Melissa Rowell | First Runner-Up, Birds

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

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About Melissa

I live in upstate New York and have been photographing wildlife for many years, but much more seriously since I became an empty nester.

I travel extensively, but I am continually amazed at the variety of wildlife I’ve encountered near my home, and right in my own backyard. We live on 15 heavily wooded acres with a pond, and I regularly see an abundance of wildlife that enriches my life in so many ways.

My love of photography stems from my father who was a newspaperman and photographer. He instilled in me a passion for photography. I accompanied him on assignments and learned to develop film and make prints.

Having two sons and a love of nature and the outdoors fueled my interest in wildlife photography, so I have taken various college courses, attended photo expos, and have been fortunate to travel all over the world learning how to photograph the miracles of nature from incredibly gifted professionals.

Follow Melissa on Facebook @Melissa C. Rowell and Instagram @MelissaCRowell01.


As a NANPA Member

I’ve been a NANPA member for several years, and a raccoon image of mine was recognized in the Showcase Top 250 in 2019.