NANPA College Scholarship Program

Final project from 2017 NANPA College Scholarship Program participants in Jacksonsville, FL. 

The next NANPA College Scholarship Program will take place in February 2019. Applications will be accepted beginning in fall 2018. 

About the Program

If you love nature and photography, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make personal contacts with the top pros in nature photography as well as editors and other industry leaders as you participate in NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To qualify, you must be at least 19 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2018 and a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college, university, community college or trade or vocational school. Past participants in NANPA’s high school or college scholarship programs are not eligible to apply. You don’t have to be a photography major or even call yourself a nature photographer. You do have to have a digital camera that accepts interchangeable lenses.

Each college student selected to attend the NANPA Summit and participate in the story-telling client project will be provided with the following:

  • Full Summit registration and admission to all keynote presentations and breakout sessions
  • All meals and hotel room (shared with another student) at the conference site
  • Portfolio review given by a professional stock agent or photo editor
  • All meals and housing during your participation in a field-based story-telling project for an area client
  • Opportunity to network with mentors throughout the Summit
  • Three years of NANPA membership

***Transportation to and from the conference site is the responsibility of the student.

In addition, students will meet with a variety of invited guests that include top nature photography pros for small-group and one-on-one discussions. Throughout the Summit, students will have the opportunity to brainstorm, critique images and talk with many pros on a variety of subjects.

The Scholarship Program Client Project

A key part of this scholarship experience is working with a Summit-area client on a story-telling project prior to the start of the Summit. The student team of scholarship recipients will work with the client to develop the story line and decide the visual format for the project. Participants will then go to the field to shoot photographs and record video and audio to support the project. The story-telling project will then be shown to attendees on the final night of the Summit. Examples below illustrate recent client-project videos:

2015: San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve
2013: Big Talbot Island
2011: Reconnecting the Rio Grande Valley
2011: From Passion to Profession, Aaron Schmidt’s Account of His 2011 Participation

Additional Information

If you have any questions, contact program coordinator Mark Larson by email or telephone (707-845-6670). If you would like to speak with some of our past student participants, please ask Mark for a list of names and contact information. They would love to talk with you!

Through the NANPA Foundation, NANPA spends $1,500-$2,500 per student to develop and operate the scholarship programs. We invite you to make a contribution to help support this program for future students.