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 Meeting

When: October 16, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Great Room
(view map)
Program: Cathy and Gordon Illg - The presentation is based on their first book, Dynamic Wildlife Photography.

Only 4 or 5 decades ago, wildlife photography was terribly difficult, and obtaining even the poorest wildlife images was an incredible challenge. However, things have changed. Today’s viewers are a spoiled bunch. They’ve seen lots of great wildlife photos, and if you want to capture their attention, your images need to go beyond mere documentation. Your images need to be dynamic.

Cathy and Gordon Illg have been full time nature photographers since 2000. Their work is widely published and includes numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife. Several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and they’ve done well in photo contests, the highlight of which was being flown to London to accept awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. Both of their first two books, Dynamic Wildlife Photography and Worshipping With A Camera, have been well received, and for the past 18 years their livelihood has been dependent upon their ability to share the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers.
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Creative
Judging: Gordon Illg
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Sep 19 through Oct 13

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Monthly Meetings

When: Third Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Great Room
(view map)

Photographers of all ages and levels, as well as guests, are always welcome at our 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 where images compete in four different categories:

  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife - Captive or Controlled
  • Scenic
  • 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.

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