Monday, August 6, 2012

GNPA Announces Photography Competition

The Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association (GNPA)—Central Region will hold a photography competition when they meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the J. Joel Edwards Library, 7077 South Highway 19, in Zebulon.

All photographers are invited to submit images that fit the theme “Georgia’s Fauna (Animals) and Flora (Plants).” Images must be brought to the library between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

While the entries are being judged by Todd Sparger (President of GNPA), all exhibitors will attend a slideshow featuring images taken by Chris Bryson (President of the Middle Georgia Camera Club ( in Macon) during a recent trip to Wyoming. Then, Todd Sparger will present ribbons for the winning images. He will also speak to the attendees about GNPA.

Guidelines for the photography competition may be viewed/downloaded by visiting and then clicking on the REGIONS tab and then on UPCOMING SPEAKERS. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to attend the meeting, whether or not they choose to submit images for the competition. The Central Region Chapter of the GNPA meets the third Tuesday in each month and welcomes all nature photographers.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Digital Darkroom & Photography Workshop Set for June 16

Want to make the perfect picture even better? Managers at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are pleased to announce award-winning nature photographer John Reed will have a Digital Darkroom Photography Workshop on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with check-in starting at 6:30 a.m.

The day begins with a photo shoot at the renowned Okefenokee Swamp. Later, learn the fundamentals of processing and adjusting your photograph on the computer. The concepts covered will work with Photoshop and other digital darkroom software. You may also bring pictures you have previously taken on a thumb drive (flash drive) or a CD. Bringing your own laptop is recommend, but not necessary as one may still observe all the methods demonstrated during the workshop.

Space is limited to the first thirty registrants, so register today! The cost of the workshop is $45 if payment is received on or before June 1. The workshop will be $50 if payment is received from June 2 until June 15, and the workshop is $55 at the door. We will accept cash, checks or money orders. Please address all checks and money orders to Okefenokee Wildlife League (OWL) and send them to 4155 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537. To register, please call (912) 496-7836 between 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

The workshop takes place inside the East Entrance seven miles southwest of Folkston, GA along Georgia Highway 121/23. Classroom activities and check-in takes place in the environmental education classroom across the breezeway from Okefenokee Adventures.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Newly-Organized Chapter of GNPA (Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association) Seeks New Members

A new (and first!) chapter of Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association ( was officially launched this past January and currently meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday in each month at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library, located at 7077 S. Highway 19, about one mile south of the courthouse square in Zebulon. To find out what’s coming up each month, log onto the GNPA site and then click on the REGIONS tab. (The speaker for the April 17th meeting will be Phyllis Burchett, whose beautiful images may be viewed on

The chapter has also recently created a meetup website, which will allow them to meet fellow nature photographers who will, hopefully, soon want to join GNPA. To join the meetup group, log onto Membership in the meetup group is FREE and allows members to participate in meetups that will be held in various scenic sites throughout the central region of Georgia.

GNPA is dedicated to helping nature photographers of all skill levels improve their photography, learn and grow, meet other outdoor photographers, participate in great trips and events, help others understand the value of the natural world and give focus to a special area of interest in photography. GNPA members invite other nature photographers to join them in that endeavor and to help spread the word about this exciting opportunity.

Note: GNPA members may attend meetings/programs in Marietta and/or those in Zebulon. They may also participate in workshops, field trips, etc. sponsored by GNPA and/or GNPA-Central Region.

For additional information about GNPA or GNPA-Central Region, please send an e-mail to

Friday, July 1, 2011

West Central Georgia Shutterbugs - July 2011 meeting announcement

Ten West Central Georgia Shutterbugs participated as two 5-member teams in the Serenbe Photography Center’s Open Competition on June 11. Our very own Yvette Tolson received a 1st place winner in Category 4. Shutterbugs participating were (left to right): Back row: Beau Gentry, Francis Hauke, Hazel Cromer, and Chadd Morton. Middle row: Bonny Shockley, Linda Godwin, Yvette Tolson, and Margie Lentini. Bottom front: Carol Peck and Dianne Kelly.

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs are planning a Critique Night for their July 12 monthly meeting in Thomaston. Members are asked to submit images and allow others to comment during the presentation. Guests are welcome to visit at 6:30 pm that evening at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council. Please come join us for this annual review.

