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: September 9, 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: The Story Behind the Image

Join Weldon Lee as he shares the story behind some of the images he made of his wild brothers and sisters during his adventures trekking Planet Earth. A couple of tales he will share occurred in Alaska's Denali National Park. Another in the Galapagos Islands. One of particular note took place in Botswana . . . and then, there's one about what is becoming a St. Valentine's Day tradition in his own backyard. There's more . . . so, whatever you do, donít miss this presentation as Weldon shares "The Story Behind the Image.Ē

Weldon Says, "My photography is a collaboration between me and my wild brothers and sisters. I have an obligation to take my photographs before the public. There are times when Nature creates special moments and I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. These magical moments are Nature's gifts and are given to me for a reason. In fact, there are times when I am not even sure who is making the image. Occasionally, I will look at one of my photographs and think . . . I'm not talented enough to have made that image. I actually have one image, Spirit Wolf, that I do not even remember making, yet it came out of my camera. So, why would Nature be so generous with me? My wild brothers and sisters have a message they want to share with the people of the world and my photographs are but one process whereby they can do this."
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Wildlife CC
Judging: Weldon Lee
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Aug 13 through Sep 5
Digital Training Meeting
When: September 23, 2015 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: a) Terry Mieger will Teach us all how to use TOPAZ software.
Do want software that does magic with processing your images? Do you want natural or ultra-off the chart adjustments? Do you want to layer without going to Photoshop? Would you like to paint a Monet? Enter the Topaz Suite of plugins. The 15 distinct plugins along with the PhotoFXPro stand alone, can do just about anything a creative photographer may want to do.

*******This and more will be explored at the September 23 Digital Meeting. Participants will be eligible for several door prizes of Topaz products, possibly even a complete Suite, a $469.99 value.******

b) Interactive session with live demonstrations. Everyone is invited to bring a photo on a flash drive to the meeting. One of the experienced members of the group will apply their magic to the photos using Photoshop, Elements, Nik, On One, Topaz, etc. It can be worked on as a fix OR brought to a new version for the OPEN category. All members will see in real time, what goes on to make a photo presentable for a slide show, competition, or to be hung on the wall. EVERYONE, BRING SOME PICS!!!!!!!!

Volunteers to put on a presentation are always welcome. Thanks to all those who have already volunteered their time and talent over the years to make this group successful. Please consider helping out and put on a short presentation - the best way to become an expert on a topic is to teach it. If you feel uncomfortable standing in front of the group to make a presentation, please contribute by finding a speaker who can present a digital show to the members. It would be great to get everyone to pitch in in some way - thanks. Please talk with the speaker to see if he/she would be willing to come and explain what we do. If all works out, I'll contact the person and schedule the show.

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 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.