Recently I was honored by being given the opportunity to support PSA by volunteering to become the “Wildlife Photography Mentor”. I have accepted that position and I hope I can help any PSA members who are developing their skills as wildlife photographers. You can reach me with questions vis the Mentor section of the PSA web site.
I did not start out as a wildlife photographer. My early work was primarily shooting motorsports events and related stories for Car and Driver Magazine but I was also published in Road & Track, Motor Trend, Sports Car and others. I left photography for over 20 years to pursue a full-time career in motorsport management. About 10 years ago I retired to Idaho, an area without much auto racing but a lot of wildlife. And I love it! I have become a “citizen scientist” and donate much of my work to various scientific or research organizations. I contribute to the Cornell ebird program and The Peregrine Fund American Kestrel Partnership. In 2018 I became the Photographic Artist in Residence for the 25th anniversary of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area where I contribute to several other research programs.
About 5 years ago I was asked to assist The World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho in developing their annual photo contest. It was the process of organizing and operating the PSA Recognized “Raptors at Risk” International Exhibition that taught me about the PSA ROPA program and I started entering exhibitions. Through this process I have become intimately aware of the Nature and Wildlife rules and can help PSA members who wish to pursue participation in those categories.