Mission

Belize Zoo. Image © Cindy Miller Hopkins

Belize Zoo. Image © Cindy Miller Hopkins

Advancing Awareness and Appreciation of Nature through Photography.

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and provide resources to advance awareness and appreciation of nature through photography. Our vision is to support education, conservation, photographic opportunities, advocacy, and ethical practices in nature photography.

Operating as a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations to the NANPA Foundation are tax deductible and are instrumental in helping support the future of nature photography, both as a profession and as a pastime.

The NANPA Foundation has a number of programs that it supports:

We support NANPA’s ongoing educational programs for high school and college level nature photographers by funding scholarships through NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program and Summit College Photography Scholarship Program.  The NANPA Foundation funds these scholarships programs for students to learn from the industry’s top photography shooters, editors, and publishers.

The Foundation also supports the building and maintenance of Photo Blinds in refuges, wildlife reserves, state/city parks, or other natural areas.  The NANPA Foundation has helped construct more than 40 photo blinds at wildlife areas across the country giving photographers a chance to photograph nature without disturbing it. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to groups interested in building a photo blind at any refuge, wildlife reserve, state/city park, or other natural area.

We present financial grants that allow photographers at all levels of experience to explore special nature-related photographic projects in their communities.

Philip Hyde Grant. This $2,500 grant, funded through individual donations, is awarded annually by the NANPA Foundation to an individual NANPA member who is actively pursuing completion of a peer-reviewed environmental project that is consistent with the missions of NANPA and the NANPA Foundation.

Janie Moore Greene Grant: This grant of $1,000 is awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in or accepted to attend an institution of higher education specializing in the study of photography through the generosity of Janie Moore Greene.

Your contributions help the Foundation achieve its goals. Please consider making a donation today to help us make a difference through nature photography.

Download the 2014-2015 NANPA Foundation Annual Report (PDF).