Program

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NANPA’s Virtual Summit begins at 11 am EDT on Thursday, April 29 and ends at 7:30 pm EDT on Friday, April 30. Registered attendees will receive login instructions via email on April 27, 2021.

Live sessions will be recorded as they occur, so you can watch anything you missed—or revisit your favorite parts—anytime through May 31, 2021.

Dates and times for keynote presentations have been added below. Check back for a complete schedule.

KEYNOTE SESSIONS

The Grand Canyon: The River Within

featuring Tom Blagden

2021 NANPA Environmental Impact Award

Rafting on the Colorado River 270 miles through the Grand Canyon is one of the most unique, exhilarating, and challenging wilderness trips in America. Tom Blagden has made fourteen photographic journeys down the canyon on the Colorado River in order to capture both its monumental and intimate qualities, resulting in the photography book The Grand Canyon- Unseen Beauty: Running the Colorado River (Rizzoli Publishers, 2019). His images evoke a place of powerful contrasts: blinding light and dark slot canyons, soft waters in a landscape of stone, silent drifts punctuated by deafening rapids, broiling heat hovering above a frigid river, and strangers forging friendships through shared adventure. The power of the experience is countered by the constant threats of development, water quality and mining. Through Tom’s photographs we will float a mile deep below the rim among rocks half the age of earth itself.

Tom’s presentation takes place at 11:30 am EDT on Friday, April 30.

179: Lava Rapid, photo by Tom Blagden


Riding Out the Pandemic Self-Isolating with Mother Nature

featuring Dan Cox

2021 NANPA Fellow Award

Travel for my wife and me came to a screeching halt overnight in 2020, and we were lucky to get out of Indonesia before the U.S. shut its doors. I’ll share some of the work-in-progress I was creating in northern India’s Himalayas, Japan, and the island of Borneo. You’ll hear about the newest gear I’m using and how it’s changed my way of shooting. You’ll know the pros and cons of the two main systems I used while we traveled the world before lockdown. And finally, I’ll take you back to my roots. Shooting in Yellowstone and Montana. Living out of the back of my truck just like I did for three decades when I was earning my main income from producing stock photography of wildlife and nature.

Dan’s presentation takes place at 4:00 pm EDT on Friday, April 30.

White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) flying in Hokkaido, Japan, photo by Daniel J. Cox


What Have You Done Lately?

featuring Jack Dykinga

2021 NANPA Fellow Award

Like everyone else, Jack Dykinga found his creative juices placed “on hold” during the prolonged isolation of the pandemic. But forced isolation was the catalyst he needed to expand his vision while staying mostly sane. Join Jack on a personal journey into self-examination during COVID-19 isolation, where curiosity leads to different approaches and different subjects. It’s a lesson for us all.

Jack’s presentation takes place at 2:00 pm EDT on Thursday, April 29.


Baby Animals, Conservation and Sisterhood

featuring Suzi Eszterhas

2021 NANPA Outstanding Photographer of the Year

In a candid interview led by fellow photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht, Suzi Eszterhas talks about the ups and downs of her career and shares some of her greatest adventure stories, how she managed to raise $200K for conservation, why she started Girls Who Click, and how she uses passion projects to stay inspired. 

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Suzi’s presentation takes place at 2:00 pm EDT on Friday, April 30.

Sumatran Orangutan Pongo abelii 1.5 year old baby dangling from tree branch North Sumatra, Indonesia *Critically Endangered *Digitally removed branch in background. Image by Suzi Eszterhas


Sharing the Life: Wildlife and Wild Times

featuring Joe and Mary Ann McDonald

2021 NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award

For nearly 35 years, Joe and Mary Ann McDonald have been teaching photography workshops and leading photo tours around the world. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Yellowstone to India, the couple has shared their love of nature, their knowledge of animal behavior, and their commitment to conservation with others. But it all started back when Joe was a small tyke and Mary Ann was a mad scientist. Join the pair as they share their adventures along the way, an adventure that has been shared by hundreds—and one that is still not complete.

Joe and Mary Ann’s presentation takes place at 11:30 am EDT on Thursday, April 29.

Two giraffes with necks arched towards each other, Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Zululand, South Africa, image by Joe and Mary Ann McDonald

Fine Art Photography

featuring Ron Rosenstock

2021 NANPA Fine Art in Nature Photography Award

What is fine art photography? What do fine art photographers have in common and why do we have a need to create? Ron explores these questions and more—all the way back to the f64 group—and invites us to participate in an effective exercise for developing awareness. In the final segment of his presentation, Ron shares images of his work set to the music of Native American flute player Carlos Nakia.

