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 fine art photography by members of the seven 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 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.
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 Rick Sammon will step into those shoes, following the very popular Art Wolfe (2011), Seth Resnick (2012) and Bryan Peterson (2013)
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.