Young Bozeman nature photographer receives Janie Moore Greene Scholarship to study filmmaking

The North American Nature Photography Association Foundation (NANPA Foundation) named Avery Locklear of Bozeman, MT, recipient of the 2020 Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant. The $2,000 award will support Locklear’s graduate study in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University.

A former NANPA High School Program Scholarship recipient, Locklear spent a week in training with professional photographers and scientists during the Nature Photography Summit in Jacksonville, FL, in 2013. “Attending the [NANPA High School] program changed my life,” Locklear says. “It propelled me toward not only pursuing nature photography, but also protecting the natural world.”

Locklear also has lived and worked at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, leading ranger walks, answering visitors’ questions, and taking photographs. “Living in an isolated park with no car for five months allowed me to reconnect with nature photography in an incredibly spiritual way,” she explains.

Her photography has been recognized in the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Contest, Nature’s Best Backyards, Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Shutterbug Photo Contest, and Young Weather Photographers Contest. Her photographs have also been published in multiple books and magazines, including a parks and outdoor recreation textbook featuring case studies from national parks.

Locklear earned an Associate’s degree with high honors from Florida State College and a Bachelor of Science in Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management from Montana State University. The Janie Moore Greene Scholarship will support graduate study in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State, where Locklear hopes to strengthen her storytelling and change-making abilities to raise awareness for a broad range of environmental issues.

The NANPA Foundation provides a variety of financial grants that allow photographers at all levels of experience to pursue nature-related photography projects and learn more about conservation, advocacy, and ethical practices in natural photography.