A former naturalist and expedition leader for Lindblad Expeditions, Kevin Schafer works today as a full-time professional natural history photographer and writer. His work has appeared in all of the most respected science and nature magazines in the U.S. and abroad, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon and Natural History. His groundbreaking story on Amazon River Dolphins appeared in the June 2009 issue of National Geographic; one of the images from that story was chosen one of the Ten Best Pictures of the Year. Kevin was also the 1997 Recipient of the BBC Gerald Durrell award for photography of Endangered Species and has been named the 2007 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photographers Assoc. (NANPA).
Committed to putting his images to work in conservation, Kevin is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His current project involves documenting the stories of little-known endangered species in such far-flung locations as Madagascar, Australia and Sri Lanka. "I believe strongly that photography is one of our most powerful tools for conservation advocacy," Kevin Says. "It is capable of shaping public sentiment and influencing policy. Simply said, pictures can change minds."
His books include Penguin Planet (NorthWord, 2000), recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, Living Light (Bitterroot Press, 2006), and Falkland Islands: Between the Wind & Sea (Coach House, 2004). He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, artist and author Martha Hill.