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Shutterbugs blog:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Simple Pleasures Photography Exhibition Opens in Newnan on June 9th

Simple Pleasures Photography encores in Newnan Thursday, June 9th. The juried photography competition received high praise from collectors at its inaugural show in 2010 and was noted as being “one of the strongest photography shows in Georgia” at that time. The 2011 exhibit opens with a reception for its photographers at Encore Décor (next to Scott’s Book Store) on the south court square in historic downtown Newnan. The contest, which is open to professional and amateur photographers, focuses on the simple pleasures of life. The winners of this year’s competition will display their work at both the Carnegie Library and Encore Décor.

Bob Shapiro, who has been photographing people and events in Newnan for over 35 years, will serve as judge for the 2011 show which offers cash prizes to its winners who will be announced at the reception between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Entries to Simple Pleasures are submitted to the judge by blind submission in order that professional ad amateur photographers may be judged solely on the merit of their work. Dale Niles of Fayetteville had never entered a photography contest prior to winning Best of Show in Simple Pleasures in 2010. Niles earned her first award with Simple Pleasures and then went on to win first prize in the “Nature Undisturbed” photography competition later the same year. Her wins opened doors to invitations for gallery exhibitions of her work which include The Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone.

The 2011 exhibit for Simple Pleasures is open to the public through July 7th at which time a closing reception will be held to announce the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, May 20, 2011

SlowExposures is "Calling all Photographers"!

SlowExposures is the nationally-recognized juried photography exhibition that underscores the diversity, contradictions and complexity of the rural American South.

Now in its ninth year, SlowExposures invites photographers to submit their work.

The deadline to enter the annual photo exhibition in Georgia is midnight, Wednesday, June 15th. Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their work.

Each photographer may submit up to six (6) images electronically through the web site below. All work must be original to the artist and must have been photographed within the past four years. The fee of $50.00 must accompany the entry and may be paid through credit card or PayPal.

Photographs may be color or black and white; using traditional or digital processes or elements of both.

“SlowExposures 2011” is staged September 16 through September 25 at the historic R. F. Strickland Building in Concord, Georgia, 60 miles south of the Atlanta airport.

All entries must be submitted online at the new “SlowExposures” website --- using the online registration form and payment by PayPal or credit card.

Contact Christine Curry at 770-567-3600 for more information.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Photographer Frank Sharp

Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is proud to feature a breathtaking photo exhibition by renowned photographer Frank Sharp. The exhibition features photography from Frank and his wife Pearl’s travels to Cambodia and Thailand. Beautifully displayed, Frank’s exhibition includes photographs of the Angkor Archaeological Park 1,000 Stone Temple, the Giant Reclining Buddha at Wat Po and the city of Ayutthaya which is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frank Sharp is known for his spectacular photography from his travels with his wife Pearl throughout the world including Europe and Asia. Frank’s photography captures history and geography through the camera lens, bringing culture and traditions held within those countries to within an arms length for all to enjoy.

The exhibition runs from May 9, to August 5 and is open Monday through Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. For a chance to meet Frank, an artist reception will be held on May 12, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center offers classes in cultural arts, dance, martial arts, wellness, fitness and much more. The Recreation Center includes a pottery studio, dance/aerobics room, large community room with catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and walking trails that connect to Pinckneyville Park and the Soccer Complex. For information and rentals contact 770.417.2200

Virginia Highlands Festival Photography Competition and Lecture Series Schedule of Events

The 2011 Virginia Highlands Festival is pleased to announce its call for entries and the schedule for the 2011 Lecture Series.

The call for entries will be June 25th 2011 starting at 9AM till 3PM at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room 103

Prints may also be mailed to:
Virginia Highlands Festival Office
Attn: Christopher Bradshaw
P.O. Box 801, Abingdon, VA 24212

This Year the Festival is giving away $1000.00 in CASH PRIZES

Thursday July 21st starting at 6PM till 10PM will be a reception and gallery opening of the body of work received by the competition.
This event will be held in The Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon VA.
This event is open to the public and all entrants are asked to attend.

Saturday July 23rd starting at 9AM till 1PM will be a lecture with world renowned National Geographic Photographer, Bob Krist, entitled “Behind the Scenes: Real Life Misadventures of a National Geographic Photographer”.
This event will be held in the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available online at
Nations Photo Lab is providing $25.00 gift cards to all attendees of this lecture.
Tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 for college students
Students must contact Christopher Bradshaw from a school issued email address for the promotional code.

