Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re embracing the theme of #BalanceforBetter by taking this opportunity to highlight the work and achievements of some of our amazing female photographers. In an industry where the image is king, it shouldn’t matter who’s behind the lens, but it’s hard to deny that the world of wildlife photography has traditionally been rather male dominated, so we’re delighted to celebrate the success of our female photographers.
Jen Guyton is a photographer and ecologist with a passion for wildlife conservation and communicating about nature. She has a BSc in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Jen is a National Geographic Explorer and Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique and has spent ten years travelling and working on wildlife and conservation projects in Africa. She has been successful in a number of international nature photography competitions, including a category winner in Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, and her photo features on animal behaviour and conservation issues are widely published.
View a wider gallery of Jen’s work here.
Sue Flood is a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, specialising in the polar regions and marine subjects. She spent 11 years working for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, before going freelance in 2005. She was an Associate producer on the award-winning BBC / Discovery series The Blue Planet, and also more recently worked on Planet Earth as a field assistant and photographer, which took her as far afield as the Arctic, the Antarctic and the South Pacific. Sue has also produced three films for the BBC including Polar Bears on Thin Ice and also a Killer Whale Special for the BBC/Discovery Channel. She has recently published a book featuring her emperor penguin photography.
View a wider gallery of Sue’s work here.
Raised in Saudi Arabia, Karine motorcycled through Vietnam, circumnavigated the globe by ship, taught English in Taiwan, and then there was the time the hyena pups chewed her shoes (while on her feet). On her first trip to Africa, she fell in love with a continent. From one chapter to the next, her adventures uncover her fervour to tell the stories of life through the lens of a camera; her passion became stories of animals, their relationships to humans, and their own world. For nine years, as the Senior picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine, Karine learned all she could about good storytelling and the makings of a ‘good picture’. In 2011 she ventured outside the office walls to a life of freelance photography and picture editing. Karine leads photographic tours across the globe to cool places like the Galapagos and Tanzania.
Karine is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of NANPA. Her work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, GEOLino, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and BBC Wildlife to name a few. Karine lives in Washington, DC. When she’s there, she can be found trying to carve out an hour of her day to get her newly adopted rescue dog out of the concrete jungle, and into the woods.
Tui De Roy
Tui De Roy is an award-winning wildlife photographer, naturalist, and author of many books on wildlife themes around the world. She is also an ardent conservationist who has combined her life’s three passions — wilderness, photography and conservation — into a successful career as a world communicator striving to sensitise her audiences to take better care of our natural planet. Tui is Belgian by birth, but grew up in the Galapagos Islands and now divides her time between the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand. Together with her business partners Tui runs The Roving Tortoise Nature Photography under the motto ‘Images of Wildlife and Wilderness from Our Planet’s Most Pristine, Uninhabited Regions’.
Sandra Bartocha grew up in the beautiful countryside of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Her father introduced her to photography at a young age – he worked as a photographer and would take her with him on shoots. She photographs local landscapes and nature, in particular coastlines, forest scenes and flowers. The beauty of nature and the beauty of natural light is a great source of inspiration to Sandra. She tries to photograph nature in an artistic way rather than trying to document it, focusing on details, light, colours and moods and using creative camera techniques to capture the beauty of a scene in the best way. Her pictures have been published in European magazines, books and calendars, and she has received prizes in numerous international competitions – including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She was one of the photographic team on the pan-European Wild Wonders of Europe initiative. Currently she is working on a long-term project about the north of Europe – LYS.
View a wider gallery of Sandra’s work here.
We have too many awesome female photographers to fit into one blog, so watch out for part 2 coming soon…