Welcome to the GNPA, a group of photographers passionate about capturing the natural world around us! We are a large and rapidly growing club located in Georgia with 8 regional chapters around the state and many out of state members as well. We'd love to have you join us too.


2019 GNPA EXPO - Conference Hotel Sold Out, Alternative Hotels Available

Attention Members: The conference hotel is sold out for April 25th. There are still rooms available for April 26-28. Be aware that we were just informed of a baseball tournament happening that week in Columbus so rooms will disappear.

Here are some hotel alternatives that are providing a GNPA rate:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites (1.7 miles from the Convention Center)
    620 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Phenix City, Alabama, 36869, 334-664-0776
    GNPA Rate: $113/night
  • Holiday Inn Express (1.6 miles from the Convention Center)
    1702 US 280 Bypass, Phenix City, AL 36867 (334) 298-9404
    Rate: $115-131/night depending on room typel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Phenix City/Riverfront (1.5 miles from Convention Center)
    1400 Whitewater Ave, Phenix City, AL 36867 (334) 664-9840
    Rate: $169/night

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    April 1, 2019 - Diana Churchill and Kris Williams

    GNPA Coastal Welcomes Diana Churchill and Kris Williams! Monday, April 1, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM The Creative Coast at The Labs, 2222 Bull St., Savannah, GA Diana Churchill is a leading authority when it comes to birding and bird photography in the low country. I've also been told that she was the GNPA Coastal Chapter's very first speaker back when the meetings where held at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. We will also have a quick presentation by fellow GNPA Coastal Member, Kris Williams, of the Coretta Research Project on Wassaw Island. Kris will present another opportunity to spend some… Read More >>>



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    April 16, 2019 - PSTC Session

    Do you truly want to get better at photography? If you do, this session is right for you. Remember, this meeting will not be in the Women’s Center. Come in the front of the hospital, turn left and go down the stairs to Classroom B. On April 16, 2019, the Griffin Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographers Association in Griffin, GA, Donna Thompson will conduct a Photography Show and Tell and Critique. This meeting will be held in Classroom B, Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, GA. Members as well as interested potential members are invited. The meeting is free and open to the public.… Read More >>>


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    March 27, 2019 – Marcia Brandes, Photoshop for Photographers

    Cornerstone Coworking 279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA Many of us use and love Lightroom for processing our photographs, but are intimidated by its big brother, Photoshop. There are wonderful features in both, and together they make a great package. Yes, Photoshop is complicated, but you don’t have to learn everything – just what you need to enhance your images. Marcia Brandes was in the art business before she became a photographer and has been using Photoshop for over 20 years. Step by step, she will introduce you to Photoshop’s Photographer tools, demystify layers, and show you how… Read More >>>



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    March 30th, 2019 Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

    Field Trips
    WHEN: Saturday , 7:15am-10:30am Open to Current GNPA Members Only Come out to Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge to photograph nesting Woodstorks, Herons, Egrets and other birds. We'll also see other wildlife such as alligators and turtles. We'll meet in the entrance parking lot at 7:15am. If you are a little late, you'll find us at the first stop - Woody Pond. REGISTER HERE Register Here Modify/Cancel Reservations By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability Release (view here) Bring camera, lens, tripod. Bring insect repellent if needed and water. Don't be afraid to… Read More >>>

    April 14, 2019 - State University Perimeter Collage Botanical Native Plant Garden

    Field Trips
    Location: 3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, Ga. 30034 Parking lot 5 Open to Current GNPA Members Only. No Fee. ONLY 15 Spaces Available The Grounds are situated in a flood plain near a tributary of the South River creek. Website There are two main garden areas: The Native Botanical Garden and The Ferns Of The World. The Native Plant Garden features several areas including Shade and Sun perennials and shrubs. Many trails wind through our shade gardens. There are over 4000 species of native, rare, and endangered plants indigenous to the Southeast and U.S. Also featured in the garden is the Ferns… Read More >>>
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    April 6, 2019 - McDaniel Farm Park Photo Opportunity

    Field Trips
    Join the GNPA on this members only opportunity to photograph Old Buildings,Sweetwater Creek, Wild Flowers, and Landscapes. WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - NO CHARGE WHERE: McDaniel Farm Park Historic Site at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth GA. TIME: 7:30 AM – Meet in the Parking lot at the end of McDaniel Road NW. No real limit to how long anyone would like to stay. County Park and it remains open till dusk. OPEN TO GNPA CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY REGISTER HERE Register Here Modify/Cancel Reservations By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability Release (view here) This… Read More >>>

    May 11-18, 2019 - Yellowstone Spring Bears, Bighorn Sheep, Buffalo and More

    Field Trips
    WHEN: MAY 11-18, 2019 WHERE: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK It is Spring Time In Yellowstone, the bears our just out of their dens and there are new cubs everywhere. Cinnamon, black and grizzly bears are out in force looking for food after a long winter's sleep. The buffalo have new calves and they are hyper active playing, jumping and Read More >>>
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    June 17-20, 2019 Outer Banks, NC with Mark Buckler (2nd Trip)

    Field Trips
    THIS IS THE 2ND OBX TRIP ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WILL FILL VERY FAST SO DON'T WAIT! Begins at sunrise on the 17th and ends at noon on the 20th. Price: $495 - does not include transportation, lodging or food. Recommended lodging will be provided after registration. Limited to 10 Photographers OPEN TO GNPA MEMBERS ONLY The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a paradise for photographers. This scenic ribbon of sand offers spectacular sunrises over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and fantastic sunsets over the waters of the expansive Sounds. Natural areas abound (with abundant wildlife) in the… Read More >>>
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    June 20-23, 2019 Outer Banks, NC with Mark Buckler

    Field Trips
    Begins at sunrise on the 20th and ends at noon on the 23rd. Price: $495 - does not include transportation, lodging or food. Recommended lodging will be provided after registration. Limited to 10 Photographers OPEN TO GNPA MEMBERS ONLY The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a paradise for photographers. This scenic ribbon of sand offers spectacular sunrises over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and fantastic sunsets over the waters of the expansive Sounds. Natural areas abound (with abundant wildlife) in the Outer Banks region with 8 National Wildlife Refuges, 2 National Seashores, numerous, Read More >>>
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    June 26th - July 2nd, 2019 - GNPA Photography Trip to Lubec, Maine to Shoot Puffins

    Field Trips
    Trip Leader: Tom Simpson Schedule: June 26th through to July 2nd, 2019 (6 nights) Limit: Limited to 14 GNPA Members Cost: $800 per person What’s included: Two planned Puffin boat trips (see caveat below): One afternoon Whale Watch for the whole group Other side trips planned to shoot light houses, Campobello (FDR Home and passport required), and regional National Wildlife Refuges and numerous scenic locations based on interests of the group. Take a look at the photos from the 2018 Trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwi0RBYm-5M Deposit due date: Non-refundable deposit of $500 due by… Read More >>>


GNPA Competitions

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GNPA & Non-GNPA Competitions

GNPA Competions
If no entries appear in a category, there are no scheduled competitions. GNPA OPEN COMPETITIONS NON-GNPA COMPETITIONS Read More >>>


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Regional Competitions

Non-GNPA Competitons
The GNPA keeps members aware of other competitions held in the region by other camera clubs and organizations. This is where you can find other competitions to gain recognition and win prizes. Read More >>>
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April 6, 2019 - Sweep the Hooch – GNPA Conservation Photography Event

Workshops, Educational Events & Other
Open to Current GNPA Members Only Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service, on Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 9am to 1pm., to the Chattahoochee River watershed. The event mobilizes volunteers on foot, in waders, or paddlers to remove trash at locations throughout the watershed. There are more than 40 cleanup locations from the headwaters above Lake Lanier, through Atlanta, and down to West Point Lake. REGISTER HERE Register Here Modify/Cancel Reservations By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability Release (view here) GNPA will be supporting the event by asking… Read More >>>
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March 30, 2019 - Photographer need for Trees Atlanta planting at Candler Park

Workshops, Educational Events & Other
For GNPA Current Members Only - Conservation Photography group Trees Atlanta will be having a tree planting at Candler Park from 9-12 on March 30. They would like for three members to volunteer to photograph the event. Trees Atlanta is one of the partners for the Conservation Photography group within GNPA. If you would like to help, please contact Marcia Brandes at as soon as possible. By participating, you are agreeing to the GNPA Terms and Conditions for attending events. Read More >>>
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March 23, 2019 - Chattahoochee Nature Center Conservation Photography Event

Workshops, Educational Events & Other
GNPA Member Only Event The Chattahoochee Nature Center has been a great partner and home to our Roswell GNPA Chapter. Come join us as we give back to the CNC. We will be taking photos that we will donate to CNC for their publications and social media outreach. CNC will give us a shot list of desired photos on the day of the shoot. This is a chance to use your photography skills for a good cause and have your photos seen by the public. Hopefully, we can inspire others to love nature as we do. Instructions will be sent by email after registration. REGISTER HERE Register Here Modify/Cancel… Read More >>>
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April 5, 2019 - Photography Basic Skills – “Stay Focused”

Workshops, Educational Events & Other
Announcing a NEW Partnership with the Atlanta School of Photography (ASoP) and the Gwinnett Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA). Our effort to provide new innovative ways to offer photography classes for newer and more experienced GNPA members, we are very excited announce this new partner with the ASoP. This first class “Stay Focused” will be offered at two times. Both sessions will cover the same materials, so only register for one, NOT both. Each class is limited to only 10, so don’t wait register as soon as you can. Only GNPA members can take advantage of an… Read More >>>
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January 3-7, 2020 Winter in The Tetons

Non-GNPA Events & Activities
Where: Moose, Wyoming When: January 3-7, 2020 (Afternoon Friday, Jan 3 - Midday Tuesday Jan 7) Cost: $1995.00 GNPA Members receive a $150 discount. ENTER DISCOUNT CODE “GNPAWINTER” at checkout. REGISTER HERE: 2020 Winter in The Tetons - January 3-7, 2020 THIS IS NOT A GNPA SPONSORED EVENT Limit: 10 Participants Join us for 4 days of photographing Winter Landscapes and Wildlife in and around Grand Teton National Park January 3-7, 2020. We will photograph many iconic landscapes of the Tetons in the peak of winter. The wildlife should be abundant this time of year. In years past we have had… Read More >>>
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April 13, 2019 - Special GNPA Seminar - Rick Sammon - Creative Visualization for Photographers

Non-GNPA Events & Activities
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC In this informative and fun filled presentation, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe illustrating creative visualization for photographers. For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy. He will cover composition, seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR, setting goals and getting/staying motivated. This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is here to share what he’s learned over his… Read More >>>
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October 4-6, 2019 - The St. Simons Island Escapade with Alfie Wace

Non-GNPA Events & Activities
All are welcome to join us for a fantastic all-inclusive 3-day, 2-night Escapade to the beautiful barrier island of Little St. Simons! Privately owned and accessible only by boat, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island has retained the charm and unhurried pace of coastal living of time past. Moss draped live oaks and glistening marshes surround comfortable accommodations for no more than 32 overnight guests. One of the true jewels that comprise Georgia's famed Golden Isles, this pristine 11,000-acre island is mainly composed of salt marsh, dunes and natural beaches where wildlife abounds! All… Read More >>>
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Dec. 14-18, 2019 - Pacific Northwest Eagles and More Winter Photography Workshop

Non-GNPA Events & Activities
THIS IS A NON-GNPA TRIPThis announcement is for information only (GNPA MEMBERS GET A 10% DISCOUNT) TRIP IS OPERATED BY: Bonnie Block Field and Farm Photography.com and Nancy Elwood Naturesportal.net A wonderful opportunity to spend time photographing in the beautiful Skagit River Valley, home to a large variety of wintering raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. The focus of this workshop will be Bald Eagles that are in large numbers on the local rivers. We will also have many chances to see Snow Read More >>>