Click a name for speaker’s bio:
A naturalist, writer, teacher, and photographer, Kevin Adams has had a lifelong love affair with nature and the outdoors, and he enjoys sharing his passion with others. A photographer for nearly 30 years, Kevin is the author of nine books, including the bestselling North Carolina Waterfalls. In addition to photography, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and gazing at the night sky. A master night photographer, Kevin is the man behind the popular Digital After Dark® blog and the free Night Photography News eNewsletter. Often called the “MacGyver of Photography,” he has designed several unique products for night photographers. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, Patricia, their mischievous cats, Lucy and Titan, six chickens named after women on Star Trek, and a groundhog that lives under the house and eats Patricia’s flowers. To learn more about Kevin, please go to his website at www.kadamsphoto.com and visit him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kadamsphoto.
Ellen Anon is a freelance photographer, speaker and writer specializing in expressive photography. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and evolved into a full-time professional photographer in the mid-1990’s. Her images, based on nature, are sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract, but always designed to elicit emotions from the viewer. Her goal is to go beyond the ordinary in ways that stimulate others to appreciate the beauty and wonder of our Earth in a way that balances some of the stress of everyday life. Ellen’s images are included in collections in several countries and have been showcased in galleries, used in numerous publications (including Sierra Club’s Mother Earth and Inner Reflections calendars), as well as stock. She’s had multiple winning and commended images in international contests including four in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. Ellen is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, See It; Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity, Focal Press) as well as the Photoshop for Nature Photographers; A Workshop in a Book, series (Sybex). She creates eBooks and video training materials, leads photographic and post-processing workshops and is a featured speaker. Ellen is very honored to be a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. Her website is: http://www.ellenanon.com
A professional nature photographer for thirty-five years, Tom Blagden has concentrated his work primarily on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. Tom’s photographs have appeared in most national conservation calendars, as well as in numerous exhibits and magazines, including the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra. Tom’s photographs and writing are devoted to land protection and conservation issues, resulting in six books on South Carolina. Tom is also a recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award for his exhibit-format volume on Acadia National Park. He has recently followed this with a new release, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration by Rizzoli Publishers, March 2016. Tom has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina and the Lowcountry Land Trust. He also leads photography trips to the Grand Canyon. Tom is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photography Association. Tom lives in Charleston with his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sarah.
Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. She runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers. Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including AAA Journey, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published eight books that combine their photography and writing skills. Kathy’s photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by Farcountry Press. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout. Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Peru and Morocco through Strabo Tours.
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.
Michael and Lauri–his wife, business partner and assistant–divide their time between Alaska and northern New Mexico. The DeYoungs often weave photography with their other interests that include backpacking, whitewater paddling, skiing and snowshoeing, wilderness travel, and the enjoyment of just watching wildlife.
Jack Dykinga blends fine-art photography with documentary photojournalism. In 1971 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines. He also has published ten books that advocate for wilderness. These large-format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley.
In addition he authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, which is a “how to” guide for color landscape photography. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, is a compilation of his best Arizona images. His book IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon, released by Arizona Highways in 2008, reflects his love for Arizona. Jack’s latest book, Capture the Magic, released in 2013, delves into composition and the creative process. His next book, A Photographer’s Life, was released in the fall of 2016.
Dykinga’s fine-art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective, which were shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Jack and other photographers from all over the world have worked with the International League of Conservation Photographers to highlight potential environmental degradation. In April 2010 his image, “Stone Canyon,” was selected as one of the forty best nature photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers. In 2011 NANPA gave him The Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award. He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona.
Katherine is an American-born Chinese. Veterinary medicine was her first career. Over time her love for animals has led to her activism in helping to save endangered species, specifically in China. Her images have helped protect China’s giant pandas, langurs, gibbons, golden monkeys, and migratory birds. This work has caused her to be published internationally. She has given presentations in the U.S. and China, and is a Senior Fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.
