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