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Conservation

We work to educate members on conservation photography and conservation issues of importance to nature photographers. We also encourage and inform nature photographers on how to undertake conservation projects, help support and promote conservation projects of nature photographers, and explore creative ways to sponsor or support broader member projects.

Inquisitive Nestling Burrowing Owls, Mountain Home, Idaho, 2021 Showcase Top 250, Conservation © Jim Shane

Members’ conservation projects

Some of our members are using their images to raise awareness for a variety of conservation efforts. They are effecting change through documentaries, published texts, and other collaborative work that places scientists, policy makers, community activists, and photographers in communication with one another. 

Take a look at some of these member-submitted projects to see how conservation photography inspires action.

Photo by Andrew Snyder

ConservationMember conservation projectsPhilip Hyde Conservation GrantTips and techniques
October 13, 2021

Philip Hyde Conservation Grant: Rare Bumble Bees and Vanishing Wetlands

Two-form Bumble Bee (Bombus bifarius) on Lupine, Bridger Range, Bozeman, Montana © Clay Bolt The Philip Hyde Conservation Grant is a $2,500 grant awarded by the NANPA Foundation to a…
ConservationMember conservation projectsPhilip Hyde Conservation GrantWildlife
September 1, 2021

Share the Shore with Beach-nesting Birds and their Young

A least tern feeds a fish to his young while the mate watches and broods another chick under her wing. 1200mm, 1/1000, f/8, 1/3 EV, ISO 250 © Mary Lundeberg…
ConservationMember conservation projectsPhotographer ProjectWildlife
August 23, 2021

Photographing Pikas: A Life Above the Clouds

An American pika chooses which leaves look the tastiest in his subalpine home. In very cold areas, pika live in the subalpine, where plants are very abundant and much larger…

Conservation Photography
Handbook

NANPA is proud to announce the release of the Conservation Photography handbook, as developed by the Conservation Committee.

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Using your photos for science

Watch this “Teach Me in 10” video by NANPA member Dani Davis to learn how to use your images to support scientific research in iNaturalist.

Photo by Andrew Snyder

Community science opportunities

Put your photography to work for conservation projects around the country. NANPA’s Conservation Committee has developed this database of ongoing community science biodiversity projects that directly benefit from your nature photography.

Whether you like photographing songbirds, dragonflies, or even seahorses, there’s a project for you! 

Learn more

iNaturalist collection projects

You have countless photos of the natural world in your media library. These images—even the imperfect ones—have real and significant value to scientists that monitor biodiversity. 

Your field observations can support new understanding and discoveries. Here’s how to connect with the scientific community. 

Learn more

Resources

The NANPA Environmental Statement was passed by the NANPA Board as guidance to our members.

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Learn more about conservation topics

NANPA Conservation
Committee

The Conservation Committee (formerly the Environment Committee) is one of NANPA’s oldest committees. The Conservation Committee works to educate members on conservation photography and conservation issues of importance to nature photographers.

It encourages and informs nature photographers on how to undertake conservation projects, helps support and promote conservation projects of nature photographers, and is exploring creative ways for NANPA to sponsor or support broader member projects. The Conservation Committee also helps select the recipient of the Philip Hyde Grant – a grant offered by the NANPA Foundation to support a NANPA member’s environmental photography project.

Committee members

Dave Huth (Co-chair)
Andrew Snyder (Co-chair) (hear his podcast episode)
Clay Bolt
Dee Ellison
Sean Fitzgerald
Melissa Groo
Morgan Heim
Steven Johnson (view his story on vernal pools)
Robin Moore
Donald Quintana
Gabby Salazar
Krista Schlyer
Susan Day

Committee history (PDF)