannot be otherwise published, sold, or transferred to third parties.

Your organization agrees to provide notification to GNPA photographer(s) upon your organization’s use of any image(s) submitted to you by GNPA photographers.

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

REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR IMAGE ENTRIES

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.

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.

 

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

Oatland Island Wildlife Center will host a Photography Competition and Exhibit organized by the Coastal Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association (GNPA) to help further the mission of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

Open Call for Entries! In partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Coastal Chapter is organizing a 3rd Annual Nature Photography Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this year’s competition will be Coastal Nature (Landscapes and/or Wildlife), Nature in Black and White, Nature in Digital/Fine Art, and ‘Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’. This Competition will be open to GNPA members only.

This exhibit will highlight nature and wildlife and therefore supplement Oatland Island’s mission to educate people about wildlife.  All images must be taken in the Southeast United States by the participant / photographer.

This year’s judges will be Eric Bowles and Horace Hamilton!

Eric Bowles is the President of the GNPA (2020), Past Board member of the GNPA, Director of Nikonians Academy of North America, and Board member of NANPA.

Eric is a full-time professional photographer specializing in nature photography, primarily in the Southeastern USA. He serves as an instructor for his own workshops and private instruction as well as for speaking engagements for the GNPA and other organizations. He is a dedicated member of the GNPA who is always willing to help the organization as well as the people in it. He has served as a judge for this competition as well as many others. His teaching style is both down to earth, exciting, and very informative. As president, he guided the GNPA through a complete migration to a new website platform and registration system and also through our the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Horace Hamilton is a Past President of the GNPA, Past Board member of the GNPA, and Past Chapter Coordinator of GNPA Gwinnett.

Horace is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing for over 40 years focusing primarily on nature photography. He has been a Canon shooter for over 40 years and currently shoots a 5d Mark IV, 1dx Mark ii and the new Canon R5 mirrorless.  He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA.  In recent years he has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club, Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Photographic Society and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia. Horace’s favorite subject is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its animals, landscape, streams and flowers.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills and to coordinate events to enable them to exercise their craft.

Deadline to enter this competition is February 28th, 2021 at 10:00pm.

Download the complete rules: 2021 OIWC-GNPA Photo Competition 3 - rules

To Submit Your Entries: Click “Member Login”, Enter your Login Credentials, Click “GNPA – Oatland Island Wildlife Exhibit”.

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition – Selected Photographers Named

CONGRATULATIONS

Selections have been made for the 6th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition & Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

Join us at The Hudgens, Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA to view these wonderful photographs and exhibition.  Exhibit opens February 20 and closes April 17, 2021.   Members from all eight chapters are represented with a new milestone of 326 entries.

The following photographers have been selected to participate in the exhibition:

Steve Weiss #  Jacquelin Bedell*  Olin Batchelor#  Marti Schriver*  Alan George# Tom Simpson#  Gary Bowlick#  Alicia Pastiran#  Jo Hancock*  Jeff Milsteen# Ed Schlissel *  Greg Comstock#  Neil Wiliams #   John Barfield #  Jimmy Cash #  Kathy Aspy #  Jeffrey Whittingham#  James Herndon#  Gail Mitchell#  Lee Friedman# Donna Thonell* Martin Longstaff#  Carolyn Madden# Neal McEwen*   Ray Silva Chris Dahl #  Dale Aspy#  Tammy Cash#  Tawni Blamble# Linda Coatsworth# Traci Dickson# Nicky Dunn#  Morey Gers# Mikki Root Dillon#  Sara Aspy #  Tony Madden#  Darryl Neill #  Susan Perry#  Laurie Rising#  Horace Hamilton#         Ed Scheff#  David Shively#
Jill Howard Church#  Cheryl Tarr#  

   * denotes Novice   # denotes Enthusiast

Our judge, Charlotte Gibb, is critically evaluating the final selection for Best of Show and the Division/Category awards.

Watch for the announcement by opening day, February 20th, 2021…  Which happens to be Ansel Adams’ birthday, he would be 119 this year.

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

 

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.

 

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!


 

Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee

Committee members Cheryl Tarr, Tom Wilson and Marcia Brandes give a “thumbs up” for conservation photography!

