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February 23 – 26 2017
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the 2017 CNPA Annual Meeting and our host city of Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Spartanburg has, throughout its history, been a fruitful home to a creative community.   Spartanburg is the sixth largest city by population in the state, is part of a 10-county region of northwestern South Carolina known as "The Upstate" and is located 98 miles northwest of Columbia and 80 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina.

For three days in February 2017, you will be part of one of the best photographic gatherings where you will meet up with old friends, make new friends and share stories, plus you’ll learn how to choose the best perspective, how to capture images that depict behavior and action, how to see and catch the absolute perfect moment or pose, and how to choose the right lens for the job plus much, much more.

We welcome our Keynote Speaker, Rick Sammon, and our Guest Speakers, Mike Moats and Eddie Tapp.  Click over to the “Speakers” page to read their full bio.

Have we sparked your interest in joining us for the 2017 CNPA Annual Meeting? Then be sure to click over to the Registration page and fill out the form and be sure to check out the Hotel page to register your stay at the Spartanburg Marriott.

Have any questions? Send an email to:

See you in Spartanburg in 2017!

Bruce Dickson, Major Events Chair and Annual Meeting Co-Chair
Michael Hare – Annual Meeting Co-Chair
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Spartanburg SC
299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306

Room reservations available October 1, 2016

Group Code: CNP


  • $130 per night (taxes not included) – Single or Double. Additional adults will be charged at $10.00 each per night
  • All guest rooms have either one King or two Queen beds.
  • Rate includes breakfast buffet for 2 (two) people per room/per night.
  • Rate includes complimentary wireless internet in guestroom.
  • The special group rate is in effect before and after the dates of the annual meeting in case you are interested in arriving early or staying after the meeting.
  • Reservations may be canceled before 4:00 pm on the day prior to arrival without penalty.


  • Group Code for reservations: CNP – Use the Online Reservations button above to make reservations or call Spartanburg Marriott Hotel at 864-596-1211. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Be sure to use Group Code: CNP.


  • Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00pm on arrival day and reserved until Noon on departure day.

Room Block

  • A block of rooms has been reserved for February 21, 2017 through February 28, 2017. The special room rate is guaranteed until February 1st or until room block is sold out. Thereafter, at hotel's discretion, rooms may be available at CNPA rate.

Meeting Dates

  • The meeting starts Thursday, February 23 and concludes Sunday mid-morning, February 26, 2017.

Special Needs

  • If you have special needs, please call the hotel direct at 864-596-1211 to make your reservation. Be sure to use Group Code: CNP.

What's Included?

  • Keynote Programs (Thursday through Sunday)
  • Daily General Sessions (Thursday through Saturday)
  • Buffet Lunch (Friday and Saturday)
  • Morning Coffee Breaks and Afternoon Refreshment Breaks
  • Vendor Expo (Friday through Sunday)
  • Member's Choice Gallery
  • Swap and Shop Room - bring your camera gear to sell or swap

Registration Fees:

  • Pre-meeting Technical Workshops - $100
  • Full Meeting - $155 - From 08/01/2016 through 02/09/2017
  • Friday or Saturday only - $85
  • Guest lunch per registration per day - $45
  • Thursday only - $20
  • Sunday only - $20
  • After 02/09/2017 - walk-in registrations will be available at the door for $170 (3 days)
  • No registration refunds (partial or full) after February 09, 2017.
Keynote Speaker – Rick Sammon

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission - a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others. 

A natural teacher, Rick enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, a podcast and an expanding following on social media. With nearly 900,000 Google+ followers, he has been recognized as one of the top photographers to follow on Google+. In his spare “desk time,” Rick writes the “Quick Fix” column for Digital Photo Magazine.

Rick’s latest book (April 2015) is Creative Visualization for Photographers

While Rick describes himself as evolving, he hesitates to categorize his work. Per Rick “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”

With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead. As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”

Rick’s work can be seen on his website at

[Image is courtesy of Sally Green via Rick Sammon.]

