2019 Schedule

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration open

5:00 – 7:30 pm
Pre-Summit Field Event with B&H Photography

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Join National Parks at Night instructors Gabriel Biderman and Chris Nicholson for a special NANPA night photography/light painting workshop at Nelson Ghost Town.  The backdrop of “Old West” cars and buildings will be our subjects under the stars as we help you hone your skills under the dark skies of the new moon. Guests will need to provide their own transportation; Nelson Ghost Town is located about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Led by Chris Nicholson and Gabriel Biderman

Chris Nicholson is a photographer and writer based in southern Connecticut, New York City, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and is author of the book Photographing National Parks. He is also a partner and workshop leader with National Parks at Night LLC, which brings participants to magical and majestic destinations for extraordinary night photography adventures.

Gabriel Biderman represents B&H at trade shows and seminars. He’s a self-taught fine art photographer specializing in ruins and the beauty of decay. Gabriel’s photos have been featured in a variety of photo exhibits in the United States and Europe.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Registration open

8:30 -11:30 am
Super Session
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optional add-on, $75)

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What does it mean to be a storyteller and how do you deliver that story through photographic imagery?  Explore connections between humans and nature, learning the art of seeing with the intent to deliver a more impactful message to viewers. Using his documentary To the Ends of the Earth as a central thread, Todd will explore these areas and more, including a technical discussion of how to make an effective, informative and engaging film using Premier Pro.

To the Ends of the Earth started as a gallery, then became a limited edition three-book set, and finally evolved into an hour-long documentary for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Jane Goodall observed, “Through Todd’s lens we see a vanishing natural world…a world we have the power to protect. Collectively, these photographs explore different aspects of the animals’ behavior, a visual commentary on what it means to be born free into the last wild places.”

About Todd Gustafson

Todd Gustafson Photo Credit to Ryann BennettTodd Gustafson has been photographing nature, wildlife and natural history around the world for the last two decades. Having grown up in Tanzania, East Africa is Todd’s specialty. His vast knowledge of the habitat and behavior of wildlife, as well as his social interaction with local people, has contributed greatly to his success.

Since 2007, one of Todd’s main missions has been to assemble images for his limited edition, leather-bound To the Ends of the Earth book series. This three-volume set—featuring East Africa in Volume I, Birds of East Africa in Volume II, and the Natural World in Volume III— has been regaled by publishing professionals as the most lavish and beautiful books since the Audubon Portfolios. In 2015, Todd traveled the globe extensively, gathering images and film footage for a complementary To the Ends of the Earth documentary.

Todd also photographed and worked as a clinician/teacher for NIKON Corporation, and his photography is represented by National Geographic Society. Through his breathtaking images and filmmaking, Todd shares his experiences with the creatures of the world as they eat, sleep, play, mate, give birth, raise their young and die, co-existing in a battle of survival on this wondrous planet we all share.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Canon Professional Services

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch on your own

12:00 – 5:00 pm
Portfolio Reviews
(optional add-on, $60)

Get constructive feedback from a NANPA professional photographer, editor, or agent. Choose the professional whose expertise best aligns with your art and career goals. This is an optional add-on to your Summit experience, and an additional fee is required for participation. See reviewer bios and availability.

1:30 – 4:30 pm
Super Sessions
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optional add-on, $75)

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Whether you are new to Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom or have been processing your raw images for years, Lewis wills how you some techniques and tips for getting the most out of your files. Lewis will also cover the Basic tab for the bulk of your editing changes, the Detail tab for sharpening and noise reduction, Lens Corrections, HSL, and more.

Learn how to use the Graduated Filter, Adjustment Brush, and the Radial Filter to set your images apart from the crowd. Ansel Adams said, “The negative is the score, and the print is the performance.” In today’s digital world, the raw file is the score, and your post-processing is the performance. Learn how to use the tools found in both Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom to turn your score into a performance that will dazzle your audiences! Learn how to use these tools to accentuate the starts in your pictures and to control the lighting of your images. Lewis will demonstrate his technique for “flipping the light” to make your subject the strongest visual element in your pictures. Take the ordinary and make it extraordinary with these tips and techniques.

About Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. His monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. Kemper’s publication Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide was voted in the top 20 field guides. His DVD My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. Other recent publications include photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide.”

