The Mid Atlantic Photography Association and the Nature Visions Photography Expo.
Our mission statement
To promote and advance the appreciation of photography in the Mid-Atlantic Region and elsewhere, encourage the participation in photography by individuals with all levels of experience and all areas of photographic interest, and increase the appreciation of photographic art within our community.
An Event for Anyone Interested in Photography
Ultimately, the Expo’s primary goal is to spark the photographic interests of those who attend the show. Many attendees are simply dazzled by the beauty of the photographs on display. Yet many of these photographers only picked up a camera for the first time a couple years ago and their growth was helped along by participation in their camera club.
It is the hope of the Expo that visitors are inspired by the creativity of the exhibiting photographers and are encouraged to improve their own skills as photographers. Visitors can meet their peers (young and old alike) to see how they got started. They have a chance to have their work critiqued, as well as meet with photography instructors to learn about photography classes and workshops that are available to them.
Attendees can also learn about the benefits of joining one of the local camera clubs, and talk with companies who specialize in gear and equipment for photographers.
The centerpiece of the Expo is a display of more than three hundred images that have been selected by a panel of jurors. This exhibit showcases photographs of landscapes, wildlife, and flowers in their nature habitat created by local artists.
Novice and advanced photographers alike have the opportunity to learn from locally and nationally known photographers with expertise in a variety of fields. Learn about the latest photography equipment and apparel. Find out about classes and workshops offered by local photographers.
The Expo also offers two full days of lectures by noted photographers and several unique activities including free portfolio reviews by professional photography instructors and free camera cleanings. Another popular event provides photographers the chance to photograph Hawks and Owls. Thanks to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, photographers can focus their cameras on these magnificent wild birds in a natural setting just outside the Hylton Center.
The event also provides visitors with opportunity to interact with other photographers as well as with those involved in providing goods and services to photographers. We will have representatives from leading manufacturers who will be available to help with technical questions and showcase the latest in photographic equipment.
A Brief History
In 2002 six camera clubs in Northern Virginia saw the opportunity to promote the talents of their members, their individual clubs, and photography in general. When they started planning the first Expo, they found immediate support in the local photographic community, support which has grown each year.
In 2003, the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS), one of the participating camera clubs, was awarded 1st place in the Camera Club Category of the Nature’s Best annual international photography contest. The winning NVPS images were displayed in the fall 2003 edition of Nature’s Best Magazine. Nature’s Best Magazine ranks as one of the finest nature photography publications in the world and the Mid Atlantic Nature Photography Expo (formerly known as the Meadowlark Nature Photography Expo) has been privileged to have their support.
In 2006, the Expo added a keynote presentation to the line-up when Bobby Harrison spoke about his efforts to find and photograph the illusive Ivory-billed woodpecker. In 2008, Frans Lanting provided the keynote address on his latest book project “Life: a Journey through Time”. Each year the Expo brings a well-known photographer to present the memorable keynote address.
A new feature added for the 2010 Expo was onsite workshops led by regionally and nationally known photographers. It was the first Expo staged at the sparkling new Hylton Performing Arts Center, on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University.
The 2011 Expo featured Art Wolfe, who led our first Friday all-day seminar, expanding the Expo’s educational focus even more. In 2012 Seth Resnick gave the Friday seminar and the Saturday keynote, and the Expo added its first-ever Sunday Featured Speaker, former NANPA president Darrell Gulin.
This year the Expo adds free classes for beginners, a second exhibit in a second GMU building, and it opens its exhibit and vendor spaces for no charge. The six original Nature Visions clubs are newly joined by a seventh organizational member, the National Institutes of Health Camera Club, the only Nature Visions club (so far) from Maryland.
The Expo is a three-day immersion in photography that is not to be missed!