Sean specializes in nature and conservation photography. His clients include Texas Audubon and Texas Nature Conservancy and a variety of other organizations. Sean’s images have been widely published and his fine art photography is featured in numerous private and commercial collections, including hospitals, banks, and convention centers, His images have been featured on the Bravo Network, his career has been profiled by Professional Photographer, Art Wolfe chose Sean as a Rising Star, and CBS News recently named Sean one of the 10 emerging artists in the Dallas area. Sean has won the Wildlife in Focus Photo Contest twice, the international World in Focus Contest and numerous other regional contests. Sean also teaches photography and leads photo tours and workshops on his own and with Ted Turner, Inc. He lives and works from a studio in Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas, and is currently working on projects documenting the urban ecosystem of the Trinity River near his home, the endangered Blackland prairie, and Vermejo Park Ranch. He is a past president of NANPA and a NANPA member since 1999. His images can be found at www.seanfitzgerald.com.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Michael Forsberg is a conservation photographer, author and speaker focusing on prairie wildlife, grasslands and watersheds in North America’s Great Plains. Mike is a co-founder of the Platte Basin Timelapse Project, and currently serves on faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is Senior Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and is represented by National Geographic Creative. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his family, a cat, and three unruly dogs.
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.
Travel and Nature photographer Rob Knight has been a professional artist for nearly thirty years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator since 2010. Rob is a member of the Panasonic LUMIX Luminary team and a Manfrotto Ambassador. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and he was a finalist for the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s “Photoshop Guru” award for photography in 2008 and 2009. His Lightroom training includes the Essentials for Lightroom app for iOS and countless classes and workshops. Rob has published two books, Snapshots to Great Shots: LUMIX GX7 & GM1 and The Enthusiast’s Guide to the LUMIX LX100. http://robknightphotography.com/
Capturing intimate images of wildlife and a variety of other natural subjects in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Bill’s photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of black bear behavior, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florida Everglades, and southern ecosystems. More than 7,000 of Bill’s photos have been published. He has been leading photo tours and workshops since 1992. Bill authored a coffee-table book titled Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio, and co-authored Great Smoky Mountains Wonder & Light and The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography. His most popular book, Cades Cove–Window to a Secret World is in its fourth printing. Bill spent six years photographing, researching, writing, and designing his latest book titled The Everglades–Where Wonders Only Whisper. Bill spends most of his time advocating on behalf of bears. In an attempt to share what he has learned, Bill post’s a daily photo and message about bears on his Facebook page. When asked what he would like most to achieve through his photography, Bill replies, “I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for black bears, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator.”
Joe and Mary Ann are both award winning wildlife and nature photographers with wins in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Nature’s Best and other national and international competitions. Most recently Joe won 1st place in Mammal Behavior in the BBC Competition in 2013 with a photograph of a pair of mating, and spatting, jaguars. Both have been published in many of the top wildlife and nature magazines, both have written numerous magazine articles throughout the years and both have written books with Mary Ann concentrating on children’s natural history books and Joe writing several how-to photography books.
After working together for 30 years, and finishing 100 treks for the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Joe and Mary Ann are two of the more venerable wildlife photographers in the business. Joe is a founding member of NANPA, both are NANPA fellows, Mary Ann has emceed several summits in the past and they have been keynote speakers as well. The pair lead photography tours around the world to Africa, India, South and Central America, the Falklands, and to several places here in North America as well as teach photography workshops at their home in Hoot Hollow, Pennsylvania.
Joe has been photographing wildlife and nature since 1966, when he began with images of his turtles, lizards, and snakes while a high school freshman. Since then, he’s been published in every natural history publication in the U.S. He is a former columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and is a contributing editor for Nature Photographer magazine. In the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Joe has had winning photographs on eight different occasions. He is the author of nine books and one ebook. One of his latest books, Creatures of the Night, will be especially relevant for the NANPA Summit.
Joe is well known for his expertise in electronic flash and for remote, unmanned photography. He and his wife Mary Ann conduct their Digital Complete Nature Photo Course and Advanced (Flash) Course at their studio at Hoot Hollow, in central Pennsylvania, where they have hosted students and photographers from around the world. Joe is a founding member of NANPA, is a NANPA fellow and a former Board of Directors member.
John Nuhn is the former photography editor and later photography director of National Wildlife magazine, the flagship award-winning publication of the National Wildlife Federation. In 2013, after nearly five decades in the publishing industry, including 34 years selecting and managing the photography at National Wildlife, he left the magazine to pursue his own projects while remaining active in the industry. Until its end in 2002, John also served as photo editor of NW’s sister publication, International Wildlife.
