Photography has been Jeff Allen’s life-long passion. Whether on the sidelines capturing that winning moment, bringing forth a bride’s radiant smile on her special day, stalking wildlife in national parks or perched on a ledge to create a one-of-a-kind landscape, Jeff’s technical skills, in-depth knowledge and artistic vision have made him an in-demand photographer and photo-educator all over the country. Over the years, he has taught thousands of photographers – at all levels – how to create better images in workshops and seminars throughout the country. In addition, Jeff has also worked as a manufacturer’s rep and a retail sales consultant.
For over 15 years, Jeff has been a proud member of Tamron’s Technical Team. As a National Technical Representative, he travels the country extensively, helping people to make better images and choose equipment that’s right for them.
Morgan Heim — (MA) Journalism, (BS) Zoology — is the founder of Neon Raven Story Labs, a storytelling and strategy platform for conservation, and a Senior Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. In 2018, she followed the migration of Deer 139, a single, pregnant mule deer across Wyoming, whose story received wide acclaim in festivals including Banff, Wild & Scenic and DC Environmental Film Festival. Her photography appears in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Geographic and others. One of the things she’s most proud of is co-founding Her Wild Vision Initiative with Jaymi Heimbuch, aimed at raising the voices of diverse women in the craft of conservation storytelling.
Jennifer Leigh Warner is a Texas-based fine art wildlife conservation photographer and the Ethics Committee Chair for the North American Nature Photographers Association. Jennifer’s award-winning work on ethics in nature photography and human-wildlife coexistence is used to promote conservation efforts locally and around the world.
Ashleigh Scully is a 19-year-old wildlife photographer from New Jersey. She currently attends Texas Christian University and is on the Division I Equestrian Team. Ashleigh is a spokesperson for the non-profit Girls Who Click and part of the Canid Project as well.
Ashleigh’s goal in photography is to inspire others—especially younger girls—to follow their passions, change any negative perceptions of wildlife, and spark empathy within people through the power of photography.
Based in San Diego, California, award-winning professional nature photographer Krisztina Scheeff operates a successful business providing guided tours and workshops around San Diego to photograph the rushing grebes and more. She also leads tours to Scotland, Ireland, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, San Diego Audubon Society, California 101 Magazine (cover), American Wild Magazine, Birders Digest, Marine Conservation Magazine – UK, and more. They have also been featured in art shows and galleries around the country.
Lisa is the founder of Langell Photography, Inc., and more recently, Focus Your Art, LLC. She has enjoyed photography since the age of eight, but she didn’t start her photography business until 2010 after long vibrant careers as a floral designer, psychologist, and consultant. Since then, she has earned numerous publications (some of which include Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Images Arizona), awards, and more. She is a Board of Directors member for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), is an ambassador for Tamron, Fotopro and H&Y, and is a judge for Viewbug.
Bob Coates is a successful ‘Lens Based Artist.’ Bob creates commercial and fine art photography images for business and collectors. A national photography speaker he has been sharing his photographic knowledge presenting programs, authoring books and magazine articles for the past 25 years.
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.