Art Wolfe

2021 NANPA Fine Art in Nature Photography Award Recipient

Long before the genre of conservation photography was conceived, Art was practicing it. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the viewer. Art’s photography career spans five decades, all seven continents, and millions of images. He has published at least one book a year since 1988, with a total of more than 100 books in eight languages at present, including his award-winning signature work The Living Wild. His images appear on three USPS stamps. A successful public television personality, Art also leads photographic tours worldwide, and his casual weekly Tequila Time with Art became a social media phenomenon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Art at artwolfe.com.

Krista Schlyer

2021 NANPA Environmental Impact Award Recipient

Krista, a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, is a conservation documentarian and storyteller whose home base is in the Washington, D.C., area. Schlyer focuses on long-term landscape-based projects, including the Anacostia River watershed and the longleaf pine ecosystem of the American Southeast. For the past decade she has documented the rich biodiversity of the United States-Mexico borderlands and the impacts of U.S. border policy on the region. She is the writer/director of the 2019 feature film Ay Mariposa and author of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award and Ansel Adams Award. Visit Krista at KristaSchlyer.com.

Ron Rosenstock

2021 NANPA Fine Art in Nature Photography Award Recipient

Ron’s photographs are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, The International Center of Photography, and numerous private collections. He’s been honored with over 100 exhibits in the United States and Europe and has been a member of the U.S. State Department Art for Embassies program since 1998. Ron has published six books of his photographs.

Presently Ron is a frequent lecturer to social, community, and professional groups as well as an international photo tour leader in Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Morocco, Italy, Japan, Scotland, New Zealand—and Vinalhaven, Maine. Visit Ron at ronrosenstock.com.

Joe & Mary Ann McDonald

2021 NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Joe and Mary Ann McDonald are professional wildlife photographers who have been working together for nearly 35 years. Both were biology majors in college with Joe also achieving a Masters in Communication and Media. They have used their training as field biologists to add natural history and behavioral observations for the benefit of their tour groups and to capture behavior with all of their photo subjects.

Joe has written eight how-to books on photography, several how-to eBooks, and numerous natural history books on Mountain Gorillas, The Big Cats, Penguins, and Polar Bears—just to name a few titles. He has also produced several teaching videos on different photography techniques, and together Joe and Mary Ann have created a YouTube channel to profile their work. Mary Ann has written 29 natural history children’s books and a coffee table book on the Amish tradition and faith. Both Joe and Mary Ann’s photos have appeared in all of the major natural history magazines and calendars throughout the years.

They have both won in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and may be the most prolific couple in this respect. They have photographed the Seven Big Cats of the World four different years and, to date, they have completed 107 treks for mountain gorillas in Rwanda. They have both named a baby gorilla in the Kwita Izina Naming Ceremony and have sent their book on mountain gorillas to Rwanda where all profits will go toward gorilla conservation.

Suzi Eszterhas

2021 NANPA Outstanding Photographer of the Year

Suzi is an award-winning wildlife photographer best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild. She has photographed over 100 cover and feature stories for publications such as TIMESmithsonianBBC WildlifeThe New York TimesRanger Rick, and National Geographic Kids. As an author, Suzi has 21 books in print with another three in progress.

Suzi is a dedicated conservationist and helps raise funds and awareness for environmental organizations around the globe. She also recently founded Girls Who Click, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging young women to enter this male-dominated profession. Visit Suzi at suzieszterhas.com.

Jack Dykinga

2021 NANPA Fellow Award Recipient

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Jack blends fine art and documentary styles in his renowned landscape photography. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines and was named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. The International League of Conservation Photographers selected Jack’s image, “Stone Canyon” as one of the 40 best nature photographs of all time. He has authored books on wilderness advocacy—including Frog Mountain Blues, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley—a guide to color landscape photography, andlocation-specific compilations including Arizona and IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon. His photography memoir, A Photographer’s Life, was published in 2017.

Daniel Cox

2021 NANPA Fellow Award Recipient

Dan has been documenting nature for more than 40 years and has traveled to all seven continents. His images have placed in prestigious competitions worldwide, including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best. Dan is a field contributor for Outdoor Photographer, an honorary Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, and sole photographer for more than 20 books. His most personally satisfying accomplishments include two cover stories for National Geographic magazine and his current volunteer work as Director of the Arctic Documentary Project for Polar Bears International.

“I’m mostly known for my wildlife photography, but I like to think of myself as an explorer with a camera. Documenting nature with integrity and respect is the most considerate thing a photographer can do for our planet,” says Dan.

Tom Blagden

2021 NANPA Environmental Impact Award Recipient

Tom’s devotion to land protection and conservation issues is evident in his body of work, focused primarily on Maine, South Carolina, Costa Rica, and—more recently—the Grand Canyon. Three of Tom’s 10 books won national book awards, and his photographs have graced the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra. A Fellow of both the International League of Conservation Photographers and NANPA, and also a NANPA member since its founding, Tom leads photography trips rafting the Grand Canyon. He is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School, CT, and Harvard University.