Auction Information

2018 Online Auction – November 5 – 16

NANPA Foundation has 15 distinctive items up for auction and for such a good cause – advancing the awareness and appreciation of nature through photography. Proceeds from the auction will help build photo blinds, teach the next generation of nature photographers in NANPA’s high school and college student programs, and support environmental and conservation projects through the Philip Hyde Grant.


The auction starts at 8:00am EST on Monday, November 5th and bids will be accepted through Friday, November 16th at 11:00pm EST.

Top nature photographers have generously donated their time, services, and expertise and you won’t want to miss what they are offering. Review the list of what you can bid on and start planning your bidding strategy.

Portfolio Reviews/Photography Consultations

Sue Flood is offering a 40-minute one-on-one portfolio review or consultation about anything that the auction winner would like to discuss in relation to the nature photography business.

Sue is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, zoologist, adventure travel leader and public speaker. Her work takes her all over the world, but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of the Polar regions and is one of the very few women professional photographers who returns again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environments. Sue will also be speaking at the 2019 NANPA Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas in February. Learn more about Sue.


Alison M. Jones is offering to do a portfolio review of imagery covering values and vulnerability of our fresh water resources or a phone consultation on the process of setting up a photo documentary project, sharing the ups and downs of moving No Water No Life forward.

Since 2007, Alison has documented water availability, quality and usage of six watersheds in North America and East Africa for her No Water No Life project. Alison was the 2015 Philip Hyde Grant recipient from the NANPA Foundation. She has photographed cultures, wildlife, ecosystems and development for over twenty years. She is now focusing on threats and solutions to Africa and North America’s fresh water – a resource that is vital to human health and biodiversity conservation.  Learn more about Alison.

Suzi Eszterhas is available for a 30-minute consultation. This session can consist of a portfolio review, career advice, field techniques or other topics. You get 30 minutes to pick Suzi’s brain, either over the phone or via a video Skype call.

Suzi is an award-winning wildlife photographer best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. Her unique ability to earn the trust of her subject leads to touching imagery including groundbreaking work with tiger cubs at a den in India, newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, and brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness. Her photographs have been published in more than 100 magazine cover and feature stories. Suzi shares her knowledge and exclusive access to incredible locations in her wildlife photography tours. She has a loyal following of photographers of all levels who join her in expeditions to Brazil, Borneo, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and many other exotic destinations. Learn more about Suzi.

Sean Fitzgerald is giving 2 hours of online and live image/project/portfolio review. You will upload your images to a online space. Sean will make written comments online for each image followed by an online meeting between the two of you for at least 30 minutes where you will share the image online and discuss it together. The online space of your images with Sean’s written comments and an audio recording of your online discussion will be saved indefinitely for your reference.  Sean will review individual images, a broad portfolio, or a particular project, at your choice and is willing to provide extra training in Lightroom processing (e.g., showing how he might process particular images).

Sean is an award-winning, Texas-based nature and conservation photographer. He tries to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects are widely varied, he is repeatedly drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both. His work has been published in a wide variety of publications and his fine-art prints are found in private and corporate art collections and large-scale installations across the country, including hospitals, banks, museums and convention centers. Sean leads photo workshops for Ted Turner Expeditions. Learn more about Sean.

Brenda Tharp will share with you what works and what doesn’t in your photographs. She’s offering a live online, in-depth review of 40 photographs in this interactive review session that will last approximately 2 hours!

For more than 28 years, Brenda has been photographing the world around her, in response to the needs of creative professionals in the editorial and book publishing industries. Her award-winning fine art images are in private homes across the country and she provides finely crafted prints to interior decorators and businesses. She teaches photography workshops, writes books on photography, and leads photography tours. Brenda is also frequently a juror for national competitions, and her photography has been featured in Rangefinder, Extraordinary Vision, PhotoArt and several podcasts. Learn more about Brenda.


