By Teri L. Hansen
The Great Plains Nature Photographers will be hosting their annual meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 9 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St. in McPherson. The group has been going for 22 years and is comprised of photographers who’s works revolve around, the Great Plains of North America. These photographers showcase the beauty from the Dakotas south through Texas. Their annual meeting brings approximately 200 photographers from all walks of life to McPherson.
This year the guest speaker for the event will be Ron Niebrugge. In 2002, he and his wife Janine, embarked on the dream that would become their lives. Each left corporate jobs to pursue his passion as of photography. His photos have been used by National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Walt Disney World, Smithsonian, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Sony, Ford and Holland America. Over the years, he decided it was time to share his skills and knowledge. He offers photo tours, workshops and is a guide for tours both domestic and internationally. For more information on tours visit https://wildnatureimages.photoshelter.com/page1 and his work can be viewed at http://www.wildnatureimages.com.
Niebrugge now lives in Alaska and spends time at his second home in Arizona. His program at the meeting will focus on his experiences shooting at both locations. His images have appeared in publications including Sunset, Alaska Magazine, Audubon and Sierra Club Calendars, Country and Fortune Magazine.
The meeting is open to the public. A registration fee of $15 is waived to students. A box lunch for the program can be purchased from The Well, 101 N. Main St. in McPherson for an additional $10 and can be eaten at The Well or at the McPherson Opera House.
The meeting agenda is as follows:
8 – 9 a.m. Registration with coffee, rolls and juice
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Introduction, announcements and programs by Ron Niebrugge
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 4 p.m. Programs by Ron Nibrugge and competition recognition
For more information on the Great Plains Nature Photographers visit https://jimcindygriggsphotography.zenfolio.com/ or visit the groups Facebook page.