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 14, 2015 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: The Wildlife Experience (in the Theater)
10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO (view map)
Who: Club members and visitors
Program: Dan and Ginger Polschook, loon presentation.

The following is quoted from a book review in the Adirondack Explorer of Journey with the Loon, photographed by the Polschooks:

"In addition to the usual adorable photos of loon chicks hitching a ride on their parentsí backs, the summer chapter features a remarkable series of images of loon chicks from their first week of life through their fourteenth, with each photo captioned in a sequenced narrative of development. This series of images is the finest representation of loon development Iíve seen, and the captions point out such subtleties as the appearance of smooth contour feathers, flapping and stretching behaviors, and takeoff practice runs. The synergy of text and images, here and elsewhere in the book, is absolutely uncanny, as though the authors asked the photographers if they could possibly get an image of a five-week-old loon with flight feathers starting to appear along the leading edge of its wings, and they delivered the image." - See more at: http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/book_reviews/journey-loon#sthash.souxMaFS.dpuf
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Min Wildlife IIE
Judging: Dan Polschook
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Sep 10 through Oct 10
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: The Wildlife Experience (in the Theater)
10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO (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: The Wildlife Experience (in the Great Hall or Classroom)
10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO (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 five different categories: Wildlife, Wildlife - Captive or Controlled, Scenic, Minimal Wildlife In Its Environment, and Creative. The Wildlife and Scenic categories are part of each competition, and the Wildlife - Captive or Controlled, Minimal Wildlife In Its Environment, 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.