Portfolio & Editorial Reviews

Mary Virginia Swanson helps photographers move their careers to the next level. © Athena

Mary Virginia Swanson helps photographers move their careers to the next level. © Athena

The Portfolio & Editorial Review Program is back by popular demand.  This program allows a photographer to have a 20-minute critique session for a portfolio of images with a NANPA professional photographer.  Portfolio & Editorial Reviews are one-on-one, targeted feedback on your images from experienced photo professionals that can help shape your future as a photographer and provide invaluable business connections. Plan to bring your best work to the table!

Portfolio & Editorial Reviews will be held:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday, March 3, 2017 – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The fee for each review session is $60.

Participants should review and abide by the guidelines established for these reviews.

Review Levels- View the Portfolio Review Guidelines

Entry
Advanced Portfolio
Advanced Editorial
Pro Portfolio
Pro Editorial
Student

View the Portfolio Review Guidelines. Click the “View Sessions & Register” link below each reviewer to see what sessions are available and book your session.
NOTE: Online registration is no longer available. However, you may still be able to reserve an open slot onsite at the Summit.  Go to the Portfolio Review Room to sign up onsite.

Reviewers Currently Scheduled:

Kathy Adams Clark
Justin Black
Eric Bowles
Danita Delimont
Michael DeYoung
Stacy Frank
Jaymi Heimbuch
Jon Holloway
Jennifer King
George & Kathryn Lepp
Joe McDonald
Mary Ann McDonald
Susan McElhinney
Krista Schyler
Mary Virginia Swanson
Sonia Wasco


Kathy Adams Clark
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Kathy Adams Clark (KAC Productions) is a professional nature photographer and owner and manager of KAC Productions, a stock agency that represents the work of 15 photographers. Kathy’s work has been published in Birder’s World, Family Fun, Nature’s Best Photography, The New York Times and Texas Highways, and in many books and calendars. Her photos appear in the weekly “Wonders of Nature” column, written by her husband, Gary Clark, in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News. She also teaches photography and leads photo workshops. Kathy is Past-president of NANPA and currently head of the Pro’s Committee. http://www.kathyadamsclark.com/

Review Level: Entry


Justin Black
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Justin Black is an award-winning nature photographer, writer, and photography business professional with extensive experience as a gallery curator, stock photo agent, and photo editor. As the founder of Visionary Wild, he has assembled a team of leading professional photographers to create unique photo travel and mentorship opportunities around the world for passionate amateurs and talented aspiring pros. Referred to by the editors of Outdoor Photographer as a “photo safari expert,” he as organized and led over a hundred expeditions and workshops, and has served as the Executive Director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), and as General Manager and Curator of Mountain Light Photography, founded by his late friend and mentor, world-renowned adventure photographer Galen Rowell.

Justin’s photographs and essays have been published in numerous books and magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Sierra, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Rock & Ice, and Nature Conservancy. The Sierra Club, WWF, Panthera, National Parks Conservation Association, Land Trust Alliance, Earth Justice, The Wilderness Society, Conservation International, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Wild Foundation are among conservation NGOs that have applied his photographs to good effect in their campaigns, publications, and annual reports. His fine prints are represented by The Art of Wild gallery in Germany, and The G2 Gallery in California.

Justin has also served as an editor for numerous award-winning photo book projects, including Galen Rowell: A Retrospective; Freshwater: The Essence of Life; The Wealth of Nature: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, and Human Well-Being; Our National Parks: America’s Natural Heritage; as well as Flying South: A Pilot’s Inner Journey by Barbara Rowell. Websites: http://visionarywild.com and http://justinblackphoto.com

Note: Justin prefers to review the work of intermediate to advanced amateur photographers, full-time students studying toward a career in natural history, fine art, or conservation photography, and others considering a career in nature or conservation photography.

Review Levels: Advanced Editorial, Advanced Portfolio, Pro Editorial, Pro Portfolio and Student.


