Welcome to Wayne Bennett Photography Galleries. Wayne is a dentist by profession and has been a professional photographer for the past 20 years, specializing in the area of nature photography. The Great American Photography Weekends, Bill Fortney in particular, was the spark that ignited his turnaround in photography. He enjoyed an association of over 10 years with GAPW and has had the opportunity to learn from and teach with the best of the best in nature photography, including, John Shaw, Rod Planck, Pat O'Hara, Art Wolfe, Bryan Peterson and of course Bill Fortney. After GAPW, Wayne taught photography at Disney Institute in Orlando, FL. He has/continues to shoot stock for Sharpshooters, Corbis and Alamy Agencies and has been published in a number of publications, including Outdoor Photographer. Wayne's friendship with Bill Bachmann ( http://www.billbachmann.com
) has given him the opportunity to travel world-wide with the BTO group. Bill is one of the biggest commercial stock shooters in the country and a good friend.
Wayne is proud to be a charter member of NANPA and a past president of the Orlando Camera Club ( http://www.orlandocameraclub.com
). You can contact Wayne at email@example.com. Enjoy your visit!
Additional note: Nine members of the Orlando Camera club, including Wayne, submitted a portfolio of 20 images (selected from over 350 submitted) to the Natures Best Magazines Windland Smith Rice International Photo Competition and won! There were 85 camera clubs worldwide that submitted portfolios to the competition. A composite of 9 of the images was hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC until May, 2009.
This past November, Wayne had an image selected as Highly Honored in the 2009 Natures Best Contest.That image will be displayed at the Smithsonian until May, 2010.
For the past few years Wayne has been using some photo accessories, which he highly recommends. The first is Singh-Ray filters. They are the best filters, period. Each filter is hand made when ordered and passes very specific tests before released to the consumer. They are not inexpensive, but are worth what you pay for them. The web site for Singh-Ray is http://www.singh-ray.com
. Secondly, Wayne recommends Think Tank bags and accessories. Think Tank is a very well thought out system for the photographer of all levels, especially if you do a lot of travel by air. Their web site is http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliate
. Mention the code AP-336 and you'll receive a free bag with any purchase over $50.00.
A new product and the brainchild of Wayne and good friend Ken Blye is the PUFFIN PAD. The Puffin Pad has just been introduced to the photo marketplace. It is a light weight alternative to the bean bag. Check it out at http://www.puffinpad.com
for more information and purchase options.