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North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) 

We promote the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection.
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Samantha Stephens

2021 Top 24 Showcase winner


The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) was officially incorporated in 1994

More than 100 nature photographers initiated NANPA when they met at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York. Roger Tory Peterson, the famous ornithologist, artist, and nature photographer, brought the group together to discuss the future of nature photography. 

At that meeting, two important tenets were established that have remained key tenets of the organization: that the new association would be for nature photography, not restricted to photographers, and that it would represent all of North America, not just the United States.

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 Photo © Shirley Nuhn and Roger Archibald

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From the Board of Directors to Committees, volunteers drive NANPA and its mission. The NANPA team is an agile group of professionals who work for NANPA to further the activities and management of the organization.

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NANPA Foundation

NANPA Foundation raises funds and provides resources to advance awareness and appreciation of nature through photography. This charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization supports education, conservation, photographic opportunities, advocacy, and ethical practices in nature photography.

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NANPA member logo and usage

The NANPA member logo was created to enable members to share their NANPA affiliation and build their brand.

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