Sample screenshot of the Virtual Summit platform in Attendify

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a Virtual Summit work?

NANPA’s Virtual Summit is being hosted on the Attendify platform. You’ll be able to login to a private website address from your desktop computer and through an app on your mobile smartphone or tablet. Registered guests will receive complete login instructions on April 27, 2021, and will have two days to browse the virtual exhibit hall and get familiar with the platform before the Virtual Summit officially begins. Best of all, participants will have access to recordings of all event content through May 31, so you can watch anything you missed live or revisit your favorite parts.

What sort of computer equipment or applications do I need to participate?

If you have Internet access, you can participate in the Virtual Summit from your web browser. For the best attendee experience, we recommend that you use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari as your web browser. You might wish to check/upgrade your browser version the week of April 26th to get ready for the Summit.

You’ll need to have the ability to listen to audio through your computer (most modern computers have built-in speakers) to hear the presentations during Summit. If you want to use the videoconferencing features, you’ll need to have a microphone and camera built-in or connected to your computer.

On April 27th all registered attendees will receive an email from NANPA with a private website address for the Virtual Summit and instructions to login to it.

Optional Companion App
You can download the Attendify app for your smartphone or tablet to get reminders about specific sessions that you don’t want to miss. The app also contains additional functions—like discussion channels—that you can use to network and find others who are interested in talking about the things that you are. (Channels are not visible in the desktop version, only the app.)

Between April 27 and May 31, you’ll be able to find the NANPA Virtual Summit in search results within the app, but you’ll still need to be a registered attendee and enter a username and password (that will be provided to you by email at that time) to access it.

Who can help me if I have trouble getting into the Virtual Summit?

NANPA can! Email info@nanpa.org or call us at 618-547-7616

When can I access the Virtual Summit platform?

Sponsors and Exhibitors and their designated representatives will receive login instructions on April 26th and are encouraged to visit the site, locate their booths, complete their personal profiles, and try out some of the tools available—like the “Meet Now” function that will enable you to have instant video chats with customers.

All other attendees will receive login instructions on April 27th and are encouraged to visit the site, get familiar with the platform, update your personal profile, and customize your schedule. You can even begin using tools like the Activity Feed and Meet Now to meet and mingle with other nature photographers.

What’s a vendor demo?

Our sponsors and exhibitors are actively involved in the Virtual Summit, providing educational content that can also help you discover products and services that you may be interested in. These are not “hard sell” pitches, but demos do showcase the vendor’s products and services in meaningful ways. Sessions of this kind are clearly labeled “Vendor Demonstration” or “Vendor Demo.” The sessions may be live in a videoconference style (speaker and guests—if they choose—visible on screen), live but presented in webinar style (only the speaker is visible on screen), or recorded and presented in webinar style.

Can I ask questions or chat with speakers after their presentations?

All keynote speakers will have live, interactive Q&A with attendees after their presentations. You will also have the ability to message any speaker within the Virtual Summit app. Each individual—speakers, attendees, and vendors—can opt into the “Meet Now” function that allows others to initiate one-on-one video chats. Many will also share their personal email addresses or other ways to contact them inside their attendee profiles. Session chats and the Activity Feed are also places that you can leave messages—or comment on others’ messages—to interact with speakers and other guests. It’s not exactly like walking up to someone after an in-person event, but there are multiple opportunities

How will I be able to find colleagues inside the Virtual Summit?

When you visit the “Community” section of the Virtual Summit, you’ll be able to see everyone who is attending. You can click on any individual’s name or photo to view their profile and connect with them.

I cannot attend both days of the Virtual Summit. Is there a one-day pass?

Because recordings of all Virtual Summit sessions will remain available on-demand through May 31, 2021, there is only one “all access” ticket option.

How long will registration remain open? Can I join after the event starts?

You can register and join the Virtual Summit until 11:59 pm EDT on April 30, 2021. Because recordings of all Virtual Summit sessions will remain available on-demand through May 31, 2021, you can easily “catch up” even if you join after the event begins.

Will sponsors and exhibitors have special deals available to attendees, like at a traditional trade show?

Yes! You’ll want to visit the “Specials” section of the Virtual Summit to check out some of the discounts available. Many vendors will also have deals available inside their booths in the virtual Exhibit Hall. For the best discounts, we always recommend speaking directly to the company representative. You can initiate a one-on-one conversation with any vendor inside their exhibit booth using the “Meet Now” tool.

I love getting a portfolio review at an in-person Summit. Is that available at Virtual Summit?

Yes! Constructive and personalized one-on-one portfolio reviews with industry experts are a well-loved feature of the Summit, and this year is no exception, thanks to the NANPA Foundation. Virtual Summit attendees can add a 30-minute portfolio review (up to 5 images) for just $45.

Portfolio reviews will take place virtually—but outside of the Virtual Summit platform—at a date and time mutually agreed upon by you and your reviewer. If you do not see your preferred reviewer’s name listed on the registration form, he/she is fully booked, and you will need to select an alternative. For this reason, we recommend that you browse reviewer bios before you begin registration and select 2-3 professionals that best fit the career and artistic goals that you have in mind. See bios and get more info >

If you do not add a portfolio review during registration but decide you’d like to get one later, you can purchase it separately—still for just $45. Visit the NANPA Foundation website to set up your portfolio review >

Is the Virtual Summit an all-day event, or are there certain times to login throughout the day?

There will be something going on inside the Virtual Summit non-stop from 11 am to 9:30 pm EDT on Thursday, April 29 and 9:30 am to 7:30 pm EDT on Friday, April 30—with a few short breaks for refreshments and other necessities. Some sessions will be repeated to better accommodate live viewing by attendees across time zones and/or when two live showings overlap. You are welcome to come and go as needed, but we are confident you’ll want to see everything—even if it takes you until May 31 to view it all!

I don’t want to miss the live version of my favorite keynote speaker’s presentation and Q&A. When is he/she speaking?

We’re putting some final touches on our schedule but will make it available on the “Program” page of this website as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is some information that may be helpful:

Thursday, April 29
11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT Joe and Mary Ann McDonald
2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT Jack Dykinga
4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT Ron Rosenstock
6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT Krista Schlyer

Friday, April 30
11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT Tom Blagden
2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT Suzi Eszterhas
4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT Dan Cox
6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT Art Wolfe

Got a question that wasn’t covered here?

Email us or call the NANPA office during normal business hours (CDT) at 618-547-7616.

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