Saturday July 30th starting at 9AM till 11AM
Around the world in 180 minutes with Chris Duncan
This event will be held in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available at
Tickets are $5.00

Saturday August 6th starting at 9AM till 1PM
The Parks of The Sierra Nevada Mountains with Richard Siggins
This event will be held in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available at
Tickets are $5.00
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nature Undisturbed 2011 Juror Makes Selections

Susan Todd-Raque, Atlanta based art advisor and consultant specializing in photography, has selected the images for 2011 Nature Undisturbed. The show is growing and receiving many more entries each year. This year 96 photographers representing 10 states submitted 467 photographs for consideration. From this pool, 55 photos were selected. Thirty-six photographers from 7 states are represented in this group.

“This is remarkable,” said show director Donna Rosser, “our first year, 2009, we had only 45 photographers enter. This year 45 photographers from Fayette and Coweta counties entered the show. From Georgia, we had 85 photographers. It is an awesome experience to meet so many photographers who share a passion for nature photography.” Last year residents of Fayette County were the winners in both categories.

Nature Undisturbed showcases the beauty of nature. It also brings awareness to the local conservation group, Southern Conservation Trust. Many people in the area benefit from the work they do. Line Creek, Flat Creek, and Sams Lake nature areas are all maintained by the Trust. This year Nature Undisturbed has added Flint Riverkeepers to the show and the Flint River to the site specific category.

Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, Georgia will the home of Nature, Undisturbed. “We are looking forward to a great event and an opening reception on April 16 that will be an exceptional art event in Fayette County. Also, our panel discussion scheduled for April 30 is not to be missed. It is humbling to see such rapid growth with the event.” Not only does the show exhibit the great photography but it gives the public a great opportunity to learn about art collecting with an emphasis on photography.

For more information on the show, this year’s juror, and the panel discussion; visit the website at Mark your calendar to attend the event at Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone April 16 through May 1st. The opening reception is open to everyone and is always a packed house with fun, great food, and wonderful photography.

Friday, February 18, 2011

'Art Thru the Lens' Photo Contest

Enjoy art through the interpretation of amateur photographers at the 2nd Annual Photo Contest “Art Thru the Lens” exhibition at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. On display are beautiful photo entries of landscapes, pets and still life objects, by local photographers who have transformed their hobby into works of art.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the art show and become a critique for the day. Members of the public will judge the contest entries via anonymous votes. The winners will be announced at an Artist Reception on Fri., April 1.

The photos entries will be on display from Feb. 25 - April 1. Exhibit hours are Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free. George Pierce Park Community Recreation center is located at 55 Buford Hwy, in Suwanee. For more information, call 770-831-4173 or visit

SlowExposures Returns to Georgia this Fall

SlowExposures, the nationally recognized juried photo exhibition held each Fall in Pike County, Georgia, faithfully captures the rural South's distinct history and character through fine art photography.

The ninth showcase of photography opens on Friday, September 16th, 2011, in the 1887 R. F. Strickland Building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), a late nineteenth century mercantile store, in historic Concord, Georgia, one hour south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Elizabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor of The New Yorker, and Peter Essick, with National Geographic Magazine, are the jurors for this year’s show.

The “call for entries” begins in February, with a submission deadline of June 15th. Details on the entry process will be posted on the website in early February.

The photo celebration, which continues for two event-filled weekends, includes:

The Main Photo Exhibit, featuring dozens of images, which interpret the rural South,

A Lunch and Learn Photo Presentation,

John Bennette’s (the New York City collector) Show,

A Jurors’ Talk with Elizabeth Biondi and Peter Essick,

A Portfolio Review/Portfolio Walk that offers photographers the opportunity to have their work evaluated by some of the field's most respected professionals,

A Local Student’s Photography Contest,

Several Satellite Shows


The Slow Exposures Ball (dinner/dance) on Saturday, September 17th.

SlowExposures is the annual fundraiser of Pike Historic Preservation and is dedicated to supporting the historical and cultural heritage of the rural South through contemporary photography.

All proceeds from the show and the accompanying events go toward the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes.

Information and news will be available through Facebook, Twitter and an expanded, interactive website.

For more information, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489, Zebulon, GA, 30295, (770) 567-3600.

SlowExposures 2011 concludes on Sunday, September 25th.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Watch tonight’s sold-out Peter Galassi lecture online via a live webcast tonight at 7 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m., click on this link to watch:

Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, will provide an overview of the exhibition "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century," which opens to the public on Saturday, February 19.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. For more than twenty-five years he was the keenest observer of the global theatre of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century.


We HIGHLY recommend this! Yesterday a couple of us from Arts Across Georgia were treated to a pre-opening walk and talk with Galassi. It was fascinating, just like the exhibit. He is a walking fount of knowledge... no one could stump him. We'll be going back to see the exhibit.