Call For Applications…Nature Photography High School Scholarship Program


Who will be the next great nature photographer?

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is currently accepting nominations and applications for their fourteenth annual High School Student Scholarship Program.

Ten high school students will be offered a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Eighteenth Annual NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 24 through March 3, 2013 and also participate in field workshops and classroom instruction designed specifically for them.

The week-long program, which begins Feb. 24th, includes time in a classroom learning digital photography from industry experts, as well as several field trips with personalized photographic instruction from some of the world’s most renowned nature photographers and publishing professionals.

Eligible students must be 14 years old by June 1, 2012, but not yet 19 as of January 1, 2013. The scholarship covers all lodging, meals, and the Summit registration fee. Transportation to and from Jacksonville will be the responsibility of each student and his or her family.

The nomination/application deadline is Nov 31, 2012. Program description and application information are available at the organization’s website: 2013 Summit

Calling all young photographers: Last 2 Days to enter!

Start an entry by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 31th, 2012.

START AN ENTRY NOW and your best image may make the journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian. Winners in each category and a selection of Highly Honored photographs will be displayed in the annual exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, one of the most respected and highly visited museums in the world. All winning images will be published in the 2012 Fall-Winter Collectors’ Edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.
Start an entry by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 31th, and we will make sure you can finish your uploads. Thank you to everyone who already started and completed your entry on time, you will be judged first starting on June 1. BEST OF LUCK!

Calling all young photographers: ENTER NOW!

The annual Windland Awards deadline has been extended to May 30th.
CLICK HERE for a chance to be displayed at the Smithsonian exhibition.
The good news is that due to the large volume of calls and emails we received on the day of our original deadline we have decided to extend the closing of competition entries. May 30th is the final date, so please prepare and enter your images soon. Follow the guidelines PDF on the entry form and let us know if you need help.

JUDGING BEGINS JUNE 1: We will still be judging the entries in the order they were submitted, i.e. the first 10 entry submissions we received this year will be the first 10 entrants judged and so on until we reach the very last entry submitted. So, if you entered earlier you will be reviewed earlier.

Best of luck for this year, maybe your image will make the journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian, one of the most respected and highly visited museums on Earth. Check out this year’s Awards HD video (below) for a selection of images from the 2011 competition and give it a thumbs up! At the end, there are cute polar bear cubs filmed by Thomas D. Mangelsen, the Conservation Photographer of the Year.

Steve Freligh, Director
Windland Smith Rice Awards


REMINDER: It’s the last day to start an entry in the Best Backyards Photo Contest! Start an entry before midnight tonight, Monday, October 24. Anyone who has signed up will still have one more week to complete uploading your best photographs taken in your yard, garden, or parks. Judging will start in November. Winning shots will appear in the next Spring/Summer issue of Nature’s Best Photography.

Audubon Magazine
Photography Awards
We will email photographers instructions on how to send us high resolution images of images selected to move onto the next round of judging. The winners will appear in the 2012 January-February issue of Audubon magazine and in the Spring issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine.
Questions? Send an email to:

LAST CHANCE: Enter Audubon Magazine Photo Awards

Do you photograph birds? Now’s your chance to showcase your work in two national magazines and win prizes by entering the Audubon Magazine Photo Awards held in association with Nature’s Best Photography. There is a Youth Category and the grand prize for Youth is an iPod Touch with your choice of 5 Audubon Guides Apps. ENTER NOW at:


Hi Student Photographers,
Gary Farber of Hunt’s Photo and Video has generously offered free registration to students for a number of photography classes being held this weekend in the Boston, Massaschusetts area. If you are interested in attending just email Gary Farber at with your name, address, and phone number and which classes you want to attend. The workshop schedule can be found below or here:
Best Wishes,
Gabby Salazar, Editor, Nature’s Best Photography Students
Upcoming Workshops & Seminars!

Camera Club Weekend

August 12-13, 2011, 100 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176

Expand your Creativity! Two Great Days of Educational Seminars! Instructors Ken Hubbard and David Guy will be teaching exciting courses like Exploring Digital Black & White Photography (Ken Hubbard) and Macro and Nature (David Guy). Free to ALL Camera Club Members and a small fee of $20 to Non-club Members. For more information and to register for classes please visit link below or call 781-662-8822 to speak to any of our highly trained sales associates. Hope to see you there! DON’T FORGET IT”S A TAX FREE WEEKEND! All purchases under $2500.00 NO SALES TAX!

WPPI Road Trip August 25, 2011 Boston, MA

This seminar is full of information about the ins and outs of photography, tailored for professional wedding and portrait photographers. For more information about this seminar please visit link below,


Understanding Exposure and Learning to see Creatively with Bryan Peterson: September 17, 2011 Plymouth, MA

This is an intensive all day course with Bryan Peterson, great for intermediate photographers. For more information about this seminar please visit link below, or call 617-794-2132.

See the new NBP Students Online issue!

CLICK to see the new Nature’s Best Photography Students Online edition:

Nature Photo Contest: Win Trip to Amazing Lodge in Peru!

Sunrise at Tambopata Research Center, run by Rainforest Expeditions.

Hi Photographers -

I just found out about a new nature photography contest run by Rainforest Expeditions ( The Grand Prize is a trip to a famous ecolodge in Tambopata, Peru (includes airfare). The contest is open to photographers 18 years and older. To enter, visit:

I have been to all three lodges owned by this company and they offer access to fantastic wildlife, luxury accommodations, and a perfect introduction (or reintroduction) to the jungle. Additionally, their business practices focus on environmental sustainability and local conservation.

A few images from my visit:

Butterfly at Posada Amazonas, run by Rainforest Expeditions.

Spix's Guan at Tambopata Research Center, Peru.

New Video Presented by GEICO

The annual exhibition of award-winners from the 2010 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition is open throughout the summer at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History until September 25, 2011. Shown on SONY Bravia 46″ HDTVs, this video is specially-produced to accompany the exhibition of category Winners and selected Highly Honored images displayed as large-format prints. Come to Washington, DC, and you will enjoy one of the world’s most-visited museums!

Set the video at high quality on Youtube for the best viewing:


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