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From the Executive Director – Susan Day

By December 28, 2018No Comments
Susan Day. Photo by David Small

Photo by David Small

2018 NANPA Snapshot

The end of a year signals a time for reflection of the past months as well as anticipation of what’s ahead.  As I review 2018 for NANPA, I’m amazed at the variety and number of events and services offered for a relatively small organization.  Everything we do is coordinated by a handful of part-time contractors and around 100 volunteers.

Here’s a 2018 NANPA Snapshot.

January:   Photographers participated in 2 regional events –photographing birds at Lake Hodges, Southern California (led by Krisztina Scheeff and Ryan Rubino) and winter’s majesty on our Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour (led by Jeff Vanuga, Trent Sizemore and Michael Francis).  Webinars were presented by Rick Sammon (wildlife and landscape), Jackie Kramer (floral), and Jaymi Heimbuch (project management). Jane Halperin and Sean Fitzgerald, who serve on NANPA’s Advocacy Committee, represented NANPA at Copyright Alliance and House Judiciary Committee meetings in Washington DC. A social media campaign was implemented around Small Claims Day.

February:  Rick Sammon and Maresa Luzier Pryor led our Florida Birds Regional Workshop in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Webinars were given by Kevin Dooley (photo bucket list) and Frank Gallagher (intimate landscapes). The NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.

March:  The NANPA Board and Foundation Trustees met in St Louis, Missouri.  Clay Bolt presented a macro webinar. NANPA rolled out a new insurance program for general liability for small business, domestic workshop coverage and equipment insurance for Canadian members.  The board approved a revision of NANPA’s Principles of Ethical Field Practices and its Truth in Captioning Statement.

April:  NANPA Board of Directors Election—Eric Bowles was elected for a second term and Chuck Luzier was elected for his first term. The NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.

May:  NANPA’s first Nature Photography Celebration took place in Jackson, Wyoming with approximately 140 attendees, speakers and vendors.

June:  NANPA celebrated its 13th Annual Nature Photography Day with a Facebook photo contest.  The NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.  NANPA’s Privacy Policy was updated and rental of our third-party mailing list was discontinued.

July:  Gordon Illg started his year as NANPA President, following Don Carter whose term ended on June 30.  The NANPA High School Scholarship Program took place at Tremont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (applications for the 2019 program are due January 31st). NANPA’s Board met in St Louis, MO, and an underwater webinar was presented by Steven D. Johnson.

August:  President Gordon Illg hosted NANPA’s first Town Hall Meeting.  Foundation trustees participated in a teleconference meeting, this month’s webinar was by Carl Johnson (aurora borealis), and the NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.

September:  NANPA Showcase Competition took place.  Wendy Shattil presented a photo contest webinar, and the NANPA Board met on a teleconference meeting.

October NANPA’s second Town Hall Meeting was hosted by Jennifer Leigh Warner of the Ethics Committee.  The NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.

November:  The NANPA Foundation held a Live Auction online fundraiser, a webinar on power marketing was presented by Steve Leimberg, and the NANPA Board held a teleconference meeting.

December:  NANPA 2019 award recipients and Foundation Philip Hyde Grant and Janie Moore Greene Grant winners were announced.  Webinars by Tom Simpson (creative video) and Josh Asel (making photos) were offered.  Bird photography was highlighted at the Bosque del Apache Regional Event led by Cathy Illg.  Foundation trustees held teleconference meeting. 


  • NANPA Blogs, 3-5 per week, coordinated by Frank Gallagher,
  • NANPA News, published monthly, and
  • Social Media, daily posts on NANPA’s Facebook page, Facebook Group, Twitter, and Instagram takeovers managed by the Communications and Marketing Committee.

As you can see, a lot happened in NANPA in 2018, and we’ll be announcing news of events, webinars, and more in the coming months.

In closing, I’d like to welcome our newest contractor, Julie Boone.  Julie started on December 1 as Communications and Marketing Coordinator.  She has extensive experience with non-profit associations, and we look forward to working with her to make 2019 even better than last year.

Happy New Year!

Susan Day
Executive Director