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: November 9, 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: Presenter: Lou Coetzer, from Pretoria, South Africa

Program: On the Brink of Greatness

Journey into the spectacular. Come and see the beautiful images of nature captured through the expert Nikon lens of Lou Coetzer. Lou is a true master of all the aspects of the digital camera, lenses and specialized approaches to shooting wildlife. He advocates using these new technologies to allow photographers to shoot differently than when film was king and to take images that they could previously only dream about. He believes that many current photographers are still stuck in a film mindset and advocates a different approach. With dedication second to none, Lou aims to inspire all nature photographers, most especially wildlife photographers, to greater heights with their own photography while promoting not only great story telling images, but images with the highest level of technical expertise permissible with today’s photographic equipment.

Lou Coetzer is an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer and founder of CNP Safaris, Africa’s leading specialist wildlife photographic safari company. Go to http://www.cnpsafaris.com/lou-coetzer/ for a complete biography of Lou Coetzer and his work in Africa and abroad.
Business: Elect officers for next year
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Wildlife CC
Judging: Lou Coutzer
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Oct 13 through Nov 5
Digital Training Meeting
Info: There is no Digital Training Meeting this month.

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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.