Mile High Wildlife Photo Club

The Mile High Wildlife Photo 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 11, 2017 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: Barbara Fleming
Woman who Runs with Dogs....and other Tales from the African Bush
Seven Tips on How to Create Winning Images
MHWPC Presentation October 2017

From trekking into the hills of northern Serengeti to speeding for days on end through the Mopani forests of northern Botswana, Barbara Fleming will take you on her adventure in which has played out over the last five years. Barbara has sought out opportunities to shoot and study the African wild dog, an extremely elusive and one of the world’s most endangered mammals. These unique canids travel up to 50 miles per day at high rates of speed, rarely pausing in relentless pursuit of sufficient prey to feed themselves and many pack members. What led to her interest? How did she get started on this quest? What successes and failures has she had with her wild dog photography? And what has she learned along the way about what to do and not to do which culminate in a series of tips to create award winning images.

Barbara Fleming is an international award winning wildlife photographer who has traveled extensively throughout the Serengeti ecosystem for more than ten years. She has also photographed in Rwanda and over the last five years, the southern part of Africa including Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. In this hemisphere she has photographed throughout the USA, Canada, and Honduras. Barbara uses her undergraduate studies in anthropology and psychology as well as her field experience to help her understand and photograph wildlife and their complex behavior.

Her images have won awards from The National Geographic, International Photographer of the Year, North American Nature Photography Association, International Photography Awards, Natures Best, National Wildlife Federation, Popular Photography (Your Best Shot), National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and Share the View Photo contest, each based in the USA along with international competitions: Oasis Photo Contest (Italy), Siena International Photo Award (Italy), Festival de l’Oiseau (France), Moscow International Foto Awards (Russia) and Natures Best Africa (South Africa) .
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Wildlife CC
Judging: Barbara Fleming
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Sep 14 through Oct 7
Digital Training Meeting
When: September 27, 2017 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: Bruce Norman: Photo Book Creation - A High Quality Inexpensive Alternative to Blurb
I have found a book publisher that will print a high quality 100 page hard cover photo book for around $20. The caveat is that you have to provide them with a properly formatted PDF file of your finished book.

I will bring a couple of examples of these photo books.

What we will be doing in this session is downloading and installing the free open-source Desktop Publishing Software (Scribus) that can be used to create your photo book PDF. I will also give some basic instruction on how to use this software to create your own photo book. Bring your laptop if you have one but not required if you just want to see how this might work for you.

To provide an additional alternative to generating your own photo book, Joe & Jan McDaniel will be attending the presentation and can answer questions about their business where they provide compete book project services from inception to distribution. Jan does the text and formatting and Joe handles photo editing, cover design, registrations, and technical matters.

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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.