The photography workshop and tour business is on an upswing.  Clients with free time, cameras, and money are hungry for knowledge and new adventures.  Photographers with decades of experience, and those with only a bit of experience, are hanging out their shingles to attract clients.  Tour operators are changing their business model to attract clients and leaders.  Tourist destinations are opening their doors to attract visitors.

Join Kathy Adams Clark for this in-depth program exploring the past, present, and future of the photo workshop and tour industry.  This program is designed for those in the industry or interested in growing an existing business.  Survey data will be shared and topics will be opened for discussion.  Legal topics such as contracts, liability insurance, and client risk will be included.  We’ll explore demographics to see what’s in store for the future of this industry.

About Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark, Photographer, by Jeff RoseKathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.  Her photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. Magazines including AAA JourneyTexas Parks & Wildlife andTexas Highways have used Kathy’s photos on their covers. Her photos have also appeared in books including Portrait of Houston (2012, Farcountry Press) and Photographing Big Bend National Park (2013, Texas A&M University Press), which she also wrote. Many calendars feature her photographs, including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Costco offers a calendar comprised of Kathy’s photos of Houston.

She teaches a series of photography classes in the Houston metropolitan area and is a popular speaker at local and national events. Since 2001, she’s worked with Strabo Tours to lead photo tours to countries including Costa Rica, Spain, Tanzania, Italy, Peru, Morocco, and Bhutan.

Kathy frequently collaborates with her husband Gary Clark. Her photos appear every week in the Houston Chronicle’s “Nature” column written by Gary, and they’ve worked with national publishing houses to produce ten books together, including Book of Texas Birds (Texas A&M University Press) and Backroads of Texas (Voyageur Press).

Kathy is Past-President of the North American Nature Photography Association. She was honored to be named a Fellow in 2017.

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Trade Show Open

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Exhibitor Demos

4:30 – 5:30 pm
New Attendee Meet-and-Greet

7:00 – 7:30 pm
Welcome to the Summit

President’s Remarks & Welcome
Summit Chair Intro & Welcome
2019 Showcase Awards
NANPA Lifetime Achievement Awards 2019

7:30 – 8:30 pm
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

National Geographic Photo Ark with Joel Sartore
NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to disappearing wildlife and their habitats. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, over a decade ago. Since then he has visited 40 countries and has completed portraits of more than 8,000 of the estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark archive will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

The project engages students in the classroom through free educational materials and activities, and inspires the public through special exhibitions, books, TV specials, features in National Geographic magazine, and events around the world. An interactive digital experience allows people to engage with Photo Ark content on our website, explore animals in the collection, and share information about endangered species with their social networks.

8:30 – 8:45 pm
Keynote Speaker Q&A

About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and strong work ethic.

Sartore started the National Geographic Photo Ark some 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Since then he’s visited 40 countries in his biodiversity with the goal of helping to preserve species. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered SpeciesPhotographing Your Family, and two new National Geographic Photo Ark books: The Photo Ark and Animal Ark. National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine,Life, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s ExplorerNBC Nightly NewsNPR’s Weekend EditionFresh Air with Terry Gross and the PBS documentary series Rare: Portraits of the Photo Ark. He is also a regular contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

Sartore graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism. He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and children. Headshot photo by Cole Sartore

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration open

7:30 – 8:15 am
Daily Announcements & Intro of Awards

NANPA Showcase Awards Presentation
NANPA Foundation Awards
Intro to the Foundation: John Nuhn
Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant
Phillip Hyde Grant
NANPA Mission Award 2019
NANPA Emerging Photographer Award 2019

8:15 – 9:30 am
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between with Sue Flood

Penguin photo by Sue FloodJoin wildlife filmmaker and photographer Sue Flood on her adventures from A(ntarctica) to Z(ambia). Get behind-the-scenes details of her experiences in the field, particularly the polar regions, and how these experiences in extreme environments led to the publication of her books Cold Places and Emperor: The Perfect Penguin.

About Sue Flood

Sue Flood is an award-winning former BBC Natural History Unit documentary maker, public speaker, member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sue worked on award-winning series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, before becoming a professional wildlife and travel photographer.

Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of Antarctica and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environment.

