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News from Jim Clark Photo - March 22, 2018
Howdy folks! Hope 2018 is becoming a great year for photographing and exploring nature for you! My 2017 season was a big success with five outstanding nature photography workshops at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and the icing on the cake was a week-long plus photo-shoot along the coastline of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. This was my second trip to serve as photography instructor for the Defenders of Wildlife Alaska trip and boy, what a great time! This trip exceeded the fun and opportunities I had on the first trip in 2013.
This was my last major photo-shoot with my son Carson before he heads to the Univeristy of Richmond to pursue a degree in Environmental Policy & Leadership. We have had so many wonderful adventures together, from photographing for our two children's books (The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver), to photographing polar bears along Manitoba's Hudson Bay, to photographing the wildlife and scenery at Yellowstone National Park, and our two wonderful trips photographing along the coast of southeastern Alaska. Great memories, great fun. Carson has been photographing since age six, winning his first international award at that age and going on to publishing two books, appearing in several magazines and being selected as the Washington Post's Youth Photographer of the Year. The young man at age seven won a Highly Honored Award from the BBC Nature Photographer of the Year Award Contest in London. He was even the opening keynote speaker at the 2010 Annual Summit of the North American Nature Photography Association. Oh yeah, he was ten at the time and spoke before a crowd of 500 nature photographers from around the world. It's been a wonderful 18 years exploring nature with this young man.
This year is starting out great with two new clients: NASA (yep, the space NASA!) and the Southern Environmental Law Center. NASA selected a series of my images for a nature display they are preparing for their location on Wallops Island, Virginia. The Southern Environmental Law Center selected my image of a great egret preening for their annual card collection.
In January 2018, I taught a half day nature photography seminar and half-day photo-shoot for the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge located along Maryland's Eastern Shore. We had a sold out event and I was able to spend a couple days on my own photographing at that beautiful national wildlife refuge.
For 2018, I am scheduled for two spring workshops and two autumn workshops for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, which will also be my eighth year serving as nature photography instructor for the station. I will also be one of the instructors for the field station's Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photograhpy Summit, which will be held November 5-19.
You'll soon discover that a nature photography workshop with Jim Clark is really a "working" workshop.To learn more about the workshops and the annual Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photography Summit, visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
. My workshops at the station are through the international Road Scholar Program
I spent nine days in July photographing along the southeastern coast of Alaska, specifically around the islands of Barnoff, Admiralty, and Kuiu Islands. I served as the nature photography instructor during the cruise for the Defenders of Wildlife. We were on the 157 foot ship The Mist Cove and we started our journey from Juneau and ended at the port of Sitka. Lots of images of humpback whales, brown bears, seabirds, Steller sea lions, and landscapes. My son Carson and I captured more than 20,000 images during the trip.
I was invited to become a guest columnist for Virginia Wildlfie Magazine and my first article will appear in the May/June 2018 issue. I continue to write a column - Nature's View
- for the North American Nature Photography Association's e-newsletter
and it's has been fun sharing my experiences exploring and photographing nature. I have been writing the column since the autumn of 2013.
One of my marsh images from the eastern shore was selected for a major exhibit at the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Two of my images were also selected as the website banners for North Atlantic Waterfowl Venture of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Hope your 2018 is fun, memorable and full of photography surprises. Take care.