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!
Committee members Cheryl Tarr, Tom Wilson and Marcia Brandes give a “thumbs up” for conservation photography!
GNPA’s 2020 Conservation Photography Committee
- Marcia Brandes, Chairman, Partner Liaison – Trees Atlanta: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cheryl Tarr, Volunteers: email@example.com
- Tom Wilson, Education, Partner Liaison – Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian Lucy, Communications: email@example.com
- Skip Kazmarek, Organizations, Partner Liaison – Park Pride: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jenny Burdette, Partner Liaison, Friends of Ga State Parks: email@example.com
- Clay Fisher, Partner Liaison – Piedmont Park Conservancy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dale Aspy, Partner Liaison – Chattahoochee Nature Center: email@example.com
- Lisa Westberry, Partner Liaison – Dept of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emil Powella, Partner Liaison – Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation: email@example.com
- Susan Perz, Member
If you are interested in joining the Conservation Photography Committee, contact Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Georgia State Parks, email@example.com
GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, email@example.com
Park Pride, firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedmont Park Conservancy, email@example.com
Trees Atlanta, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Ghost Crab at Jekyll Island – Sara Aspy, GNPA member
Congratulations to all the winning photographers of the first annual GNPA Conservation Winter Project!
The project was a great way to support one of our Conservation partners, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Georgia.
With 384 photographs from 39 contributors across the state the judges had their hands full selecting the top photos.
To participate in future GNPA Conservation photography events email email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute. We will be posting a full gallery of the winning photos on the website soon, and featuring a category in a blog post each week over the next five weeks.
And your winners are….
1st Place Blue Bird with Worms Jenny Burdette
2nd Place Coyote on Fallen Pine Joe Berry
3rd Place White Eyed Vireo Steve Rushin
1st Place Fishing at Marben PFA Art Stiles
2nd Place Boat at Sunrise Jenny Burdette
3rd Place Dicks Creek Waterfalls Joseph Kovarik
1st Place Ghost Crab Sara Aspy
2nd Place Cicada Metamorphosis Ricki Forbes
3rd Place Gopher Tortoise Steve Rushing
Story in 5 Shots
1st Place Eagle Drinking Steve Rushing
2nd Place Hummingbird vs Praying Mantis Diane Yancey
1st Place Roseate Spoonbill Landing Dale Aspy
2nd Place Brown Headed Nuthatch Jenny Burdette
3rd Place Young Alligators in Okeefenokee Paul Thomas
Grand Prize Winner
With one first place and two 2nd place photos Jenny Burdette
- Photos may come from archives or new shots
- Submit photos as jpg.
- Remember to title each jpg as follows: GNPA-Partner Org-Subject-YourName Example: GNPA-PPC-RedTailHawk-JohnSmith.jpg
- If you see one of your photos on our partners’ social media feed or brochures or other marketing materials, send us a screen shot so we can show it on the GNPA FaceBook page! Email to Alfie.Wace@gmail.com and let her know where it was published. Example:
Current Conservation Photography Opportunities
Friends of Georgia State Parks (Friends) – Wide assortment of shots from any of Georgia’s state parks, including landscape, macro, wildlife, recreation. Contact Jenny Burdette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Ongoing need for wildlife, trees, wildflowers, etc. that are native to Georgia and any shots of recreation in Georgia at DNR properties, especially the WRD (Wildlife Resources Division) sites. For a Specific Shot List: Contact John Kelly at email@example.com
Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) – Ongoing need for seasonal shots of flowers, landscapes, wildlife, both urban and rural. Contact John Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC) – Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org. Suggested venues are:
2020 September-October Photo Calendar:
Scheduled weekday shoot:
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)
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.
Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org for model releases if you choose to photograph visitors
Get involved today!
Contact the Conservation Committee’s volunteer coordinator at cons_Volunteers@gnpa.org for more information about these and other opportunities.