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Mike Ramy and Jenny Burdette present “Preservation and Protection of Okefenokee”

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Smyrna Chapter of the GNPA is excited to be back for its first live and in-person meeting since COVID. Mike Ramy and Jenny Burdette will present “Preservation and Protection of Okefenokee.” The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the Smyrna Community Center in the Tulip Room (upstairs to the left).

Together, Mike and Jenny will share with us their efforts to help fight the degradation to the Okefenokee Swamp and the development of the Wilderness Photography Foundation. The dedication, focus, and loyal commitment of Mike’s devotion to the ecological and conservation concerns of the natural world has gained the attention of local and state-wide authorities seeking his expertise to help formulate the Wilderness Photography Foundation, whose purpose is to inform, educate, and instill an active and vital passion for the eco systems and habitats of the threatened Okefenokee Swamp within the general public.

Mike Ramy’s contributions to the field of professional Wildlife and Nature Photography are as numerous as they are diverse. The Atlanta area native has covered the Southeastern USA as an award-winning videographer, scuba diver, and documentary film maker producing informative imagery specifically created with an intense focus and compelling intent to educate and bring awareness to the monumental challenges the natural environment faces on a perpetual basis.

Mike is an active member of the Nature Photographers Network where he was formally a critique moderator from 2012 thru 2018, the North American Nature Photography Association and a lifetime member of the GNPA. Mike conducts photography tours and workshops throughout the southeast aboard his custom-built camera boat. His annual Tennessee River Sandhill Crane Tour and Florida Spring Break Tour are very popular with the avid nature photographer. Mike is an astute and knowledgeable guide and outdoors man with years of experience in these remote and incredibly beautiful locations.

His photography affords Mike the opportunity to convey the ‘Art of Nature’ towards educational pursuits. The proceeds from the sale and use of his images and Guided River Tours are reinvested into conservational efforts. By connecting with the public through photography competitions, speaking engagements, solo gallery exhibitions and donations of his images to worthy causes, Mike helps to promote the awareness and preservation of Nature for future generations.

You can view some of his work and learn more about his guided tour options on his website:

A self-taught nature and wildlife photographer, Jenny Burdette lives in Dacula, GA. A retired educator, she has combined her love of nature with her interest in photography to create a second career. Her work has appeared on the covers and pages of Georgia’s Great Places magazine, and her images are featured in the Visitor Centers at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, GA, and Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin, GA, as well as on postcards and promotional materials for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Her photographs have been included in juried exhibitions throughout Georgia, including Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta, and the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage. An avid conservationist, Jenny documents the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us, inspiring others to appreciate, celebrate, and protect that beauty.

See more about Jenny on her website at:


Smyrna Community Center
200 Village Green Circle
Smyrna, GA United States
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