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Regional Field Event 2012 Everglades
NANPA 2012 Everglades Regional Field Event Everglades Photo
NANPA 2012 Everglades Regional Field Event
Bill Lea :: Donna Eaton :: Jeff Miller :: Les Saucier :: Tom Vadnais


Hotel & Registration






Everglades National Park is a wonderful place to photograph birds, wildlife and unique scenic beauty. This national park is the 3rd largest in the lower 48 states, covering 2,500 square miles. A vast expanse of roughly 1.5 million acres, there seems no end to the adventures that can be found in Everglades National Park.

Join us as 5 professional photographers take you on various field trips to capture all this park has to offer, from birds to scenic beauty, landscapes to macro subjects. We'll start with an orientation on Thursday evening, where you'll get a taste of what awaits you in the park as well as an introduction to your guides for the weekend. Field trips will occur during the prime lighting hours in the morning and afternoons on Friday and Saturday.

Midday we'll gather at the hotel for critiques and question and answer sessions with the pros. Our shooting time will wrap up on Sunday morning, then everyone will gather for a final farewell brunch.


© Les Saucier

DATE: Thursday, February 23 thru Sunday, February 26, 2012

TIME: 4:00pm Thursday to 1:00pm Sunday

COST: $345 for members / $445 non-members
(See registration form for other options)

LOCATION: Florida Everglades, Florida City, FL

LAST DATE TO REGISTER:Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Register Online

SHARE THIS EVENT with your fellow photographers, both offline and online. Links, graphics, and printable material are available below to use on your website, blog, Facebook, or as a printed one-sheet flyer to hand out at club meetings and other gatherings.

Download/Print PDF Brochure

Link to this page: http://www.nanpa.org/2012everglades

Event graphics (right-click to save a copy):


© Donna Eaton
NANPA is pleased to have secured discounted rates to hold this event at the Holiday Inn Express, Florida City, FL. The Holiday Inn Express is your home away from home in Florida City, this hotel provides a comfortable, 100% smoke-free environment and all of the amenities you expect, including free wireless Internet access throughout the facility, a sparkling, outdoor pool, a Fitness Center and a complimentary, hot breakfast each day. www.hiexpress.com/floridacity There will be special room pricing of $119 per night plus tax. This special link will load your group code. If booking via phone, please mention "Room Block Code: NANPA" to get the special rate. For more information, you may view the hotel YouTube Video

Hotel Contact Info:

Florida City-Gateway to Keys
35200 S. Dixie Hwy.
Florida City, FL 33034 United States

Hotel Front Desk: 01-305-247-3414
Hotel Fax: 01-305-247-3490

Map link to Holiday Inn Express

Print Registration Form (PDF)

Register Online


© Donna Eaton

© Donna Eaton

Donna Eaton is a professional photographer and NC native now living on 6 acres in the Upstate of South Carolina. She spent eleven years as the staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center located in NC before venturing out on her own. Her passion is seeing with her heart through her camera along with teaching and sharing with others.

Donna has received many honors and awards including being a winner in Nature's Best Magazine's annual Backyard Photo Contest and a winner in the highly honored category of Nature's Best Magazine's Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Donna recently had an image chosen to be part of the "Be Seen in DC" exhibit at the Washington School of Photography gallery in Rockville, MD sponsored by Lensbaby.

Donna has been a leader for NANPA Regional Events and she is an instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School and The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). Her work is represented by Fogstock and Getty Images. Memberships include North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Photographic Society of America (PSA) and Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) where she was a speaker for the 2011 annual meeting in Charlotte, NC.

© Klari Lea

© Bill Lea

Bill Lea - Capturing intimate images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in "just the right light" has long been the trademark of Bill's photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florida Everglades and southern ecosystems.

Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded this photographer limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna, and scenery of the region. Bill's craft reflects his deep appreciation for nature and he communicates his enthusiasm and expertise as a natural history photographer and writer to others through his books, workshops, feature articles and civic presentations. He has been teaching photo workshops at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1992. More than 7,000 of Bill's photos have been published. His work has appeared in Audubon Calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, numerous Great Smoky Mountains Association publications, National Geographic books, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and many others. His three front covers in a row was a first in Field & Stream's more than 100-year history. Bill authored a coffee-table book titled Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio. He is currently working on a book about the Florida Everglades. When asked what he would like most to achieve through his photography, Bill replies, "I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator."

To see more of Bill's artistic work, please visit his website at www.BillLea.com.

© Jeff Miller

© Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller - Based in Asheville, NC and inspired by the natural beauty of wildlife and the land around him, Jeff Miller's mission is to help people capture that beauty, share it, and ultimately preserve it. He pursues his mission by immersing himself in photography and by offering workshops, field trips, classes, critiques, consulting, and printing services. Jeff loves to make connections with other photographers through his affiliation with many photography groups, where he enjoys and delivers both technical and artistic presentations.

Jeff's photography has been featured in many galleries as well as regional, state, and national publications. His photography is on display in hotels, offices, restaurants, and other landmarks around Western NC.

Contact Jeff at jeff@mountainlens.com or 828-691-5367.

Or visit him online at www.mountainlens.com.

© Les Saucier

© Les Saucier

Les Saucier - Les Saucier is a professional nature photographer and teacher who has taught nature photography workshops all over the country for over thirty years. Les lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains where he offers digital workflow, digital printing and creative photography workshops locally and nationally.

Les is also the creator of the Flowerpod, an amazing tool for macro photographers. As an educator, he has taught nature photography at the University of Georgia and Western Carolina University plus presented photographic programs at NANPA and CNPA (Carolina Nature Photographers Association). As a fine art photographer, Les has participated in both solo and juried shows, his fine art canvases and prints can been seen at Bluewood Gallery in Brevard, NC.

As a photographic coach, he guides and inspires creative seekers on their journeys. He also offers photographic tutoring for those who are camera manual-challenged. His web site is AppalachianJourney.com.

© Ron Heusser

© Tom Vadnais

Tom Vadnais - A consulting automotive engineer by day, Tom began seriously studying landscape photography in the Fall of 1999 by taking a workshop with the late Galen Rowell. Since then, he has taken numerous photography and Photoshop workshops with some of the most respected names in the business. They include: John Paul Caponigro, Willard Clay, Bruce Dale, Jack Dykinga, Thom Hogan, Bill Lea, Moose Peterson, Michael Reichmann, John Shaw, Vincent Versace, and Charlie Waite.

During Autumn of 2001, Tom shot his last roll of film. He now teaches digital photography in workshops with both Willard Clay and Bill Lea. Tom also gives talks to camera clubs. In both 2005 and 2006, he helped Charlie Waite put on Master Class workshops in the US. Please visit Tom's website for more info: www.tomvadnais.com


© Randy Brand

Suzan Brand - Suzan Chiacchio Brand is a photographer and writer whose favorite subjects are nature related. She became interested in photography in her teens during the many weekend hikes she would take with her family to local state parks. The camera became a very good excuse to be outside exploring the natural world. With her first 35mm camera, her dad built her a darkroom where she spent hours developing black and white images. She has since embraced the digital revolution, and is equally intrigued with the digital "lightroom."

A communications major at Goucher College, her emphasis was on photography. Her work has appeared in juried shows across the country, as well as solo exhibits in Baltimore, Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her images can be found in private and corporate collections. Suzan has served as the co-chair of NANPA's Regional Events Committee since 2004, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA). She lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, just a stone's throw from the picturesque city of Charleston, where she can be outside year round.

© Melanie Kipp

Bruce K. Haley, Jr. - Bruce K. Haley, Jr., a Charleston, WV native and Certified Public Accountant by education, has always felt the need to create. His experiences as a Vietnam combat veteran left him with a need to seek out and express the more beautiful side of life. He experimented with writing, music, painting and crafts. While finding all these expressions somewhat satisfying, it wasn't until he discovered photography that he knew he had finally found a way to express his innermost feelings.

Bruce uses the camera lens as his paint brush. His bold and colorful presentation of nature has made his work much sought after throughout the United States. Since November of 2002, Bruce's award winning art has appeared in over one-hundred exhibitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, Michigan, and California. His work is included in many corporate and private collections including six pieces purchased by the state of West Virginia for their permanent art collection.

In Bruce's words, "Photography isn't about f/stops, shutter speeds or equipment. It's about living, feeling, seeing. It's about opening my mind to learning, not only about the people, places and things around me, but also, about me. Photography, for me, is life living, life giving."


© Bill Lea
  1. The Anhinga Trail and Gumbo Limbo Trail (PDF)

    NPS Website: Anhinga Trail

  2. Flamingo - Florida Bay, Osprey and Eco Pond (PDF)

    NPS Website: At the End of the Road: Flamingo

    NPS Website: Eco Pond Trail

  3. Shark Valley If conditions are good. (PDF)

    NPS Website: Shark Valley Trails

  4. Mahogany Hammock (PDF) - Sunrise and early morning light - note that Paurotis Pond will be included in this stop!

    NPS Website: Mahogany Hammock Trail

  5. Pa-hay-okee area (PDF) for sunrise and early morning light

    NPS Website: Pahayokee Overlook

© Jeff Miller

Please note that the schedule for all Regional Events are subject to change...the whims of Mother Nature or the Park Service can throw us changes even at the last minute. Please be flexible and plan accordingly. Alternative activities are planned in case of changes.



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Our Mission:

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NANPA provides information, education, inspiration and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography.

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