The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) has announced that June 15 is the first observation of National Nature Photography Day. Special date first appeared in the 2006 edition of McGraw-Hill's reference work Chases's Calendar of Events.
Activities NANPA encourages everyone to do on June 15 include:
- Getting your camera and visit a park - at lunchtime if you can
- Learning about and photographing a species of plant or animal that is native to your region.
- Teaching a child how to take a picture of flowers or trees in the backyard.
- Reading about the life of a famous nature photographer, such as Ansel Adams, Philip Hyde or Roger Tory Peterson.
"We're pleased to have an official day. Nature Photography Day is intended to promote the art and science of nature photography. We look to the esthetic elements but practical ones as well," said Albert Sieg, President of NANPA. The organization, which was founded in 1994, was formed to promote nature photography as an art form, and also to set professional and ethical standards for nature photographers. NANPA also runs regional events throughout the US.
You can learn more about NANPA at www.nanpa.org.
P.S: until 6th of July, you can take part of the 2010 National Wildlife Photo Contest
Photo credits: Aginger.