I hope everyone in the Teton Photography Group is aware of the new public meetings, the new image critique meetings, and the up-coming symposia in March and June. These things represent the public face of the Group but many things are happening behind the scenes.
First, the Steering Committee has approved a greatly enhanced program calendar that is ramping up this spring and will continue through the next calendar year. Our new activities will include more open image critique sessions (4 per year), two educational symposia per year, 3 photo competitions per year, and new opportunities for exhibitions, photo sales, and public exposure for your photography. We will continue to have our monthly, third Monday public presentations with diverse and interesting topics from a variety of local experts.
Second, the TPG is reaching out to other photography groups in Wyoming, Idaho, northern Utah and south western Montana. The groups have been asked to share public program information and events so that we can link you to activities throughout the region and so others can be made aware of our Group and the work of our members.
Third, we are making good progress on developing a statement of principles for wildlife photography ethics. We how have contacted several local non-profit groups and several federal, state, and local agencies to partner with us in this educational effort. We hope to have a draft document for you to review and comment upon by mid-March. The target date for the educational program is this spring.
Fourth, our efforts to educate local government, businesses, and individuals and help alleviate light pollution in the Jackson Hole region is progressing. We hope to spearhead an effort with our partner organizations to return the night sky to Jackson Hole.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that today our website has a new interactive Forums feature that will facilitate on-line discussion of all aspects of photography – image critique and sharing, multiple genres of photography, general discussion, gear review and sales. We thank our webmaster, Mike Cavaroc, for his effort to bring about these new features. We have other new features for the site in the works and hope that we can move some of our social media posts to this much more convenient and interactive site.
As our membership grows we will continue to expand our services and programs to forward our mission to provide members with opportunities to develop and share their photographic skills and promote interest in photography throughout the greater Teton region.