National Geographic Photographer, Peter Essick, to speak at GNPA on February 19 Peter Essick, well known National Geographic photographer, will present the February program for Central Ga. Nature Photographers Association. The meeting will be held at Joel Edwards Public Library in Zebulon on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 PM. Non-members are invited and there is no charge. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. The Edwards Library is located at 7077 U.S. Highway 19, one mile south of the Zebulon courthouse square, across the street from Pike County High School. Essick's topic will be "How I produce a photo story for National Geographic". Recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine, he has traveled extensively over the world photographing spectacular natural areas. As a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, he has produced 39 feature articles on many different topics. Recent stories include a June 2010 cover piece on Greenland and a story on the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the October 2011 issue. Essick has also done photographs to illustrate many environmental issues, portraying both the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. He is a working photojournalist, but his photographs move beyond mere documentation revealing in careful compositions the spiritual and emotional aspects of nature. For more information about Peter Essick, visit his website. For additional information about GNPA-Central Region, visit www.gnpa.org and then click on the regional tab to find Central GNPA.