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News from Jim Clark Photo - December 3, 2018





My 2018 Nature Photography Workshop season has now come to a close and boy, it was an excellent and extraodinary time!  Great students, great moments to photograph, and the joy we all experienced soaking in all nature had to offer us. 
 
I just returned from a very successful Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photography Summit at my second home, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Wallops Island. I was honored to serve as lead instructor and schedule coordinator the station and we had a great line up of instructors: Nikhil Bahl, Brian Zwit, Jamie Konarski Davidson, and my workshop colleague Michael Traubel. Lots of opportunities for the 35 participants to photograph in the field, learn a thing or two in classroom seminars and lots of laughter and fun during our evening programs.  This was our fifth summit and our sixth one will be schedule for November 2020.
 
Hope 2018 was a great year for photographing and exploring nature for you! I was able to spend some time on my own to photograph and explore nature, try out some new camera gear and software, and share this wonderful world of nature with some of my close friends and colleagues.  Be sure to visit again as I'll be posting some galleries of my 2019 images of nature.
 
My favorite all-time nature photographer and person in the world, my son Carson, is now a rising freshman at the University of Richmond. My last photo-shoot with him was during our trip in summer of 2018 to photograph along the coast of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. 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.
 
 
 
 
2018 ended with 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. Three of my images were also selected for the Defenders of Wildlife 2019 calendar.
 
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 2019, I am scheduled for two spring workshops and two autumn workshops for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, which will also be my ninth year serving as nature photography instructor for the station.
 
You'll soon discover that a nature photography workshop with Jim Clark is really a "working" workshop.To learn more about the workshops visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. My workshops at the station are through the international Road Scholar Program
 
A few years ago I was profiled in the documentary, "Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place," which is now available for viewing on You Tube. It was a time when I did have a bit more hair!
 
I was invited to become a guest columnist for Virginia Wildlife Magazine and my first article appeared in the May/June 2018 issue with two more columns appearing in 2019. 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.
 
Here's wishing you an extraordinary and image-filled 2019!!!

 
 
 




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