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NANPA High School Scholarship Program – Deadline March 30, 2018!

By March 26, 2018No Comments

Milkweed Bug on Flowers © Benjamin Urquhart


Encourage a High School Student to Dig Deeper Into Photography This Summer

It is always exciting to hear about the experiences of each class of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program. The 2018 program will take place in Tremont, Tennessee July 2-7 and the deadline to apply to participate is Friday, March 30.

Here are some comments from previous participants and, like the goosebumps they create, never get old:

“This was such an amazing, life-changing experience!” (2017 participant)

 Participating in NHSSP made me realize that photography can be the backbone to many advocacy efforts. While my experience with NHSSP exposed me to photography in nature conservation efforts, the realization carried over to college, where I ended up doing photo projects in conjunction with academic projects. (2009 participant)

 “I have learned so much useful camera, career and life knowledge. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more this week than I have in all my years of photography.” (2017 participant)

 “The NHSSP program drastically changed the way that I approached photography at the time. I had previously thought about it as a simple, fun activity that I enjoyed. NHSSP gave me really wonderful connections with an array of incredibly talented photographers. I have no doubt that this brought about a key change in my photography… after NHSSP, I went on to win several international awards, and more importantly, my photography dramatically improved.” (2006 participant)

 “Your support has provided me with so many opportunities to learn new things about photography, not only in my specialty, bird photography, but also in my newfound love, macro.” (2016 participant)

Waterfall. © Issac Spotts

 The high school program is certainly an opportunity for young people to improve their photography, and the “life information” and friendships students pick up from their week-long experience are added bonuses.

The agenda for the week typically includes learning on photography topics you’d expect such as composition, camera settings and shutter speed. But NANPA’s program goes far beyond the basics by teaching students how to photograph wildlife ethically and to be aware of how their presence impacts their subjects. Students also learn about post-production techniques and what constitutes ethical manipulation of editing. They utilize their beautiful, nature-filled surroundings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph bears and what they find in the park’s streams. There has even been a session on camera trapping added to some years’ schedules.

Bears in the Trees. © Cheyanne Yelle

Outings to the popular Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove in the park also provide hands-on opportunities to put students’ learnings into practice. Past cohorts of the program have shared their photography and observations with the iNaturalist program which shares findings with scientific data repositories to help scientists study the biodiversity of, in the high school program’s case, the Smoky Mountains area.

The high school program is one designed with a lot of purposes: photography, conservation, fun and learning. Encourage a young person you know to apply for the 2018 program.

Bug Close-Up  © Haley Hathcock

Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 during the July 2-7 program. Scholarship students must pay for their own transportation to and from the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee and a $175 registration fee for the program. Financial assistance is available to help with these fees, if necessary.


Application details (hyperlink to and online submission forms (hyperlink to are available on the NANPA Foundation (hyperlink to website.


The deadline to apply for this year’s program is Friday, March 30!