Front Page News

Welcome to the Front Page News, the home page of MAPS. This is where we publish current events, and have links to other organizational information. Make sure you check back frequently!

COVID-19 might be trying to change the world, but MAPS is working on getting back to normal. Please read up on our upcoming activities below!

COVID-19 has stopped all of our in-person meetings & events. Because of this, MAPS is sending out updates, announcements, etc through email, usually two or more each month. This makes it important that MAPS have your correct email address on file (we don’t share it with anyone). If you are not receiving any announcements from MAPS, please contact us at

Upcoming Programs

We are holding our monthly programs using Zoom, and all members are invited! Check out our Zoom web page to prepare for the monthly program meetings and for tips & tricks we might have.

Note: Non-members are always welcome at MAPS monthly programs, even during these COVID-19 times. Follow this link to find out how to join our Zoom sessions.

  • October 12, 2020 – Ken Thompson – Making the Most of Your Workshop Experience

    Ken Thompson specializes in close-up and macro photography, concentrating on water drops, flowers, and plants, as well as abstracts of these subjects. He has taught several subjects in the Morton Arboretum’s Photography Program and at the Fall Photography Workshop at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, TN.

    During the 10-plus years of workshops in the Smokies, Ken has developed a plan to look for and find images that show the beauty of the area, using many different subjects. That plan includes locations, subjects and places “not to go”.

    Ken is the author of two e-books: Introduction to Dragonfly and Butterfly Photography and Introduction to Focus Stacking. View his work on his website.

Due to COVID-19, MAPS members that have paid their 2020 dues will automatically have their membership extended through 2021.

MAPS Photo Challenge

We are replacing our monthly outings with a “Photo Challenge” to help keep you photographically active!

  • Landscapes – September

    You don’t need to travel to exotic or faraway places for landscape photos.  There are plenty of opportunities in our reserves and parks, urban, and suburban scenes.

    Visit Photo Outings to read more on shooting landscapes and to post your images.

MAPS Photo Workshops

We are attempting to restart our Photo Workshops. The first one we plan is on Infrared (IR) photography. Visit Photo Workshops to read more on this workshop series and the special conditions that it entails.

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Planning a trip? Visit Destinations to view beautiful images and information about many locations our members have visited.

MAPS Membership – If you are looking for information about MAPS membership, visit our About page. This page also includes other administrative information you might be looking for.

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