Answers to the most common questions about Nature Visions are listed below. If your question is not answered below, feel free to contact us so that we may assist you. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Who are we?
- What is our mission?
- Why should I attend the Expo?
- Why do I have to register if all I want is General Admission to see the free exhibits?
- Why should I register online?
- If I attended Nature Visions last year, is there anything new?
- What is the Hylton Performing Arts Center?
- Can I purchase online passes for the Nature Visions Expo?
- What is your refund policy?
- When do the exhibit hall and vendor tables open and close?
- Will there be food available?
- Is there plenty of parking? What will it cost to park?
- What will happen if it rains or snows?
- I will be traveling from out of town. Are there hotels in the area?
- Is the facility handicap accessible?
- Can we bring our pets?
- Should I bring my camera?
Q: Who are we?
A: We are the Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE), which consists of volunteers from seven Maryland and Northern Virginia Camera Clubs. Our organization is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.
Q: What is our mission?
A: 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 experience and all areas of photographic interest, and increase the appreciation of photographic art within our community.
Q: Why should I attend the Expo?
A: In addition to viewing the juried nature images, the Expo includes: a Friday all-day educational seminar; a Saturday keynote presentation, two free Sunday lectures for advanced photographers, new free classes for beginning photographers on Saturday and Sunday, a new Open Exhibit of juried photographs, fifteen more classes and lectures, vendor sales and an opportunity to take close-up images of rescued raptors. Not to mention the chance to mingle with some of the best photographers from all over.
A: Online registration is crucial for accurate information on attendance that is needed to plan planning the staffing of the event, attract vendors, and file reports required to the IRS and other government agencies.
A: Door prices will be higher than the online price. Seating is limited and some activities will sell out in advance of the Expo. Online registration reduces waiting times at the event. Two and three-day passes for Merchant Hall presentations will only be available online.
Q: If I attended Nature Visions last year, is there anything new?
A: As always, Nature Visions features outstanding speakers from across the country who appear rarely in our area — eleven of our sixteen speakers this year will be visiting from New England, Florida, Michigan and other places well beyond the metropolitan Washington area. This year we have added two hands-on workshops. One is on macro photography and the other is photography of “Curious Critters.” The Merchant Hall Passes include a new, two-hour presentation by adventurer-photographer Ian Plant, “Essential Tips for Great Nature Shots“.
Q: What is the Hylton Performing Arts Center?
A: The Hylton Performing Arts Center is a state of the art facility that provides a theater environment for our lectures, ample room for workshops, well-lit exhibit areas for the juried images, adequate room for vendor tables, and parking.
Q: Can I purchase online passes for the Nature Visions Expo?
A: Yes, click here for passes. We offer passes for single events, such as an individual lecture or workshop, as well as two or three day passes.
Q: When do the exhibit hall and vendor tables open and close?
A: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Visitors may not enter the Hylton Center prior to 9:30 am, unless they hold a pass to an earlier activity, in order to allow the vendors sufficient space to safely set up for the day.
Q: Will there be food available?
A: Panera lunches and snacks are coming to NVPE 2014. Pre-order your lunch. Prices will be higher at the event. On Friday Panera will set up a sandwich buffet inside the Graham Theater of the Hylton Center. Box lunches are available for Saturday and Sunday pick-up across the street, at Beacon Hall, where we’ll have a lunch tent set up again this year.
Order your box lunch online after August 1. For information how to order online, click here. Prices for box lunches will be higher if not pre-ordered online.
Q: I will be traveling from out of town. Are there hotels in the area?
A: Yes, please check out our website for local hotels that are offering special rates for attendees. For hotels, click here: Accommodations.
Bring your camera if you are attending a hands-on workshop or a FREE beginner class. Bring it if you want to have fun using it to take pictures at Nature Visions! Otherwise, unless a presentation’s description says a camera is needed. it is not.