 

GNPA’s 2020 Conservation Photography Committee

If you are interested in joining the Conservation Photography Committee, contact Marcia at cons_chair@gnpa.org

Conservation Partner Organizations

Conservation Partner Organizations

Throughout the year our partners will ask us to provide volunteer photographers at conservation events or projects, or contribute photographs in support of their conservation efforts.  Photographs may be used in social media, traditional media, fundraising and/or marketing materials, but will be properly credited and remain the property of the contributing photographer (see MOU below).

GNPA’s Conservation Committee is proud to support and facilitate the contribution of conservation photography to the following organizations.  

Chattahoochee Nature Center, cons_cnc@gnpa.org

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, cons_edu@gnpa.org

Friends of Georgia State Parks, cons_friends@gnpa.org

GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division, cons_dnr@gnpa.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation,  cons_kgbf@gnpa.org

Park Pride,  cons_partners@gnpa.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy, cons_ppc@gnpa.org

Trees Atlanta, cons_chair@gnpa.org


Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

GNPA has written agreements with our supported organizations that provide important details on each party’s rights and responsibilities. Each of our partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that governs the use of these images for the protection of our photographers. These MOUs state, in part:

The parties understand and agree that the submitting photographer retains the copyright to submitted images, and that the non-exclusive license to utilize images submitted by GNPA members as set forth above is limited to your organization’s use for its own promotional and educational materials and programs.

From time to time, in addition to the GNPA services described herein, GNPA photographers may provide your organization with photographs from photographers’ personal portfolios. These photographs may contain the word “Limited Use” in the file name of the photograph. Unless your organization agrees otherwise in writing with the submitting photographer, photographs designated as Limited Use can only be used for the organization’s website, newsletters, social media channels, and printed material including posters, brochures, educational materials, annual reports and event invitations. Without limiting the generality of that limitation, photographs designated as Limited Use cannot be otherwise published, sold, or transferred to third parties.

Your organization agrees to provide notification to GNPA photographer(s) upon your organization’s use of any image(s) submitted to you by GNPA photographers.

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

REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR IMAGE ENTRIES

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.

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.

 

Become a Conservation Volunteer

Thanks for helping out!

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.

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

3rd Annual Oatland Island Wildlife Center Competition Savannah Georgia

Oatland Island Wildlife Center will host a Photography Competition and Exhibit organized by the Coastal Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association (GNPA) to help further the mission of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

Open Call for Entries! In partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia, the Georgia Nature Photography Association – Coastal Chapter is organizing a 3rd Annual Nature Photography Competition and Exhibit. The categories for this year’s competition will be Coastal Nature (Landscapes and/or Wildlife), Nature in Black and White, Nature in Digital/Fine Art, and ‘Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’. This Competition will be open to GNPA members only.

This exhibit will highlight nature and wildlife and therefore supplement Oatland Island’s mission to educate people about wildlife.  All images must be taken in the Southeast United States by the participant / photographer.

This year’s judges will be Eric Bowles and Horace Hamilton!

Eric Bowles is the President of the GNPA (2020), Past Board member of the GNPA, Director of Nikonians Academy of North America, and Board member of NANPA.

Eric is a full-time professional photographer specializing in nature photography, primarily in the Southeastern USA. He serves as an instructor for his own workshops and private instruction as well as for speaking engagements for the GNPA and other organizations. He is a dedicated member of the GNPA who is always willing to help the organization as well as the people in it. He has served as a judge for this competition as well as many others. His teaching style is both down to earth, exciting, and very informative. As president, he guided the GNPA through a complete migration to a new website platform and registration system and also through our the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Horace Hamilton is a Past President of the GNPA, Past Board member of the GNPA, and Past Chapter Coordinator of GNPA Gwinnett.

Horace is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing for over 40 years focusing primarily on nature photography. He has been a Canon shooter for over 40 years and currently shoots a 5d Mark IV, 1dx Mark ii and the new Canon R5 mirrorless.  He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA.  In recent years he has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club, Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Photographic Society and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia. Horace’s favorite subject is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its animals, landscape, streams and flowers.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills and to coordinate events to enable them to exercise their craft.

Deadline to enter this competition is February 28th, 2021 at 10:00pm.

