2017 02 Elk on Madison Scenic 350The much anticipated Winter, 2020 trip to Yellowstone National Park will be hosted again this winter by Bob Waters and  Chris Dekle. 

You won’t want to miss it. Our past 6 trips have been loved by all who went and we have a lot of former participants who are waiting to go again on this trip.

DATES In-Park: February 8th through the 13th, 2020.

Spaces Available: Only 16 spaces are available.

This trip sells out quickly so don’t delay

2017 02 coyote 8 dives for voleBecause of new insurance requirements, you must be a GNPA member before you can register for the trip. 

Please note, registration will open in August.
We will announce in advance when it will open.

 2017 02 otter 350INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP:
  • Five full days shooting inside Yellowstone NP in new tundra-tired buses.  Each bus holds 13 people,however, we are limiting the number of people per bus so there will be plenty of room for you and your gear.
  • Park Entrance Fees. But bring you National Park Pass if you have one, it may be needed.
  • Tundra Tire VanLodging at the 3 Bear Lodge, Double occupancy. Single rooms are available.
  • A breakfast burrito to go in the morning and coffee for those staying at the 3 Bear Lodge.  An optional deli box lunch can be individually purchased each day from the 3 Bear Restaurant. (Order the day before and pay in advance.)
  • Your transportation from Bozeman, MT to the West Yellowstone and back to Bozeman.

What’s the trip like? Watch Videos From Prior Trips

What not included:

  • Your travel to Bozeman, MT and back.
  • Meals. Your food and bar bill are on you for the entire trip. We’ve found people want to eat differently and one size doesn’t work.  With lots of places in W. Yellowstone to eat, people can easily pick what and when they want to eat without being shoehorned into one plan.

2017 02 Fox 1Trip Fee:

Double Occupancy: $2,395 per person You are responsible for finding a roommate. (8 rooms available).

Single Occupancy: $2,945. Maximum of 4 rooms available.

Staying in a Different Location Discount: $595.00 (If you elect to stay elsewhere or bring your own motor home, igloo, etc.)

This trip is a bargain. There are other trips similar to this are going for $5,000 or more at the same time of the year.

To reserve your place, a deposit of $900 must be paid by September 15, 2019 with the balance due by October 31, 2019. You can cancel up until December 1, 2019 with a $600 cancellation fee.  There are no refunds After November 30, 2019 unless someone can be found to take your place.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE 

Unexpected emergencies do come up and you should buy this inexpensive insurance and protect yourself. Google "trip insurance" to find all the options.

2017 02 Elk 1Arrival Information:

You must be in Bozeman, MT, by 1:30PM Bozeman time on February 14th. Transportation will leave around 2:00PM for West Yellowstone. If you "miss the bus" you'll need to arrange your own transportation to West Yellowstone.

Additional Information

  • We will be staying at the Three Bears Inn. It has an excellent restaurant we have eaten in before and it's close to a number of other places to eat.
  • We will eat lunch on the go while in the park since we stay in the park all day. If you would like to have a breakfast box made for you to carry along, you can arrange for them at the 3 Bear Restaurant when you get to the hotel.  You pay for what you want when you order.
  • The return trip to Bozeman will be the morning of Feb. 14, 2020 and be dropped of at the Bozeman Airport around 11am.
  • If you need to spend a night going or coming in Bozeman to make the airline connections work, we recommend you reserve a room at The Best Western Grantree Inn. Be sure to let us know so we can arrange for the bus to pick you up at the Grantree.
  • The space in the Tundra buses is limited. To ensure there is ample room for everyone, food and equipment, please try limit camera equipment to the following:
    • One Camera Bag2017 02 Tundra Swan 305
    • No more than 2 camera bodies
    • One big lens (500mm/600mm)
    • Tripod
  • We will send out a list of clothing and other helpful information later but what you wear when skiing will be fine.

ACT FAST TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TRIP
  We have already have a number of people who
are standing by to register!

