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This talk is based on Ellen’s latest book, See It: Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity. After earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and practicing as a psychologist, Ellen began working part-time in photography. She helped to lead workshops, wrote articles, edited and authored books and gradually evolved into a full-time professional photographer in the mid 1990's. Her images are always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. They are showcased in galleries, such as the online Jaynes Gallery, and have been used in numerous publications including the Sierra Club's Mother Earth and Inner Reflections calendars. She also has had winning and commended images in international contests including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Windland Rice Nature's Best competitions. Her other books are Photoshop for Nature Photographers, A Workshop in a Book, and Aperture 3; Portable Genius, all written with her son, Josh, also a Jaynes Gallery photographer. She leads photographic and technical workshops, creates video training materials, and is on the SanDisk Extreme Team. Her website is http://www.ellenanon.com.
Photo by Mark Godfrey
Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer who specializes in macro and close-up photography of southern Appalachian biodiversity. His emphasis is on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. His images and projects have been featured by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife and many others. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).
In 2009 Clay co-founded the international nature photography project "Meet Your Neighbours" (www.meetyourneighbours.net), which has grown to include dozens of photographers who represent locations around the world. The mission at MYN is to reconnect people with the wildlife that lives within their own communities. In 2012, in partnership with The Highlands Biological Foundation, he co-founded Backyard Naturalists, whose mission is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world in children through science, art and technology. Clay's current major focus is on North America's native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives.
Clay is passionate about spreading the message that a connection to nature begins at home. He always seeks new ways to promote this concept through his photography, writing, presentations and community involvement. For the past decade Clay has regularly partnered with organizations to develop imagery that can be used to support conservation. In 2008 Clay's images were successfully used by The Nature Conservancy to illustrate their campaign to protect The Nine Times Tract in the mountains of South Carolina. This area has been called one of the most botanically rich sites in the southeastern United States. He currently serves on NANPA’s Board of Directors. Learn more at www.claybolt.com.
Aerial Nature: Using Unmanned Aircraft for a New Perspective
Boot Camp: From the Microscopic to the Massive: Photographing Underwater Wildlife
Eric is Director of Aerial Imaging for DJI, a company that manufactures and sells remote-controlled multicopters. He specializes in underwater and, not surprisingly, photography. His underwater images have won contests such as the prestigious Nature's Best Magazine photo competition, which has placed some of his work in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Eric's photography has been seen in over a hundred magazines and books worldwide.
Eric also is the publisher of Wetpixel, an online news site and forum for underwater photographers. In 2007 he co-launched Wetpixel Quarterly, a magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography tours and workshops around the world. He’s on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers and the Board of Advisors for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was also head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd's 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, which was featured in season two of the hit TV show, Whale Wars. He holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University. His website is www.echengphoto.com.
Surviving in the Nature Photography Industry: Will You Be Here in Ten Years?
Boot Camp: Establishing Your Nature Photography Business
Photo by Woody Walters
A past president of NANPA, Kathy is the founder and owner of KAC Productions, full-service stock agency offering rights-managed nature photography and photography courses. She started the company in 1995 after a career in human resources. Her photos have appeared in many publications including Birder's World, Ranger Rick, The New York Times and National Geographic Books. Kathy’s books include Photographing Big Bend National Park, Portrait of Houston, and Basic Photography eBook. Her photos appear in her husband Gary Clark’s book, Enjoying Big Bend National Park. Gary and Kathy were awarded the 2010 Synergy Award for Environment Excellence by the Citizen's Environmental Coalition. In addition they were recognized for outstanding efforts in the field of environmental reporting for their weekly "Nature" column published in the Houston Chronicle newspaper. Kathy also leads photo tours for Strabo Tours and speaks frequently at association meetings and nature festivals. Her website is http://www.kathyadamsclark.com.
Jamie’s images range from macro and abstracts to intimate, grand and rural landscapes in color and infrared. She is a NANPA Board member and the 2013 Summit chair, and also is a member of the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. She teaches classes at ASAP Photo & Camera in Greenville, NC, and shares her love of nature through programs for camera clubs and organizations throughout the Southeast. Her work has been exhibited in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and regional juried shows. Her images have appeared in Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, Impressions magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River Poetry, and the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina. Jamie leads photo workshops throughout the Southeast. Her website is http://www.newlifephotos.com.
Danita Delimont is a photo agent representing worldwide travel, nature and culture from 300 globally-based photographers. She brings over 25 years of experience in licensing stock images to a broad base of editorial, travel and advertising 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. Danita@DanitaDelimont.com
In recent years, Suzi’s focus has been to document the family life of endangered species, especially newborn animals. Although she works primarily in Africa, she has undertaken commissions and led instructional photography tours and workshops all over the world. Her photographs have been published in books, magazines and newspapers, including many feature stories and front covers in TIME, GEO, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Popular Photography, GoodMorningAmerica.com, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids and many more.
