The North American Nature Photography Association
The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) was founded in 1994 to fill a glaring gap. Until that time, there was no organization that addressed the needs of the 1000's of nature photographers in North America. NANPA changed all of that. With over 3000 members spread throughout the globe, the non-profit has become the worldâ€™s pre-imminent nature photography organization.
Whatâ€™s Art for Conservationâ€™s link to NANPA? Art for Conservation and Fine Print Imagingâ€™s founder and president, Mark Lukes, was also the founding president of NANPA and later, the NANPA Foundation. Art for Conservation co-founder, Linda Helm, and Mark chaired NANPAâ€™s highly acclaimed Summit College Photography Scholarship program. And Mark is the chair of the Janie Moore Greene educational grant.
Fine Print Imaging, through Art for Conservation, also started and continues to sponsor the Philip Hyde Grant which annually awards $5000 to a NANPA member who is using his or her photography to pursue a grass roots conservation project. Philip Hyde Grant recipients include:
â€¢ Joe Riis â€“ Pronghorn Migration
â€¢ Jenny Ross - Salton Sea Project
â€¢ Gary Braasch - The World View of Global Warming Project
â€¢ CC Lockwood - Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands of Louisiana
â€¢ Rich Reid - California Gavotte Coast Conservancy
â€¢ Ned Thierry - New Hampshire Monadnock Conservancy
â€¢ Wendy Shattil/Bob Rozinski - "Jewels of Colorado" project
â€¢ Florian Schulz - Yellowstone to Yukon
The North American Nature Photography Associationâ€™s mission is to promote the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation and environmental protection. To learn more about NANPA, which is headquartered in Wheatridge, Colorado, go to NANPA's Website.