Mike Moats

Many of you may know Mike from taking one of his macro workshops. For those who don’t, Mike is an award winning, professional Nature Photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike started in photography as a hobby in 2001 and it quickly grew into a full time business. He started out as a landscape photographer but lost interest when standing shoulder to shoulder with about forty other photographers shooting the same scene. He wanted images that could be called his own and had not been shot by hundreds of other photographers. When Mike started shooting macro he quickly realized that all of the images that were photographed only lasted from a few hours to a few days before the environment erased them. These were images that were witnessed and photographed by Mike and could be called his own, and at the same time knowing that he was the only one with that image made it special. As a Tamron Image Master, Mike will use one of three Tamron lenses for all of his photography - Tamron 18-270mm, SP 60mm and SP 90mm.

To date he has had articles and images published in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA's Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, and Fujifilms Newsletter (Cable Release). Mike is proud to have won numerous local and international awards, and in 2006 was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent Team. 

In 2006 Mike started offering Close-Up/Macro Photography Workshops. His first book was released in Oct 2008 and is called “Tiny Landscapes”. The book is a how-to book for macro photography in nature.  In 2009 I began offering online macro workshops and just released two new eBooks, "Macro Workshop eBook" and "Running A Successful Nature Photography Business."

Website: and

Eddie Tapp

A gifted photographer and artist, Eddie Tapp has become a tireless educator for professional photographers and a prominent figure in the world of digital imaging. His digital imaging seminars have been hosted around the world, and he’s a regular consultant to businesses large and small. Today, he’s recognized as one of the top experts on digital photography and Photoshop in the world.  With a reputation as an authority on workflow, color management, and Photoshop, he is associated with some of the world’s most prominent photographic manufacturers and distributors.

“The greatest honor in my educational career was being inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2006. The greatest honor in my photographic career was being invited to be an Explorer of Light with Canon USA. And I am proud and blessed with the highest awards from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) which include the Gerhard Bakker Award, National Award and Directors Award and others where I am honored with the distinction of Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Master of Electronic Imaging, Approved Photographic Instructor and Certified Professional Photographer.”

Lately, he’s been very active in educating and consulting studios, agencies, and corporations all over the world, and his list of professional clients is quite impressive: Eastman Kodak, Apple Computer, Dynacolor Graphics, and American Color Lab, among many. Add to that the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, other government agencies, and a long, long list of photographic studios. Eddie has been an invited guest to various summits and a pioneer in beta testing equipment and software for the professional digital photographic industry.

No matter who he works for, Eddie’s chief aim is to help fellow photographers move gracefully into the digital age, and he’s put together several workshops and seminars for those who want to create beautiful photos entirely with digital equipment.

Eddie offers one- to five-day workshops, on-site staff training, one-on-one training, and an “ETime Remote” on-line training program, along with seminars in cities throughout the world.



  • Berrie Smith Camera Repair
  • Canon
  • Distinctive Journeys
  • Ed Braz Photography
  • Feisol, Inc.
  • Hunt’s Photo & Video
  • Mark Buckler Photography
  • Mastercolor Labs
  • Nikon
  • Olympus
  • Panasonic/LUMIX
  • Red River Paper
  • Rob Knight's Photo Adventures (Sponsor Panasonic)
  • Sigma Corporation of America
  • Spartan Photo Center
  • Spectrum Birding, LLC
  • Strabo Tours – Photo Tour Collection
  • Swarovski Optik
  • Tamrac
  • Tamron
  • Vinny Colucci
  • Used Photo Pro
  • Wacom
  • X-Rite

  • * as of 2/16/2017. Listed in alphabetical order.

CNPA would like to acknowledge our 2017 Annual Meeting sponsors (as of 10/1/2016). Listed in no particular order.

Below is a high-level summary of the events throughout the weekend.
Schedule is subject to change!