Her adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic have included camping at -40°C in the Arctic winter, diving with leopard seals, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and Antarctica, and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge.

Sue has appeared on screen for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has won multiple awards in competitions including the Travel Photographer of the Year, International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, the International Conservation Photography Awards (Best of Festival), and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.

When she’s not in some far-flung location, Sue lives with her husband Chris in North Wales.

9:30 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Canon Professional Services

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions (choose one):

You pour your heart and soul into creating images, but are you protecting their future, too? This breakout will help photographers determine which images should be preserved for historic, scientific or personal reasons; how to properly add searchable metadata and pertinent information to digital images, prints, slides and transparencies; how to best scan and archive slides and film; and how to archive images through long-lasting prints. What other info is important to preserve—videos, journals, anecdotes, experiences, relevant info about other people, events? We’ll also discuss issues and options for passing your images to family or appropriate institutions.

How will anyone know what’s important about your images if you don’t determine that yourself? Take this first step to perpetuate your valuable images and experiences.

About Wendy Shattil

Wendy Shattil, PhotographerWendy Shattil has succeeded as a full-time professional wildlife and conservation photographer for over three decades. She is an international award winner, known for creating provocative images with mood and humor, and the first woman awarded Grand Prize in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photo contest, England’s Photographer of the Year Competition.

Wendy is driven by her desire to produce thoughtful images that influence people to care for the world we live in and has used this talent in her publications, lectures, tours, and assignments. Teaming with her partner and husband (now deceased), Bob Rozinski, Wendy has published 15 books and compiled more than 300,000 stock images of nature and wildlife.

Wendy and Bob were named Senior Fellows in the International League of Conservation Photographers, Department Associates for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and twice were Artists in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. Together, the team received NANPA’s Philip Hyde Grant for environmental photography, Denver Audubon’s Environmental Stewardship Award and the Colorado Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award.

In addition to photographing, Wendy originates and administers photo competitions including NANPA’s Showcase and is managing editor of Cloud Ridge Publishing, acting as project manager and photo editor.

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level. This session covers more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide-angle macro. Charles also discusses specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Recommended experience level: intermediate and advanced.

About Charles Needle

Charles NeedleCharles Needle is a fine-art photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

Charles has authored three instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher, he has three international workshops. One is in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, for 15 years in a row, with exclusive private access. The others are in Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens and Canada’s Butchart Gardens. Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and NANPA Showcase Award winner eight years in a row.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visitwww.charlesneedlephoto.com.

Learn the ins and outs of the NANPA Conservation Committee: what is our mission and what can we provide NANPA members? You don’t need to be a conservation photographer to contribute to conservation efforts. Find out how to get involved in citizen science projects and other initiatives.

About Andrew Snyder

Andrew SnyderAndrew Snyder is both a conservation biologist and a photographer. Andrew earned his PhD at the University of Mississippi exploring species diversity and endemism in the Guiana Shield in South America and has spent many years living and working in tropical rainforests. He has participated in conservation expeditions for organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and Global Wildlife Conservation. In addition to his research, Andrew’s photography raises awareness about tropical biodiversity and looming conservation threats.

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Portfolio Reviews 
(optional add-on, $60)

Get constructive feedback from a NANPA professional photographer, editor, or agent. Choose the professional whose expertise best aligns with your art and career goals. This is an optional add-on to your Summit experience, and an additional fee is required for participation. See reviewer bios and availability.

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch

NEW! Look for “table talk” opportunities and meet other photographers who share your specific interests.

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Exhibitor Demos

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Lightning Talks

Meet all of these photographers in quick succession: Marie Read, Enrique Aguirre, Carl Henry, Lynne Buchanan, Jerry Jacques, Shane McDermott, and Irene Sacilotto

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Copyright laws offer photographers a wide range of benefits, especially to those who register their images with the Copyright Office. Unfortunately very few photographers do so, often from confusion about how to do it and why. This breakout will demystify the process, explaining the benefits of registering and providing strategies for doing so in an efficient photographic workflow. We will also talk about the state of the law on copyright for photographers, new ways to find and prosecute infringers, risks of online social media, and, hopefully, how to use the new copyright small claims court NANPA is helping to establish. Extensive notes and “how to” guides will be provided.

