Started by NANPA in 2006, Nature Photography Day (NPD) has grown by leaps and bounds. There are now over 164,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag #NaturePhotographyDay! All of this would never have happened without the tireless work of Shirley Nuhn, often called the Godmother of Nature Photography Day. It was her idea and she has been the driving force behind it since 2005.
The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress posted on their Flickr and Instagram accounts. They chose a photo, Electrical storms at night: silhouettes of houses, a 1923 photo by a photographer named McGowan. “An En-lightning Salute to Nature Photography Day” they called it.
Microsoft’s Edge web browser featured Nature Photography Day on its home page. And MSN had a web page devoted to Nature Photography Day stories.
The New York Post published a gallery of “stunning” nature photos. From the temporal to the spiritual, the Maryknoll Mission Archives posted a gallery of nature photos from their collection in hopes that nature has to offer you this season and in the many seasons to come! For it is always changing and has something new to show us that we have never seen before.
The University of Minnesota Libraries went all in on NPD, creating an exhibit of wildlife photography at their Natural Resources Library and encouraging students (and faculty) to get outside and “capture what they see on campus and during summer break.” The library system even recommended locations on or near campus where nature and wildlife can be found and provided seven tips for safe, ethical and creative nature photography. Go Gophers!
Eden Gallery, with locations in the U.S. and overseas, celebrated Nature Photography Day by featuring the work of one artist, going by the name SN, who places his own unique spin on appreciating the world around them through integrating nature in his artwork.