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: May 11, 2016 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: Photographing the Wonders of Nature and Culture

Please click here to register.

Click on this link to meet our speaker, Rick Sammon in this brief Canon Explorer of Light interview. The public is welcome to this meeting. Go to www.mhwpc.org/events/ to sign up. If you are not a club member, you will need to set up a guest account. We will not send you junk emails.

Join photographer, author and educator Rick Sammon as he takes us on a photographic tour of Kenya, Botswana, Antarctica, the Arctic, Iceland, Myanmar, India and more. This is not just a slide show of pretty wildlife, landscape and people pictures. For each image, Rick will share a widely applicable photography or Photoshop technique. As you will see, Rick makes learning fun.

Rick Sammon – A Man on a Mission

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some The Godfather of Photography, is one of the most active photographers on the planet–dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick's enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission–a mission to make digital photography fun,creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

A natural teacher, Rick enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, a podcast and an expanding following on social media. With nearly 900,000 Google+ followers, he has been recognized as one of the top photographers to follow on Google+. In his spare desk time, Rick writes the Quick Fix column for Digital Photo Magazine.

Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, producing six underwater books and leading scuba diving expeditions to the seven seas. He easily transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography. Rick’s images, from his travels to more than 100 countries, have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and have been featured in his 36 books, including the popular Rick Sammon’s Exploring the Light, and 12 apps, including Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet. Rick’s latest book (April 2015) is Creative Visualization for Photographers. While Rick describes himself as evolving, he hesitates to categorize his work.

"I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all–and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing." With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments–and many more anticipated for the road ahead.

As Rick suggests, "When you are through changing, you are through."
Competition: None
Digital Training Meeting
When: May 25, 2016 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: Topaz Labs Road Show

Kevin Leissring from Topaz Labs will demo a variety of Topaz products. Topaz Labs is the creator of award winning plug-ins and software for photo editing on Macs and Windows. Topaz' suite of cutting-edge plug-ins, turns what used to take hours into just minutes and changes otherwise ordinary photos into exquisite art! Get better results, faster than ever and spend more time doing what you love... taking amazing photos.

This presentation will highlight some of the key innovations in all of the Topaz products including new Topaz Impression and Glow.

All Topaz products will be offered to attendees, at nearly HALF off online prices!

There will be a raffle for attending club members with two prizes: 2nd place prize is one Topaz tool and the grand prize is the complete Topaz package.

Club members are invited to bring a photo on a flash drive to the meeting. Kevin will apply Topaz magic to the photos so that attendees will see in real time, how to improve their photos with the Topaz software.

Note: This meeting will be held in the IMAX Theater. This event is open to all interested parties, not just club members.

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.


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.