Mile High Wildlife Photography Club

The Mile High Wildlife Photography Club (MHWPC) is a camera club based in Parker, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. It was founded in 1976 to provide members the opportunity to learn about wildlife and scenic photography, and also to promote personal growth, education, and enjoyment through nature photography.

It is the only photo club to win the Nature's Best Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards, competition in the Camera Club category twice, having won in 2007 and 2010. You may view the winning submissions for 2007 and 2010.

Learn about the benefits of membership and how to join.

Next Meetings

General Meeting
When: October 12, 2016 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: CU South Denver (in the Theater)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (view map)
Who: Club members and visitors
Program: Our own Russ Burden will give a two part presentation entitled, “Under Tanzanian Skies.” Part 1 is a 15-20 minute “How To” Keynote show that demonstrates his fondness for Tanzania. It includes a tutorial of photos that depict his most common tour mottos: It’s All About The Light, Edit Before Pressing the Shutter, Exhaust All Possibilities, Watch For Those Blinkies, and more……. You will be shown examples of images that illustrate what to do before pressing the shutter so you can make award winning safari and wildlife images. Part 2 is a 20 minute offering of Russ’s safari photos set to music. Part 2 immediately follows the instructional section - there is no intermission.
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Creative
Judging: Russ Burden
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Sep 15 through Oct 8
Digital Training Meeting
When: September 28, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: CU South Denver (in the Great Hall or Classroom)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (view map)
Who: Club members only
Program: Converting Digital Files to B&W

Terry Mieger will present a HOW TO on Converting Digital Files to B&W masterpieces: Have you ever dreamt of printing an image like Ansel Adams? How about just a great black and white for the big screen. What makes a great black and white image? Or for that fact a crappy one? Is this all possible from a digital camera? The monochrome image has a place in all of our repertoires. There's no reason why you can't do it with the modern software. So to learn how it's done or just for curiosity and educational reasons check out the use of Lightroom, Nik's Silver Effects Pro, and an offering from Topaz Labs, to produce your dream monochrome images. How about a few Challenge Images? Bring a Raw file on a flash drive (I cannot read a CD) and see how your image converts to Monochrome.

Interactive session with live demonstrations. Everyone is invited to bring a photo on a flash drive to the meeting. One of the experienced members of the group will apply their magic to the photos using Photoshop, Elements, Nik, On One, Topaz, etc. It can be worked on as a fix OR brought to a new version for the OPEN category. All members will see in real time, what goes on to make a photo presentable for a slide show, competition, or to be hung on the wall. EVERYONE, BRING SOME PICS!!!!!!!!

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Monthly Meetings

General Meeting With Competition

When: Second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: CU South Denver (in the Theater)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (view map)

Photographers of all ages and levels, as well as guests, are always welcome at our general meetings.

Each meeting has a program typically in the form of a slideshow about an aspect of wildlife or scenic photography. Some of the guests or members who have presented are: Russ Burden, John Fielder, Gordon and Cathy Illg, Weldon Lee, and Joe Lange. The program is followed by a photographic competition, and competition details are provided below.

Learn about our upcoming meetings or read past meeting summaries.

Digital Training Meeting

When: Fourth Wednesday of odd-numbered months from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: CU South Denver (in the Great Hall or Classroom)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (view map)

Club members are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings to learn how to get the most out of their digital files. At each meeting, a technique will be demonstrated, new software may be highlighted, or a creative process may be taught. Meetings are geared to cover aspects from beginner to advanced.

In November the meeting is held on the third Wednesday.

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The program at the general meeting is followed by a photographic competition where images compete in four different categories: Wildlife, Wildlife - Captive or Controlled, Scenic, and Creative. The Wildlife and Scenic categories are part of each competition, and the Wildlife - Captive or Controlled and Creative categories alternate. Images compete in two different levels: Club, and Masters. The Masters level is for veteran club members whose past history of competition entries has demonstrated their photographic abilities at an extremely high level.

More information is available in the Competition Schedule and Monthly Competition Guidelines. Digital images must be submitted following the Digital Image Submission Guidelines. The submission window opens the day after the previous meeting and closes at the end of the Saturday before the competition.

All images on this site are copyrighted by the photographers and are intended for viewing only. They are
not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of the photographer.