Suzi is the author of the children's book series, Eye on the Wild, and photographer for the book A Future for Cheetahs by Dr. Laurie Marker. She has won awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, National Wildlife Photo Contest, and Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. Having recently become a Patron of the Sumatran Orangutan Society, Suzi also helps support the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Wildlife Conservation Network, International Rhino Foundation, TigerTime (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation), Kibale Chimpanzee Project, Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary, Center for Animal Protection and Education and other organizations. Her website is http://www.suzieszterhas.com.
Sean’s images have been widely published in books, magazines, calendars and more. His fine-art prints are found in private and corporate collections across the country, including banks, hotels, hospitals, and convention centers. He has won numerous awards and contests, including the international World in Focus photo contest, the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, Texas Tech University’s High and Dry competition, the City of Dallas Trinity River Photo Contest. Sean received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival and his career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and other publications. The Bravo Network has featured his artwork on several home redesign shows. He is currently working on projects to document and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Dallas’ urban Trinity River ecosystem and the vanishing Blackland Prairie. His website is http://www.seanfitzgerald.com.
A charter member and past president of NANPA, Richard has several photo exhibitions and publications to his credit. From time to time he teaches a workshop at the International Center of Photography in New York City. But in his day job Richard is a partner in the New York law firm McLaughlin & Stern. He has extensive experience in transactions relating to intellectual property and the arts, and has represented numerous authors, artists and photographers. His writing and lecturing have covered both U.S. and foreign corporate tax issues, as well as subjects related to entertainment, intellectual property and individual tax planning. He’s a contributing author to the Art Law Handbook.
NANPA’s executive director Susan Day says NANPA would not be as successful without Richard’s professional leadership and sharp legal mind. “He is a consultant at NANPA and NANPA Foundation board meetings,” says Susan. “Richard shares his editing and public speaking skills for NANPA’s benefit, and he spends countless hours on committees. He is an advocate for professional nature photographers and NANPA’s liaison with the photo industry on litigation,” she added. Richard earned a BA and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chip is a photographer and naturalist who is especially focused on the desert southwest. He was invited to provide photos of amphibians and insect specimens captured in the field, and to record and promote the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment. Chip has more than 25 years of experience photographing in medicine, the life sciences, and fine arts. His work has appeared in various publications including Spin, Ranger Rick, Cell & Tissue Research, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer and the Journal of Biological Photography. His photos also have hung in numerous galleries as well as natural history museums and botanical gardens. His website is http://www.charleshedgcock.com.
Morgan has degrees in zoology and environmental journalism. She gained international attention and conservation support for her project, CAT in WATER, about the fishing cats of Thailand. She recently completed a 10-part film series called “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” about the impacts of the bark beetle epidemic in Wyoming and Colorado. This year she formed OK, Possum! Productions to produce visual media packages about living with wildlife. From 2012-2014 she was a finalist in the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. Morgan is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, a trustee of The WILD Foundation, and her work has appeared in such publications as Smithsonian, National Parks, National Geographic NewsWatch, and BBC Wildlife. Her website is http://www.morganheim.com.
Photo by Paulette Mertes Studio
For over 20 years as a National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones has photographed around the globe. He also has published nine books and writes a column in Outdoor Photographer magazine that explores the spiritual side of photography. His articles have inspired amateur and professional photographers alike to shoot from their hearts as well as their heads. Besides photography and writing, he’s a film director and two of his films were nominated for Academy Awards.
A renowned lecturer and practical philosopher, Dewitt has encouraged audiences across the country not just to capture great images, but to seek equally great experiences that expose their souls as well as their digital sensor. The inspiration that fires his creativity makes his presentations both positive and uplifting.
Roman was given his first camera while attending a New York art school over 30 years ago, and “That changed the direction of my life forever. The camera allowed me to combine my love of our natural world by giving me the tool to capture all that beauty in an artistic way.” In the interim Roman has won numerous local and national awards, but believes his greatest achievement came 10 years ago by forming his own photography tour company, Roamin’ with Roman. His small-group tours include both domestic and foreign destinations. He has published two e-books: Nighttime Landscape and Macro Photography. He’s a member of the Sigma Pro Team and travels across the country giving lectures and workshops for Sigma. In November 2013 Roman was the keynote speaker at the Chicago area photographers’ conference. His website is www.roaminwithroman.com.
