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 8, 2014 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: Cathy and I have been professional nature photographers for more than two decades, but I found myself at a loss for words--and that's really saying something--when asked to describe our specialty and why we got into this business. Why did we get into this business? It certainly wasn't for the money. When the answer hit us, it was something I just had to share with others. After all, there was the possibility of making a fast buck, or a slow buck, or any buck at all. So for the past 2 years we've been working on a series of ebooks, Worshipping With A Camera. The first one in the series, Other Nations; The Creatures Who Share The Planet With Us, will hopefully be out by October, and the program will contain images from both this book, and the second one, which will be on landscapes. Henry Beston captured the gist of the first book in one paragraph:

"We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth."

The presence of a single star, not to mention the universe, the Earth and life, is a miracle beyond anything in any mythology, and with our photography we praise the Creator behind it--whatever you conceive He, She or It to be. Our style of photography is something we call "worshipping with a camera," and if we can call attention to the underlying miracle, we've done our job. Many of you follow this same shooting philosophy, whether you give it the same name or not. You may photograph other things, but the natural world is your biggest source of inspiration. The reasons for this may be many and varied, but at least part of it is the fact that you, too, are captivated by the mystery and majesty of this tapestry we've been woven into. --Gordon Illg
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Scenic WMW
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: September 11 through October 4
Digital Training Meeting
When: September 24, 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: Terry Mieger: The Why, When and How of Focus Stacking
When the image requires a depth of field beyond the limits of the camera settings and camera capabilities, it's time to focus stack. It is applicable from Macro to Landscape and beyond. So what really does it really do and what choices are there to complete the process and maybe...just what is a light field camera. Find out at the September 25th Digital Meeting.

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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, 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.