North American Nature Photography Association

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NANPA Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Nature Photography Day!

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June 15, 2015, Ten Years of Discovery

The tenth anniversary of Nature Photography Day will be observed nationally on Monday, June 15. This day was designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill's reference work, Chases's Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent--from overseas, too--have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.

NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the weekend by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don't lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!

Nature Photography Day Events

NANPA will be supporting Nature Photography Day by hosting two separate events on Facebook. These events will be held on separate Facebook locations and you can participate in either or both! See below for details...

(1) Celebrate Nature Photography Day on our Event Page
We invite everyone to post their favorite photo taken on June 15 to the Nature Photography Day event page. Facebook will accept photos up to 2048 pixels (on the long side), but these photos are downsized to 720 pixels for presentation with a link to the high-resolution version. So, unless you intend to make your high-resolution image available for public download, NANPA recommends you size your photo to 720 pixels on the long side before uploading.

This is not a contest, and no fee is charged for submission. Show off your best photo taken on June 15! The time frame for uploads is June 15 through June 21.

(2) Nature Photography Day Contest
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In honor of Nature Photography Day on June 15, we invite photographers everywhere to submit up to two (2) images in NANPA's Facebook Group Nature Photography Day Photo Contest. Only photos taken on June 15th may be submitted. Photos must be of a nature-related subject such as birds, mammals, insects, reptiles/amphibians, scenics/landscapes, invertebrates, plants, underwater, abstract, or weather events. Photos must be submitted by midnight, June 21, 2015 to be considered and there are no geographic limitations.

All submissions must be posted in the NANPA Facebook Group Page to the Official Photo Contest Thread to be considered for the contest (this is different than the event page above). You will need to join the group if you haven't already. Anyone may join, you do not need to be a NANPA member, and there is no cost to enter. See event #1 above for image submission guidelines.

Your judges for this contest are: Eric Bowles and Kathy Adams Clark.

Prizes include:
Tamron Logo - Tamron SP 70-300mm DiVC USD zoom lens valued at $449

ZRedRiverLogoHorizPantone - Red River Paper $100 gift certificate plus a starter kit

hunts - Hunt's Photo $100 and $50 gift certificates

nanpa - NANPA 1-year general membership (or membership extension) valued at $100

Let's celebrate June 15th together and send us your two (2) best images from the day!

Help Promote Nature Photography Day

Help us promote Nature Photography Day through local and national media, businesses, photography clubs, and word of mouth by sharing these audio and pdf materials:

Audio Announcements:

As in previous years, public service announcements (PSAs) have been recorded for release to radio stations and websites. Click one of the players below to hear or download this year's new PSAs.

30 second version: (Download MP3 file)

60 second version: (Download MP3 file)

PSA Music: "Feather," by Scott Holmes - Free Music Archive

Signage/PDF Flyer:

We also encourage business owners, camera stores, schools, and other organizations to post the following flyer announcing Nature Photography Day. This PDF document can be printed for onsite display or linked on your website:

Nature Photograpy Day Flyer

Nature Photography Day on Facebook

Celebrate Nature Photography Day!

The year 2015 is also the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, opening the way to new opportunities. Create your own great charter by giving yourself photo adventures.

See where your photography takes you!

  • Even before June 15, get inspired by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in nature photography.
  • Pick something that you've never photographed before, and then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15.
  • Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek, and show them how to photograph trees, flowers, birds, and more. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers.
  • Why not experiment? Look for something that detracts from the beauty in nature--images that show how human beings sometimes adversely affect our environment.
  • Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to your world!

Got your own suggestions for celebrating Nature Photography Day? We want to hear them! Send your ideas to


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