Eric Bowles
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Eric Bowles is an Atlanta based nature photography professional specializing in the southeastern United States. Eric’s images are exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines. Eric is frequent speaker, instructor and workshop leader providing individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels. Eric is an instructor with Nikonians Academy, Atlanta Audubon, as well as with his own company. He has been a leader of NANPA Regionals, NANPA Webinars, and author of articles in the NANPA eNews. Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro and close up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras. He’s a Board member for the North American Nature Photography Association and a past Board member of Georgia Nature Photography Association. http://bowlesimages.com/

Review Level: Entry


Nate Chappell
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Nate Chappell markets his work through major bird and wildlife photography stock agencies including Drexel University’s Vireo, Birdimagency and Minden Pictures. He has led bird and wildlife photography workshops and tours throughout the world for the past 9 years through his company Trogon Photo Tours. Nate has photographed over 1,700 species of birds and many mammals on 6 continents. His images have often appeared in the NANPA Showcase and often in both print and online media. Nate is an accomplished speaker and teacher who enjoys working with photographers of all skill level. He has been on the staff of Nature Photographers Online magazine for the past 9 years.

Review Levels: Entry, Advanced Portfolio, Student.


Danita Delimont
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Danita Delimont runs a photo agency representing nature and wildlife photographers, as well as travel and culture. Her stable of 300 globally-based photographers offer worldwide coverage of our natural eco systems and scenic beauty of our planet.  She brings over 30 years of experience in licensing stock images to a broad base of clients, including publishing, travel, retail, hospitality & fine art clients. Owning and evolving a specialist library on her own terms and being able to make sound decisions based on her experience in the industry, has been a win-win for anyone working with her! She was awarded the prestigious “Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year in 2009” and a “NANPA Fellow in 2007” and has served as a judge in various photo competitions & as a guest instructor at The Rocky Mountain School of Photography & Seattle Central Community College. www.DanitaDelimont.com

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Note: Danita is looking for nature/landscape/scenic/wildlife photographers that capture the essence of an area (worldwide), its unique scenic beauty, its flora & fauna, including close up macros, patterns in nature, design, etc.  She’s also looking for great regional content that represents our US / Canada regional iconic landscapes /scenics.

Review Levels: Advanced Editorial, Advanced Portfolios, Pro Editorial, Pro Portfolios.


Michael DeYoung
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A former U.S. Air Force weather forecaster, Michael has been a working professional photographer since 1992. He has broad and diverse photographic interests and successes, but is best known as an Alaskan landscape and adventure sports photographer. A prolific stock shooter, Michael combines landscape and adventure sports stock productions. He assembles and works with a team of assistants, other creatives, and with both human and animal subjects. His images are represented by four agencies worldwide, and are widely published across a broad spectrum of magazines, calendars, cards, catalogs, brochures and advertisements. An accomplished workshop instructor, he passionately teaches and shares his knowledge of landscape and lifestyle photography. He has taught workshops independently in Alaska for over a decade and is a Pro Studies workshop instructor for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography located in Missoula, MT.

Review Levels: Entry and Advanced


Stacy Frank
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Stacy Frank has been with Minden Pictures, an agency that is recognized as the world’s premium provider of wildlife and nature photos, since 1991. As Director of Sales she divides her time among editing photographer submissions, licensing negotiations for editorial and advertising sales, image research and interfacing with agency shooters and clients. Intermediate and advanced photographers with established collections of stock and story packages along with beginners seeking feedback would benefit from a portfolio review with her.  The agency is currently considering landscape photographers with calendar-quality work. www.mindenpictures.com

Review Levels: Entry, Advanced Portfolio, Advanced Editorial, Pro Portfolio, Pro Editorial, Student


Jaymi Heimbuch
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Jaymi Heimbuch is a conservation photographer and the Senior Writer and Photographer with Mother Nature Network. She is the founder of the Natural History of the Urban Coyote photojournalism project and the author of the award-winning book The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction, which features the photography of Will Burrard-Lucas and Rebecca Jackrel. Heimbuch’s photography has been published in Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, Mother Nature Network and TreeHugger among other outlets, and her environmental and animal writing has been published in a variety of print and online publications, including BBC Wildlife Magazine, Huffington Post, and Beautiful Beasties. http://www.jaymiheimbuch.com/