Day in the Field Opportunities

Shoot with Thomas Blagden in one of his favorite places! Tom is offering a day in the field sharing photography technic, special locations, and aesthetic elements. Locations can be Acadia National Park (August), Charleston, South Carolina area (November-April), and Northwest Connecticut (September/October). The participant should be in good physical condition.

A professional nature photographer for thirty-five years, Tom has concentrated his work primarily on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. His photographs have appeared in most national conservation calendars, as well as in numerous exhibits and magazines. His photographs and writing are devoted to land protection and conservation issues, resulting in six books on South Carolina. Tom is also a recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award for his exhibit-format volume on Acadia National Park. He has followed this with a new release, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration in March 2016.  He also leads photography trips to the Grand Canyon.


Shoot with Daniel J. Cox in Yellowstone National Park! The Day with Daniel will include dawn to dusk from Gardiner, MT. Date is dependent on Daniel’s schedule. Winner will have to provide travel to Gardiner, MT and provide his/her own meals and any lodging. Daniel will provide transportation for the day. Yellowstone is in Daniel’s backyard. Come join him exploring the place he loves most.

Daniel has been documenting nature for more than 38 years. Dan works with Panasonic as a Lumix Ambassador team member. His work has been featured in several galleries including Nikon House (New York), National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Natural History Museum in London. His most personally satisfying accomplishments include two cover stories for National Geographic and his current volunteer work as director of the Arctic Documentary Project for Polar Bears International. He is the sole photographer of more than 20 books including his most recent self-published children’s title Portia Polar Bear’s Birthday Wish. Learn more about Dan.

Shoot with Cathy & Gordon Illg and get 2 for 1! Cathy and Gordon Illg are offering a day in the field at a location within 2 hours drive of Denver. The exact location will depend on whether the photographer is interested in wildlife or landscapes or a combination. Critique of photos is possible during down time if the photographer is interested.

For the past 19 years Cathy and Gordon have been working as full-time nature photographers, and their work is widely published, including numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Young Explorer, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife. Several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and their first ebook, Worshipping With A Camera, Other Nations; The Creatures Who Share This Planet With Us, has been well received. They have done well in photo contests, the pinnacle of which was being flown to London to accept awards in BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Learn more about Cathy and Gordon.

Gather up to 3 of your friends and shoot with Lisa Langell!  You and up to three guests of your choice will join award-winning professional nature photographer and instructor Lisa Langell for an exclusive, private-group, one-day nature photography experience in the stunning Greater Phoenix/Superstition Mountains region of Arizona. Known for her incredible wildlife images and nurturing instruction, Lisa will tailor this day around your photographic needs and goals.  Includes guiding and instruction on-location(s). Transportation, meals, lodging, gear, etc. not included. Event must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Lisa is an award-winning wildlife photographer with an international following. She is known for her signature wildlife images that artfully capture breathtaking, split-second moments. Her images evoke both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer, offering not just a photograph—but an intimate experience with nature. Her work has been published in numerous national magazines, publications and juried galleries. From Scottsdale, Arizona, she loves teaching workshops locally, internationally, and online. Participants are drawn to her strong knowledge, but also her fun, vibrant, sincere, and supportive approach as they progress in their own journeys as photographers. Learn more about Lisa.

Explore Northwest Wyoming with Jeff Vanuga! This day in the field includes a little bit of everything – a day in the field with Jeff exploring either Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, some post-processing and an optional portfolio review. Timing will depend on Jeff’s availability, and the places you’ll go certainly won’t disappoint.

Jeff has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years and specializes in both advertising and editorial media. His work has been published worldwide in magazines and major advertising campaigns. He’s an award-winning photographer and author of “Fordor’s Compass Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks” so he knows the places to take photographers in these parks. He also leads tours for a number of tour companies and has work represented by Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library stock agencies. Learn more about Jeff.



Photography Instruction

You get 3 hours of Kathy Adams Clark’s time training on software or workflow either in person (in the Houston area) or online using Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom’s Develop module. A good workflow can really help speed up processing and get photos looking good. Kathy’s help can also be used for basic Layers in Photoshop, adding metadata and keywords. Learn Kathy’s tricks for simple, easy processing that can be done in a short amount of time. Mac preferred, but PC also works.

