Sandy Zelasko

Breakout Session | The Salton Sea Story: History & Hope

Sandy Zelasko

Sandy Zelasko, self-taught photographer, Sandra Lee Photography since 1992, devotes her attention to wildlife conservation through land acquisition. She unselfishly shares her wildlife photography to educate, her organizational skills to fundraise, and her curiosity to study environmental issues where wildlife preservation is a key factor.

Zelasko’s passion for wildlife was her motivation to partner with the Friends of Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve’s capitol campaign, targeted to acquire crucial property for a wildlife corridor in north San Diego County. From art donation to extensive behind-the-scene preparation, her efforts helped raise over $40,000 toward the purchase but more importantly raised public awareness for the project.

At her office in Valley Center, CA, Zelasko continues to build a portfolio of conservation endeavors. Dedicated research for The Salton Sea Story uncovered a new understanding of the complex restoration needs in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Although the outcome for the sea and its complicated issues is far from certain, Zelasko remains positive and focused on solutions beneficial to our wild neighbors and their fragile ecosystem.

Sandy leads The Salton Sea Story at 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Jennifer Leigh Warner

Breakout Session | Ethics and the Nature Photographer

Jennifer Leigh Warner is a Fine Art Conservation Wildlife Photographer living in California and specializes in creating meaningful images that convey a message of hope for the natural world. Jennifer feels strongly that by sharing these images of beautiful animals in their natural environment, she can inspire those around her to protect the environment that they live in. As the Committee Chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee, Jennifer promotes the ethical practice of photographing wildlife.

Born and raised in the state of Washington, Jennifer learned to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around her in the Pacific Northwest. She spent most of her formative years traveling around the world gaining an admiration for the diversity of the unique places of this planet. Jennifer started studying photography at an early age with an interest in capturing the natural places and creatures that inhabit this world. After graduating from Washington State University in 2005 she set off on her mission to preserve the world around her.

You can learn more about Jennifer and the conservation work that she does by visiting her website

Jennifer leads Ethics and the Nature Photographer at 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Andrew Snyder

Breakout Session | The Conservation Committee: How NANPA Members Can Use Their Images for Conservation

Andrew Snyder

Andrew Snyder is both a conservation biologist and a photographer. Andrew earned his PhD at the University of Mississippi exploring species diversity and endemism in the Guiana Shield in South America and has spent many years living and working in tropical rainforests. He has participated in conservation expeditions for organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and Global Wildlife Conservation. In addition to his research, Andrew’s photography raises awareness about tropical biodiversity and looming conservation threats.

Andrew leads The Conservation Committee: How NANPA Members Can Use Their Images for Conservation at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 22.

John Shaw

Breakout Session | In the Mind of John Shaw

John has been a professional nature photographer since the early 1970s. His work has been published in many publications and books, including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. In 1997 he received the first-ever Outstanding Photographer Award given by NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association). Nikon chose him as a featured Legend Behind the Lens in 2002, while Microsoft designated him an Icon of Imaging in 2006. He has been part of Epson’s Stylus Pro fine art print makers group since 2001.

John has published six books on nature photography, eight eBooks on Photoshop and Lightroom, plus two eBooks of photographs. A new work, John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography, was published in 2015. He has photographed on every continent, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia.

John is the recipient of NANPA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Kathy Adams Clark will interview him during this breakout session at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Wendy Shattil

Breakout Session | Do Your Images Have a Future?

Wendy Shattil, Photographer

Wendy Shattil has succeeded as a full-time professional wildlife and conservation photographer for over three decades. She is an international award winner, known for creating provocative images with mood and humor, and the first woman awarded Grand Prize in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photo contest, England’s Photographer of the Year Competition.

Wendy is driven by her desire to produce thoughtful images that influence people to care for the world we live in and has used this talent in her publications, lectures, tours, and assignments. Teaming with her partner and husband (now deceased), Bob Rozinski, Wendy has published 15 books and compiled more than 300,000 stock images of nature and wildlife.

Wendy and Bob were named Senior Fellows in the International League of Conservation Photographers, Department Associates for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and twice were Artists in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. Together, the team received NANPA’s Philip Hyde Grant for environmental photography, Denver Audubon’s Environmental Stewardship Award and the Colorado Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award.

In addition to photographing, Wendy originates and administers photo competitions including NANPA’s Showcase and is managing editor of Cloud Ridge Publishing, acting as project manager and photo editor.

Wendy Shattil leads Do Your Images Have a Future? at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 22.

Ron Rosenstock

Breakout Session | Photography as a Spiritual Practice

Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock is a professional photographer who studied photography with Minor White from 1967 to 1973. He has had over 150 exhibits in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Rosenstock has published six books that feature his photographs and has written articles for photography magazines worldwide.

Rosenstock has been teaching photographic vision and photography as a spiritual practice since 1969. He says, “My photographs are an attempt to understand the process of creation. They represent a personal search for answers to which the questions as well as the answers are wordless. I regard photography not just as a way of seeing but as a way of living, a search or an exploration.”

Ron leads Photography as a Spiritual Practice at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Charles Needle

Breakout Session | Creative Macro Photography

Charles Needle

Charles Needle is a fine-art photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).  This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.

Charles has authored three instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).

An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher, he has three international workshops. One is in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, for 15 years in a row, with exclusive private access. The others are in Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens and Canada’s Butchart Gardens. Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and NANPA Showcase Award winner eight years in a row.

To learn more about Charles’ work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings,

Charles leads Creative Macro Photography at 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Sean Fitzgerald

Breakout Session | Copyright for Nature Photographers

Sean Fitzgerald Headshot. Photo by Art Wolfe.

Sean is a Texas-based nature and conservation photographer who strives to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative and surreal, images that evoke reaction, provoke emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects widely vary, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife, and the impact of man on both.

Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of publications, and his fine-art prints are found in art collections and large-scale installations across the country. He has won numerous regional and national photo contests, including the Wildlife in Focus Contest (twice), Texas Tech University’s High and Dry Contest, and PhotoMedia’s World in Focus contest. He received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival. Bravo Network featured Sean’s artwork on several home redesign shows,Professional Photographer Magazine featured him and his career, and CBS News named him one of 10 best emerging artists in the Dallas area.

Sean also leads photo workshops for Ted Turner Expeditions. He is past president and current board member of the North American Nature Photography Association. You can see more of his images

Sean leads Copyright for Nature Photographers at 3:30 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

He also co-leads, with Kathy Adams Clark and Richard Day, the Vegas Lights Night Walk, an optional add-on workshop taking place after the official close of the Summit on Sunday, February 24, 5:00 – 7:30 pm.