August 17, 2017 David Akoubian - “Designing a Landscape” and judge our Print Competition

2017 08 David AkoubianThe GNPA Smyrna Chapter is excited to have David Akoubian speak on “Designing a Landscape.” David will also judge the print competition.

There are very few places in this country, that are commonly visited, that haven’t been photographed before. Typically we go to visit a place because we have seen an image that we liked and wanted to see it. The problem for the photographer is capturing something “different” in a scene. We always want to make it our own.

Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian will talk on making an image your own through design. He will discuss and demonstrate how choosing a lens can change the design. He will teach you to identify elements of interest and how to arrange those elements in the image’s composition to make an image unique for a viewer. His simple tips and techniques will help to capture great images when we all visit the iconic locations as well as those rarely seen.

David has been a photographer since 1972 but his career in photography started in 1992. He has been teaching photography since 1994 in the classroom and leading workshops around the United States. His focus remains on the Southeastern United States, where he calls home, but does workshops and lectures all of the United States. To see more information on David, visit his website at

Print Competition

The print competition is open to all current GNPA Members from any chapter with a maximum of 9 entries per member, with no more than 3 entries per category. The three categories are Landscape, Wildlife, and Close-up.             

Eligibility & Restrictions: 

  • Must be a current GNPA member.
  • No restrictions on when or where the photograph was taken. 
  • Must have identifying label on back. Please include photographer’s name, print title and category being entered.
  • It is recommended but not required that prints be mounted on photographic-type mount board, flush or with a border, or a single mat overlay may be used. Mat color can only be black or white. No double matting or double mounting is acceptable.
  • Prints shall not be signed or titled on the front.
  • Maximum print size, including mount board, shall not exceed 16”x 24”. Minimum “print” size cannot be smaller than 8"x10".
  • Frames, glass, plastic cover wraps and the like are not allowed.
  • Basic photo editing is allowed, but too much may affect judging.