FAQs

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 questions@naturevisions.org.

Q: Who are we?

A: We are the Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE), which consists of volunteers from several 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 and the Photo Art Exhibit of juried photographs, the Expo includes: a Friday all-day educational seminar; a Saturday keynote presentation; two free Sunday lectures for advanced photographers; inexpensive classes for beginning photographers on Saturday and Sunday; about 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.

Q: Can I buy photographs at the Expo?

A: Yes, if the image is marked with a price and not “NFS”, which means not for sale. Contact the information desk if would like to purchase any print.

Q: Do I have to register if all I want is to see the free exhibits and visit vendor area?

A: No Registration is not required for exhibit and vendor area.

Q: What event require registration and how can I register?

A: All sessions in various locations such as Merchant Hall, Beacon Hall room 1 and 2 etc. require registration. In order to register, go to the Tickets and Registration page. You can go to  the Schedule to see events for 2019. You can also by following a link at the bottom of the vent details page. You can also register at the Hylton Performing Arts Center box office or by calling the box office at 703-993-7759.

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 — several of our many speakers this year will be visiting from New England, Florida, Michigan and other places well beyond the metropolitan Washington area. We have hands-on workshops for you to gain confidence with your gear in specific shooting situations.

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 Friday only Pass, Two Day Pass or Three Day pass.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: Refunds will be considered if submitted in writing to questions@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. The fees associated with the tickets will not be refunded.

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: You can pre order your boxed lunches for Friday, Saturday and Sunday here. These pre ordered boxed lunches are sandwiches or salads delivered by Panera Bread. There are some food options across the street and more options within a short driving distance as well.

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 handicapped-accessible?

A: Yes.

Q: Can we bring our pets?

A: Service animals only.

Q: Should I bring my camera?

A: Bring your camera if you are attending a hands-on workshop or a nominally priced 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.

Q: Do I need a model release form signed for taking photos of the CosPlayers?

A: It is recommended that you obtain a model release of the cosplayers so you can use the photos in the future. You can find a sample release here.