Early in his professional career, he was associate and then managing editor of a small book publishing company. A self-taught photographer who was also photo editor of his high school and college publications, John is one of NANPA’s founders and a past president of both NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, which he heads as president once more. He also is chair of NANPA’s History Committee and has served on its Communications, Ethics and Membership committees. John is a charter affiliate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and currently serves on its board. He also is a past national board member of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP). He has been a speaker, panelist and judge at numerous forums nationwide.
Steven David Johnson chairs the Visual & Communication Arts and Theater Department at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His photography of the natural world has appeared in Orion, BBC Focus Magazine, National Geographic Kids books, National Science Teachers Association Press books, and numerous conservation publications and journals. He is a board member of the Virginia Wilderness Committee.
In 2013, he introduced a new university course in Conservation Photography. Topics include aesthetic responses to the natural world, visual documentation of ecosystems, and an exploration of the relationship between human communities and the natural world. In the course of the semester, students work on a major real-world project in partnership with regional conservation organizations.
When not in the office, you’ll probably find Steve half-immersed in a vernal pond photographing Appalachian salamanders.
I began my photography career in the advertising arena as a graphic designer, moved on to art directing, then became the director of photography for… well, let’s just say more years than I care to admit!
I have been fortunate to work with the best photographers, designers, artists and clients in the business. While I had more fun than anyone should have at work, my retreats to the wilderness were even better. So I traded in the long hours and endless days of the corporate world for the more alluring 4 a.m. alarm clock to catch the sunrise. I replaced my designer shoes with fashionable waterproof boots, and the models have become bison and grizzlies (and far less demanding). Photography is now a journey, it’s about the destination and its uniqueness, the world at its best. Put simply, it’s photography inspired by nature. So although now I think of myself as the Wildlife Whisperer, I still enjoy the usual tromp through the airport–but at least my luggage is lighter.
Jennifer has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Camera in the Wild, Our State magazine, South x Southeast magazine, and the Smoky Mountains Journal of Photography. Recently 500px named her as 1 of 15 amazing women to follow. In cooperation with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Jennifer also founded Photography for the Fight Against Breast Cancer, which you can find online.
George is one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers, and he’s a leader in the field of digital imaging. He’s authored many books and is the field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His work is extensively published and exhibited, and his stock photography is represented by Getty Images, Corbis, and Photo Researchers.
George is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light and Printmasters programs, which feature 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. Lepp is a NANPA founder and Fellow, and among his many other honors is the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award.
First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, George later earned a BA and an honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography. George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon, and can be contacted through his website, www.GeorgeLepp.com.
It all started in 2001 when Mike decided to purchase a used 35mm camera and some lenses from eBay. He had spent most of his life pursuing adventures in the outdoors and thought nature photography would be a great way to spend time in the woods and fields. Little did he know that by 2004 he would be starting a part-time photography business, which would become his full-time business by 2008.
His images and articles have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best, Nature Photographer, Photolife, PC Photo, Shutterbug, NANPA’s Expressions books, and many more. He has won numerous local and international awards. Mike is featured as a “Macro Master” on the Tamron website, and is a member of the Tamron Image Masters. Mike travels the country teaching macro workshops to hundreds of attendees, and offers macro how-to e-books, online how-to videos, and mentoring courses. His website is www.tinylandscapes.com and his blog address is www.mikemoatsblog.com. His online store site is www.macrostoreonline.com.
Born and raised in Scotland, as a youth Robin Moore spent his summers chasing frogs and newts. This early interest led him to earn a PhD in biodiversity conservation. Robin says that when he was 20 he ventured to the steamy jungles of West Africa to collect and dissect chameleon poo. The experience whet his appetite for exploration as well as to help protect these incredible places bubbling with life.
In recent years Robin discovered the potential of photography and storytelling to connect a message with a broad audience. In 2014 he published his first book, In Search of Lost Frogs, a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images that depict his search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth.
Robin is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Communications Director with Global Wildlife Conservation, and he helped to build the Amphibian Survival Alliance. In 2010 he co-founded Frame of Mind to empower youth to connect with their natural and cultural worlds through photography and visual storytelling.
Magazines where his images have appeared include National Geographic, the Economist, Esquire, the Telegraph, Photo District News, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Wanderlust, Terre Sauvage, Conservation, and TIME for Kids, among others. His images also have won many awards, and galleries in London, Los Angeles, and New Zealand have represented his work.