Review Levels: Entry, Advanced Editorial, Advanced Portfolio, Pro Editorial


Jon Holloway
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Jon Holloway has been photographing professionally for over 25 years. He is a fine-art/commercial photographer and a professor at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. His professional career has allowed him to travel the globe, but his publishing works books on South Carolina including South Carolina, Beautiful Places, and the Web of Water. Besides South Carolina his places of interest include India, South Africa, Cuba, Gates of the Arctic, and a wide variety of personal portrait projects. In addition to his travel exhibitions, Jon has created fine-art exhibits titled Native America, Spirit, Solitude, and Nature’s Rhythm. These various exhibits highlight his artistic vision and commitment to sharing the beauty of the world. Jon’s photographic style is one that combines his film roots with the digital world, using different types of cameras to achieve a unique image. He describes himself as a photography “purist” who believes in creating the image in the camera. Therefore he needs minimal editing in the final image. Jon’s most recent work infuses the large-format camera with digital photography. He is able to create abstract landscapes and portraits unique to the camera of choice by employing non-traditional interpretations. It’s possible that he may share some of this know-how in his presentation. www.jonholloway.com

Review Levels: All


Jennifer King
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Jennifer King is a landscape and wildlife photographer who specializes in photo workshop instruction at locations around the world. While Jennifer is the owner of a successful photo workshop company, she also writes for several publications including Outdoor Photographer and Outdoor Photography Guide. Her work has been featured in many publications including Our State Magazine, South x SouthEast Magazine, Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography and more. Jennifer’s photographic background covers a vast and varied background. As a Director of Photography for an advertising agency, Jennifer spent nearly 20 years hiring and working with photographers both in the U.S. and abroad. http://www.jenniferkingphoto.com

Review Levels: Entry, Advanced Editorial and Student


George D. Lepp and Kathryn Vincent Lepp
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The Lepps are a photographer/writer team who have published several books and hundreds of articles on nature/outdoor photography. George is a Canon Explorer of Light, a founding board member and fellow of NANPA, and the recipient of the prestigious Progress Award, the highest given by the Photographic Society of America. His photographs have been widely published in books, magazines, and advertising around the world and are displayed in the corporate headquarters of Canon USA, Really Right Stuff, and other top manufacturers. His stock photography is represented by Corbis, Getty, and Photo Researchers. He often serves as a judge in international photographic competitions, including this year’s NANPA showcase. Kathryn has separately published work in popular and academic venues on a diverse array of subjects in addition to photography, including environmental issues, US-Mexico relations, and the law, and she has edited scholarly books and articles for the University of California Press, Scholarly Resources, and the University of Texas Press. For more information about George and Kathryn, see the website: www.GeorgeLeppImages.com. The Lepps’ work is regularly featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, where George is Field Editor and they co-author a monthly column, “Tech Tips.”

Review Levels: As a special opportunity for NANPA Summit attendees, the Lepps will review and critique article-length manuscripts and accompanying images suitable for OP. Those authors recommended by the Lepps will be included in a feature on the Outdoor Photographer website, receive a free subscription to OP, and their work will receive priority consideration for possible publication in the magazine!


Joe McDonald
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Joe McDonald is a wildlife photographer, photo tour leader, naturalist, author, and speaker.  He is also a founding member of NANPA and formerly served on their Board of Directors.

He is a BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner.  His images are regularly published in calendars, magazines, and other publications including Audubon, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birder’s World, Defenders, Living Bird, Natural History, National and International Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, Wildlife Conservation, and more. He is represented by multiple stock photo agencies, both domestically and world-wide.

He hosts photo workshops along with his wife, Mary Ann McDonald.  They have taught Digital Complete Nature Photo courses, Advanced Digital Complete Nature Photo courses (specializing in flash photography), Photoshop, Lightroom, and more.

Just this year, Joe completed 2 books – “Creatures of the Night” with a companion how-to CD/download “Understanding High Speed Flash & Camera Flash Triggering Systems” and “World’s Deadliest Creatures“.

