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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The 2023 Nature Photography Summit Is Coming

Early Bird Registration Ends This Month!

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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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Photo by Krisztina Scheeff

Photo by Krisztina Scheeff

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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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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Resources

Find inspiration and learn more about nature photography in our blog.
Tips and techniquesTravel and destinations
February 2, 2023

The Charm of Italy, Part 2

Views of the lovely Amalfi Coast looking south from the summit of Mt. Solaro, Anacapri, Isle of Capri, Italy. © Jerry Ginsberg Capri and Naples Bay By Jerry Ginsberg In…
AdvocacyCopyright
February 1, 2023

Are Watermarks Irrelevant?

Screenshot taken 2.1.2023 By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Marketing, Communications & Blog Coordinator As if it’s not bad enough that artificial intelligence (AI) apps are often trained using copyright-protected art, or…
How I got the shotShowcase
January 31, 2023

2023 Showcase Winner: Ian S. Frazier

Islands of Seaweed, Point Lobos Natural Reserve, California, 2023 Showcase Best in Category, Scapes © Ian S. Frazier Best in Category: Mammals Why is this photo special? I made this…

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

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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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Collage of top images from Showcase 2023

View the Top 26 images from the 2023 Showcase competition, meet the winning photographers, and see more of their work. 

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Be a part of a network that celebrates nature. Our members document nature to communicate its beauty and to help protect it. Their photos make a difference for the natural world.

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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.