We're nature photographers

We're nature photographers

We share a desire to photograph what's beautiful, threatened, and unique in the natural world. We believe in the power of storytelling to effect change.

Whether you're a professional nature photographer, hobbyist, retailer, publisher, conservationist, or other nature photography enthusiast, you'll find inspiration, resources, and opportunities here.

Don Larkin
2021 Showcase Top 100 Winner

Get to know our members

Get to know our members

Meet some of our members and check out the work they've chosen to share with you.

Yaron Schmid
2021 Showcase Top 100 Winner

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Member portfolios

Meet some of our members and check out the work they’ve chosen to share with you. To view the full membership directory, you must be logged in as a NANPA member.

Events

Webinars

Learn online about the art, business, and tools of nature photography

Choose from a wide variety of topics: composition, post processing, gear demos, tips and techniques, exhibits, managing projects, and more. Some live webinars are open to the public while others are members-only events. Members have access to the full library of recorded webinars. 

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Regional field events

Explore specific destinations in small groups led by experts

Get into the field with other nature photographers, led by a professional familiar with the area, its subject matter, and its photographic challenges and opportunities. One-on-one support is available if desired.

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Photo by Janice Braud

Nature Photography Summit

Connect and learn from experts and colleagues

Gather with us in odd-numbered years for inspirational keynote presentations by the world’s top nature photographers. Plus portfolio reviews, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities.

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Nature Photography Day

Celebrate nature photography with us every June 15

Promote the enjoyment of nature photography and share how images are used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes both locally and globally.

#NaturePhotographyDay

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Resources

Find inspiration and learn more about nature photography in our blog.
How I got the shotShowcaseShowcase 2022Wildlife
March 16, 2022

Showcase 2022 Winner: Cameron Azad

Showcase 2022 Winner: Cameron Azad Artist's statement The Cape starling is an attractive but relatively common bird in many parts of Africa. In shadow, the bird is mostly unremarkable, but…
Citizen ScienceConservationGet InvolvedWildlife
March 14, 2022

Cornell Lab Chooses Top Bird Photos

Screenshot of Cornell Lab of Ornithology's announcement of their top 90 bird photos. By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator Most nature photographers know the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the…
AwardsShowcaseShowcase 2022Tips and techniquesTravel and destinationsWildlife
March 11, 2022

Showcase 2022 Winner: Corey Raffel

A Feral Apple Snail is Gripped Tightly in the Talons of a Snail Kite, 2022 Showcase First Runner-Up, Conservation © Corey Rafel Artist's statement I like this image as the…

Free handbooks

Get insider tips and insights from our most experienced members on a wide range of topics including birds, conservation, business, and more.

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Tune into our podcast in collaboration with Wild & Exposed. Subscribe and listen to learn about photographers, their field adventures, and their best advice for you.

Contests

Members only

Showcase competition

Enter starting August 1 each year

Get inspired by our annual juried photo competition featuring some of the best work produced by NANPA members.

The Top 250 images are selected from thousands of entries across six categories: mammals, birds, landscapes, conservation, altered reality, and macro/micro/other wildlife.

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Wendy Kaveney

Wendy Kaveney
2022 Showcase Best in Category,
Altered Reality

Cheryl Medow

Cheryl Medow
2022 Showcase, Runner-up
Altered Reality

Dave Hattori

Dave Hattori
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice
Altered Reality

Sylvia Hosie

Sylvia A. Hosie
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice
Altered Reality

Jeremy Burnham

Jeremy Burnham
2022 Showcase Best in Category
Birds

Cameron Azad

Cameron Azad
2022 Showcase Runner-up
Birds

Brian Caldwell

Brian Caldwell
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice
Birds

Dana Henry

Dana Henry
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Birds

Edgar Molina

Edgar Molina
2022 Showcase Best in Category,
Conservation

Corey Raffel

Corey Raffel
2022 Showcase Runner-up,
Conservation

Celia Kujala

Celia Kujala
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Conservation

Christina Selby

Christina Selby
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Conservation

Barry Brown

Barry B. Brown
2022 Showcase Best in Category,
Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry
2022 Showcase Runner-up,
Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife

Alex Rose

Alex Rose
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife

James Zablotny

James Zablotny
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife

Tom Ingram

Tom Ingram
2022 Showcase Best in Category,
Mammals

Celia Kujala

Celia Kujala
2022 Showcase Runner-up,
Mammals

Anita Ross

Anita Ross
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Mammals

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Mammals

Greg Vaughn

Greg Vaughn
2022 Showcase Best in Category,
Scapes

Robb Hirsch

Rob Hirsch
2022 Showcase Runner-up,
Scapes

Alice Cahill

Alice Cahill
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Scapes

Hector Astorga

Hector D. Astorga
2022 Showcase Judges' Choice,
Scapes

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View the Top 24 images from the 2022 Showcase competition, meet the winning photographers, and see more of their work. 

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Conservation projects

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Members’ conservation projects

Some of our members are using their images to raise awareness for a variety of conservation efforts. They are effecting change through documentaries, published texts, and other collaborative work that places scientists, policy makers, community activists, and photographers in communication with one another. 

Take a look at some of these member-submitted projects to see how conservation photography inspires action.

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Photo by Andrew Snyder

Community science opportunities

Put your photography to work for conservation projects throughout North America. NANPA’s Conservation Committee maintains this database of ongoing community science biodiversity projects that directly benefit from your nature photography.

Whether you like photographing songbirds, dragonflies, or even seahorses, there’s a project for you! 

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iNaturalist collection projects

You have countless photos of the natural world in your media library. These images—even the imperfect ones—have real and significant value to scientists that monitor biodiversity. 

Your field observations can support new understanding and discoveries. Connect with the scientific community through NANPA’s iNaturalist collection projects. 

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From our members

Gabby SalazarNANPA member since 2001

NANPA is an organization that I think helps people grow from wherever they are.

We have photo editors, professional photographers, and people that have just picked up a camera.

You can walk up to anyone and talk to them about how passionate you are about photography and they can help you get to the next level. I think that is one of the best things about our organization. We are an organization that shares.

Deanne CunninghamNANPA member since 1994

For me, NANPA has always been motivating and inspiring.

From the very first Summit meeting in Fort Myers to the [2015] Summit in San Diego, I have been inspired and motivated by not only the speakers, but also the editors, pros, and other members I have met and spoken with, some of whom have become very good friends and travel companions over the years.

No matter where you fit, in whatever level of photography, there is always something more you can learn. From articles, webinars, workshops, and Summits, NANPA provides a number of ways to inspire its members. I am a prime example.

Melissa GrooNANPA member since 2012

I like to think that my advocacy work for NANPA has helped build and support its reach and membership.

I definitely seek to inform other photographers about NANPA, and have been pleased to see quite a few become members.

Michael CohenNANPA member since 2008

I have been a member of NANPA for several years and insured under their program with Chubb. As a traveling photographer, I awoke to what may be a common nightmare, theft of the majority of my camera equipment from my van.

I immediately called Kristin, who promptly got the claim process started. Within a day or two I was contacted by an agent from Chubb for a statement. As soon as the police report was filed, I received a check. No fuss. If you own expensive camera equipment, I whole heartedly recommend NANPA’s insurance program.

Jim ClarkNANPA member since 1994

I waited and wished for years for there to be an organization dedicated and focused on nature photography. Then NANPA came along and changed my life. NANPA was instrumental in elevating my career as a professional nature photographer.

Clay BoltNANPA member since 2009

I think there is a great opportunity to use the organization to do a lot of good work for conservation and awareness of the natural world.