Review Levels: Advanced and Pro Portfolios and Pro Editorials


Mary Ann McDonald
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Mary Ann McDonald is a wildlife photographer, photo tour leader, naturalist, author of children’s books, and speaker.

She is a BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner.  Her images are regularly published in calendars, magazines, and other publications including National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, and such companies as Audubon, Birder’s World, Brown Trout, Day Dream, Landmark, The Nature Company, Northword, Pet Prints, and numerous others.  Her work is represented by a number of stock agencies worldwide.

She hosts photo workshops along with her husband, Joe McDonald.  They have taught Digital Complete Nature Photo courses, Image Composition, Photoshop, and Lightroom

Review Levels: Entry and Student Portfolios and Advanced Editorials


Susan McElhinney
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Susan McElhinney is the Photography Editor for Ranger Rick Magazine with the National Wildlife Federation. Her focus as editor is the daily challenge to entertain with nature stories, teach about fauna and flora, encourage kids to get outside each day to experience nature and bring wildlife news to millions of kids each month.

Interestingly, prior to 2001, she rarely photographed a bird or plant, except when she worked on a book for National Geographic Young Explorers on how to help wildlife.

She started her career 40 (1975) years ago as a staff photographer for Newsweek Magazine in the Washington DC bureau through the Carter and Reagan years. Her focus was Heads of State, Congress and worldwide political events.

Her photo career included freelancing for People, Life, Parenting, Fortune, and National Geographic World and Discover magazines and corporate annual reports.

In addition to her career in photography, where she views art through a camera, Susan’s other passions are sculpture and portraiture. She says that “the constant, of defining forms in space with light, was always central to my work. I realize I am only limited by how hard I want to work and my imagination.”

Review Levels: Advanced and Pro Portfolios and Editorials


Krista Schlyer
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Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer living in the Washington DC area. Her focus is long-term conservation documentary projects with subjects ranging from the US-Mexico borderlands to the Anacostia River watershed. Schlyer’s work has been published by the BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, Newsweek and others.

Schlyer is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and the author of three books including Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award. In 2014, Schlyer received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award, and in 2015 she was the recipient of NANPA’s Vision Award. Schlyer’s newest book, Almost Anywhere, released in October 2015 by Skyhorse Publishing, chronicles a road trip to America’s national parks and wilderness areas. https://kristaschlyer.com/

Review Level: All


Mary Virginia Swanson
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Mary Virginia Swanson is a mentor to artists, helping to identify the strengths in their work, target appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She is the co-author with Darius Himes of Publish Your Photography Book (2nd Edition 2014, Princeton Architectural Press) and her much anticipated title due out in 2017 is Finding your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs. Swanson is based in Tucson and NYC; her website and marketing opportunities blog can be found at mvswanson.com. Ms. Swanson is pleased help those who have a body of work they are interested in marketing (whether in progress or completed) and advise participating photographers on what markets are most likely to respond positively to their imagery. Sharing your website, Instagram feed and promotional pieces during your session will allow her to further advise on effectiveness in presenting your work.

Review Level: Advanced Portfolio, Pro Portfolio


Sonia Wasco
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Sonia S. Wasco is president and CEO at Grant Heilman Photography Stock Photo library, the World’s most noted source for American agriculture images, Natural Science including a significant Horticulture and Wildlife collection, and Lifestyle and travel. The collection contains over a million high quality images which represents the work of more than 100 photographers. Sonia is responsible for contracting new photographers, reviewing incoming imagery and client relationships. She has over 30 years’ experience in the stock photo business and is past president of Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) now Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). She has served on the PACA/DMLA Board for many years. She received the DMLA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Sonia is a lifetime volunteer and has served on the Board of several Conservation organizations for more than 30 years. Sonia is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a presenter at past NANPA Summits, PACA International Conferences, ASPP events, and PhotoPlus Expos. She currently serves as a trustee on the NANPA Foundation. http://www.heilmanphoto.com

Review Level: Entry, Advanced Editorial, Advanced Portfolio