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Ron’s presentation takes place at 4:00 pm EDT on Thursday, April 29.


The Borderlands Project: Ripples to Waves

featuring Krista Schlyer

2021 NANPA Environmental Impact Award

The Borderlands Project began in 2008 with the aim of raising public awareness about the ecological impacts of a US-Mexico Border wall. The project has included a 15-person expedition along the 2,000-mile border, a traveling fine art exhibit with shows in the US Congress and around the nation, an award-winning book, several film projects, hundreds of publications and lectures, and a digital story map of the border. In this presentation Krista Schlyer, winner of the NANPA Environmental Impact Award, will share images, outcomes, and insights from this decade-long conservation photography project. Following Krista’s presentation, her film Ay Mariposa, a collaboration with filmmakers Jenny Nichols and Morgan Heim, will screen for the NANPA Virtual Summit community.

Krista’s presentation takes place at 6:00 pm EDT on Thursday, April 29.


The Creative Eye

featuring Art Wolfe

2021 NANPA Fine Art in Nature Photography Award

 Art Wolfe’s latest project, Wild Lives, presents a positive vision of the living world around us, a celebration of beauty, ferocity and revival of Earth’s creatures. Wolfe presents the subjects at the heart of his work—wildlife, conservation and cultures on the edge of extinction, and photography as art—in a single masterpiece that takes us through the world’s ecosystems and geographical regions in a vivid display of the fragility and interconnectivity of life on Earth, while simultaneously exploring his evolution as an artist and the techniques he uses to capture the nuances and rhythms of life. 

Art’s presentation takes place at 6:00 pm EDT on Friday, April 30.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Learn practical tips in the “Teach Me in 10” classroom—a space dedicated to 10-minute breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics in nature photography.

Using YouTube to Make Money in Landscape Photography

Making money via landscape photography isn’t easy, but there are a few paths you can take. Alex put most of his efforts into YouTube, and in this video reflection he shares charts, graphs, and stats on all the behind-the-scenes numbers you could want—six months into his endeavor—plus his opinions, thoughts, and feelings about the journey so far.

Alex Armitage


Camera Supports for Wildlife and Landscape Photography

Choosing a proper camera support can make it easier to get better images. This “Teach me in Ten” shows different tripod and head combinations for different subjects and situations.

Bob Coates


Don’t Skimp on Scouting

Last summer, conservation photographer Steven DeWitt documented Billion Oyster Project’s largest oyster reef installation in New York City’s East River. Once abundant, by the start of the twentieth century New York Harbor’s 220,000 acres of native oyster reefs had been decimated. Along with filtering up to 100 gallons of water a day, oyster reefs can help protect coastal communities from the devastation of storms being exacerbated by the climate crisis. In this breakout session, Steven explains how scheduling scouting missions prior to shoots is a critical step in his workflow.

Steven DeWitt


Two Techniques for Adding Textures to Images

In this 10-minute session, Donna Eaton will teach two basic ways to add textures to create more artistic images. She’ll use Bridge to import images in Photoshop and teach you some neat tricks to make life easier in Photoshop. This is a great tutorial for those new to Photoshop and those who’ve admired Donna’s skills with textures.

Donna Eaton


What’s the Story?

You’re passionate about photography and want your photos to inspire people to conserve land, water, wildlife, and ways of life that nature makes possible for all of us. But you need more than photos—you need a compelling story. Learn how to get started with visual storytelling and put your photos to work for the conservation of nature.

Amy Gulick


The Eyes Have It

This 10-minute video will show a simple but powerful technique that will help you to bring out the eyes of the wildlife you photograph.  The good news is that this is technically a contrast adjustment, nothing more.  So it often qualifies as an approved editing treatment in many magazines, competitions, and more. But the secret is in the tools and in how it’s done.  Take 10 and join me!  You’ll be glad you did!

Lisa Langell


Jaw-Dropping Closeups

Award-winning fine art nature photographer and charter NANPA member teaches you how to make jaw-dropping closeups at home using a fun, innovative water-droplet technique.

Charles Needle


5 Tips for Sharp Stars

Gear glitches. Exposure choices. Weather. All of these can affect whether the stars in your night photos are disappointingly soft or gloriously sharp. To ensure your night photos fall into the latter category, join National Parks at Night’s Chris Nicholson as he guides you through five tips for shooting sharp stars. Learn how shutter speed, lens choice, focus technique, weather conditions and more affect how crisp the stars in your images appear, and gain the tools and confidence you need to control all those factors in order to create stellar night images.