Photo by Paul Schraub
Frans Lanting has been with NANPA since its creation and is a founding member. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world--and never turned back. For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.
Lanting has received many awards for his work, including top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. Lanting has also been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London and is a recipient of Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award. In 2001,H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor.
Lanting’s mission is to use photography to help create leverage for conservation efforts ranging from local initiatives to global campaigns, through his publications, alliances, public appearances, and active support of environmental organizations. He serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and on the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International. He is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
Photo by Dena Seidel
Chris is an oceanographer who uses photography as a tool to educate and inspire the public about science and conservation issues. He has documented 37 scientific expeditions, including 21 to the polar regions. His images have been featured in museum exhibits including the Field Museum and the Smithsonian. He wrote a book, Science on Ice, and has awards from the BBC, Nature's Best, and International Conservation Photography competitions. He’s also a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His website is http://www.chrislinder.com.
Scott Mead, literally grew up with a camera in hand and lava-toughened feet, shooting the wonderment of Hawaii since 1975. His images have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Hawaii Magazine, Maui No Ka Oi, Motor Trend, Automotive Traveler, Auto Week, CAR, and Truck Trend. He is the author of The Magic of Maui - Ka Makahehi o Maui, and has contributed to numerous books and online magazines. A Hahnemüle FineArt artist in residence and Certified Studio, Mead is a virtuoso at the use and manipulation of light, as he carefully selects his subjects and locations to optimize the ever-changing luminosity and atmospheric conditions that the Islands present. Tempered by patience and uncanny timing, his images depict an intense variation of light, fluidity and motion, capturing the pure essence and mana of Hawai'i through the lens.
Photo by Jim Sugar
Widely regarded as the premier whale photographer of the world, Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic contributing photographer, been diving since 1963. His ability to free dive to depths of up to 90 feet (27 meters) allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it.
Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer who taught his sons to become scuba divers. At the age of 16, Nicklin was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of southern California.
His first work with the National Geographic Society came in 1976 when he was signed on as a deckhand and diving assistant for a three-month shoot with photographers Bates Littlehales and Jonathan Blair. Every day he shot with the photographers, a dream for him. With the help of his mentors, two of Nicklin's images were published along with theirs in National Geographic.
Since then, Nicklin has gone on to photograph many articles for National Geographic. He is also the author of 3 National Geographic books, Whales Dolphins and Porpoise, Face to Face With Dolphins and Face to Face with Whales.
Since 1996, Nicklin has worked with Jim Darling in a study of humpback whales off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. He is a co-investigator, along with Ph.D. candidate, Meagan Jones.
Since 2012, he has worked with Golden Gate Cetacean Research, documenting the return of Harbor Porpoise to San Francisco Bay.
His most recent book is “Among Giants, a Life with Whales”. Flip was also awarded NANPA's 2012 Outstanding Photographer of the Year.
Fred is the general manager for Friesens. In business since 1907, Friesens customers include National Geographic, Smithsonian Books, The New York MET, the Guggenheim, and the Getty Museum. Friesens also provides complete self-publishing services. Fred began his career as a Kodak Technical Sales Representative for Professional Photographers. In 1985, the Professional Photographers of Canada awarded him a Craftsman of Photographic Arts for scenic/nature photography, and his lithographs have been presented to sixty world leaders by the U.S. government. More recently, Fred was Creative and Production Director for American Idol’s Commemorative Book: Backstory and Season 9 Highlights. He also was production director for school yearbooks that appeared on the television series, Glee, and in the Hollywood movie, America Pie – Reunion. Friesens website is www.books.friesens.com.
Ron has been conducting international photo tours since 1976. In association with Strabo Photo Tour Collection, he specializes in Ireland and Italy but also leads tours to Morocco, Iceland, New Zealand, Peru, Bhutan, Prague and the Czech Republic. In addition he leads domestic tours to Vinalhaven, Maine and Death Valley. His latest book is The Invisible Light, and his other books are Journeys, Hymns to the Earth, Chiostro, and The Light of Ireland. Ron’s website is http://www.ronrosenstock.com.
Melissa Ryan is Director of Photography for The Nature Conservancy’s award winning magazine, Nature Conservancy. Melissa oversees & implements the photographic vision for the bi-monthly magazine’s print and online editions.
Melissa works in close partnership with photographers to create & publish dynamic environmental conservation stories that reveal the connections between global natural resource use, scientific research, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Melissa has over 25 years of photo editing experience working on magazines, books, newspapers, and online projects. Prior to working at the Conservancy, she worked for National Geographic Books and edited 16 books on a wide range of subjects including natural history, travel, science, and culture. She began her career with a photojournalism degree from the University of Texas-Austin.
