Bob Coates | First Runner-Up, Altered Reality

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

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About Bob

I call Sedona, Arizona home. As a full-time professional photographer and Lens Based Artist, I’ve always had an affinity for photographing wildlife with large waterfowl being my favorite—snowy and great egrets, great blue herons and sandhill cranes.

National Wildlife Preserves are wonderful, target rich environments including Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, Bombay Hook NWR in Deleware, Blackwater NWR in Maryland, Venice Rookery and many other locations throughout Florida. I’ve found any place with water and birds works for me, including the wetlands from the Sedona Sewage plant.

The marshes of South Jersey were my initial exposure to waterfowl. Something about the beauty and grace displayed as these birds launched from marsh to the ether captivated me. This led to wanting to capture them on film.

Over the years I worked my way through many genres of photography including portrait, wedding, commercial and find myself circling around to wildlife again. All of the different types of photography informed the rest. An example: I became a better wildlife photographer because of practice creating fleeting images during weddings. I remain excited about wildlife images portraying avian behaviors that are different from the norm.

Explore more of Bob’s work at or You can also follow him on Facebook @Bob.Coates.Photography, Twitter @BCoates3, or Instagram @Bob_Coates.

As a NANPA Member

I joined NANPA in March of 2019. I’ve had the pleasure of hosting one NANPA webinar so far and am looking forward to presenting another in February of 2020.