Ranch Nature Photography for Fun and Profit
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008
Student Union Building, Texas A&M Kingsville
Images for Conservation Fund (ICF) and Texas Agrilife Extension, in conjunction with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department presentNature Photography Symposium: Ranch Nature Photography for Fun and Profit to unite landowners and photographers in the new enterprise of Private Land Nature Photo Tourism for Conservation. The Saturday, March 29th Symposium will be held at the Texas A & M Kingsville Student Union Building and is designed to educate both amateur and professional photographers, as well as landowners, on the details involved in developing dynamic settings on private land for optimal photography.
ICF is a Texas-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, self-funded wildlife conservation industry based upon nature photography tourism. This new industry will establish exciting nature photography destinations while simultaneously generating significant income for the private landowners who lease them. To raise public awareness of these opportunities for both landowners and photographers, ICF has created the Pro-Tour of Nature Photography and a number of supporting events.
The day-long Symposium on Saturday will follow the 2008 Pro-Tour of Nature Photography: Coastal Bend of Texas Launch Party Friday night which will team pre-selected landowners from the Coastal Bend with professional photographers and kick off a month-long photo competition. The Launch Party will be held at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center at the Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. Both events are open to the public.
The Symposium will begin with a morning session that both the landowners and photographers will attend to learn about the industry of photo tourism. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon session will target the two groups separately. The photographers will learn techniques for capturing and editing images from award-winning photographers while the landowners will learn about marketing and planning from experienced landowners and tourism experts.
The Symposium will be held March 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $75 per person and includes lunch. The Launch Party will be held March 28th and begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $65 and includes dinner.
Reservations are $60.00 per person for the Friday night Launch Party and $75.00 per person for the Landowner/Photographer Symposium on Saturday. Attend both events for $125.00 per person.Click on the above links to reserve your tickets now by credit card (Paypal) or mail your check to: Images for Conservation Fund
2112 W. University Drive, #801
Edinburg, TX 78539
Key Sponsors for the 2008 Pro-Tour of Nature Photography include:
AEP Texas – Anchor Sponsor, International Bank of Commerce – Official 2008 Pro-Tour Bank, Gulf States Toyota – Official 2008 Pro-Tour Vehicle, Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation/Wachovia Securities – 2nd Grand Prize Sponsor, Alamo Lumber Company – 3rd Grand Prize Sponsor, City of Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Kingsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Corpus Christi Caller Times, South Texas Money Management, Tiple
Be Enterprises/Inflight Outfitters, Valero Energy
AgriLIFE Extension, Texas A&M; Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center; Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest; Copyzone; Digett Marketing, Publishing and Web Management; Harvey Weil Foundation; King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; The Nature Conservancy; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Texas State Aquarium; Texas Wildlife Association
Art Cahoon, Elaine Fox, Bruce & Gail Hoffman, John & Audrey Martin, Ed & Susan Munoz, Diane Smith, Carol & Doug Rowald, George & Claire Vaughan, Roger Zessin