Nature Conservancy magazine is the flagship publication of The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization working worldwide to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
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.
Nature at the Borderlands: Using photography to tell the story of wildlife and wild lands at the US-Mexico border.
Krista is a conservation photographer, researcher and writer, working out of the Washington, D.C., metro area. Since obtaining a master’s degree in journalism in 1997 with a focus on photojournalism, Krista has contributed stories and photography to magazines, books and websites. These include National Parks, Defenders, High Country News, Ranger Rick, National Geographic News, Audubon, and Outdoor Photographer. Her stories have focused on wildlife like the desert tortoise, bison, prairie dog, and larger environmental issues including global warming, migration and freshwater shortages.
Krista’s project on the U.S. and Mexican border included leading the Borderlands RAVE, a 17-member expedition along the entire 2,000-mile border with fellow photographers in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Krista curated a traveling exhibit from that expedition that has been shown throughout the United States, including the U.S. House and Senate. She has also published a book about the borderlands called Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, which she is using to raise further awareness about the richness and vulnerability of the region. She has raised money to give a copy of the book to 250 members of the US Congress and the White House. This book was recognized as the “Best of the Best” of university presses by the American Library Association for 2012. Learn more about Krista on her Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Rob Sheppard is a naturalist, nature photographer and videographer who says his favorite location is the one he is in at any time. He is the author/photographer of over 40 books, as well as a well-known speaker and workshop leader, and a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association. He was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine and helped start PCPhoto (Digital Photo). Presently he is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer. He trained both as a photographer and a naturalist specializing in ecology and botany.
As author/photographer, Sheppard has written hundreds of articles about photography and nature, plus books including the Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, Digital Photographer’s Complete Guide to HD Video and the National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography.
Master of Ceremonies
Roy Toft is an author, biologist, natural-history educator, and a professional photographer. Roy spends nearly half of each year running Photo Tours and Workshops through his business Toft Photo Safaris & Gallery. Popular tour destinations include Brazil, Botswana, Alaska, and Costa Rica. Roy’s photography has received top honors in some of the most prestigious professional competitions in his genre including the London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Nature's Best. In 2007, Roy won first place and the Gerald Durrel Award for endangered species in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Nature, conservation and education have always been Roy's passions and since turning to photography full time in 1993, his work has focused on wild animals and their fragile environments. His publications include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Discover, Wildlife Conservation, Ranger Rick, and other natural history magazines and publications worldwide. His work is primarily represented by National Geographic Image collection and Getty. Roy's coffee table book "Where the Rainforest meets the Sea" highlights the magnificence of the Osa peninsula in the remote southwest of Costa Rica.
Sonia holds a Master's degree from Penn State University's Agricultural Science program and an B. S. from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture. Sonia has been with the Grant heilman Photography, Inc., since 1986 and has served as Preisdent and CEO since 1995. Grant Heilman Photography, Inc. is the world's most noted source of agricultural photography. The library holds more than a half-million images whose specialized subject matter allows us to offer the finest selection of agriculture, natural science, horticulture, wildlife, and special subject imagery that can be found.
Nevada Weir is an award winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Her journeys have taken her crisscrossing the globe in search of compelling travel experiences and images.
Her love and experience outdoors includes 20 years as Course Director/Instructor for Outward Bound, a boatman for AZRA on the Colorado River, and a ski instructor in New Hampshire.
Nevada has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, Outside, and Outdoor Photographer. She provides photo instruction and leads workshops for National Geographic and Santa Fe Workshops. She is a fantastic speaker and will motivate, entertain and amaze with stories of her travels and experiences.
Steve Winter, a photojournalist who specializes in wildlife, especially big cats, has worked with National Geographic since 1991 and serves as director of media for Panthera. Named Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year in 2012 by the BBC/ Natural History Museum, twice the recipient of the Picture of the Year International award, and winner of the World Press Photo contest in the nature story category, Winter lectures globally on photography and conservation issues. His first book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat, co-authored with Sharon Guynup and published by National Geographic Books came out in November 2013.
Nature’s Elusive Beauty–Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography
Pro Day: Making a Living as a Professional Photographer
Jennifer’s current focus is to create stunning images of the night sky and stars, and is co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark. Since January 2009, Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program. Her images have been published in Fortune, Popular Photography, Photo District News, Sierra Club, Sierra Styles, ProfiFoto, Outdoor Photography, Digital Photo, Shutterbug, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Time, Canon U.S.A., and many more. Her work has also been exhibited at nationally recognized galleries and art shows. She leads seminars and workshops in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur, Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia, Greenland and more. Jennifer has taught photography and digital imaging at The California State University of Sacramento. Her website is http://www.jenniferwu.com.