The mission of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers is to provide a forum for individuals interested in the field of nature photography and the environment, provide education, gather and disseminate information, and promote nature photography as an art form and medium of communication.
MONEP holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, except in December. Currently, all meetings are being held virtually, via Zoom.
A guest speaker presents to the group on photography or nature related topics. MONEP has hosted many well-known presenters from the St. Louis region, as well as speakers from outside our area.
In addition to a speaker, members can share their work during the meeting’s “Show and Share” segment. The focus is on learning and not on competition. An annual Holiday Show and party is held each December and features members’ images set to music.
MONEP also organizes local field trips and occasional overnights to photograph nature. These activities provide an opportunity for members to share techniques, learn from each other and enjoy the company of people with similar interests.
Every few years, MONEP invites nationally known nature photographers to conduct photography seminars and/or workshops that are open to the general public as well as the membership. Past presenters have included Jennifer King, Bill Lea, Rob Sheppard, Bill Fortney, Richard and Susan Day, Willard Clay, and Rick Sammon among others.
Note: The Covid-19 pandemic has forced MONEP to forego any in-person events for the foreseeable future. We all look forward to being able to resume these activities when the events can be carried out safely.