Chris Nicholson


Scanning Made Easy

Learn in just ten minutes to scan those old 35 mm slides, negatives, or prints and wind up with photographs of exhibition quality! It no longer requires hours on a very expensive drum scanner to achieve a quality scan with the new Epson V850 scanner. Even at 4,800 dpi, the scan only takes 3-4 minutes.

Ron Rosenstock


Grebes “Walk on Water” to Find a Mate

During courting season, Western and Clark’s grebes engage in a maneuver called rushing in which they sprint up to 66 feet across the water in coordinated groups of two or more in about seven seconds. How do they do it? When and where do they do it? Learn more about Western and Clark’s grebes, the area in San Diego, CA, and a few other courtship steps.

Krisztina Scheeff


Composition, Framing, and Finding My Style as a Young Female Nature Photographer

Ashleigh Scully, 19-year-old recipient of a NANPA 2021 Outstanding Young Photographer Award, knows how hard it is to establish a unique style as a nature photographer, but luckily she’s been working on it for 11 years. In this session, Ashleigh explains how she works stationary subjects—like the owls she’s known for photographing—to get the perfect frame, leading lines, and mood to showcase the subject. Hear how she decides when to center the subject and why a frame-filling close up is not usually what she hopes to capture.

Ashleigh Scully


Eat, Play, Love: Photographing Animal Behavior

Create more impact with your wildlife photographs by applying these key concepts of learning animal behavior, capturing gesture, and anticipating moments. Using her images as examples, Brenda will discuss the importance of these three concepts.

Brenda Tharp


Speaking Up on Ethics in the Field

How do you know when you should speak up in the field when you see someone behaving unethically? No one wants to be the “fun police,” but there may be times when speaking up about another photographer’s behavior becomes necessary. Jennifer shares tips on what you can do to hold other photographers accountable for their actions in the field.  

Jennifer Leigh Warner

MEMBERS’ THEATRE

We’re proud to screen these member-produced films during the Summit.

Deer 139

Deer 139, an adventure and conservation film, details the 85-mile migration path of a Wyoming mule deer and Samantha Dwinnell, the university biologist who studied it. Samantha and two additional bold women test their endurance and wits as they brave the formidable migration of a pregnant, scrawny doe. They hike, packraft, and ski the migration route with her, experiencing firsthand this long, complex, and—until this film—largely invisible journey, gaining new perspective about the value of interconnected landscapes.

Morgan Heim


Against All Odds: Emperor Penguins of Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Emperor Penguins are magical yet endure conditions most can’t imagine. The ecosystem that supports them is fragile. The journey to experience it all was a test. Dee Ann endured it because it matters. So do the penguins; so does the Antarctic. In this Lone Star EMMY Award-winning program featuring photos and videos from Dee Ann’s 2018 voyage aboard a Russian Icebreaker on the edge of winter, Dee Ann shares her perspective on this extraordinary and challenging expedition.

Dee Ann Pederson


Saving Beauty

Dotted across the American Southwest, arid-land wetlands are home to animals and plants found nowhere else, but these “ciénegas” are the most endangered ecosystem of the Southwest. A New Mexico State botanist has taken up the challenge to engage city government, landowners, schools, and the community of Santa Rosa in conserving these unique wetlands before it’s too late.

Christina Selby


Headhunt Revisited

Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera documents the improbable four-year journey of Caroline Mytinger to the “Land of the Headhunters” in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea in 1926, to find and paint the unspoiled civilizations of Melanesia. Eighty years later, Caroline’s adventure inspired two contemporary artists to retrace her steps and honor her legacy.

Michele Westmorland

VENDOR DEMOS

Thursday, April 29
  • 12:30 pm EDT Olympus Special Features with Mike Amico (Hunt’s Photo and Video)
  • 1:00 pm EDT Tamron FE Lineup with Jared Powers (Tamron)
Friday, April 30
  • 12: 30 pm EDT Your Next Photo Tour with Kathy Adams Clark (Strabo Photo Tour Collection)
  • 1:00 pm EDT Choosing a DSLR Lens for Your Next Wildlife or Landscape Adventure with Jeff Allen (Tamron)
  • 5:30 pm EDT Laowa Lenses for Macro and Wide Angle Images with Stephen Neff (Hunt’s Photo and Video)

NETWORKING

Post and comment in the main Activity Feed, start an instant video chat with other guests, post questions and share ideas in any individual session you attend. Discussion channels by topic are also available in the accompanying app for your mobile device.

How does a Virtual Summit work?

NANPA’s Virtual Summit is being hosted on the Attendify platform. You’ll be able to login to the 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.

ADD A PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Virtual Summit attendees can add a portfolio review with a professional photographer, agent, or editor at checkout. A 30-minute review, up to 5 images, is just $45. LEARN MORE >