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To thank everyone for being a part of the NECCC family, we will be holding a one-day online event on Saturday, July 17th, 2021, featuring Richard Bernabe, André Gallant, ANEC, and Freeman Patterson. Along with our speakers, Hunt's Photo & Video will be joining us. There will also be an event projected image competition and $1000.00 in door prizes. We hope you'll join us!

Click here to view the seminar flyer.

Registration and Payment

Registration includes access to all of the day's events. All are welcome to attend and you do not need to be a member of a camera club, photography group, etc., to register. Below are the early-bird, regular, and late registration rates. Registration will close at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, July 16. Registrations are non-refundable but transferable prior to July 14th through

Register by July 2:  $30.00
Register between July 3 - July 14:       $40.00
Register after July 14:  $50.00

Payment is accepted during registration via our online payment gateway by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover credit or debit card.  If you wish to discuss alternate payment options, please contact us at to further discuss your needs.

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, all registered attendees will receive the necessary Zoom link(s) by email. Registrations received after Wednesday, July 14, 2021, will receive the link(s) on Friday evening, July 16, 2021. Only attendee emails who have paid the event registration will have an active link to the event seminar.

Preliminary Agenda

Note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Click here to convert times to your local time.

8:30 a.m.:          Sign on and socialize
8:45 a.m.:Noah of Hunt's Photo & Video
9:00 a.m.:"Nature Photography and the Six Principles of Art" by Richard Bernabe (South Carolina)
10:45 a.m.:Q&A with Richard Bernabe
11 a.m.:Noah of Hunt's Photo & Video
11:30 a.m.:Break for lunch - Hunt's Q&A
12 p.m.:Awards presentation for Projected Image Competition
12:30 p.m.:"MOMENTS: quest for solace through the beauty of nature" by André Gallant, ANEC (Canada)
2 p.m.:Q&A with André Gallant, ANEC
2:15 p.m.:Break - Hunt's Q&A
2:30 p.m"The Call of Creativity" by Freeman Patterson (Canada)
4:00 p.m.: Q&A with Freeman Patterson
4:15 p.m.:Noah of Hunt's Photo & Video
4:30 p.m.:Door Prize Drawings (must be present to win)
     - $300.00, $200.00, $100.00 Hunt's Photo & Video Gift Certificate (Provided by Hunts) 
     - Eight $50.00 coupons off the NECCC 2022 75th Anniversary Conference (Provided by NECCC)

    Nature Photography and the Six Principles of Art

    Richard Bernabe, 9 a.m. (EDT)

    What’s the secret to improving your nature, wildlife, or travel photos? You can better hone your composition skills, develop a keener eye for natural light, and express your moments in nature in more emotional tones and you will certainly create more compelling images. You could also learn from the design principles used by master painters and artists through the centuries in creating their timeless masterpieces. These Six Principles of Art (sometimes listed as Principles of Design and/or contain as many seven or even eight components) are the guiding precepts in what makes art and design more aesthetically pleasing to the human eye and brain. Richard will discuss each of these principles and teach you how to apply them to your photography.

    MOMENTS – quest for solace through the beauty of nature

    André Gallant, 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

    Join André Gallant, ANEC, on his most recent photographic journey where he found solace in nature’s beauty. With anecdotes accompanying his most recent images, André will share how he discovered the healing powers of the camera through personal difficult times as well as the advent of Covid-19 which changed the world we live in. “This past year I went out almost every morning with my camera, driving to places of beauty and comfort. Each day, I embraced solitude and photographed with the heart. Either captivated by the light, or being witness to awe inspiring scenery, my spirits were uplifted and knew I there was hope”.

    The Call of Creativity

    Freeman Patterson, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

    Freeman begins this presentation by making a clear distinction between art and craft and provides a succinct description of the role of craft in supporting the creation of art. He follows with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which each of us is born. He includes stories of people who have used their creativity in difficult circumstances to benefit others and follows this with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story. Freeman has presented this program many times and in several countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States – and regularly updates both the spoken and visual content.


    Richard Bernabe is an internationally renowned nature, wildlife, and travel photographer as well as widely published author from the USA. His passion for adventure has been the driving force behind his life’s quest to capture the moods and character of the world’s most amazing places, from Africa to the Amazon to the Arctic and countless places in between.

    Editorial clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Audubon, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, National Parks, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. Corporate clients include Canon, Patagonia, Orvis, REI, Apple, Microsoft, American Express, and more.

    Richard was named one of the “Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web” by the Huffington Post and included in the “20 Photographers Changing the World Through Social Media” by Influence Digest. Richard is a global influencer in the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than 1 million social media followers. More at


    André Gallant, ANEC has been a professional photographer for over 35 years. He is constantly in pursuit of expressive images in far-flung places such as China, Greenland, India, Namibia and New Zealand to name a few. André teaches Photography Workshops in New Brunswick with Freeman Patterson and on his own in Lunenburg Nova Scotia. He also leads photo tours to Provence and Tuscany sharing travel experiences with just a few participants making the experience more intimate and personal.

    André is the author of various photography books including Innovation, Inspiration, Expressionism, Destinations and Dreamscapes. He lectures throughout Canada and the US. André’s work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Camera, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Gardening Life, En Route, etc. André is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his photography. He resides in Saint John, New Brunswick. To see more of his work, his web site can be viewed at: You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram.


