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February 13-16, 2014 | Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, Raleigh NC

Welcome to the 2014 CNPA Annual Meeting and the host city of Raleigh, the capital and second largest city in the state of North Carolina and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. And a special thanks to our host region, the Triangle Region.

For three days in February 2014, you will be part of one of the best photographic gatherings where you will meet up with old friends, make new friends, and share stories, plus you'll learn how to discover the true inner "light" within each subject, you'll learn how to reach your full potential in the exciting world of photography and you'll also learn how to shoot what you love. All of this and more from our outstanding lineup of speakers: Charles Needle and Adam Jones. Click over to the "Speakers" page to read their full bio.

Our favorite vendors will be back again this year along with Berrie Smith who will offer camera cleaning during the run of the meeting. And don't forget our favorite "Members Choice Contest" and the swap room also returns. Start cleaning out your closets, dust off that equipment and bring it to trade, sell or barter.

We have made a few changes to our schedule to allow you more social time on Saturday evening, but rest assured, the ever popular door prize drawings will be a highlight of your Saturday. A full schedule of events will be published soon.

Have we sparked your interest in joining us for the 2014 CNPA Annual Meeting? Then be sure to click over to the Registration page and fill out the form and be sure to check out the Hotel page to register your stay at the Hilton North Raleigh.

Have any questions? Send an email to:

See you in Raleigh in 2014!

Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Group Code: CNP

Rates are:
* $99 per night (taxes not included) - Single
* $105 per night (taxes not included) - Double
* $111 per night (taxes not included) - Triple
* $117 per night (taxes not included) - Quad

A block of rooms have been reserved for February 12, 2014 - February 16, 2014. The special room rate will be available until January 13, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Reservations may be made by selecting your check-in and check-out dates, based upon your travel plans. The special group rate is in effect pre- and post- the dates of the annual meeting if you are interested in arriving early or staying over in Raleigh after the meeting. The meeting starts Thursday evening, February 13 and concludes Sunday mid-morning, February 16, 2014.

If you have special needs or are bringing a pet, please call the hotel direct to make your reservation. Call 919-872-2323 and be sure to mention the group code: CNP

Early Bird Price: $145.00 October 1 - December 31, 2013
Regular Price: $160.00 January 1 - January 30, 2014
At the Door Price: $175.00 In effect February 13 - 15, 2014

Guest Lunches: $35.00 per lunch
Two lunches offered. Must register separately for each lunch.

Keynote Speaker - Charles Needle

Charles Needle is an award-winning, Seattle-based nature photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader who specializes in macro and garden photography with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation.

His popular "Art of Nature" creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide for the past 13 years. He is the author of a best-selling eBook entitled, Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques, which has been hailed as "one of the most comprehensive, useful, unique and inspiring books about close-up photography on the market today."

Charles is also working on his first printed book, entitled Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush, with a foreword by Freeman Patterson, due out in early 2014.

In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England).

A FujiFilm USA Talent Team member, Garden Writers of America (GWA) member, and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner six years in a row, Charles teaches over a dozen location workshops per year, including international destinations such as Giverny, France with private access to Monet's Garden.

Charles' photographs have been published in Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, and Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad. To learn more about Charles' work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit

Adam Jones

This internationally recognized photographer explores the world through his nature, travel, and wildlife images. Jones's award-winning photography is widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda.

Adam is recognized world wide as an outstanding stock photographer with his images represented by Getty Images, Corbis, Visuals Unlimited, Photo Researchers, and Danita Delimont Stock Photography. His work has sold for editorial and commercial uses in over 30 countries.

Adam's publication credits also include: National Geographic Books, Time, Life Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Sierra Club, Disney and hundreds of textbooks. In 1995 the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest honored Adam by selecting one of his images from over 19, 000 entries, as the winner in the "In Praise of Plants" category.

Adam has published eight coffee-table books.

In early 2006, Adam was selected to be one of Canon USA's elite group of acclaimed photographers, "The Explorers of Light". Canon describes the Explorer of Light program as such: The Explorers of Light program is a group of 50 of the World's best photographers united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others.

Adam is a popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. He has taught for Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, and Maine Photographic Workshops. Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels.

CNPA thanks Canon and Canon Explorers of Light for sponsoring Adam.

Kevin Adams

A naturalist, writer, teacher, and photographer, Kevin Adams has had a lifelong love affair with nature and the outdoors, particularly in his home state of North Carolina. Kevin has been photographing for more than 25 years, authoring nine books and numerous magazine articles.

His photographs appear regularly in books, magazines, calendars, and advertisements across the country.

With partner Bill Lea, Kevin organizes the popular Western North Carolina Foto Fest, held annually in September.

Kevin is a master night photographer and is the person behind the Digital After Dark(R) photo blog.

He is presently working on a series of instructional videos, eBooks, and specialized night-photography gear. When he's not photographing, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and just gazing up at the night sky. Kevin lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife, Patricia, their mischievous cats, Lucy and Titan, eight chickens named after women on Star Trek, and a groundhog that lives under the house and eats Patricia's vegetables.

Rob Knight

Rob Knight has been a professional artist in Atlanta, Georgia for over twenty years. He is a photographer, educator and an award-winning tattoo artist. Rob is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and an experienced Lightroom instructor. Rob enjoys teaching photography subjects from basic Composition to High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques and hybrid photography. Rob is also part of the LUMIX Luminary Team, a group of photography professionals and enthusiasts selected and sponsored by Panasonic as ambassadors for the brand.

His photography has been featured on travel websites and exhibited in venues in and around Atlanta, GA. Rob has taught photography workshops in locations like Costa Rica, North Carolina and his home town of Atlanta, GA and has worked with instructors such as Rick Sammon and Juan Pons from the DPExperience podcast. Rob teaches travel photography workshops like the Arenal Eco Adventure in Costa Rica, and photography and Lightroom classes in the Atlanta area. To learn more about Rob, be sure to visit his website.


  • Athentech Imaging (Perfectly Clear Processing for Lightroom)
  • Berrie Smith Camera Repair - Digital Camera
  • Bespoke Journeys International: Waldo Miller
  • Canon
  • Charles Needle Photography
  • Codelt Design, Inc.
  • Conservators' Center
  • DataColor
  • Dave Hammaker Photography LLC
  • Distinctive Journeys
  • DxO Optics
  • Epson
  • Feisol, Inc.
  • Hunt's Photo & Video
  • Kevin Adams Photography
  • Les Saucier Photography
  • Lowepro
  • Mark Buckler Photography
  • Mark Hilliard Atelier: The Lens Work Gallery
  • Mastercolor Labs
  • Panasonic LUMIXΒ: Rob Knight
  • Red River Paper
  • Sigma Corporation of America
  • Strabo Photo Tour Collection
  • Swarovski Optik
  • Tamron

* as of 1/22/2014

CNPA would like to acknowledge our 2014 Annual Meeting sponsors.