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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Mark Hoyle

By June 24, 2019No Comments
Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.


My name is Mark Hoyle. I’m a practicing General Dentist in Anderson,SC. and live with my wife Darlene in Townville,SC on Lake Hartwell. My passion for nature photography began many years ago as a scuba diver. My favorite subjects include anything with a heartbeat and landscapes.

Your Name:  Mark Hoyle

Title of Your Winning Image: Synchronous Fireflies

About your winning Showcase image:

1)  How I Got the Shot

The shot was taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a two week window to photograph the synchronous fireflies in this region. The image requires layering of a few photos to get enough fireflies in the image. So I took a background photo at dusk then layered in multiple firefly photos to finish the image.

2)  What I Used

I used a Nikon D700 with the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens on a Gitzo tripod and a cable release.

The dusk image was captured at 1600 iso and the firefly photos were captured at 3200 iso,15 sec exposures.

3)  About Me

I live in Townville, SC and I would classify myself as an enthusiastic hobbyist even though Ive sold images over the years. I’ve been seriously photographing since 2001 and my favorite subjects include wildlife and landscapes. I also shoot real estate and architecture.

Some of my favorites places are Beidler Forest in Harleyville South Carolina,Bosque del Apache NWR in San Antonio,NM, Alaska and our National Parks.

4)  My Photographic Journey

My interest in nature photography began when I was doing a lot of Scuba diving. I wanted to bring back images of the underwater world to friends who did not dive. When I stopped diving I transitioned my photograph to the wildlife and landscapes of dry land.

I would say the late Bill Sillicker and Bill Fortney were early mentors for me. They both exposed me to places I had never been and introduced me to large mammals and landscapes. And how to look at the light in the photographic process.

5)  NANPA and Me

I’ve  been a member for over ten years and won a top 10 award in 2007.

6)  Where Can People Learn More About You? 

My website with more of my photography can be found at

My NANPA Portfolio is: