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 info AT naturevisions DOT org.

Q: Who are we?
A: We are the Mid-Atlantic Photography Association (MAPA), which consists of volunteers from seven Maryland and Northern Virginia Camera Clubs. Our organization is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. MAPA is organized to promote photography.

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 Birds of Prey.  Not to mention the chance to mingle with some of the best photographers from all over.

The following individuals will be available to share knowledge and provide information:

● Professional photographers

● Camera club members

● Industry representatives

Q: Why do I have to register if all I want is General Admission to see the free exhibits?

A: This is the first year we have opened our doors for free to the public and we want to know how many people come to the expo.  By registering, either online (see next question) or at the door, we will be able to have accurate attendance numbers to help us with future planning and to provide information on the usage of the grant money provided to us by the Prince William County government.

Q: Why should I register online?

A: The at the door prices will be higher than the online price and so there is an economic benefit to buying online.  In addition, some items may sell out so by buying online you can guarantee yourself the classes you want.  You will also avoid waiting in line for your passes at the event.   In addition, two and three day passes will only be available online.

Q: If I attended Nature Visions last year, is there anything new?
A: This year we open the doors to the public free of charge on Saturday and Sunday for our two photo exhibits and our top-notch photography vendors.  We will have new, FREE classes for beginners on Saturday and Sunday, and two FREE lectures on Sunday by Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost.

As always, the Friday seminar, Saturday keynote, classroom and lecture speakers and topics change, as do the vendors and event sponsors. The keynote presentation will be held at 4:30pm on Saturday.

This year the awards presentation will be given at the start of the Saturday keynote presentation.

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 hall for the juried images, adequate room for vendor tables, and additional parking spaces.

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: What is your refund policy?
A: Refunds will be considered if submitted in writing to info@naturevisions.org at least 7 days prior to the start of the event.  Refunds requested within 7 days of the start of the event will not be given.

Q: When do the exhibit hall and vendor tables open and close?
A: Saturday and Sunday 9:45 am to 4:30 pm. These hours are subject to change.

Q: Will there be food available?
A: Yes, we are planning to offer a box lunch for pre-purchase.  Watch our web site for more information.

Q: Is there plenty of parking? What will it cost to park?
A: There is ample parking for the event and parking is FREE.

Q: What will happen if it rains or snows?
A: All of the events, except the outdoor raptor photography will take place as scheduled. All events take place indoors at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

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.

Q: Is the facility handicap accessible?
A: Yes.

Q: Can we bring our pets?
A: Service animals only.