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 10, 2016 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Where: CU South Denver (in the Theater)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (view map)
Who: Club members and visitors
Program: Finding Your Creative Voice

"Heraclitus once suggested, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

During outdoor photographer and writer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry's four-week stay as a winter Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park in early 2013, she felt the same sense of awe she had experienced so many times before. Having logged over 120 days in the park in less than four years, she stood along Schoodic Peninsula's rugged eastern shoreline, pocketing yet another pleasant - but uninspiring - sunrise image of the gorgeous Acadian coastline. In that moment, she knew something had changed. Her process had become routine, her photographs safe, and her photographic "voice" quiet.

For anyone who has visited a favorite place over and over, it's easy to succumb to habit and boredom. It's even easier to default to photographing the iconic scenes-ones that no doubt offer striking beauty, but often lead to a repeatable, documentary photo "everyone" else has. However, departing from our habits and the popular to find and nurture our own personal creative expression isn't so easy.

Using Colleen's insights from her exciting artistic transformation, she'll share how you can rely less on your external surroundings to provide the creative “juice” and how to bring your own to every subject and location. Hear how to tap into your individuality, collect new ideas and knowledge, and grow over time to not only to develop distinctive visual expressions that represents you as a unique individual, but also how to ensure you will never step in the same river no matter how many times you visit it."
Type: Wildlife, Scenic, & Creative
Judging: TBD
Guidelines: Digital Image Submission Guidelines,
Monthly Competition Guidelines
Submissions: Jul 14 through Aug 6
Digital Training Meeting
Info: There is no Digital Training Meeting this month.

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: CU South Denver (in the Theater)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (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: CU South Denver (in the Great Hall or Classroom)
10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 (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.