Joe and Mary
Ann McDonald with their friends, the king penguins of the Falkland
Joe and Mary Ann McDonald
Joe and Mary Ann McDonald are
the most prolific and active husband-wife nature photography team
in the United States today. At least half of each year is spent
in the field, leading photo safaris to Africa and other remote
destinations, leading photo tours to various US destinations,
and conducting digital photography courses and classes at their
studio at Hoot Hollow, Pennsylvania and at other US locations.
Additionally, Joe and Mary Ann also conduct one-day and weekend
seminars across the country.
Joe's been photographing wildlife and nature since 1966, starting
with images of his pet turtles, lizards, and snakes he made as
a high school freshmen. By high school he was selling photos to
the National Wildlife Federation, and by his freshman year in
college he was publishing in that magazine.
Since then, Joe's been published in every natural history
publication in the U.S., including Audubon, Bird Watcher's Digest,
Birder's World, Defenders, Living Bird, Natural History, National
and International Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, Wildlife
Conservation, and more. He is represented by multiple stock photo
agencies, both domestically and world-wide.
He is the author of seven books,
A Practical Guide to Photographing American Wildlife; The Wildlife
Photographer's Field Manual; The Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography;
Designing Wildlife Photographs; Photographing on Safari, The New
Complete Guide to Wildlife Photographyand African Wildlife, A
Portrait of the Animal World. His book, Designing Wildlife Photographs,
was judged best book by the Outdoor Writers Association of America
for 1994. In 1999 he produced Photographing
on Safari, Joe and Mary's first instructional video.
With Rick Holt and Mary Ann McDonald, he is also the author of
Digital Nature Photography - From Capture to Output.
Joe is a founding member of NANPA, the North American Nature
Photography Association, is a NANPA fellow and a former Board
of Director for that organization. He has conducted multiple educational
sessions at the annual NANPA summits, and he and Mary Ann have
been Keynote speakers at this event. He has also addressed nature
photography groups around the country, in Arizona, California,
Florida, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland,
Delaware, and elsewhere.
Currently Joe is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine.
Joe and Mary Ann are co-columnists for www.photosafaris.com
and Keystone Outdoors, and field correspondents for Nature's
Best Photo Magazine.
Mary Ann McDonald
Mary Ann's been photographing wildlife
and nature professionally since 1990, after her interest was ignited
by taking a photo workshop run by her future husband. Since then,
Mary's been published in most American natural history magazines,
including cover credits with calendars and Natural History magazine.
Mary has written numerous children's
books, including Leopards, Grizzly Bears,
Woodpeckers, Flying Squirrels, Cobras, Boas, Pythons, Garter Snakes,
Rattlesnakes, Jupiter, Cows, Horses, Chickens, Ducks, and Sunflowers.
These text and photo books are illustrated with photographs by
Joe and Mary Ann. Mary's also writen an adult coffee table book,
Out of the Past, Tradition and Faith of the Amish in 1996.
In 1994 Mary won two first place awards
in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
Her two winning entries are once in a lifetime shots. Her fighting
flying Great Egrets is a rarely photographed action, and her shot
of Noon, a tigress in India, is historic as Noon, and so many
other tigers of the Indian park where the image was made has probably
been killed by poachers.
Joe and Mary
Ann's work appears regularly in calendars and publications
of the National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, and
such companies as Audubon, Birder's World, Brown Trout, Day Dream,
Landmark, The Nature Company,Northword, Pet Prints, and numerous
others. Although their work is represented by a number of stock
photo agencies worldwide, they also maintain an active stock
photo sales file from their Hoot Hollow home.
Leading photo tours, safaris, and workshops Joe and Mary Ann
travel extensively. You'll agree, if you check out the Gold
Schedule of their tours and trips. One year, Joe and Mary
Ann traveled to six continents.
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