October's Featured Speaker

BIO: Ron McConathy

Ron McConathy has been working in the field of photography for many years. His love of photography began in grade school when he acquired his first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye. Over the years and with many more cameras in his collection, his love of photography evolved into a passion and a full-time endeavor. Ron’s photographs have been featured in numerous fine-art shows in the southeast as well as in magazines and in various textbooks and government publications.

Ron’s graduate work in forestry at the University of Washington and University of Tennessee and a 20-year career in environmental research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided a solid foundation for his love of nature and photography. A 24-acre homesite in rural eastern Tennessee managed as a wildlife and natural plant habitat provides him with photographic opportunities literally just beyond his door. He has always loved photographing nature, wildlife, and scenic locations.

Ron is a charter member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and a charter member and past president of SANP. After his retirement from ORNL in 2000, Ron expanded his photography business interests into wedding, travel, and portrait photography. He continues to teach photography classes for the University of Tennessee Professional and Personal Development photography program (15 years and counting).

In 2014, Ron officially closed his business, Aronsha Photography, but his passion for this art form continues unabated! The difference now is that he can photograph subjects and situations entirely of his choosing.

Join us on October 26 for a trip around Wynnsum Woods, Ron’s home turf!

(Photo above of Ron McConathy copyright Sharon McConathy)

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
located near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. 
Mailing address: SANP, 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Ste 107A/231, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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