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Nominations Open for NANPA Service Awards

By May 6, 2022No Comments

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Most of us know people who give their time selflessly. Now’s your chance to recognize fellow NANPA members by nominating them for one of NANPA’s service awards. Membership organizations like NANPA depend on the contributions of volunteers. Their time, talents, and efforts have a big impact on the vitality and success of NANPA, from the work they do in committees to the hours they’ll devote to helping at the Nature Photography Summit next year in Tucson. While we always appreciate their service, NANPA also recognizes members who’ve gone above and beyond with NANPA’s Mission Award and the Kinne Legacy Award. Nominations for both are being accepted now through May 31st.

Joel Sartore, John Shaw, and George Lepp received awards at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Frank Gallagher

NANPA Mission Award

This award “recognizes outstanding efforts or accomplishment(s) by one of our members. This award exemplifies what NANPA is really all about, and the recipient should epitomize NANPA’s principles in accordance with NANPA’s mission statement.” Nominees should have used their photography in ways that also foster principles such as promoting excellence, ethics, and responsible photography in the wild; providing education, inspiration, information, and opportunity in nature photography for all; and promoting the art and science of nature photography.

Find out more about NANPA’s Mission Award and nominate a deserving NANPA member.

Learn More about Sean Fitzgerald, 2021 NANPA Mission Award recipient.

Screenshot from presentation of 2022 Mission Award to Sean Fitzgerald by Sonia Wasco at NANPA’s 2022 Nature Photography Virtual Summit

Kinne Legacy Award

This award “is presented to a member of NANPA who has freely and selflessly shared his/her professional expertise for the education and/or betterment of NANPA members.” In addition to exemplifying the values in NANPA’s Mission, the nominee will have mentored NANPA members, helped promote the career of an emerging nature photographer, advocated for nature photography and/or furthered the improvement of professional education for nature photographers.

Find out more about the Kinne Legacy Award and nominate a deserving NANPA member.

Learn about Alice Robertson, 2021 Kinne Legacy Award recipient.

Screenshot from presentation of 2021 Kinne Legacy Award to Alice Robertson by Sonia Wasco at NANPA’s 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit

Who do you know who has been exceptionally helpful in service of NANPA, your fellow photographers and the profession of nature photography? Nominate him or her for one of NANPA’s prestigious service awards!

*Note that you have to be a NANPA member to nominate someone and that the person you nominate must also be a NANPA member.

Frank Gallagher is a landscape and nature photographer based in the Washington, DC, area who specializes in providing a wide range of photograph services to nonprofit organizations. He manages NANPA’s blog and can be found online at or on Instagram @frankgallagherfoto.