About Sean Fitzgerald

Sean Fitzgerald Headshot. Photo by Art Wolfe.Sean is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer who strives to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative and surreal, images that evoke reaction, provoke emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects widely vary, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife, and the impact of man on both.

Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of publications, and his fine-art prints are found in art collections and large-scale installations across the country. He has won numerous regional and national photo contests, including the Wildlife in Focus Contest (twice), Texas Tech University’s High and Dry Contest, and PhotoMedia’s World in Focus contest. He received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival. Bravo Network featured Sean’s artwork on several home redesign shows, Professional Photographer Magazine featured him and his career, and CBS News named him one of 10 best emerging artists in the Dallas area.

Sean also leads photo workshops for Ted Turner Expeditions. He is past president and current board member of the North American Nature Photography Association. You can see more of his images at www.seanfitzgerald.com.

Camera trapping captures wildlife photographs remotely, and is probably the fastest growing genre of nature photography. An animal triggers a sensor, and its image is captured with no dynamic human intervention or presence. A myriad of techniques and plethora of gear can be applied, and like all photography, lighting is the key to creating high-quality, impactful images.

Perfect for both the seasoned camera trapper as well as the curious beginner, this breakout session will cover a brief history of camera trapping, and move from simple ways to photograph your backyard critters, day or night, to exotic setups employed to capture stunning imagery of the most elusive mammals. Discover gear and techniques that enable even beginners with tight budgets to achieve wonderful images. Learn which gear is right for specific applications: from kangaroo rats to hummingbirds, insects in flight to songbirds, and even the majestic mountain lions living around Los Angeles.

About Roy Dunn

Roy Dunn is a retired electrical engineer and has been photographing for 35 years, camera trapping for 29 of them. His first camera trap was a system he designed and built himself in 1989 to capture images of the Eurasian badger (Meles meles). Subsequently, he has used camera trapping to capture images of hummingbirds, songbirds, insects in flight, and just about every urban nocturnal animal you can think of—owls, vultures, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bobcats. He now concentrates on helping conservation efforts of Southern Californian mountain lions.

Roy has a long history of high-speed imaging and currently consults for a high-speed video company, along with Cognisys Inc., the world leader in camera trapping equipment. Mostly known for his high-speed flash techniques that enable incredible images of hummingbirds in flight, Roy has delivered workshops and seminars for Canon, and has helped out at the prestigious High-Speed Imaging Course held almost annually at the famous Edgerton Labs at MIT. Currently, he spends about 90% of his photographic time camera trapping mountain lions, and has developed techniques that can provide a breathtaking glimpse into their hidden world.

What does it take to portray the essence of a bird? Behavior is the key, as Marie reveals.

About Marie Read

Wildlife photographer and author Marie Read is renowned for images of birds that combine beauty with impactful storytelling. Widely published during her 30-year career, her images have been featured nationally and internationally in magazines, books, calendars, websites, educational exhibits, and product packaging. Marie’s articles and photo essays about bird behavior and bird photography have appeared in Living BirdBird WatchingNature’s Best, and Wild Planet, among others. Her images have won awards in contests such as Share the View (Grand Prize Winner 2017), Nature’s Best, North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, Audubon Photography Awards, and Festival de L’Oiseau. She has authored or co-authored several books about birds and their lives. Her latest book, Mastering Bird Photography: the Art, Craft and Technique of Photographing Birds and their Behavior (Rocky Nook) will be released March 2019.

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Dinner on your own

7:00 – 7:15 pm
Announcements

7:15 – 8:15 pm
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

The Human Element film with James Balog

Photo of James BalogWe humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life—earth, air, water, and fire—and those elements change human life in turn.

In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

8:15 – 8:45 pm
Keynote Speaker Q&A

About James Balog

James Balog

For almost 40 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.

His new film, The Human Element, is an innovative and visually stunning look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire and water. Its world premiere was at the San Francisco Film Festival in April.

To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) in 2007. It is the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project was featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special Extreme Ice. One YouTube video clip from Chasing Ice has received more than 40 million views. Chasing Ice won an Emmy in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. It has been screened at the White House, U.S. Congress, Great Britain’s House of Commons, the United Nations, and major international science and policy conferences, including COP-15 in Copenhagen and COP-21 in Paris. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and NPR have done features on his work, as have David Letterman, Bill Maher, and Bill Moyers.

James is the author of eight books. His images have been collected in dozens of public and private artcollections—and extensively published in the world’s magazines, particularly National Geographic.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration open

7:30 – 8:45 am
NANPA Business Meeting

President’s Remarks & Welcome, Daily Announcements
NANPA College Program Intro
NANPA Awards (Part II)
NANPA Fellows 2019
NANPA Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

8:45 – 9:45 am
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Into the Last Great Wilderness: A 25-year journey of nature photography with Florian Schulz
NANPA Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

polar bear photo by Florian Schulz

What started out as a childhood dream in Germany, led photographer Florian Schulz to a life exploring some of the most remote regions of the globe. By sailboat, sled-dog, bush-plane and foot, the National Geographic photographer has traversed thousands of miles of endless wild country. He dove in the frigid waters of the arctic ocean, camped in polar bear country and endured myriads of blood-thirsty mosquitoes while documenting the greatest wildlife migration left in the Americas, the Arctic caribou—all with the goal of stunning images that make people take action.

In this presentation, you can expect to get an intimate look at Schulz’s journey through his career. Florian will share unprecedented images and film sequences, highlighting some of the most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife spectacles left in North America. While he aims for the most striking visuals, Florian’s work is marked by his dedication to entire conservation campaigns. Acting as an ambassador for the wild, he strives to meet excellence in every project he takes on. No hardships spared. This presentation will keep you at the edge of your seat!

9:45 -10 am
Keynote Speaker Q&A

About Florian Schulz

Florian SchulzFor more than 25 years, Florian Schulz has followed his passion for nature
photography. The results of his efforts are not only stunning photographs but also entire conservation campaigns.

An internationally recognized photographer, his images have been published in National GeographicGEO, BBC Wildlife, and CNN recently featured his conservation work. He is the author of several books published by Braided River, including Yellowstone to Yukon – Freedom to RoamTo The Arctic, and The Wild Edge – Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast.

Schulz won numerous awards including “Environmental Photographer of the Year,” Sierra Club’s “Ansel Adams Award,” amongst others. He was awarded the 2006 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant by NANPA and received NANPA’s first Vision Award in 2008.

Today Schulz brings the wild side of our amazing planet closer to diverse audiences in Europe and North America, reaching thousands of people through his life talks. In a new era, where film and photography are merging, he has recently evolved as a producer in nature filmmaking, shooting in the highest standards of cinema quality. The result: outstanding film sequences, rarely witnessed before. Schulz is finalizing his first feature documentary about The Arctic Refuge. He lives with his wife Emil and boys Nanuk (6) and Silvan (3) between Anchorage, Alaska and La Paz in Baja (Mexico).

To learn more go to www.florianschulz.org.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Canon Professional Services

10:00 – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Meet John Shaw, recipient of NANPA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in this informal interview facilitated by Kathy Adams Clark. Since the beginning of his career as a nature photographer in the 1970s, John’s work has been showcased in most of the major nature publications including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, and Outdoor Photographer. He’s a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a Microsoft Icon of Imaging, and part of Epson’s Stylus Pro fine art print makers group. Listen to John talk about some of his most popular images, his career, and where he’s going next.

This breakout will be held one time so coordinate your schedule.

About John Shaw

John ShawJohn has been a professional nature photographer since the early 1970s. His work has been published in many publications and books, including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. In 1997 he received the first-ever Outstanding Photographer Award given by NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association). Nikon chose him as a featured Legend Behind the Lens in 2002, while Microsoft designated him an Icon of Imaging in 2006. He has been part of Epson’s Stylus Pro fine art print makers group since 2001.

John has published six books on nature photography, eight eBooks on Photoshop and Lightroom, plus two eBooks of photographs. A new work, John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography, was published in 2015. He has photographed on every continent, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia.

You will learn the techniques of vision that will help you create meaningful images and to practice photography as a path to self-discovery. With the aid of a specially prepared slideshow and many references to the masters of photography (Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Minor White and Paul Caponigro), Ron will communicate the common thread of the creative process.

