Morgan Heim – Young Photographer Profile

Photographs by Morgan Heim

Interview by David C. Lester

Morgan Heim in the field. © Sara Thomas WWF

Morgan Heim is a full-time freelance nature and wildlife photographer who brings unparalleled intensity and compassion to her work.  The easiest way to appreciate this is to take a look at her website, morganheim.com and go through the projects she has tackled over the past eleven years.  From photographing the work of drug trafficking organizations (primarily the dismantling of their work by scientists and law enforcement agents) that run industrial-scale marijuana growing operations in California forests with an estimated value of $31 billion, and that have a terrible impact on the environment, to stopping along the road to memorialize animals that have been killed by motor vehicles, Morgan’s approach to conservation photography leaves a deep and contemplative impression on the viewer that doesn’t pass quickly.

While Morgan feels lucky to get to work steadily on projects, there is still a tremendous amount that she  wants to do.  “My overarching goal is to have the work that I do provide a meaningful contribution to conservation,” Morgan says.  “I’ve gotten a good start on a lot of things, but there’s a lot left to do, both on the projects I’ve already undertaken, as well as new projects in the future.  For example, fishing cats are still endangered, and a little money was raised to help them, but my work won’t save the fishing cat,” she says.  Morgan says that when she works on a project, she wants to be part of the process and part of the community.  She enjoys the journey and the challenge.  She’s not only excited about creating images, but how she is able to use them.

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Andrew Snyder – Young Photographer Profile

Photographs by Andrew Snyder

Interview by David C. Lester

Andrew Snyder in the field. © Liz Condo

Andrew Synder is finishing up his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Mississippi.  His dissertation is entitled “Biodiversity and Evolution in the Guyana Shield.”  He is a scientist and a professional photographer, but more about his work later.

Andrew got involved with NANPA in 2013 as one of the college scholarship winners.  “I consider that weekend of the NANPA conference, and spending the week with other members of my team working on a project as one of the defining moments of my photography career,” Andrew says.  Their project was to document Amelia Island off the coast of Jacksonville.  A number of pro photographers were with the students to give guidance and to make sure things went well.  “The presentation of our group was done at the 2013 summit, and this experience set the tone for how I wanted to guide my photography work,” he adds.

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