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We are the Coastal Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (www.gnpa.org). The GNPA is focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops, and an Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Join us at our monthly meetings and shoots to listen to our guest speakers, share experiences, and enjoy the company of other nature photographers!

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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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Join us for our June field trip at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta, Georgia! Time permitting we will also visit Audubon's Silver Bluff Sanctuary and Brick Pond Park.

I hear the possibilities for bird photography in these areas are huge! Dr. Bill Lutin who lives in the area and is an avid bird photographer will be our guide.

"Our mission is to provide leadership for sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through research, education and by connecting people with nature.

The vision of Phinizy Center is that every community will have a healthy environment that includes clean water and watersheds." ~Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

We will meet in the parking lot of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 7:30AM. The address is 1858 Lock and Dam Rd., Augusta, GA. Call me at[masked] if you are going to be late or can't find us.

It is about a 25 minute drive from Phinizy Nature Center to Audubon's Silver Bluff and another 25 minute drive from Audubon's Silver Bluff to Brick Pond Park.

Bring your preferred lenses. Suggestions: A long lens for photographing wildlife, and a shorter lens or wide angle lens for landscapes or macro. Tripods will also be very helpful.

There will be no fees for Phinizy Center, Silver Bluff or Brick Pond Park.

There are restrooms at Phinizy Center Nature Park.

Bring water, snacks, comfortable walking shoes, rain gear for you and your camera, insect repellant and hat if needed. Check the weather forecast beforehand and dress for the weather and come prepared.

Group size: 15 max. GNPA Field Trips are for PAID GNPA MEMBERS ONLY.
Not paid up? Visit: https://gnpa.org/membership-join-us/

Do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in your car trunk or out of sight; do not provide temptations.


GNPA will make every attempt to execute each trip, workshop or event as planned and as described. However, circumstances beyond GNPA’s control may arise that that affect GNPA’s ability to complete a Trip.

If a Trip is cancelled by GNPA for any reason prior to its start date, GNPA will not provide any compensation for payments made by registrants such as non-refundable hotel deposits or car rental fees. GNPA reserves the right to make changes to the trip including changes to the itinerary and trip leaders at its sole discretion.

PERSONAL SAFETY is of utmost importance.
Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others.

By registering, you are AGREEING to the standard GNPA Warranty and LIABILITY RELEASE:
As a condition of participation with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association [“GNPA”], I agree to release from liability and to hold harmless the GNPA and its officers, agents, employees or assigns for any injury, including illness, accident, emergency and death, and for damage to or loss of personal property, including equipment, film, and memory cards, while participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a mean to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in any activities affiliated with the GNPA could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. GNPA in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in any activities affiliated with the GNPA.

I do hereby give the GNPA permission to use my photo and its likeness for any and all print and video purposes it deems necessary but not limited to: newsletters, brochures, instructional and promotional videos, and press releases. The GNPA will not be required to reimburse me for use of my photo or its likeness.

Thanks and enjoy nature and your fellow GNPA members.


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