Kathy has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.  Her photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. Magazines including AAA JourneyTexas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways have used Kathy’s photos on their covers. Her photos have also appeared in books including Portrait of Houston (2012, Farcountry Press) and Photographing Big Bend National Park (2013, Texas A&M University Press), which she also wrote. She teaches a series of photography classes in the Houston metropolitan area and is a popular speaker at local and national events. Since 2001, she’s worked with Strabo Tours to lead photo tours to countries including Costa Rica, Spain, Tanzania, Italy, Peru, Morocco, and Bhutan. Learn more about Kathy.

Learn panoramic photography with Richard Day during a one-hour, one-on-one customized instruction session. Richard can help you with equipment selection, composition, and how to complete a panoramic photo from planning the photo to post-processing. Instruction can be onsite at his property near Alma, IL (transportation, lodging, etc. not included) or electronically via an online sharing platform.

Richard Day is a well-known photographer specializing in birds and landscapes. Based in Illinois, Richard uses traditional cameras plus drones to educate people about nature. He’s been leading workshops, teaching photography, and licensing his images for nearly 30 years. Thousands of his photos have been published worldwide in magazines, calendars, books, advertising, and products. Learn more about Richard.

Learn how to refine your metadata with Cindy Miller Hopkins! Cindy licenses more than 1,000 images a year and she attributes a high percentage of those sales to her understanding of detailed metadata. If you are posting images on websites, working with a team gathering photographic data, or just want to FIND your own work efficiently on your home computer, she can help. Cindy is offering 2 hours of one-on-one advice over the phone, via SKYPE or Facetime. If you’re attending NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit in February, Cindy can do the training in-person at the Las Vegas event. Your two-hour class will cover any aspect of metadata you are seeking help with. Adobe Bridge or Lightroom platforms.

Cindy is a travel and wildlife photographer with more than 20 years of experience and more than 5,000 publications to her credit. Her images can be seen on the pages of thousands of text books, travel brochures, calendars, and other consumer products, as well as U.S. and international magazines and newspapers. Her freelance, assignment and workshop career has taken her to all seven continents and more than 140 countries. Along with her stock photography business, Cindy teaches digital photography classes and workshops, is a photography lecturer, and leads photo safaris around the world. Learn more about Cindy.
Photography Workshops
Visionary Wild’s Death Valley Workshop With Jack Dykinga, John Shaw and Justin Black – March 4-8, 2019
This outdoor classroom is a highlight of Visionary Wild’s Vision series, a special program of advanced instruction focusing on refining your personal creative vision, composition, digital workflow and image processing. As if the program topics and destination weren’t enough, your instruction will be by renowned photographers Jack Dykinga and John Shaw, with support by Visionary Wild’s Justin Black. All three instructors have photographed Death Valley extensively and know its secrets well. We will photograph at a variety of locations in the park during our morning and evening field sessions, with emphasis on the dunes, salt formations, water courses, and sculpted designs in the canyons. At this time of year, the days are comfortable and the nights are cool, and the weather can bring anything from sunny bluebird skies to dramatic boiling storm clouds. Death Valley always serves up surprises, which is one reason we like to return time and time again. If a wet winter precedes the workshop, blankets of golden and purple wildflowers may cover the hills and alluvial fans along the edges of the valley. Attending the NANPA Nature Photography Summit? Extend your stay in the West and take part in this extraordinary program. The program has a 10-person limit, so you’re sure to get some extra attention! More information on Death Valley Workshop.


Jack Dykinga: Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism.  He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. He has written ten wilderness advocacy, large-format books and his fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

John Shaw: John, a natural and dedicated teacher, has been a professional nature photographer since the early 1970s. His work has been published in many publications and books. In 1997, he received the first-ever Outstanding Photographer Award given by NANPA. Nikon chose him as a featured Legend Behind the Lens in 2002, while Microsoft designated him an Icon of Imaging in 2006.  He has been part of Epson’s Stylus Pro fine art print makers group since 2001. John has published six books on nature photography, plus five eBooks on Photoshop and Lightroom.  He has photographed on every continent, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Provence to Patagonia.  While he once used a variety of film cameras, he much prefers the advantages of digital capture.

