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The Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public education, self-improvement, and ethics in outdoor and nature photography. ASONP members participate in group photography trips, photo contests, lectures, slide shows, and discussions.
Additionally, ASONP publishes a monthly newsletter: ASONP's The Viewfinder. Meetings are held at 7PM, on the second Tuesday of the month at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska. (Oct through May only) The public is welcome to attend.
Not a member? Click here for a membership application.
Calendar of Events
As a general rule, ASONP meets the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm, October - May at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska. Free and open to the public.
- March 11, 2014 - Michael DeYoung presents Backcountry Landscapes & Adventure Photography in the Desert. Michael will present images captured during extended trips in the Grand Canyon, hidden gems inZion, and the Colorado Plateau.
- April 8, 2014 - General meeting - NOTE: the venue for this meeting is changed to the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
- March 7-31, 2014 - alaskaWILD 2013 exhibition is now on display at Terra Bella Coffee, 601 E. Dimond Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Board of Directors
Workshops and Club Trips
Editor, The Viewfinder
The ASONP board consists of 11 volunteer positions. Board
meetings are generally held once a month October - May and
are open to the public.
- alaskaWILD - Ken Baehr, Chair
- Programs - Amber Johnson, Chair
- Technology/Website - Alan Musy, Chair
- Viewfinder - Georgia Bennett, Chair
- Workshops/Club Trips - Cathy Hart, Chair
Principles of Ethical Photographic Practices
The Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers (“ASONP”) believes that following these practices promotes the well being of the location, subject and photographer. Every place, natural formation, plant, animal, whether above or below water, is unique, and cumulative impacts occur over time. Therefore, one must always exercise good individual judgment. ASONP believes that these principles will encourage all who enjoy nature to do so in a way that best promotes good stewardship of the resource. These principles are modeled after those adopted by the North American Nature Photography Association (“NANPA”).
Environmental: Knowledge of Subject And Place
- Learn patterns of animal behavior. Know when not to interfere with the animal’s life cycles.
- Respect the routine needs of animals. Remember that others will attempt to photograph them too.
- Use appropriate lenses to photograph wild animals. If an animal shows stress, move back and use a longer lens.
- Acquaint yourself with and respect the fragility of the ecosystem. Stay on trails that are intended to lessen impact.
Social: Knowledge of Rules And Laws
- When appropriate, inform managers or other authorities of your presence and purpose. Help minimize cumulative impacts and maintain safety.
- Learn and follow the rules and laws of the location, whether public or private. Ignorance is never an excuse, nor are you exempt from the rules.
- In the absence of management authority, use good judgment. Treat the wildlife, plants and places as if you were their guest.
- Prepare yourself and your equipment for unexpected events. Avoid exposing yourself and others to preventable mishaps.
Individual: Expertise and Responsibilities
- Treat others with consideration. Be sensitive to others already shooting in the area.
- Tactfully inform others if you observe them engaging in inappropriate or harmful behavior. Many people unknowingly endanger themselves, animals or ecosystems.
- Report inappropriate behavior to the proper authorities. Don’t argue with those who don’t care, just report them.
- Be a good role model, both as a photographer and a citizen. Educate others by your actions; enhance their understanding.
- Follow the NANPA Truth in Captioning guidelines. The principles of honesty and courtesy should extend to your business as well.