Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

    SANP is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to photography of the natural environment. Our motto is "Sharing the Awareness of Nature through Photography." Founded in 1991, SANP's home base is Knoxville, Tennessee -- an area rich in natural beauty. Photo opportunities include the Great Smoky, Cumberland, and Blue Ridge Mountains, pastoral valleys, and numerous lakes, rivers, and streams.

    Get to Know Us

    Interested in nature or travel photography? So are we! To learn more about us, explore the website and then
    • Contact a member
    • Join our Facebook group
    • Participate in a meeting or club activity. We meet once a month except December and have field events each month.
    • Check out our latest newsletter (April 2021)
    • Watch a recording of our April 2021 meeting (Passcode: VP5Xi%La), featuring Kristina Plaas on Interpretive Photography in America’s National Parks.

    Share with Us

    Current members are encouraged to share nature photos and photography experiences for use on the website or in upcoming issues of the newsletter.


    Congratulations to Chris and Elizabeth Cannon on the birth of their son at 1:29 am on April 15! May his first significant gift be a camera!

    Upcoming events

    Advice from the Pros - What's New

    Go to the Advice from the Pros page in the Members section to find the details.

    • 4X Resolution! What's New in Photoshop
      (March 2021 Update) -
      posted 4/19

    • Top Tips for Optimal Photo Sharing - posted 4/19

    • Matt Kloskowski on why he was wrong about Noise Reduction and Sharpening - posted 4/16
    • Lightroom Virtual Summit, Free! 
      AN ONLINE EVENT: MAY 3 - 7, 2021
      20 Instructors teaching 40 Classes
       - posted 3/19
    • Backup system for Travel - posted 3/19

    Featured Image

    The current featured image by Bobbie Thurston is called "Retired Skiff." Bobbie won Honorable Mention in the Travel and Place Category in the 2021 Salon with this image. Click the image below to view in larger format.

    Photo copyright Bobbie C. Thurston.

    Our "Featured Member" section below now includes members who have uploaded a "selfie." Join that group via your profile (choose "edit profile" to make changes).

    Become a member

    Are you interested in nature and travel photography? Become a member of SANP!

    To enjoy all the benefits of membership, click the "Join SANP" button below and complete the membership application.

    Dues are for a 12-month membership beginning on the day you join.

    Contact Brad Cottrell, Membership Manager, for additional information.

    Note: To submit photographs for the annual Salon, which is judged in February, your membership dues must be current on December 31 of the previous year.

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