Justin Black: Justin is a photographer, writer, editor, expedition leader, photo workshops instructor, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), and a former executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Since 2011 with Visionary Wild and for ten years at Galen Rowell’s Mountain Light Photography, he has created inspiring and effective educational photographic experiences for thousands of passionate photographers. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading photo workshops organizers. Justin’s photographs have been published by numerous magazines. His work has also been published by major news outlets in print and online, and has been used in advertising for brands such as MasterCard, Patagonia, Nikon, and Fujifilm.

Photography as Art by Art Wolfe – March 31, 2019 in Boise, Idaho
“Photography as Art” is a groundbreaking new seminar created for individuals who want to spark their imagination and discover how to make artistic statements through photography. Led by internationally acclaimed photographer, artist and educator Art Wolfe, the all-day seminar encourages creative professionals to see and make art in exciting new ways. With art history as a reference point, participants explore avenues to maintain inspiration, foster their own personal style, and distinguish their photography from others.  Learn more about Photography as Art in Boise.
Art’s photography career has spanned five decades, a remarkable testament to the durability and demand for his images, his expertise, and his passionate advocacy for the environment and indigenous culture. During that time he has worked on every continent, in hundreds of locations, and on a dazzling array of projects. Art’s photographic mission is multi-faceted. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the viewer. His unique approach to photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. His goal has always been to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.” Hailed by William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, as “the most prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world,” Wolfe has taken an estimated two million images in his lifetime and travels nearly nine months out of the year photographing for new projects, leading photographic tours and seminars, and giving inspirational presentations to corporate, educational, conservation and spiritual groups.
Details About the NANPA Foundation Auction
The auction begins Monday, Nov. 5 at 8am EST and ends Friday, Nov. 16 at 11pm EST.Proceeds from the auction will go to support the programs that the NANPA Foundation administers including:
  • Building photo blinds in public nature areas
  • Awarding environmental/conservation grants for projects involving nature photography
  • Funding NANPA’s high school and college photography programs
  • Advancing nature photography

Restrictions/conditions of winning bids:

  • Unless otherwise specified by a donor, opportunities for space in workshops, tours, classes, days in the field with a pro and portfolio reviews/consultations will expire a maximum of 1 year from the end of the auction (expiration date, unless otherwise noted, is November 18, 2019).
  • Unless otherwise stated, auction items do not include travel, meals, lodging, gear, etc.
  • Those items without a definitive date will be scheduled at mutually agreeable dates/times.
  • Cancellations, changes, rescheduling and no-shows after a space has been reserved will result in forfeiture of all rights granted by the auction item. Exceptions may be granted solely at the donor’s discretion.
  • Winning bids do not entitle special priority for scheduling or any other consideration: all policies, dates and restrictions as determined by the donor must be followed.
  • Certificates may not be split, shared or transferred to additional parties, unless indicated in the opportunity description.
  • All winning bids are final as of the end of the auction.

Remember: professional photographers, photo tour leaders and workshop operators generously donate their space and time and that cancellations, changes or special demands may result in lost income from other potential attendees or opportunities.


Rules of the NANPA Foundation Auction

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and able to form legally binding contracts under applicable law to be eligible to bid on any item.
  • When you place a bid on an online auction item, you enter into a legally binding contract to purchase the item from NANPA Foundation if you are the winning bidder. You are the winning bidder if your bid is the highest bid at the end of the auction and your bid is accepted by NANPA Foundation.
  • If you are a winning bidder, you agree to pay NANPA Foundation the full amount of your winning bid within 21 days of receiving the invoice for your item. Invoices will be sent within 3 days of the close of the auction. Instructions on how to redeem your item will be sent upon receipt of payment.
  • All bids are final. Once you have submitted a bid, it cannot be retracted or changed.