Richard Day and Susan Day are charter members of NANPA, the North American Nature Photography Association. NANPA was founded in 1993 by a group of nature photography enthusiasts, including Frans Lanting, George Lepp, Jane Kinne, and others who recognized a need for an organization for people who love to photograph outdoors.
Today NANPA has nearly 3,000 members world-wide and is recognized as the premiere association for nature photography. Members include all levels of photographers—from people with point and shoot cameras to professionals with world class gear—as well as photo buyers, editors, camera manufacturers, photo labs, photo equipment vendors, workshop leaders, and members of other nature-related groups. Anyone with an interest in nature photography is welcome.
Richard and Susan have been active in NANPA from the beginning. Susan started by volunteering as a writer for Currents, the association newsletter. She moved on to Communications committee chair and helped establish guidelines for all communications, both print and electronic, within the organization.
Today Currents has expanded to a 4-color magazine, there’s an electronic newsletter Ripples, and NANPA has an outstanding website. http:www.nanpa.org. She has worked on numerous other committees during the years and has been on the Board of Directors for 8 years. This year Susan serves as NANPA’s President.
Richard has also worked on several NANPA projects, and has been a field trip leader for Regional Events and an instructor for the NANPA Road Shows for 2 years. He and Susan have been Breakout speakers at NANPA’s annual Summit as well.
Obviously, Richard and Susan strongly support NANPA and it has been a wonderful place to learn more about photography and the business of photography. They live in a rural area in south central Illinois where there are limited opportunities to network with other photographers, and NANPA has filled that void. They have met hundreds of people with the same passions of being outdoors photographing wildlife and being in beautiful places. The networking opportunities have helped them in their business and in learning about equipment–and especially during the transition from film to digital photography.
Each winter NANPA holds a Summit in a different part of the country, and they have attended all except one. Summits are a gathering place for photographers of all levels, exhibitors of photography equipment and supplies in the trade show, educational opportunities, student scholarship programs, and more. Keynote presentations are presented by world-class nature photographers such as: Jim Brandenberg, Frans Lanting, DeWitt Jones, Joel Sartore, Art Wolfe and others. It’s worth the trip to a Summit just to see these amazing programs!
This year’s Summit is coming up soon and will be in McAllen, Texas on March 9-12, 2011. McAllen is a birding and wildlife hot spot and one of our favorite places to photograph. In 2002 Richard participated in the prestigious Valley Land Fund photo contest which took place in the Rio Grande Valley.
He and and his partner Gary Kramer from California, spent 5 months on the ranch photographing wildlife and ended up winning 5th place overall that year in the photo contest.
The McAllen Summit program lineup is one of the best ever! Keynote speakers are Danial Beltra, Jack Dykinga, and Michele Westmorland. There will be Breakouts where people can learn about social media, the greeting card market, wildlife filmmaking for still photographers, book publishing, tips for beginners, and more.
Workshops cover Photoshop and Lightroom, HDR, and creating multimedia programs, and photographing in public places. Field Trips are planned to private ranches, wildlife refuges, and the World Birding Center. During a NANPA Summit, attendees have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest in photo gear at the Trade Show, to meet new friends with similar interests, and to be emersed in the excitement of a world-class conference!
The first 300 people to register for the NANPA Summit are eligible for a drawing for a 16gb iPad with Wi-Fi. Check out more about NANPA http://www.nanpa.org –and join Richard and Susan in McAllen in March!