Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Cornerstone Coworking  279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 

This will be our Third “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Print Competition.  Ansel Adams birthday was 116 years ago on February 20, 1902.  This is our small way of honoring and paying tribute to the person who is practically synonymous with nature photography.  

Shoot in Black & White (Monochrome) and emulate as close as you can his style or work, but mostly the feel on an Ansel Adams photograph. Last year we had 63 great entries, so let try and increase the number and quality of work submitted.

Open to any current GNPA member regardless of home chapter.

Our Judge, this year is Tony Casadonte, Gallery Director at The Lumière Gallery, Galleries of Peachtree Hills. Lumière Gallery offers one of the country’s largest selections of collectable photographic prints.  To learn more about The Lumière Gallery, visit

Tony Casadonte has a diverse, thirty-year career in photography. After graduation from Rochester Institute of Technology, his early career concentrated on photo-illustration, video, computer graphics and management of commercial photographic laboratory operations. As a partner in an interactive design firm, he pursued the application of on-line technology to photography. His engagement with numerous arts related groups, experience with exhibitions and client advisory support have helped shape the design of Lumière’s virtual gallery.

Tony has accepted, what hopefully will be a tough challenge to act as our judge. 

As most of Ansel Adams work was great black and white (monochrome) landscapes from the Western U.S.  Remember, as he did…study your scene and consciously decide how and what you will photograph.  Visit YouTube for videos and interviews with Ansel Adams.

While we are not in the western U.S., several nearby locations could be used such as Stone Mountain and the other monadnocks, Great Smoky Mountains, eastern coastline shores, the many waterfalls and wonderfully rich environments in the Southeastern U.S.  Or, those same Western U.S. sites loved and repeated photography by Ansel.  No restrictions on geographic locations.  And, don’t forget his many still life and close up photographs of the detail, texture and forms found in nature. 

Some Ansel Adams “quotes” to remember:

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”

“50% of the Creative Process Occurred in the Dark Room”

“A good photograph is knowing where to STAND.”

Four categories this year, all Black & White (Monochrome):

  1. LANDSCAPE, think wide expansive vistas
  2. ATMOSPHERICS or WEATHER, think clouds, rain, snow … what non-nature photographers consider bad weather
  3. DETAIL, TEXTURES or FORMS of NATURE, typically close-up/macro
  4. SMART PHONES, as smart phone quality has improved we are adding this new category. No specific subject matter other than NATURE, but it must be shot on a smart phone.   Should be interesting.

This Print Competition is open to all current GNPA Members from any chapter with a maximum of 10 entries per member, with no more than 3 entries per category.

FIRST STEP, before final judging at meeting:

Send your digital entries to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator via email this address: .  Deadline to receive these email entries is Friday, February 23rd.  Please, this is important and will help anticipate the number of entries, help organize and facilitate judging.  Send multiple emails as needed by your email application file size restrictions. 

Entries must be in JPG format with a maximum 1200 pixels on the longest side.  Individual files should NOT exceed 1 MB in size.  Name each of your electronic files individually and each should include the following separated with a ‘_‘ underscore and no spaces:

  • Photographer name
  • Chapter, Home
  • Category Number [1, 2, 3 or 4]
  • Title of Photograph
  • Camera/Smart Phone make & model [i.e. I-Phone 6, Nikon D850 or Canon 6D Mark II]
  • Place a “Y” or “N” at the end of your title to indicate if using your photograph during meeting critiques or for GNPA promotions is OK or not.

File name example:

                     “BillBrown_Gwinnett_1_Canon _Movingwater_Canon6DMarkII_Y.jpg”

  • Bill Brown is the photographer
  • Gwinnett is the Home Chapter
  • 1 category mean Landscape
  • “Moving Water” is the Title of Photograph
  • Nikon D850 is the Camera/Smart Phone make & model
  • Y indicating it is OK to use during meeting critiques or for GNPA promotional materials

Bring your final matted photographs and pay your entry fees.

Entry Fees: For 1-2 entries $7.00, for 3-4 entries $18.00 and for 5 or more entries $20.00.  Only cash or personal checks will be accepted. We will not be able to make change, so please have the exact amounts.  And, remember please, NO CREDIT CARDS!

Eligibility & Restrictions: Must be a current GNPA member from any chapter. No restrictions on geographic location or when photograph was taken.  Must have identifying label on back (see below) and no identification of photographer on front. Entries may NOT have won a ribbon (1st – Hon. Men.) in any previous GNPA competition (Print, Expo, Smokies, etc.).

Matting & Labels: Photographs must be matted and have a backing board with an identifying label.

  • Only single matted black & white photographs are acceptable. No framed work, but mounted on a backing board.
  • Please, keep print sizes between 8” X 10” min & 16” x 20” max. Panoramas just keep longest side at or under 20”.
  • Only identification, must be the identifying label placed on the back:
  1. Name and email address 
  2. Orientation arrow, to identify top side
  3. Date and general location the photo was made
  4. Camera/Smart Phone make & model
  5. Optional:  Technical data, i.e. Lens type, f/stop, shutter speed, ISO, etc…

Remember, NO signatures, copyrights or identifying markings visible on photograph or mat.  Failure to follow stated competition rules will disqualify the entry immediately. No refunds of entry fees.

All print entries must be delivered between 5:30 and 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28th at our monthly meeting. Please come early so we can get everyone signed in.

There will be prizes and/or ribbons awarded for First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention in each category as well as a Members Choice from the winners.

Some of Ansel Adams Photographs can still be viewed by going to the Gwinnett Chapter’s MeetUp page.  Select the 'More' dropdown menu, then select 'Files' and look for the file 'Samples of some Ansel Adams Photographs - 16.12.11'.

If you have any questions, please send them by email to Stewart Woodard, Chapter Coordinator via email .

2018 01 Bowles Eric Okefenokee 5 3 2015 177803 GNPAWednesday, January 24, 2018  7:00 PM Cornerstone Coworking - 279 W Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA

Doors open at 6:30pm, so come a visit with other photographers before the meeting starts. 

Tonight, we have our great friend Eric Bowles back. 

Eric’s program tonight is ‘Photographing the Georgia Coast: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’, which is a primer for those going to our 2018 Annual EXPO at Jekyll Island in April, see the GNPA website for information and to registration.  Eric will be one of the field trip leaders.  The coast of Georgia is a wonderful place to explore and photograph.  We’ll talk about the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – The Land of the Trembling Earth.  This famous swamp provides wonderful photo opportunities for landscapes, wildlife, and travel photographers. 

Let’s take a look at the photo opportunities available.  Where do you go?  What will you see?  What equipment is needed?  What are some of the techniques you’ll use?  We’ll explore the area, share some images, and give you a chance to learn more about visiting the Land of the Trembling Earth.

2018 01 Bowles Eric head shot GNPAIf you don’t know anything about Eric Bowles.  He is an Atlanta nature photographer specializing in the southeastern states.  A photography educator who provides photo tours, workshops and training both independently and through NANPA and Nikonians Academy.  Eric’s work has been exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines.  Eric provides individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels. 

Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro and close-up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras.  He is the director of Nikonians Academy.  A North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Board member and past committee chair for NANPA and a past Board member of Georgia Nature Photography Association.  Eric is a frequent visitor and speaker for photography groups throughout Georgia and the Carolinas and host of the NANPA Webinar series.  For more information about Eric, visit his website at

Please be sure to join us for the first meeting of 2018 for the Gwinnett Chapter of GNPA.  You will NOT want to miss this evening.  See you January 24th.  Here are some of Eric’s images.

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