David grew up in Maryland and currently resides in Saint Augustine, Florida with his wife, daughter and dog Riser. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and is an FAA-certified Part 107 Remote Pilot as well as a drone photography enthusiast. He is a 10-year veteran of the active Army and still serves part-time. He’s traveled globally including New Zealand (seven times), Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Afghanistan, UAE, Alaska and Germany. Fueled by his passion for drone photography David has fearlessly ventured near gators, and, by low-hanging Spanish moss and tight spaces with his drone in order to get that perfect shot. His photography is organic, uses natural light and can only be captured by a drone. Currently the Director of Business Development for ProSky Studio, a commercial drone company, David develops strategic initiatives, marketing and human resources. David is also Founder of the Northeast Florida Drone Alliance, a group of professionals that help advance policy, public education and safe airspace integration.
Norbert Rosing followed three different career paths before he decided in 1992 to turn his hobby into his job. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional animal and nature photographer. He started as a businessman, then became a soldier, then a nurse. Becoming a photographer was a profound decision that would influence his whole life. Towards the end of the eighties his focus became: The kingdom of the polar bears. Yet Norbert is as fascinated by the Yellowstone National Park and nature on his doorstep in his native Germany as he is by the Artic.
His images have been used by major magazines and publishing houses worldwide. Over 20 stories were published by the National Geographic magazine. He has appeared in TV talk shows and has been a lecturer for many years. His images also have received awards from renowned competitions.
Grover is Vice President and Co-Founder of PhotoShelter, and his current responsibilities include photography business education through live speaking engagements, and product strategy and development. Before PhotoShelter, Grover served in management roles at several large-scale online productions including ChicagoTribune.com, NBCOlympics.com, and FinalFour.net. Grover is a founder and Executive Producer of SportsShooter.com, the largest sports photography website on the Internet, and also operates TasteTequila.com to serve his primary non-photography passion. Grover studied Photography and Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Ohio University, and worked as a staff photographer for several newspapers in Michigan before turning his attention to technology projects serving the photography world. Grover lives in Sonoma, California, with his wife, Scarlet.
Mary Virginia Swanson is the Executive Director of LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, held annually in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is an author and educator who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Swanson lectures annually at PhotoPlus Expo and the National Meeting of the Society for Photographic Education. She is a sought-after portfolio reviewer at such events as FotoFest, Photolucida and PhotoNola. Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014). Her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs (2016).” Mary Virginia’s web site is www.mvswanson.com and her Instagram account is @maryvirginiaswanson. LOOK3 Festival of the Photography’s site is www.look3.org
Carlton Ward Jr is an acclaimed photographer, National Geographic Explorer and the current Rolex Artist-in-Exploration of the Explorers Club. His photographs are widely exhibited and collected and have been published in newspapers and magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Nature Conservancy and National Geographic. Carlton began his career working with the Smithsonian Institution in Central Africa, leading to his first book, The Edge of Africa, and a photography exhibit with the United Nations. In 2004, he retrained his focus on his native Florida, motivated by eight generations of family heritage and a drive to bring new attention to the under appreciated wild heart of the state. Carlton published Florida Cowboys in 2009 and founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor project in 2012. With fellow explorers Mallory Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie, he has since trekked more than 2,000 miles through the Corridor to showcase a statewide vision to keep Florida wild. Both expeditions produced award-winning books, PBS films and widespread outreach. Carlton was named Photographer of the Year by Audubon of Florida in 2012 was given the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida in 2015. He is currently working on a project with National Geographic to photograph the Florida panther. Please visit CarltonWard.com and follow @CarltonWard on Instagram.
Over the course of his career, award-winning photographer Art Wolfe (www.artwolfe.com) has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing natural and cultural treasures and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe’s photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition, and perspective, and his photographic mission is multifaceted—art, wildlife advocacy, and journalism all inform his work. He lives in Seattle.
A tropical ecologist by training, he has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and for the past 12 years has been Associate for communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. On assignment with the Smithsonian, Christian photographed A Magic Web, an award-winning coffee table book on tropical ecology. More recently he published Deceptive Beauties, a book about wild orchids.
He is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Christian’s work has been awarded prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2008 NANPA honored him with the Vision Award. He has also won four world Press Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Christian lives on the edge of a rainforest national park in Central Panama from where he starts his adventures around the world. His website is www.naturphoto.de.