Achievement—Success—Getting it Done—Recognition—Celebration

One of the things we love to do at National Park Photography Expeditions is to take time out to celebrate the achievements of our active students, Alumna, and Mentor Candidates. These art photographers are moving forward and creating expressive work that is a vision beyond documentation. Congratulations to all of them.

Richard Paumen

Mentor Graduate and Assistant Instructor

Rich earned the cover page and headline spread in The Eye of the Photographer Publication (L’Oeil de la Photographie) Paris. Entitled Forgotten, Not Gone. This thematic explored the environmental decay of America’s western ranches, focusing on the isolated and crumbling buildings. Rich enriched his work with a moving artist’s statement and duotones to substantiate the current emotional feedback of these homesteads, ranches, and high-rider cabins. You can see his work HERE.

Ian Muirhead

Mentor Candidate (working on his thesis)

Ian recently completed his intermediate theme in the Mentor program. While producing an amazing composite series exploring the history of Walhalla, a restored gold town in Australia, he also found time to enter The Warragul Camera Club’s 50th National Photographic Competition. 

One of only three National Exhibitions held each year in the Australian State of Victoria, the competition attracted 1732 entries from 141 entrants, the highest number since 1995. Ian had 5 of his submissions accepted, two of which achieved a merit award and one was awarded 1st place in the Scapes category (landscapes, seascapes and city scapes).

Martha Hernandez

Mentor Graduate, Advanced Postproduction Work Master for Fine Art,  Assistant First Horizon Instructor NPPE

Martha earned a coveted spot in the Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA, where she successfully exhibited innovative work from her ICM collections. Martha received third place in the Photography category! Martha will also exhibit in the Laguna Art A Fair June 30 – September 3. Booth B12. Martha continues to market her work actively and builds a collector following seeking innovative, unique work.  Congratulations, Martha!

Lynn Beeler

Mentor Graduate, Art Photographer, Advanced Postproduction Work Master for Fine Art

Lynn has been selected for a second year to exhibit her art photography collections at the prestigious Pageant of the Master’s Art Festival in Laguna, CA.  Her exhibit will be filled with intriguing images, and you can meet Lynn at Exhibit Booth #37.  Lynn’s work has found strong support in the art print market for home décor collectors who value style and innovation.

Visit Lynn’s website and see more of her work HERE

Sheryl Ball

Masterclass Grad and Advanced Postproduction Work Master for Fine Art

No doubt you have seen many of Sheryl’s amazing floral image interpretations on her Instagram account, Sheryl’s Virtual Garden, and her work has also found international recognition. At the time of this publication, Sheryl had three images make it to the finals in the International Garden Photography program, in London, England.

Acceptance in this international competition is a success story on its own, and we are awaiting the final global selections. Sheryl has also been selected to display at the Laguna Art A Fair in Laguna, CA, June 30-September 3. Stop by her exhibit display space at booth B19, say hello, and support a creative artist.

Bill Chatwell

Masterclass Grad and Advanced Postproduction Work Master for Fine Art

Bill is a creative master within the Infrared Photography Art Space and an accomplished landscape art photographer. The San Diego County Fair agrees and has chosen three of his artworks for exhibit at the upcoming fair. Bills’ infrared artwork is far more nuanced, and we are no longer talking about the reality of the scene, but about the reality of what the scene means, or symbolizes, to the subjective minds of artists and their audience. Congratulations Bill!

Ted Rigoni

Mentor Graduate & Associate Instructor, NPPE

Ted’s creative consistency and willingness to explore new ideas and create ‘art on purpose’ is a joy to mention and support.  His art photography continues to receive plaudits and demand across a wide range of gallery shows. Over the last several months, his work has appeared in the Collector’s Choice, Black Gallery, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA., and the Tustin Area Fine Art Council (TACFA)of Orange County. And he Exhibited at the Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA. Showing now in the 2023 Open Juried Group Show, Thousand Oaks Art Association are his works, “Golden Blue Respite,” “Golden Shadows Alight,”; and “Silica Winds on Blue,” accepted.

Coming up at the 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA., Ted will exhibit “Golden Blue Respite,” and “Lightly Touched.”

Special Projects & Reviews

Jackie Hams

Masterclass Grad and Advanced Postproduction Work Master for Fine Art

Jacqueline Hams, Alumna of several National Park Photography Masterclasses and Advanced Postproduction projects, recently took on a special project for comparative shooting and post-production at the Manhattan Beach pier. The purpose was twofold; advanced work with the Canon R5 and post-production experimentation.

Jackie invested hours of shooting time over a long afternoon and early evening to capture various image views. Jackie’s iterations advance the images from documentation to narration and navigation, demonstrating her unique voice.

Well done… Congratulations Jackie on your creativity and deep commitment to experimentation!

Marcia Levetown

Mentor Candidate, NPPE

Conoco Phillips, Houston, Texas, publishes an internal magazine for employees and chose travel image work related to their sites from Marica. Congratulations, Marica, for your creative approach and excellent post-production on this editorial session.

Lynn Ballard

Mentor Candidate, Art Photographer

Lynn recently completed her intermediate portfolio review with Medium in San Diego, CA. This is an intense, rigorous review and creative analysis of one’s work, and Lynn shared her work with 8 reviewers from various magazines, galleries, and agencies.  Her work was a bold and courageous portfolio of conceptual photography that examined health issues associated with food choices that result in weight gain.

Congratulations, Lynn, for your creativity, and courage in getting your work out there for critical review!

Bob Killen is a Landscape Art Photography Teacher, Mentor Instructor, artist, and writer. He specializes in content related to art photography and online art marketing with an emphasis on SEO, SMM, and eCommerce. He is a National Park Service Artists in Residence alum, and collectors own his desert artwork in the US and Europe. You can find him teaching Masterclasses for National Park Photography Expeditions LLC in the field as well as coaching successful art photographers via his online classes. If you need assistant with your art photography or marketing your work, contact Bob at

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