Nevada Wier – A Nomadic Vision

Program Description

Join photo explorer Nevada Wier to learn more about her evolution as one of the world’s top female nature travel photographers. Combining both images and video, she will share her pivotal travels, photo assignments, and an expedition down the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia for National Geographic magazine. She will conclude with her current work as a fine-art photographer.  Nevada’s work and her story are sure to amaze and inspire you.


Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer who documents the remote corners and cultures of the globe.  Here travel photography has been featured in the National Geographic Channel’s Through the Lens series as well as on episodes of National Geographic Explorer and the Travel Channel.

She has been published in national and international publications, including: National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Marie Claire, New York Times, and Smithsonian. Her fine-art photography is shown at numerous galleries, and can been seen online at She is currently working on a new book, A Nomadic Vision. Her website is .

Frans Lanting – 2014 Outstanding Photographer of the Year

To help celebrate NANPA’s 20th Anniversary, we are delighted to recognize Frans Lanting as our 2014 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year.

Frans has the ability to connect us with the lives of animals and show us the world through their eyes. His powerful personal perspective illuminates the big stories behind his images, which are drawn from three decades of work in wild places from the Amazon to Antarctica. Lanting’s presentations feature stunning images and thoughtful commentary on the challenges of global conservation and the role of photography in inspiring a new vision of our world.

Tonight he will present some of his images and share stories from his long and distinguished career.

Flip Nicklin – Among Giants: A Life with Whales

Charles “Flip” Nicklin has spent three decades photographing more than 30 species of whales and dolphins, and is considered by many to be the world’s premier whale photographer. In this talk he’ll reveal how humans view whales through an ever-changing lens.

 “This is an adventure story about what we have learned about whales and how we have learned it. I will cover the last 40 years and include species from right whales to blue whales, from sperm whales to narwhals,” said Nicklin, a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine.

 Nicklin’s family history is intertwined with whales: His great, great grandfather arrived in San Diego aboard the whaling ship Hopewell in 1845, when humans’ main tie to whales was hunting.

 In 1963 Nicklin’s father rescued a Bryde’s whale from fishing gear and was photographed atop it — a shot that became famous. “Though I had no idea at the time, this adventure set off a chain of events that put us in the middle of a movement to change our relationship with whales,” Nicklin said. Flip worked alongside his father on the 1979 whale IMAX film “Nomads of the Deep,” and built his career taking never-before-seen photos of whales alongside scientists.

Dewitt Jones -Celebrating What’s Right with the World!

For 20 years National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones has photographed for a wide range of stories around the globe. During this time Dewitt also has written a column in Outdoor Photographer magazine that has explored the spiritual side of photography. His articles have not just provided instruction, but also have inspired amateur and professional photographers alike to shoot from their hearts as well as their heads.

 A renowned lecturer, Dewitt has encouraged audiences across the country not just to capture great images, but to seek 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.

 Instead of focusing on the all too familiar environmental and other ills that beset our planet, Dewitt’s talk will highlight what he sees as the beneficial events and hopeful signs for the future. In this process he will share with us some of the best images and life lessons that he learned from his years as one of the world’s most gifted photographers. This will be an extraordinary event. Don’t miss it!

McAllen Summit Wrap-Up

NANPA Presidenmt Susan Day addresses the McAllen Summit.

NANPA President Susan Day addresses the McAllen Summit.

I just got home from our McAllen Summit, and as usual I return home with a renewed sense of photographic energy (though I’m down a few hours sleep!) The keynotes were inspiring and the breakout sessions educating, but I feel like I learned about a million things from the dozens of casual conversations I had with some of the several hundred other NANPA members in attendance.The networking aspect of NANPA Summits has always been worth the price of admission for me.

Thankfully, I don’t have to write a complete wrap-up here, as NANPA board member Charlie Borland has penned an excellent summary on his blog, I highly recommend you check it out.

Worth the Wait…Photo tips from Summit presenter Raymond Klass

Hovenweep Castle, Hovenweep National Monument, Utah, USA

Hovenweep Castle, Hovenweep National Monument, Utah, USA. (c) Raymond Klass

All too often, I see photographers packing up their equipment while there’s still ample light to create images.  Though I suppose I’ll never know the true reason, it isn’t too far fetched to believe that these photographers pack up because they’ve think they’ve gotten “the shot” – and maybe they have, but perhaps there’s something better on its way…  The point is that you’ll never know if you and your camera leave the location prematurely.

I had a serendipitous experience while shooting in the remote Hovenweep National Monument, located on the Utah and Colorado border, not terribly far from Mesa Verde.  I had set up camp in the nearby park service campground, and decided to head out in the late afternoon for some golden light on the ancient ruins.

My evening began like many others – with some nice rays illuminating the ancient stone structures.  As I worked the scene from various angles, I noticed an approaching storm on the horizon.  It was decision time – should I wait and see what develops, or pack up my equipment and return to camp?  I decided that since the storm seemed a long way off, I would wait a few minutes and leave before I was in any real danger from mesa-top lightning bolts. Continue reading