2023 Nature Photography Summit

Portfolio Reviews

Few things are as valuable as honest and constructive feedback from an expert. Take advantage of the opportunity to have a professional photographer, editor, or agent evaluate your work and give specific, actionable suggestions to help you meet your photography goals. Each 20-minute session only costs $60, payable during registration. Choose the reviewers who match your objectives and pick your times.

Portfolio reviews are an essential part of growing as a photographer.

 

Kathy Adams Clark

Photo of Kathy Adams Clark crouching in a field holding a camera.Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. AAA Journey, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar.

Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have worked with national publishing houses to produce ten books that combine their photography and writing skills. Their latest books are Book of Texas Birds published by Texas A&M University Press and Backroads of Texas published by Voyageur Press.

Kathy’s photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by Farcountry Press. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout. Kathy is past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo tours through Strabo Tours. Photo credit: Daniella Gunderman

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Stacy Frank

Stacy Frank has been with Minden Pictures, an agency that is recognized as a premium provider of wildlife and nature photos, since 1991. As Director of Sales she divides her time among editing photographer submissions, licensing negotiations for editorial and advertising sales, image research and interfacing with agency shooters and clients. Intermediate and advanced photographers with established collections of stock and story packages along with beginners seeking feedback would benefit from a portfolio review with her. Photo credit: Crystal Birns

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Tom Haxby

A member of NANPA for over 10 years, past president and current member of board of directors, Tom Haxby’s photos have been published in magazines, calendars, books, and, most recently, billboard campaigns. He’s had numerous top 250 Showcase award winners, and is a tour leader and speaker. Tom’s known for his advocacy in support of monarchs and loons, two iconic species in decline. Photo credit: Terry Clark

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Gordon Illg

Gordon and his wife, Cathy, have been a full time nature photographers since 2000. Their work is widely published and includes numerous covers of magazine like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Kids, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick. Several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and they’ve done well in photo contests, the highlight of which was being flown to London to accept awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. They were recognized for their work with endangered species in Canon’s Wildlife As Canon Sees It ad in National Geographic. Both of their first two books, Dynamic Wildlife Photography and Worshipping With A Camera, have been well received, and for the past 22 years their livelihood has been dependent upon their ability to share the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers. Photo credit: Cathy Illg

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Roman Kurywczak

Roman Kurywczak is a professional nature photographer for over 19 years who conducts lectures and workshops across the globe. His boutique tour company, Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours, caters to small groups to provide the ultimate learning experience for participants. You can often find him out in Arches or Yellowstone national park late at night photographing the nighttime landscapes and calling it fun! Closer to home, Roman will spend countless hours doing macro photography. While he enjoys photographing insects, his favorite subject is flowers, which he buys for his wife and he is sticking to that story. Roman is equally comfortable photographing landscapes, macro subjects, and wildlife whether he is at some exotic location or close to home. His down to earth and easy to follow teaching style make him a highly sought after lecturer. He has given countless lectures and workshops across the country. The author of several instructional eBooks on nature photography, Roman strives to share his passion for photography as others have shared with him. Photo credit: Ben Venezio

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Joe McDonald

Joe is a founding member of NANPA, is a NANPA Fellow, is a past NANPA board member and, along with his wife Mary Ann, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NANPA Virtual Summit in 2021. Joe has won several times in the prestigious BBC Wildlife of the Year Competition and has been widely published in many international wildlife magazines and numerous calendars. Joe is the author of several coffee table books, natural history books on Big Cats, Penguins, Polar Bears, to name a few, and over 10 photography books and eBooks. Both he and Mary Ann are trained biologists and pride themselves on being field naturalists first and wildlife photographers second. Their love of nature and wildlife, and their study of behavior, contribute to the success of their photo tour participants in attaining award-winning photos of their own. Besides leading photo tours around the world and giving lectures to photo clubs and conferences, the couple teach photo workshops at their home in central PA, Hoot Hollow. Photo credit: Joe McDonald

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Mary Ann McDonald

Mary Ann is a founding member of NANPA, is a NANPA Fellow, is on the NANPA Foundation Board and, along with her husband Joe, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NANPA Virtual Summit in 2021. Mary Ann has won several times in the prestigious BBC Wildlife of the Year Competition and has been widely published in many international wildlife magazines and numerous calendars. Mary Ann is the author of a coffee table book on the Amish and has written 29 natural history children’s books. Both she and Joe are trained biologists and pride themselves on being field naturalists first and wildlife photographers second. Their love of nature and wildlife, and their study of behavior, contribute to the success of their photo tour participants in attaining award-winning photos of their own. Besides leading photo tours around the world and giving lectures to photo clubs and conferences, the couple teach photo workshops at their home in central PA, Hoot Hollow. Photo credit: Joe McDonald

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Susan McElhinney

Susan McElhinney is the photo editor of Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. An editorial photographer with extensive experience in storytelling, she has a particular interest in conservation and natural history subjects with animals and people. Photo credit: Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post 1977

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Dee Ann Pederson

Dee Ann is an award-winning nature photographer and field tour leader who shares her passion for nature through her images and leading photographic journeys across the globe. Her abundant energy and “wanderlust” have led her across our planet over 20 years in search of nature’s splendor. She is as at home in the frigid Arctic or Antarctic as she is in the heat of the Serengeti or India.