About Ron Rosenstock

Ron RosenstockRon Rosenstock is a professional photographer who studied photography with Minor White from 1967 to 1973. He has had over 150 exhibits in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Rosenstock has published six books that feature his photographs and has written articles for photography magazines worldwide.

Rosenstock has been teaching photographic vision and photography as a spiritual practice since 1969. He says, “My photographs are an attempt to understand the process of creation. They represent a personal search for answers to which the questions as well as the answers are wordless. I regard photography not just as a way of seeing but as a way of living, a search or an exploration.”

What does it take to portray the essence of a bird? Behavior is the key, as Marie Read reveals.

About Marie Read

Wildlife photographer and author Marie Read is renowned for images of birds that combine beauty with impactful storytelling. Widely published during her 30-year career, her images have been featured nationally and internationally in magazines, books, calendars, websites, educational exhibits, and product packaging. Marie’s articles and photo essays about bird behavior and bird photography have appeared in Living BirdBird WatchingNature’s Best, and Wild Planet, among others. Her images have won awards in contests such as Share the View (Grand Prize Winner 2017), Nature’s Best, North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, Audubon Photography Awards, and Festival de L’Oiseau. She has authored or co-authored several books about birds and their lives. Her latest book, Mastering Bird Photography: the Art, Craft and Technique of Photographing Birds and their Behavior (Rocky Nook) will be released March 2019.

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch

NEW! Look for “table talk” opportunities and meet other photographers who share your specific interests.

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Exhibitor Demos

12:00 – 5:00 pm
Portfolio Reviews 
(optional add-on, $60)

Get constructive feedback from a NANPA professional photographer, editor, or agent. Choose the professional whose expertise best aligns with your art and career goals. This is an optional add-on to your Summit experience, and an additional fee is required for participation. See reviewer bios and availability.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Hope is a Thing with Little Clear Wings with Clay Bolt
NANPA Environmental Impact Award 2019

Over the past 10 years, we’ve heard a lot about the shocking disappearance of honey bees. However, many people don’t realize is that North America is also home to approximately 4,000 species of native bees that are also irreplaceable pollinators with an extraordinary beauty all their own.

In 2013, natural history photographer Clay Bolt set out on an adventure to meet, photograph and tell the stories of many of these beautiful, beneficial insects. Soon he came across a specimen of a rusty-patched bumble bee in a scientific collection and learned about its tragic decline. Determined to use his photography to create more awareness about the insect’s demise, he worked with partners to create a film, which he then shared across the country on behalf of the bee, from small venues to a rare opportunity to present it on Capitol Hill. In January, 2017 these efforts paid off, and the rusty-patched bumble bee became the first species of native North American bee to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. During this engaging presentation, Clay will share some his favorite images and stories about our beautiful native bees and what we can all do to make a difference in their lives. One thing is for certain: you’ll never look at bees the same way again!

About Clay Bolt

Clay BoltClay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer specializing in the world’s smallest creatures. He regularly partners with organizations such as the National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and co-founder (2009) of the international nature and biodiversity photography project “Meet Your Neighbours.” Currently his major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives.

Clay lives in Bozeman, Montana where he is the communications lead for WWF’s Northern Great Plains Program. He was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America’s first federally protected native bee in 2017.

Learn more at www.claybolt.com.

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Dive deep into controversial issues in nature photography ethics, thinking about the limits to what a photographer can and should do to create impactful images. Knowing that how we make our images and how we label them defines us as photographers, NANPA Ethics Committee Chair Jennifer Leigh Warner will discuss the importance of social responsibility and maintaining public trust in nature-related imagery.

About Jennifer Leigh Warner

Jennifer Leigh Warner is a Fine Art Conservation Wildlife Photographer living in California and specializes in creating meaningful images that convey a message of hope for the natural world. Jennifer feels strongly that by sharing these images of beautiful animals in their natural environment, she can inspire those around her to protect the environment that they live in. As the Committee Chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee, Jennifer promotes the ethical practice of photographing wildlife.

Born and raised in the state of Washington, Jennifer learned to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around her in the Pacific Northwest. She spent most of her formative years traveling around the world gaining an admiration for the diversity of the unique places of this planet. Jennifer started studying photography at an early age with an interest in capturing the natural places and creatures that inhabit this world. After graduating from Washington State University in 2005 she set off on her mission to preserve the world around her.