Download the complete rules: 2021 OIWC-GNPA Photo Competition 3 - rules

To Submit Your Entries: Click “Member Login”, Enter your Login Credentials, Click “GNPA – Oatland Island Wildlife Exhibit”.

6th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition & Exhibition – Selected Photographers Named

CONGRATULATIONS

Selections have been made for the 6th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’ Competition & Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

Join us at The Hudgens, Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA to view these wonderful photographs and exhibition.  Exhibit opens February 20 and closes April 17, 2021.   Members from all eight chapters are represented with a new milestone of 326 entries.

The following photographers have been selected to participate in the exhibition:

Steve Weiss #  Jacquelin Bedell*  Olin Batchelor#  Marti Schriver*  Alan George# Tom Simpson#  Gary Bowlick#  Alicia Pastiran#  Jo Hancock*  Jeff Milsteen# Ed Schlissel *  Greg Comstock#  Neil Wiliams #   John Barfield #  Jimmy Cash #  Kathy Aspy #  Jeffrey Whittingham#  James Herndon#  Gail Mitchell#  Lee Friedman# Donna Thonell* Martin Longstaff#  Carolyn Madden# Neal McEwen*   Ray Silva Chris Dahl #  Dale Aspy#  Tammy Cash#  Tawni Blamble# Linda Coatsworth# Traci Dickson# Nicky Dunn#  Morey Gers# Mikki Root Dillon#  Sara Aspy #  Tony Madden#  Darryl Neill #  Susan Perry#  Laurie Rising#  Horace Hamilton#         Ed Scheff#  David Shively#
Jill Howard Church#  Cheryl Tarr#  

   * denotes Novice   # denotes Enthusiast

Our judge, Charlotte Gibb, is critically evaluating the final selection for Best of Show and the Division/Category awards.

Watch for the announcement by opening day, February 20th, 2021…  Which happens to be Ansel Adams’ birthday, he would be 119 this year.

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

 

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.

 

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!


 

Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee

Committee members Cheryl Tarr, Tom Wilson and Marcia Brandes give a “thumbs up” for conservation photography!

 

GNPA’s 2020 Conservation Photography Committee

If you are interested in joining the Conservation Photography Committee, contact Marcia at cons_chair@gnpa.org

Conservation Partner Organizations

Conservation Partner Organizations

Throughout the year our partners will ask us to provide volunteer photographers at conservation events or projects, or contribute photographs in support of their conservation efforts.  Photographs may be used in social media, traditional media, fundraising and/or marketing materials, but will be properly credited and remain the property of the contributing photographer (see MOU below).

GNPA’s Conservation Committee is proud to support and facilitate the contribution of conservation photography to the following organizations.  

Chattahoochee Nature Center, cons_cnc@gnpa.org

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, cons_edu@gnpa.org

Friends of Georgia State Parks, cons_friends@gnpa.org

GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division, cons_dnr@gnpa.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation,  cons_kgbf@gnpa.org

Park Pride,  cons_partners@gnpa.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy, cons_ppc@gnpa.org

Trees Atlanta, cons_chair@gnpa.org


Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

GNPA has written agreements with our supported organizations that provide important details on each party’s rights and responsibilities. Each of our partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that governs the use of these images for the protection of our photographers. These MOUs state, in part:

The parties understand and agree that the submitting photographer retains the copyright to submitted images, and that the non-exclusive license to utilize images submitted by GNPA members as set forth above is limited to your organization’s use for its own promotional and educational materials and programs.

From time to time, in addition to the GNPA services described herein, GNPA photographers may provide your organization with photographs from photographers’ personal portfolios. These photographs may contain the word “Limited Use” in the file name of the photograph. Unless your organization agrees otherwise in writing with the submitting photographer, photographs designated as Limited Use can only be used for the organization’s website, newsletters, social media channels, and printed material including posters, brochures, educational materials, annual reports and event invitations. Without limiting the generality of that limitation, photographs designated as Limited Use cannot be otherwise published, sold, or transferred to third parties.

Your organization agrees to provide notification to GNPA photographer(s) upon your organization’s use of any image(s) submitted to you by GNPA photographers.

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

REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR IMAGE ENTRIES

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.

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.

 

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