Full Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

  • 3:00 - Registration Table opens
  • 6:00 - Swap Shop Setup
  • 6:45 - Meet and Great - Everyone Welcome
  • 7:30 - 8:00 - welcome - Opening Comments 
    • Members Choice Winners Announced
    • Early Bird Registration Winner
  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Speaker Presentation - Eddie Tapp - “Eye to Eye” 

Day 2 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

  • 6:00 - Breakfast Buffet opens (for registered hotel guests only)
  • 6:30 - PSA/CNPA Inter-Club Print Competition
  • 6:30 - Regional Coordinators Breakfast
  • 7:15 - Swap Shop opens
  • 7:30 - Vendor Tradeshow Opens
  • 8:30 - Opening Remarks
  • 9:00 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “Getting Motivated and Staying Inspired”
  • 10:30 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “Landscape Photography”
  • 11:30 - Lunch Buffet
  • 1:00 - Speaker Presentation - Eddie Tapp - “ Practical Color Management and the Final Print”
  • 3:30 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “Creative Visualization for Photographers”
  • 4:45 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “Creative Visualization for Photographers - Part 2”
  • 6:00 - Dinner on your own

Day 3 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

  • 7:15 - Swap Shop opens
  • 7:30 - Breakfast Buffet opens (for registered hotel guests only)
  • 8:00 - Vendor Tradeshow opens
  • 9:00 - Speaker Presentation - Mike Moats - “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer”
  • 10:30 - Speaker Presentation - Mike Moats - “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer (Continued)”
  • 11:30 - Lunch Buffet
  • 1:00 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “ Wildlife Photography”
  • 2:15 - Keynote Presentation - Rick Sammon - “Q&A Session with the Audience (Questions need to be prepared prior to the session)
  • 3:15 - 5:30 - Tradeshow & Swap Shop Extended Hours – “Shop ‘til You Drop”
  • 5:45 - Business Meeting and Door Prize Drawings
  • 6:30 - Dinner on your own

Day 4 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

  • 7:15 - Swap Shop Opens - All items cleared by 8:45
  • 7:30 - Breakfast Buffet opens (for registered hotel guests only)
  • 8:00 - Vendor Tradeshow Opens
  • 9:00 - Speaker Presentation - Mike Moats - “Creating a Great macro Image”
  • 11:00 - Final Wrap-up and Closing Comments
  • 11:30 - Vendor Tradeshow closes

Meeting Details

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Meeting Details

Eddie Tapp's Digital Processing Workshop – Lightroom and Photoshop (LR/PS)

Thursday - Feb 23 8:00 am - 12:00

Step by step methods will be covered for color and tonal control, masking, sharpening for selective or over all enhancements. Image files will be supplied for each method covered for those who bring a laptop loaded with the most current version of Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom. A PDF file of each technique will be supplied for note reminders. 

Starting in Lightroom, simple but important processing habits will be discussed for the Develop module working with raw files. Your first assignment will be to process an image using certain functions and from there editing in Photoshop from LR. To maintain the highest level of pixel integrity, using the option of Smart Objects to maintain a parametric raw file process will be used in for masking, sharpening and enhancement features. 

Work along with Eddie step by step using your own laptop computer or follow along with note taking. Either way this workshop is designed to elevate your workflow and processing knowledge to achieve fine quality image processing.

Cost: $100 workshop fee CNPA Members ONLY

Eddie's Sample Images

Mike Moats's Macro Mini Workshop (3 Hour Program)

Thursday - Feb 23 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Macro Mini Workshop is a hands-on program where you can bring in your camera, macro lens, and tripod to shoot lots of interesting and artistic subjects. There will also be some lecture on the basics of macro techniques and composition that you can apply during the shoot. Mike will help with questions as you shoot.

Cost: $100 workshop fee CNPA Members ONLY

Mike's sample Images

Member's Choice Contest

The Members’ Choice Contest is a chance for members to showcase their work and to allow members to vote on the best photos in two tiers and 6 categories; Landscape, Wildlife, Birds, Plants, Captive and Small Stuff.

Be sure to observe the guidelines for submission as well as what is permitted and not permitted. Note that the rules for human elements (previously called “hand of man”) have changed significantly.

The contest will open for submissions at 8 am October 1 and close at 6 pm November 7.

Complete information and rules about the contest can be found here.

2017 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners