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Regional Field Event 2012 Smokies
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NANPA 2012 Smokies Regional Field Event
Bill Campbell  ::  Jamie Davidson  ::  Richard Day  ::  Kevin FitzPatrick  ::  Paul Hassell


Hotel & Registration






© Bill Campbell

© Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful place to photograph birds, wildlife and unique scenic beauty. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with more than 800 miles of maintained trails. We will traverse the less populated areas of the park to photograph waterfalls, wildflowers and gorgeous spring colors as the earth awakens from the grasp of winter. Layers of misty mountains create the perfect foreground for captivating sunrises and sunsets. Pastoral landscapes and scenic rivers will give photographers a multitude of image making opportunities, leaving photographers with the happy quandary of where to train their lenses first. This is another event not to be missed.

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. 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.


© Jamie Davidson

DATE: Thursday, April 26 thru Sunday, April 26, 2012

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

COST: $295 for members / $395 non-members
           (See registration form for other options)

LOCATION: Smokies, Townsend, TN

LAST DATE TO REGISTER: Sunday, April 15, 2012



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© Bill Campbell

© Paul Hassell

NANPA is pleased to have secured discounted rates to hold this event at the Highland Manor Inn in Townsend, TN. www.highlandmanor.com

Lodging features King or Queen size beds and some with sofa sitting areas. All have refrigerators and microwaves. All rooms have color / cable TV, room phones and a private balcony or terrace. Free wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.

Continental Breakfast of English muffins, Bagels, Danish, homemade muffins, apple and orange juice and coffee is included and will be available in the conference center before field trips leave each morning.

Special room prices: $69.50 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. Five rooms with Whirlpools are available at $89.50 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. You will need to call the hotel to make reservations – no online reservations are available for these prices. Please mention "NANPA" when booking to get the special rate.

Hotel Contact info:

Highland Manor Inn
7766 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN United States

Tollfree: 800-213-9462
Hotel Front Desk: 865-448-2211
Hotel Fax: 865-448-2312

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© Rebecca Prosser

© Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell — Capturing the natural world in images is a passion that has driven Bill Campbell to photograph since he was very young. Believing that images can inspire others to understand and respect the fragile nature of our world, his mission has been to weave together elements of the beauty of our planet to represent the splendor of our temporary home. Bill feels that the ability to see, capture and share this majesty of life is a gift and hopes to continue using this gift to open eyes and hearts to the beauty that surrounds us until his dying days.

As a nationally recognized and award winning nature photographer, Bill's credits include magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Birders World, Backpacker, PCPhoto and various others. Clients include the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and Nikon. His images have graced several solo and combined exhibits including the largest natural history museum in the Southeast, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

His teaching credits include: Great American Photo Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, NANPA Roadshow and his own Campbell Digital Institute. He is presently represented by KAC Productions Stock Agency and is President Elect of NANPA. His books, The Smoky Mountains Photographer's Guide and Cumberland Odyssey are regional best sellers. Besides his photography career, Bill is a Wilderness Emergency Medicine Physician practicing the art of medicine in the wild. He resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee with his wife, Rebecca, and one of their five sons.

His photography can be viewed at www.billcampbellphoto.com and workshops at www.billcampbelldigital.com.

© Carder Frutiger

© Jamie Davidson

Jamie Konarski Davidson — Jamie is an award-winning freelance outdoor and nature photographer with a passion for sharing her love of nature and photography and helping others find and develop their own creative voice. She found her own visual voice when she bought her first "real" camera after surviving two breast cancer diagnoses. Many of her images capture the intimate details of nature, and she refers to macro photography as her "Calgon."

She has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of Life & Science, The Bascom, and Sertoma Art Center, and her work has been published in the Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, NANPA's Expressions magazine, Asheville Poetry Review, Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina, North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River Poetry and Impressions magazine.

She is a longtime member of NANPA and is currently serving on as a Board member. She has served as NANPA Summit Chair and volunteered in other committees over the years. Jamie is also an active member of Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. She leads photography workshops throughout the Southeast, including the Carolinas and Virginia, and teaches classes at ASAP Photo & Camera in Greenville, NC. To learn more about Jamie, visit www.newlifephotos.com.

© Susan Day

© Richard Day

Richard Day — Richard Day is a professional nature photographer specializing in birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, landscapes, and other outdoor imagery. Credits include: Audubon, Birder's World, Sierra Club, National Geographic, National Wildlife, and others. He contributes hundreds of images annually to calendars, greeting cards, books, puzzles, paper products and advertising clients.

He has led photo workshops since 1984 to a variety of locations for The Nature Workshops, International Wildlife Adventures, West Virginia and Kentucky State Parks, Rockport Texas Hummingbird Festival, Illinois Wilds Institute for Nature, Daybreak Imagery, and others. He's been a photo guide for 11 years for Frontiers North Adventures to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. Richard was an instructor for 2 years for the NANPA Road Shows and a leader for the NANPA Smokies Regional Event in 2010.

He's an Adjunct Research Associate in Zoology with the Illinois State Museum and an Associate Research Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey for the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Susan, own Daybreak Imagery a stock photography and writing business that they operate from their home in Illinois. They also host numerous photo workshops at their sanctuary on 63 acres for bird, butterfly, and dragonfly photography.

Kevin Fitzpatrick

© Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin W. FitzPatrick — Over the years, Kevin has worked in New York and other major cities in the theatre, recording studios, and TV, doing stints as sound technician, sound supervisor, recording engineer, television cameraman, director and producer. He worked as a photographer and Multi-Image producer for more than 40 years and also taught these skills as a college professor. Credits include more than 20 New York theatre productions, albums for Atlantic, Mercury, Columbia records, and several TV specials. Kevin has written and produced numerous multi-image shows, including one on the Southern Appalachian region that was presented at the 1982 World's Fair and received an award for special achievement in nature photography at Atlanta's 1983 Multi-Image Festival.

In 1983, Kevin started Media Divide Productions to provide media production services for those interested in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian region. In 1998, he worked on a project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park called the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), which is an attempt to inventory all of the species in the Park.

Kevin has photographed assignments for the National Forest Service and The National Park Service. His photographs have appeared in publications of the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, the North and South Carolina Wildlife Federations, Nature Photography Magazine, Our State North Carolina, Southern Environmental Law Center, Massachusetts Audubon and GEO magazine. He has taught several seminars on Multi-Image production for NANPA and leads natural sound recording workshops for the Nature Sounds Society, Oakland, CA.

He currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. This year, he completed a book project with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, First Creation and will start working on a new book on the ATBI Project in the fall of this year. Kevin's website is at: www.all-species-imaging.com

Paul Hassell

© Paul Hassell

Paul Hassell — Though you might see his signature in the corner of a photograph of a black bear cub in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Paul Hassell isn't strictly a photographer. Paul is in the light business.

More often than not, that business plants him right in the middle of an adventure. One month, he might shoot for a group in Ethiopia, the next he might lead a photo tour to Patagonia.

An entrepreneur since the age of fifteen, a lover of solitude, and a loyal friend, Paul defies convention at every turn. You won't walk away from a conversation with him thinking how little you know about the nature of visible light. You'll walk away with the sense that Paul is doing what he was created to do. This at-home-ness in himself and his craft becomes a kind of permission for others to find their vocations and live them.

In his words: "I want to live a life that's open and honest. If I'm consistent, then my photography will speak this same language."

Paul found what makes him tick and organized his life around that calling. He designed his own major at The University of TN: Freelance Photography and Writing for the Natural Environment. That's a mouthful. He's a member of NANPA and Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers (SANP), but the credentials matter less to him than sharing the profound experience. He points the way to a bigger truth and deeper reality.

Paul grew up in Knoxville, TN, and that comfortable town is still his base camp. If you follow his blog or follow him on Facebook and Twitter, he'll take you around the world. Hold on for the ride. Paul's website is at: www.paulhassell.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."


© Richard Day
  1. Foothills Parkway (10 Minutes) - Sunrise. Excellent views into the park and a classic sunrise scene with possibility of wispy fog in the valley and layers upon layers of Appalachian mountains spreading out in front of you.

  2. Cades Cove (30 minutes) - Early morning (gate opens around sunrise) and late afternoon. Within striking distance of the eleven mile loop road are examples of 19th Century architecture, grand vistas and landscapes, abundant wildlife and wondrous displays of wildflowers.

  3. Tremont area (15-20 minutes) - morning or afternoon. Streams, wildflowers. This is one of the quietest areas in the park for doing stream shooting and shooting an abundance of wildflowers. A short hike at the end of the road leads to 2 different waterfalls.

  4. Townsend "Y" (10 minutes) - morning or afternoon. From this parking lot you have the possibility of shooting the river (and possible kayakers, depending on water level) and then walk across the road and up Chestnut Top Trail. Rather steep trail in the first ¼ mile, this area is famous for wildflower displays.

  5. Little River Road and Laurel Falls - Morning (15-30 minutes)- Drive along Little River Road with numerous pullouts for waterfalls, wildflowers, and stream shots. Early to Laurel Falls and then working way back along the road in the morning.

  6. Little River Road - Afternoon (15-30 minutes) - Meigs falls, stream shoots, the Sinks, wildflowers. All with easy walking distance from your car. Essentially no hiking required.

  7. Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin, Cherokee Orchard Road (45 minutes)- morning best but afternoon can be good. Cabin and barn start off the shooting at the beginning of a trail that winds across and along streams and is filled with an abundance of wildflowers of many sizes and colors.

  8. Newfound Gap Road (45 minutes - 1 hour) - Morning or afternoon. Our longest drive from Townsend, but spectacular views from several pullouts. Sunrise can be fabulous from up here and then working downward back toward Chimney's Picnic area, there are more places to stop and shoot, making you wish you lived close by and could explore this area time and time again.

© Kevin FitzPatrick

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.

Field Trip Breakdown:

Friday AM: Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin, Cades Cove, Tremont, Foothills Parkway, Newfound Gap Road

Friday PM: Little River Road, Cades Cove, Tremont, Townsend "Y", Newfound Gap Road

Saturday AM: Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin, Cove Hardwoods Trail, Tremont, Foothills Parkway, Little River Road and Laurel Falls

Saturday PM: Little River Road, Cades Cove, Tremont, Townsend "Y", Newfound Gap Road

Sunday AM: Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin, Cades Cove, Tremont, Foothills Parkway, Little River Road and Laurel Falls



NANPA, the North American Nature Photography Association, is the first and premiere association in North America committed solely to serving the field of nature photography.

Our Mission:

NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection.

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

NANPA fosters excellence and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.


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