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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: August 13, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: The Wildlife Experience (in the Theater)
10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO (view map)
Who: Club members and visitors
Program: Our annual Club picnic will begin on the patio of the Wildlife Experience at 6 pm. Chicken, drinks, cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons will be provided by the Club. Please bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share. Anyone wishing to cut waste by bringing non-disposable plates, cups, etc. that you take home to wash afterwards, is encouraged to do so.

After the meal we will have our regular competitions.
Competition:
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Creative
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: July 10 through August 9
Digital Training Meeting
When: July 23, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Wildlife Experience (in the Great Hall or Classroom)
10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO (view map)
Who: Club members only
Program: James Hager will present his workflow which is based on rapidly creating high quality images. Topics will include:
  • File management and back ups
  • Downselecting images quickly in Media Pro
  • Downselecting images in Capture One
  • RAW processing in Capture One
  • Image editing in Photoshop with the help of actions
  • Assigning keywords in Photoshop with the help of FileMaker (a database program)
  • Using Nik Silver Efex Pro to make color images pop
  • Using Photoshop and Lightroom to create realistic HDR images
  • Automating repetitive actions using iKey

Learn about our upcoming meetings.

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.

Learn about our upcoming meetings.

Competitions

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, Scenic With Minimal Wildlife, and Creative. The Wildlife and Scenic categories are part of each competition, and the Wildlife - Captive or Controlled, Scenic With Minimal Wildlife, 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.