About Nature Visions Photo Expo

Nature Visions Photo Expo is the Best Value in Photography Education

Attending Nature Visions will spark your interest in photography. All of the skilled photographers whose work is exhibited began as novices.

The centerpieces of Nature Visions are two exhibits that showcase nature and photo art photography by members of the regional camera clubs that organize the event.

Nature Visions features two full days of lectures by noted photographers, preceded by a full-day seminar on Friday by an internationally known photographer and teacher. Our speakers are locally and nationally known photographers with expertise in a variety of fields. Our vendors sell and demonstrate the latest photography equipment, supplies and workshops.

Another popular activity is the opportunity 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.

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.

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”. Since 2011 our “star” photographer/educators have also given a full-day seminar on the Friday of Expo weekend. This year the noted photographer and photography author Marc Muench will step into those shoes, following the very popular Art Wolfe (2011), Seth Resnick (2012), Bryan Peterson (2013) and Rick Sammon (2014)

Our Mission Statement

To promote and advance the appreciation of photography in the Mid-Atlantic Region and elsewhere; to encourage the participation in photography by individuals with all levels of experience and all areas of photographic interest; and to increase the appreciation of photographic art within our community.

Nature Visions features two photography exhibits. The Nature Exhibit is presented in the Hylton Center’s Gregory Theater. The Photo Art Exhibit is presented across George Mason Circle in the Beacon Hall foyer.

The 475 images in the two exhibits are selected by a panel of judges from entries by members of the regional camera clubs that organize Nature Visions.

Most of the images are for sale at reasonable prices.





Our Privacy Policy

Here is how Northern Virginia Photo Expo (NVPE) uses any data you give us. We do not share any of your data except as specified below.

If you sign up for or are on our email list:

  • We only use the email list to send you information about the expo.  We do not share the list.
  • You may unsubscribe at any time by using the unsubscribe button at the bottom of every email we send from this list.
  • We currently use MailChimp to manage our list. Their privacy policy is available at http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

If you purchase tickets for the Expo:

  • We use a third party vendor, currently EventBrite, and they have the information you give to them to complete your purchase.  We use some of this data to do post -analysis to help us improve the Expo year over year.  The EventBrite privacy policy is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/privacypolicy/
  • We also load any email addresses this vendor collects into our email list.
  • We do not share this information outside of NVPE.

If you are a member of one of the regional camera clubs that are members of NVPE, we use the data we get from your club about you to:

  • Generate a discount code for your use in purchasing reduced price tickets. That code is stored in EventBrite.
  • Populate our online photo judging software platform, Visual Pursuits, so that you may compete in the Expo. The Visual Pursuits privacy policy is at http://naturevisions.visualpursuits.com/Help/PrivacyPolicy.aspx
  • Populate our email list so that you receive the latest information about the Expo.
  • We do not share this information outside of NVPE.

If you visit our web pages:

  • We will collect anonymous data about your visit. We will not collect any personally identifiable information without your knowledge.  This data will not be shared outside of Nature Visions and is used to better understand our audience and to improve the website functionality.