Exciting speakers and nature experts await to ignite your passion for photography and nature and equip you with valuable skills and fresh perspectives. Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the 2024 speaker topics and keep checking back for updates.
A nature photographer and birder from the age of eight, Lisa is the founder of Langell Photography, Inc. (http://www.langellphotography.com). She started her business in 2010 after long vibrant careers as a floral designer, educational psychologist, consultant and in helping launch and manage two startups that grew into leading companies in the Ed-Tech space. Since then, she has earned numerous awards and has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Images Arizona, and more. She is an Image Master for Tamron, an Ambassador for Fotopro and is a judge for Viewbug.
Lisa loves creating nature photography and art that is inspired by her background in psychology and design. When Lisa isn’t having fun making photographs, she’s thriving on teaching photography—most often in Alaska! Her humility and passion for both shines through in how she provides memorable, fun, and educational experiences that enrich, invigorate and expand photographers’ minds in wonderful ways.
Kristi Odom is an internationally awarded photographer, a Nikon Ambassador, an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a motivational speaker. With a background in sports, concerts, and wedding photography, she now works solely on her biggest passion, which is wildlife.
She believes strongly in the power of photography to help create positive change and ultimately help protect the planet’s wildlife. A photographer and filmmaker, her work focuses on connecting people emotionally to animals and celebrating those who fight to protect the natural world.
Her accolades include over 60 international photography awards including 2 Nature’s Best Photography awards, which exhibited her images at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. She also was included in National Geographic’s 2021 collection for Best Animal Photos. Her work has appeared either online and/or in print for the following clients: National Geographic, Washington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Rollingstone, NIkon, Microsoft and Outside Magazine.
Jamie Konarski Davidson is an award-winning outdoor & nature photographer and Lensbaby Ambassador with a passion for capturing and sharing the intimate moments and beauty of the natural world on its own and as it blends with the “rest of the world.”
Her images range from macro and abstracts to intimate, grand and rural landscapes. Jamie is enamored with flowers of all kinds. In fact, if someone told her she could only photograph one subject for the rest of her life, it would be flowers. Her interpretive style reflects that “love” of the blooms along with an intentional approach.
Through New Life Photos, Jamie leads photo workshops, teaches and presents at conferences and other events. Her goals as an instructor are to encourage and inspire people to grow in their photography skills and discover their own visual voice.
Cassia, Jennifer and Nancy will discuss the inspiration and filmmaking journey behind their award-winning documentary short, Right of Passage, while highlighting the challenges that critically endangered red wolves, humans and all wildlife face in the fragmented habitats of eastern NC.
Learn what conservationists, biologists, researchers and organizations are doing to connect these habitats and make travel safer for both humans and wildlife in eastern NC and statewide.