    Freeman Patterson of Shamper’s Bluff, New Brunswick, Canada, has had a career in photography and visual design that spans more than 60 years. He has taught innumerable workshops in many countries, but especially in Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand. He has authored 15 books, five of them on photography and visual design; his most recent, Embracing Creation, was published in conjunction with the opening of his large retrospective exhibition at New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery in September 2013. Freeman is an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and a recipient of PSA’s highest award, the Progress Medal. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985.

    See for more complete information and to read the current and back issues of “Images, Ideas, and Reflections,” Freeman’s periodical letter (six issues per year).

    New to virtual events? 

    We're here to help! We have put together tips and tricks, a how-to guide, and a cheat sheet to make your experience as seamless as possible. The virtual event will be held live via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom, please review the information below and contact us if we can be of any assistance! 

    Prepare Before the Event
    Check Your Internet Connection 

    To get the most out of any virtual event, it is important to use reliable internet. If possible, ask others in your home to stay off of the internet when you are in a session to minimize the devices connected to your network. If your wireless internet frequently lags, kicks you off, or is generally unreliable, try to use a wired connection right from your computer into your router, and keep your camera off as much as possible. You could also see if there is somewhere else you can go for internet access, such as the home of a family member or friend, a library, or a local café (if safe and open). Some libraries are offering free outdoor wi-fi, allowing you to connect from a nearby parking lot or outdoor space. Unsure about your internet speed and reliability? Do a quick test of your internet speed on Google! This test will let you know your internet speed and how well it can handle multiple devices connected at the same time, video conferencing, and more. 

    Download Zoom and Create an Account 

    The virtual event will be held live on Zoom, a web conferencing platform that you can download and use for free. While you can join sessions from your browser without downloading Zoom, for the best user experience, we do recommend downloading Zoom and creating an account if possible. To download Zoom, visit their website and click the "Download" button under Zoom Client for Meetings. We recommend downloading Zoom onto a device with a larger screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, instead of using your phone or tablet. In addition to downloading Zoom, you should create a Zoom account if you do not yet have one. You can create an account by downloading Zoom, opening the Zoom app, and clicking the "Sign up for Free" button on the bottom right. You can also create an account by visiting their sign-up page here

    Choose Your Device Carefully 

    If you have multiple devices, we recommend downloading Zoom onto the one with the largest screen, such as a laptop or desktop computer, so that you can easily see what is going on. When possible, we don't recommend using your phone or tablet as it will be difficult to see what is happening on a smaller screen, plus phone calls, emails, and text messages could be distracting. The features and functionalities of the mobile version of Zoom are also slightly different, so please note that our guide and cheat sheet are not fully applicable to the mobile versions of Zoom (most tablets use the mobile version of the app as well). 

    Practice with Zoom 

    If you are new to Zoom, we recommend taking advantage of some of the many resources available to familiarize yourself with how to use it! We have created a detailed Zoom how-to guide, as well as a Zoom cheat sheet for your reference. You can also practice on your own by joining a test Zoom meeting here, or checking out some of Zoom's beginner tutorials here. If you have any questions or need a little more support, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're more than happy to help you get squared away (! 

    Create a Comfortable Space 

    Find an area of your home where you will be comfortable, and ideally one that is private to minimize distractions. Arrange a comfortable chair in front of your screen. Set your screen up on a table, stand, or desk. Have everything you need, like a drink, snacks, and/or notepad and writing utensil, within reach. If you decide to have your camera on, consider the camera angle and the background your fellow attendees may see, and perhaps rearrange or spruce up your space a bit. During the session, remove distractions and background noises by closing the doors and windows to your space, silencing your phone, and asking your family and housemates to be mindful of when you will be attending sessions. 

    During the Event
    Get Ready for Your Session 

    One of the best ways to combat "Zoom fatigue" is to prepare yourself and your space in advance, and to get mentally and physically ready day-of. Consider stretching or going for a walk before each sessions starts. Brew a fresh cup of coffee or tea, fill up a water bottle, grab a notepad and pen, and then give yourself at least 15 minutes to get your device up and running. Setup your space in the days leading up to the meeting (see the "Create a Comfortable Space" section above) and have anything that you might need during the session close by - you don't want to miss anything because you have to go grab some supplies or a drink! If the session is a Zoom meeting and you decide to leave your camera on, keep in mind the presenter and other meeting attendees will be able to see you, so make sure you and your background are camera ready. Lastly, silence your phone, close out of your email, minimize any other distractions, and enjoy your session! 

    Take Advantage of Time In-Between Sessions 

    This virtual event is packed full of great sessions, but nonetheless it can be helpful to rest, recharge, and enjoy some screen-free time when the schedule allows. Review the agenda to get a sense of when you will have some breaks or blocks of down time, and take advantage of these! You can review the agenda by clicking the "Schedule" tab above, or you can click here to view the seminar flyer. When you have a break, try to get up and stretch. For longer breaks, consider taking a short walk to get some fresh air and recharge. These are also great chances to replenish any supplies, drinks, or snacks in preparation for the next session!

    Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help! For the most immediate assistance, please email us at!

    For General Virtual Event/NECCC Questions

    Please visit the conference website or click here to contact the NECCC Photo Conference team. 

    For Registration and Payment Related Questions

    Please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at or 413-577-8102.

    Please note: our office staff is currently working remotely. When possible, please contact us by email for the quickest response. Our email is monitored Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT). We will reply to emails received outside of these hours as soon as possible on the following business day. We appreciate your patience and understanding!