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Nature Photography Summit

Tucson, AZ
May 4-6, 2023
with extra optional field events on May 3 and May 7

NANPA will resume its long-standing tradition of hosting in-person Nature Photography Summits in odd-numbered years, beginning with the 2023 Nature Photography Summit, May 4-6, 2023, in Tucson, Arizona.

Photo by Janice Braud

What to expect

NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit is the most inspirational event in nature photography. We bring together hundreds of nature photographers at all levels of experience to learn, connect, and share. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, landscapes, underwater, macro, micro, fine art, conservation—or all of the above—you’ll find something to discover at Summit.

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The 2023 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show is a gathering of hundreds of photographers, photo editors and other members of the nature photography community with a focus on learning and inspiration. Join us for a wide variety of opportunities for nature photographers at all levels of experience to meet, share their work, learn more about both the art and business of nature photography, get hands-on practice, discover new tools and services, and more.


Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert, the Westin La Paloma is set amidst beautiful grounds full of native plants, with lots of opportunities for photography just outside your room. And, there are a variety of scenic destinations nearby, from the world famous Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to Saguaro National Park, and from old Spanish missions to botanical gardens. Go downtown for fine dining or to visit the original “old pueblo.” Head north after the Summit to the red rocks of Sedona, Monument Valley, or the Grand Canyon. There’s no shortage of places to go and things to see in Arizona!

New this year

In addition to the keynote and breakout sessions, the exhibits from vendors, and the portfolio reviews you know and love, you can also sign up for:

Optional field trips to many of those nearby photogenic locations, led by local NANPA members with intimate knowledge of the area.

A meal plan that includes breakfast and lunch, allowing you to grab and go on a field trip, or grab and gab with a fellow NANPA member or vendor.

The 2023 NANPA Summit is shaping up to be a great event!

It’s where the world’s top nature photographers gather to connect, learn and share. Get ready for:

Engaging sessions that inspire and educate

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS that showcase high-impact projects like the Arctic Documentary Project, inspire photographers with insider tips from 50+ years of industry expertise, and invite us all to look closely at nature’s impact on human life as well as our impact on nature.

  • Daniel J. Cox, Finding Purpose: A Photographic Journey
  • Michael Frye, The Art of Nature Photography
  • Greg Johnson, I Am Just a Tornado Hunter
  • Gabby Salazar, Finding Creativity in Collaboration
  • Adam Schallau, From Rim to River: A Photographic Exploration of the Grand Canyon
  • Wendy Shattil, What Happens Along the Way
  • Dave Showalter, Living River: The Promise of the Mighty Colorado


Experience more with Super Sessions! Customize your Summit experience by adding one or more “Super Sessions” to your Summit agenda. Explore in depth key nature photography topics like showing and pricing your photos or photostyling with popular presenter Ray Pfortner. Take a dive deep into macro photography with Joe McDonald.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS that tackle topics such as grants and residencies, conservation, new technologies, and much, much more.

Field trips

Head out to nearby photo locations in the Sonoran Desert landscape, wetlands that attract a variety of birds, macro opportunities in the hotel grounds, native reptiles and more! Local NANPA members who know these places well guide you to opportunities for those iconic Arizona shots.

Meaningful Connections for success

Opportunities—both formal and informal—abound to connect with the industry’s top professionals, meet colleagues, and make lifelong friends.

Portfolio Reviews with constructive feedback

Nurture your portfolio while you’re here by signing up for a 20-minute portfolio review session with an industry professional. Choose a photographer, editor, or agent who best fits your personal and professional photography goals.

Latest and greatest gear and gadgets

Discover new products and services to support your unique goals as a nature photographer. Learn about everything from field workshops to filters, from trail cams to tripods. Talk to sponsors and exhibitors inside the Trade Show and Exhibit Hall.