Carla Rhodes | First Runner-Up, Conservation

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

Carla Rhodes headshot

About Carla

I live in the Catskill Mountains near Woodstock, New York. I’m an emerging, full-time wildlife conservation photographer. I got my first DSLR almost 5 years ago and have followed my bliss ever since. Nothing in my life has ever made me happier.

I love shooting anything wild! My favorite subjects? I gravitate towards under-appreciated, overlooked subjects. From ‘common’ species in my own backyard to overlooked ‘exotic’ species like endangered Greater Adjutants.

If my photographs educate the viewer on my subject, tell a story, arouse emotions and/or evoke change, I know I’ve done my job well.

I spent my whole adult life pursuing comedy and ventriloquism. But I always had a deep love and respect for all things related to nature. Almost 5 years ago, I got a DSLR so I could make short films for my showbiz ventures. Around the same time, I got a house in the Catskills so I could escape Brooklyn on the weekends. I then found myself starting to shoot nature. Before I knew it, I was smitten with the artform of wildlife photography! I now live full-time in the Catskills, pursue photography full-time and couldn’t be happier.

Explore more of Carla’s work at You can also follow her on Instagram @misscarlarhodes and Facebook @CarlaRhodes.

As a NANPA Member

I’ve been a long-time NANPA admirer, but only joined in 2019. I hope to be more deeply involved in the future.

I particularly admire NANPA’s guidelines and stance on ethical wildlife photography. This year was my first time entering the showcase, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be among such good company while raising awareness for endangered Greater Adjutants.