The mission of TexNEP is to provide a forum for individuals interested in the field of nature photography and the environment,
provide education, gather and disseminate information, and promote nature photography
as an art form and medium of communication.


TexNEP November 2015 Program
“My Approach to Photo Competitions"

Presented by:
Hector D. Astorga

Thursday November 19th @ 7:00pm.
McAllen Public Library
4001 N 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504

Photos by Beto Gutierrez


Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) welcomes to its November meeting its past president, Hector D. Astorga, who will be presenting his program “My Approach to Photo Contests”. The presentation takes place at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 19, at the McAllen Public Library, 4001 North 23rd Street (Nolana and 23rd).
Astorga is a professional nature photographer, photographer guide and workshop instructor. Since 2008 he has had success in entering regional and national photography contests, winning First Grand Prize in the recently completed Wildlife in Focus competition for the second year in a row. One of his images was also selected as a Best of Show image in the North America Nature Photographer Association (NANPA) 2016 Showcase.
Astorga will share the process that he goes through when creating images for a contest. He will show his approach on selecting images based on what he thinks a judge is looking for. We will see his step by step planning and creating of his photographs. This is a must see presentation if you are interested in entering nature photography competitions in the future.
The public is invited to attend the meeting. There is no admission charge to attend meetings and participants are encouraged to bring up to three photos to show and share at the meeting. Images that can be shown on a digital projector are preferred, but prints are also welcome.



TexNEP members range from the professional to the newbie who are interested in nature photography. We welcome film and digital shooters. Programs each month feature a guest speaker and a chance for members to share and discuss their images with others. Also each month a selected member will display images from one of their favorite places. Field trips are planned on the weekends after the Thursday meetings to one of the many Rio Grande Valley photo hotspots.
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