Meet the creative eyes behind the lens.
The NhRP wishes to extend deep gratitude to photographers — professional and amateur — from around the globe who have graciously donated photographs to us for use on our website and educational materials. On our website, photo credit is given at the bottom right-hand corner of each image. Just click on the camera.
I am fortunate to call sunny San Diego my home. My appreciation of nature’s beauty and my love of animals have been life-long. The Great Apes – especially chimpanzees – have completely captivated me. In 2008 I traveled to Uganda to see the chimpanzees and gorillas up close. That is when my love of photography turned into a passion. I realized it was time to invest in a more sophisticated camera; no more “point and shoot!” I purchased a Canon SLR and began the journey of a self-taught photographer. I worked my way “up” through three cameras, creating 30 books of photographs in the process. My hope is that these books not only reveal the animals’ beauty, but help to increase the reader’s knowledge. I’m pleased to say I earned Honorable Mention in San Diego’s highly competitive International Exposition of Photography in 2015.
Billy Dodson first became interested in photography while on a mountain climbing trip to Tanzania in 2001. He visited Africa for the first time as a photographer in 2005, and has since returned many times for the purpose of photographing the continent’s wildlife, landscapes and cultures. His work has been published in magazines, newspapers, posters and calendars around the world. Because the primary purpose of his work is to advance the cause of wildlife conservation, he donates his images to the African Wildlife Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and a number of similar organizations. He is also a supporter and patron of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, a non-profit organization that is deeply committed to preserving and expanding giraffe habitat throughout Africa. He currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife, Cynthia.
Ken Howard became a certified diver in 1972 and took his first underwater photograph in 1973 with a $15 Instamatic camera in a $29 plastic housing. His photographic endeavors have won numerous awards, and his photos have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Popular Photography, and Nature’s Best Photography, among many other publications. The Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and World Wildlife Fund have featured his images in their calendars. Ken conducts seminars on underwater photography and has often served as a judge for international underwater photo contests.
Mike Korostelev is a passionate underwater and wildlife photographer.
I have been taking photos since my childhood. Photo/videography was always my hobby, I never went to school or attended any courses related to it. I am just enthusiastic about it.
When I was working as a tour guide I started with Travel Photography. In 2000 I got involved with WildQuest and the focus shifted to a Wildlife Photography, especially underwater dolphin photography. Being with the dolphins, it’s like a meditation for me. I am brought into the present moment and the only thing I have to remember is … to breathe. I am currently based in Bimini, The Bahamas. ”
Harsha Kudoor is an amateur photographer who strives to evoke faithfully, the sights, sounds, smell and touch of a moment through his snaps. Ever since his dad let him borrow a film based Yashica to an expedition to the lower Himalayas in 2007, he has been interested in clicking and processing pictures. Hailing from Bengaluru, India he is now based in San Jose, California.
“I feel that wildlife photography has an important purpose: powerful images help connect people with our natural heritage and stimulate a commitment to conservation. Our planet is an amazing place, and we need to preserve its wonders for future generations.”
Ever since she was a little girl, Susan McConnell has been interested in animal behavior. Like many girls who eventually became scientists, she wanted to be Jane Goodall (or someone like her) when she grew up. However, rather than studying animal behavior in the field, McConnell decided to study brain development in the lab. As a Professor of Biology at Stanford University in Stanford, California, she is trying to understand how neural circuits get built with exquisite precision during fetal development. In addition to her research, she teaches courses on brain development and conservation photography to undergraduate students. Susan McConnell’s images have appeared in Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic, Stanford Magazine, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, Expressions, Currents, and the American Kennel Club Gazette.
I lived many years on the island of Kauai, and was fortunate to work and live in many National Parks. My late husband and I were park rangers and the beauty of my surroundings were my inspiration to pick up a camera. Being an art major in college, photography has been my way of pursuing my love the arts. Now a widow, I have poured my heart and soul into my photography as a way of healing. My love of animals led me to volunteering in Kenya, where I was fortunate to visit Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Rescue at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
*Sandra’s photo of two chimpanzees kissing currently appears on the homepage in our features section.
I am Reya Reji, a Copywriter by profession, living in Bangalore, India. Photography is one of my hobbies, one which I am still in the process of discovering. Whenever something catches my eye, I try to capture it through my lens. My aim is to always produce photographs that are aesthetically unique and, leave a lasting impression in the viewer’s
Jürgen Ritterbach is a German advertising photographer with a passion for traveling and wildlife observation. Originally, he traveled to escape work, but one day, he can’t remember, he started to combine his passion with his job. In 2001, on his first trip to Africa, he discovered his love of photographing wildlife. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Lonely Planet, among other publications and travel literature. He lives near Cologne, Germany and travels whenever he can.
*Jürgen’s photo of a solitary chimpanzee currently appears on the homepage in our features section.
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“- Ansel Adams
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”