Photographs from her extensive journeys have been honored by the North America Nature Photography Association, Nature’s Best/Windland Smith Rice Int’l. Awards/Smithsonian Exhibition over six separate years, including the 2016 “Wildlife” category winning image. In 2010 she was recognized as one of Nature’s Best Ambassadors and her image “Fox Trot” was one of 36 images selected for the 50th Anniversary “Wilderness Forever” Smithsonian exhibit in 2015. And most recently, winning a 2020 Lone Star Emmy in the category “Health/Science: Program Feature” for her short film “Against All Odds: The Emperor Penguins”.

Dee Ann’s images are sold as fine art prints as well as for editorial and commercial use; and she has published her “Nature’s Inspirations” calendar since 2004. She is a 20+year member of NANPA and actively serves on the NANPA Foundation Board. Photo credit: Shaun Mooney

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Ray Pfortner

Ray has worked in photography as an educator, stock photography agent, photo editor, business consultant and photographer – in NYC, CA and WA. He was the Magazine and Book Liaison for Art Wolfe, completing 16 books and marketing photo stories worldwide. He worked at Minden Pictures, one of the world’s premier stock agencies for nature, as an account executive. He was a partner at Peter Arnold, Inc, the stock agency specializing in nature, science and medicine with 125 photographers. Ray teaches for colleges, libraries, public schools and art centers throughout the Northwest, including: the University of Washington’s Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, Youth and Teen Programs and Continuum College’s Photography Certificate; Bellevue College’s Digital Photography Certificate which he helped create; and TELOS, and the Seattle Public Library. His own photography focuses on environmental issues and conservation. He is represented by Getty Images. Ray is a NANPA Fellow and has received its Recognition Award and Kinne Grant. Ray has worked for the USEPA and the National Park Service as well as the City of New York. He has a BS In Biology from Yale and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke. Photo credit: Don Milgate

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Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock received the NANPA Fine Art in Nature Photography Award in 2021. He retired from Clark University after teaching photography there for thirty years. He’s published six books of his photographs, and his work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, the most recent at The National Museum of Iceland. There are permanent collections of his work at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, MA, and the International Center of Photography in New York. Ron teaches workshops and leads photo tours for Strabo Photo Tour Collections. Photo credit: Worcester T@G photographer

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Gabby Salazar

Gabby Salazar is a nature and conservation photographer and an environmental social scientist. In 2021, she received the Emerging Photographer Award from NANPA. As an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a National Geographic Explorer, Gabby has worked on environmental photography projects across the globe. She has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Science, where she studies environmental marketing. Gabby is committed to environmental education and uses photography to get kids outdoors and to connect them with nature. She is the co-host of the ‘How We Explore’ podcast for kids and the co-author of a new book published by National Geographic Kids called No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice. Gabby is also a past president of NANPA. Photo credit: Rick Stanley

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Jeff Vanuga

Jeff Vanuga has been in the business of photography for over 40 years and has obtained a long list of publishing credits such as National Geographic Magazine, NG Traveler, Audubon, Nature’s Best, Outside, BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Sierra Club, Ford, Nissan, and Patagonia to name a few. His work has received awards and recognition from the BBC, the National Wildlife Photographic Competition, NANPA’s Showcase nature photography competition, and Nature’s Best Photography Competition. Recently his book, Fordor’s Compass Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, received a silver medal in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication from a field of 1,161 entries. One of Jeff’s winter in Yellowstone images was ranked in the National Geographic Daily Travel Photo: Best Travel Photo of 2015. He has also hosted TV shows on nature photography for the Outdoor Life Channel and Nature’s Best Magazine. Jeff has led tours for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, NG Expeditions, Nature’s Best, First Light Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops and others.Photo credit: Jeff Vanuga

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Dawn Wilson

Dawn Wilson is an award-winning professional, full-time nature photographer and travel writer specializing in the wildlife and destinations of high latitudes and high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. She teaches photo workshops throughout North America, guides in Rocky Mountain National Park, and her writing and photography has been published in national and regional publications, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, MotorHome magazine and many more. She is NANPA’s immediate past president. Photo credit: Dawn Wilson Photography

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