You can learn more about Jennifer and the conservation work that she does by visiting her website at www.experiencewildlife.com

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader Charles Needle will guide you through all the steps necessary to take your macro photography to the next level. This session covers more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide-angle macro. Charles also discusses specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Recommended experience level: intermediate and advanced.

About Charles Needle

Charles NeedleCharles Needle is a fine-art photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

Charles has authored three instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher, he has three international workshops. One is in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, for 15 years in a row, with exclusive private access. The others are in Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens and Canada’s Butchart Gardens. Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and NANPA Showcase Award winner eight years in a row.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visitwww.charlesneedlephoto.com.

The Salton Sea, an invaluable habitat for an entire desert ecosystem, is at its breaking point. Located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, extreme challenges and complex restoration lie ahead. With the latest water diversions, over 400 species of birds along the Pacific Flyway will immediately feel the pressure of the shrinking sea. Vulnerable species will remain at risk and airborne toxic dust is estimated to increase cases of respiratory illness in human populations throughout the Southwest.

However, the fading banks weren’t always in trouble. The sea is actually a shallow, accidental lake. The largest in California. It is 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and a mere 43 feet at its maximum depth. Formed in 1905, when the Colorado River breached a canal and flooded the Salton Sink, it became a mecca for the rich and famous. Those with development dreams envisioned the next Palm Springs and heavy hitters such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the Beach Boys would vacation at the promising metropolis.

Today, it is going to require hard work, science, technology, education and water along with environmental protections to rescue and sustain this fragile ecosystem.

About Sandy Zelasko

Sandy Zelasko

Sandy Zelasko, self-taught photographer, Sandra Lee Photography since 1992, devotes her attention to wildlife conservation through land acquisition. She unselfishly shares her wildlife photography to educate, her organizational skills to fundraise, and her curiosity to study environmental issues where wildlife preservation is a key factor.

Zelasko’s passion for wildlife was her motivation to partner with the Friends of Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve’s capitol campaign, targeted to acquire crucial property for a wildlife corridor in north San Diego County. From art donation to extensive behind-the-scene preparation, her efforts helped raise over $40,000 toward the purchase but more importantly raised public awareness for the project.

At her office in Valley Center, CA, Zelasko continues to build a portfolio of conservation endeavors. Dedicated research for The Salton Sea Story uncovered a new understanding of the complex restoration needs in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Although the outcome for the sea and its complicated issues is far from certain, Zelasko remains positive and focused on solutions beneficial to our wild neighbors and their fragile ecosystem.

5:00 – 7:15 pm
Dinner on your own

7:15 – 8:15 pm
Announcements and College Program

8:15 – 9:15 pm
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe: The Keys to Success in Nature Photography with George Lepp
NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

butterflies photo by George LeppWhat are the essential elements of a successful career in nature photography? NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient George Lepp’s answer to this enduring question explores the grand circle of any professional artist’s life well lived: receiving and sharing the gifts of inspiration, support, evolution (technical and creative, intellectual and ethical), and, above all, the continuing ability to recognize the extraordinary while appreciating the everyday wonders of the natural world.

In this program, George Lepp recalls the places, people, philosophies, products, and principles that have motivated and sustained his lifetime passion for nature photography. He shares the ways in which these important factors contributed to his successful fifty-year career, and how they can serve as inspiration and motivation for all nature photographers in today’s challenging and rapidly changing environments.

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9:15 – 9:30 pm
Keynote Speaker Q&A

About George Lepp

One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers.

Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. Founder and Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography.

George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon, and can be contacted at www.GeorgeLepp.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

8:00 am – 11:30 am
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8:30 – 11:30 am
SUPER SESSIONS 
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Find out how photographers develop their own personal vision and style, growing beyond clichés, postcards, and icon shots to take truly evocative images that communicate exactly what they see as special in the world. We’ll cover the full spectrum of what it takes to create images that truly communicate, from gear selection, pre-planning, on-location choices we make regarding subject, composition, natural lighting, as well as some post-processing and software considerations. In addition, the presentation will touch on both psychological and physiological factors that affect our creative choices.

