Life’s a beach for the winners of the 2020 GNPA Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project

Life’s a beach for the winners of the 2020 GNPA Conservation 2020 DNR Winter Project

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 consvolunteer@gnpa.org

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….

Wildlife

1st Place         Blue Bird with Worms                                Jenny Burdette

2nd Place         Coyote on Fallen Pine                              Joe Berry

3rd Place         White Eyed Vireo                                      Steve Rushin

Landscape

1st Place         Fishing at Marben PFA                               Art Stiles

2nd Place         Boat at Sunrise                                          Jenny Burdette

3rd Place         Dicks Creek Waterfalls                               Joseph Kovarik

 

Close Up

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

 

Challenge Shot

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

 

 

Contacts – Conservation Committee

GNPA’s Conservation Commitee

 

Current Projects

Current Projects

Submission Guidelines

  • 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 cons_friends@gnpa.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 cons_dnr@gnpa.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) – Ongoing need for seasonal shots of flowers, landscapes, wildlife, both urban and rural.  Contact John Kelly at cons_kgbf@gnpa.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC) – Contact Clay Fisher at cons_PPC@gnpa.org.  Suggested venues are:                   

2020 September-October Photo Calendar:

Scheduled weekday shoot:

Saturday shoots:

Open Times Photography Opportunities:

Areas:

  • 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.

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.

Creating a Horizontal Image from a Vertical Image for the Internet

Creating a Horizontal Image from a Vertical Image for the Internet

Sometimes you will have a vertical image but it needs to be converted to a 1080 pixel wide horizontal image with a 4:3 aspect ratio for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website.  I’ll walk through the process.  This video from Matt Kloskowski helps to walk through the basic ideas.

Here is a vertical image:  We want to change this to a horizontal image for posting on Meetup and the GNPA website.

Start by Opening the Print Module in Lightroom.  Open the Layout panel on the left side of the screen.  I am creating the 8×6 User template so I can use it for this image and in the future.

First, create a Custom Layout with appropriate dimensions or a multiple of those dimensions.   Select the + to the Right of the Template Browser.  I am going to use 8 inches wide and 6 inches high for a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Add a single custom cell for the vertical image.  You can choose any of the cell size options and then adjust the size as needed.  I used 4.5 inches wide and 6 inches high – a 3:4 ratio that fills the 6 inch canvas height but that could be changed as needed.  Be sure to fill the page height if you want to avoid having excess white space.  You can use any size for the cell as long as it matches the height of your layout.  The sides will simply have white space.

Drag the photo into the cell.  Tweak the image dimensions on the page as needed so it fills the vertical dimension.  If you have a different dimension, make sure the height of the cell matches the height of your layout.

Go to the Page Panel and add a watermark for the photographer credit.

Open the Print Job panel.  Select Print to JPEG at top of panel.  Set PPI so the image width in inches times PPI is approximately 1080 pixels wide.  In this case it is 135 pixels which is 1080 pixels divided by the 8 inch width of the cell.  Choose Standard Sharpening and Glossy Output.  Choose Quality 70-80%.  Set custom file dimensions to 8 x 6 inches to maintain 4:3 aspect ratio.  Render as sRGB with Relative Colormetric.

Select Print to File at the bottom of the screen to create the JPEG.  Name the file as desired and put it in the desired folder.  Here is the resulting file.

 

Contacts – Supported Organizations

Currently supported organizations

Chattahoochee Nature Center, cons_cnc@gnpa.org

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, cons_chair@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_newsletter@gnpa.org


 

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