Michele is an internationally recognized underwater and conservation photographer, who also writes for periodicals. Through her successful photography business, Westmorland Images, Michele has built a vast library of images from around the world. Her editorial photography credits include major magazines around the world including Smithsonian, Asian Geo and Ocean Geographic. Her commercial images have even been featured in Canon’s own ads running in National Geographic. Michele’s own book Ocean Duets was published in 2006 and is focused on the beauty of the underwater world.
Michele is a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and received the Fellow of the Year Award for 2016. She is also a Fellow National of the prestigious Explorers Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, Wings WorldQuest, and NANPA. Michele is also proud to be featured in the book Adventurous Dreams-Adventurous Lives by Jason Schoonover. In 2011, Michele was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.
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.