Ansel Adams said, “There are two people in every photo: the photographer and the viewer.” Every photographer walks a path toward visual discovery and photographic growth, but it is how we learn to see and compose images that help to connect us with our subject and, in turn, connect the viewer with our images. It is the development of our personal vision and style that helps define our unique angle in this storytelling environment.

About Gary Crabbe

Gary began taking pictures in college. After graduation, a twist of fate led Gary to the studio of renowned photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the 400,000+ image library and Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography. He left to pursue his own photography following the birth of his first child.

Since then, his client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, New York TimesForbes,TIME, The National Park Service, Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Sunset, L.L. Bean, Subaru, and The Nature Conservancy. He has seven published books to his credit, including the award-winning The California Coast and his most recent book Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North, which won the highly distinguished Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award as Best Regional Title by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Most recently, Gary was honored when the United State Postal Service released a nearly unprecedented seven of his images as USPS ‘Forever’ postage stamps.

Gary CrabbeGary’s prints and murals are included in private and corporate collections, including hotels, hospitals, the Department of the Interior, and U.S. State Department. Gary also conducts highly praised shows and workshops for groups like R.E.I., The Sierra Club, The Photographic Society of America, etc., along with other services including consulting, photo editing, presentations, custom private and group photo workshops.

To see more of Gary’s work, visit his web site at http://enlightphoto.com.

In this visually rich presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson outlines steps that every photographic project should take as it heads through production to publication/exhibition. What early research can facilitate access and secure the funding and equipment needed? How can you maximize time and funds? What do you need to know about target audience(s) to determine your final product: limited edition handcrafted prints? Lower cost printing/surfaces? Banners for public art display and ease in touring an exhibition? How do you choose an exhibition venue, prepare strategic proposals and suggest educational programming that fits each venue? Is a publication of the work desirable? What should it cost, and which publishers should you approach? Should you license your work? If so, how do you identify buyers and inform them of availability?

About Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia SwansonMary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present work in an informed, professional manner. Her public seminars and lectures on marketing aid photographers in advancing their careers.

Swanson draws from her thirty-year career spanning the fine art, documentary, photojournalism, publishing and licensing arenas to lend sage advice to artists at all professional levels. She is a sought-after Reviewer, Juror and Mentor, known for timely knowledge of today’s diverse marketplace.

Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated(2014) and stays current on the growing market for photobooks, reflecting both the ease of self-publishing and the rise of the collectible photobook market.

Swanson, based in Tucson, AZ and New York City, is the recipient of numerous industry honors: Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award, Griffin Museum of Photography (2013), Susan Carr Award for Education, American Society for Media Photographs (2014) and Honored Educator Award, Society for Photographic Education (2015). She serves on numerous Advisory Boards, helping organizations in our industry provide relevant programming and plan for their futures.

5:00 – 7:30 pm
Post-Summit Field Event 
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© Richard Day

Grab your tripod, camera, wide-angle lens, walking shoes, and a warm jacket.  Join us for a short walking tour of the area around the hotel with our cameras.  Leaders Sean Fitzgerald, Richard Day, and Kathy Adams Clark will teach, offer suggestions, and guide the group.  Be prepared to walk a half-mile and maybe climb some stairs. Travel light. Meet in front of the Elvis statue in the lobby of the hotel. Advance registration is required. Non-photography guests are welcome to walk along with the group.

Led by Kathy Adams Clark, Richard Day and Sean Fitzgerald

Kathy Adams Clark has been photographing the night sky for over 20 years.  Her photos of the night sky, wildlife, birds, and landscapes are featured in her book Photographing Big Bend National Park and in Backroad of Texas plus four books written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy is a popular speaker, workshop leader, and international photo tour leader.

Richard Day is a well-known photographer specializing in birds and landscapes.  Based in Illinois, Richard uses traditional cameras plus drones to educate people about nature.  He’s been leading workshops, teaching photography, and licensing his images for nearly 30 years. Thousands of his photos have been published worldwide in magazines, calendars, books, advertising, and products.

Sean Fitzgerald is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer. Sean tries to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. His work has been published in a wide variety of publications and his fine-art prints are in art collections and large-scale installations across the country. Sean also leads photo workshops, including for Ted Turner Expeditions. He has won numerous regional and national photo contests.