Field Trips

Field trips are a great way for SANP members to share their photographic knowledge with others. If you have a location in mind and wish to share it with others as a group or would like to share your photographic secrets with with a workshop contact Kris Light or Bob Turney. Anyone can suggest or lead a workshop or field trip.


Workshops are a great opportunity for SANP members to learn from experts in our region. If you would like to share your photographic secrets with club members in a workshop setting, contact Brad Cottrell. Anyone can suggest or lead a workshop.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6:30
Time: Social time 6:30pm/Meeting 7:00pm
Location: Goins Auditorium, Pellissippi State Technical Community College

For our program this month, SANP members Brad and Sharon Cottrell present their slideshow about the Southwest. They will be sharing photos from Old Town Albuquerque, Bandelier National Park, the city of Santa Fe, the High Road to Taos, Taos Pueblo, and Acoma Pueblo Sky City.

Arizona highlights will include photos from the Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains, several Sedona hiking adventures, Jerome gold mining town, the Prescott Granite Dells, and Tuzigoot, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater National Monuments. A high point of the show will be the exploration of Valley of Fire State Park (note the banner image above as an example of what you’ll see at the meeting) in Nevada, which is a delight to visit. You will find waves, arches, slot canyons, and many other fascinating formations. Valley of Fire State Park truly is a hidden treasure in the desert.


Sharon and Brad Cottrell have been photographers and SANP members for many years. Their scenic photos of the Appalachian region have been popular items in art galleries in Gatlinburg and Townsend. 

Fire Arch in Valley of Fire State Park. Copyright Sharon Cottrell
Fire Arch in Valley of Fire State Park. Copyright Sharon Cottrell.

Sharon started photography about 10 years ago, and since then she has had several winning photos for the Knox Heritage Art and Architecture Tour. In 2012 she won Insight Vacations International Photo Contest with her photo of Santorini, which was published in the Insight Vacations 2013 Tour Catalog, in the 2012 AAA Going Places Magazine, and 2011 Inside TVA Newspaper. In September 2015, she was published in the TVA Retiree Association Newspaper detailing her World Cruise. She enjoys landscape, travel, and architecture photography. 

Brad started photography over 40 years ago. He earned the Certificate in Photography from Pellissippi State Community College and has won many Dogwood Arts Festival photo contests. His interest is primarily in landscape and wildlife photography.

Sharon has twice judged the Camera Club of Oak Ridge yearly salon and the Le Conte Photographic Society monthly competition. Brad has also judged the Le Conte Photographic Society monthly competition.