The reputation of our previous trips has gotten around and a lot of people are ready to log in and sign up already. Don't get left out.

QUESTIONS

  • Bob Waters – GNPA/CNPA – 843-860-4262
  • Chris Dekle – GNPA – 770-888-1663

2019 06 Oatland Island GNPA8:00AM-11:00AM 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, GA

Join us at Oatland Island Wildlife Center on June 15th.

With special permission we'll arrive at 8:00AM in some great morning light before it is opened to the public at 10:00AM when the light is usually not as good. If the gate is closed, ring the buzzer and let them know you are a GNPA Member and here for the photography field trip. Meet in the Visitor Parking Lot in back of the main building.

REGISTER HERE

To register, you must be a Current (paid) Member. If you are a Current Member and do not see the Register Here Button, Log In.

If you are not a member, join the GNPA today.

Bring Camera, Lens, Tripod. You'll be able to shoot wild birds in their natural setting as well as the animals in the enclosures. Keep in mind that the wolves and bobcats will not be in the enclosures until 10:00AM. Bring insect repellent and water if you need it.

Watch your footing at all times. The path to the animals and the enclosures is mostly not paved. You'll also be able to see the tornado destructed area from last year. Keep Safety in Mind!

QUESTIONS: Jamie Anderson, 912-344-4851 or Lynne Daley, 706-691-2342

2019 07 lubec puffin trip headerTrip 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 December 31st.  Balance due by May 1st.

REGISTER HERE

SOLD OUT - CONTACT TOM SIMPSON AT to be placed on the wait list or cancel.

Additional Costs to be paid by Attendee:  

  • Lodging at the Inn on the Wharf for 6 nights. We have a block of rooms that you can ask for or check the Inn’s web site to see the rooms and book on your own. NOTE:  We  can not confirm the dates until after January 2nd so be sure that you can change the room reservation after the 2nd in case our boat reservation dates available are different.

Information about each room along with photos and rates: 

  • Flight Options: NOTE: Do NOT make flight reservations until after January 2nd when puffin trips and dates can be confirmed.
    • Round trip Airfare from Atlanta to Bangor: Approximately $500 round trip. Plan to arrive in Bangor by 5 PM and allow additional 1 ½ hour drive to Lubec.  (Dinner in Macchias en route).
    • Round trip Airfare from Atlanta to Portland, ME: Approximately $400 round trip. This is about 4 hours on I-495 to Lubec, or plan to visit Acadia, lighthouses, and other coastal venues ahead of after the Puffin trip.  Still plan to arrive in Lubec by 5PM if possible on the 26th.
  • Rental Car and Fuel: $200-$300, depending on passengers sharing each vehicle. Strongly recommended that you purchase the rental company’s insurance.
  • Meals: Meals are not included.  How much you spend depends on how much lobster you can eat!

Lodging at the Inn on the Wharf.  This motel is ½ hour from launch for puffin shoot and is a renovated sardine factory with incredible bayfront view and within walking distance to Lubec.  They have their own restaurant and bar and there are a few restaurants in Lubec.  All have access to balcony overlooking ocean.  Laundry and kitchen access are in a Group Room all can share. Easy access to locations for sunrise and sunset shooting.

Overview of Inn on the Wharf

 2019 07 Lubec Puffin Trip

Puffin Boat Trips:

Puffins:  There will be two half-day trips, using Bold Coast Charters, from Cutler, ME to Machias Seal Island, the summer home to spectacular nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres and Arctic terns, among others. Machias Seal Island is the largest puffin colony on the coast of Maine! Two trips are scheduled to increase the chance that at least one day will provide some good shooting.

Caveat Note: There are no guarantees you will get on the island since weather can either cancel a trip (in which case the fee for that day would be refunded) or prevent landing on the island when shooting will be limited to being from a boat near the island in which case there would be no refund.  

Your shooting on the island will be in a very tight space in 3 or 4-person blinds, so no tripods allowed. But the puffins will be almost within arm’s length of your lens.  Reservations for these two days will be made by January 1st and there can be no change.

Because there is only one trip a day from Maine, these trips fill up very quickly.   The overall schedule for this trip is directly dependent on getting 2 days of reservations between 27th of June and 1st of July. 

Whale Watch:  A whale watch is included and will take place on one afternoon leaving from the Inn.

Trip Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. GNPA will make a good faith attempt to follow through with each field trip as planned and described on the GNPA web. However, there may be certain circumstances that arise beyond the control of either the registered member or GNPA that affect either the member’s attendance or the ability to complete the trip as planned.  This includes the possibility that conditions in the planned shooting area may change which are beyond the control of GNPA and/or the member such as access, weather, fires, hazards, etc.
  2. If GNPA decides to cancel a trip prior to start date due to these or other reasons, GNPA will refund the full amount, less their portion of any amount that is non-refundable to GNPA and less a 10% processing fee.
  3. A member who is unable to attend for any reason will be responsible for payment.
    Trip insurance is inexpensive and strongly encouraged
    . Travelinsurance.com com offers several companies for you to consider. Also check with your home owner’s insurance carrier or broker since they may also be able to add a temporary trip/travel insurance rider to your current policy.

    CANCELLATION POLICY
    A member who is unable to attend for any reason will be responsible for payments as described in the Trip announcement. Trip insurance is inexpensive and strongly encouraged.  Cancellations are permitted BEFORE end of day, December 31, 2018; a $100 cancellation fee will be charged for each cancelled registration. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER END OF DAY DECEMBER 31, 2018.

  4. Personal safety is of utmost importance. Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others. Do not place yourself in dangerb
  5. By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability Release (view here)

 

 

For GNPA Members ONLY!

J2019 05 toccoa falls horizontal 190417oin GNPA for a member ONLY opportunity to photograph Waterscapes, Landscapes and all that goes with them.

Goal of our trip is to capture the beauty of each of the three waterfalls in the Toccoa Area, which is Russell Adams' hometown. Toccoa Falls drops 186 feet straight down, making it the highest, single drop waterfall in the Eastern US.

But there are two other smaller waterfalls very close by, one of which is just outside the gate from Toccoa Falls. The other smaller waterfall is in Henderson Falls Park, just 5 minutes down the road. After lunch we can visit Yonah dam, north of Toccoa, where the Tugaloo River forms the headwaters for Lake Hartwell.

Toccoa Falls is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College on Hwy 17, north of Toccoa. 

2019 05 Yonah Damn Overflowing 2a resizedMeet 8:30 am at the Gift shop parking lot.  There is a $2 entrance fee ($1 seniors), paid inside the gift shop. Travel and any meals are at member expense. Lunch at Ping's Grill on Lake Toccoa.

There is a $2 entrance fee ($1 seniors), paid inside the gift shop. Travel and any meals are at member expense.  Lunch at Ping's Grill on Lake Toccoa.  http://www.cityoftoccoa.com/toccoa-falls.cfm

Lead by Russell Adams 770-8331195 and Kip Stahl 770-330-2412

REGISTER HERE

To register, you must be a Current (paid) Member. If you are a Current Member and do not see the Register Here Button, Log In.

If you are not a member, join the GNPA today.

Directions: Take I-85 N to 985/365 N to the Toccoa exit (365/123/17). Take Hwy 17 north.  Toccoa Falls College just past Stephens County Hospital.  Turn left onto Forrest Dr.  Continue straight to the Gift Cottage Gift shop parking lot. Meet 8:30 am at the Gift shop parking lot. 

2019 05 The Beautiful Toccoa Falls 2aPersonal safety is of utmost importance. 

  1. Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others. Do not place yourself in danger!
  2. By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability release.

You may want to bring water, snacks, or lunch. Depending on the weather, you may need bug repellent and Sun Screen. Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet/muddy (hiking boots or shoes).

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

2019 06 obx horsesThe 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: June 20-23, 2019 Outer Banks, NC with Mark Buckler