We've been fortunate to have been supplied with images of the national parks from some of the best park photographers in the country, and we'd like to take a minute to thank them once again for their help in illustrating stories on the Traveler.
QT Luong, Ian Shive, Tom Till, and Tony Bynum have done a masterful job snatching moments of time in the parks with their cameras. Their images have appeared both on Traveler pages and at times within our weekly e-letter.
Tony is a wildlife, nature, outdoor commercial photographer based in East Glacier, Montana, whose backyard is Glacier National Park.
He spends his days photographing landscapes and wild, free-ranging animals in their natural habitat; there are no captive animal photographs in his archives. Tony's images are published each year on covers of the nation's top outdoor and hunting magazines, in advertisements, and on tourism planners and brochures sent around the world.
In 2010 Tony was the Guest Photographer for the Montana Office of Tourism. He has a seasonal art gallery in East Glacier.
You can view more of Tony's work at this site.
Born in France, from Vietnamese parents, Tuan was originally trained as a scientist. But in the mid-1980s his life was transformed by the wilderness of mountains. As a climber, and then mountain guide, Tuan was initially interested in photography as a means to communicate to people who weren't there the wonders he had seen on the high peaks of the Alps.
This participatory approach to photography has taken Tuan to five continents. In 1993, attracted by the proximity of Yosemite National Park, Tuan found his way to the University of California, Berkeley, for what was originally planned as a short stay. There, inspired by the rich tradition of American landscape photography, he learned to use the large format camera.
At that same time, he fell in love with the national parks, and set out for a monumental nature photography project that had not been completed by anyone at that time: photographing all of them with a large format camera, which he felt would be the only way to do justice to their beauty.
By the summer of 2002 he reached the milestone of photographing in large format each of the 58 national parks at least once when he set up his camera on the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes in Arctic Alaska. In 2009, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured Tuan as one of the few living characters in the PBS film The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
You can view more of Tuan's work at this site.
Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer, author and multimedia producer whose goal is to captivate audiences through new trends in story telling using imagery as the primary tool.
Ian is the recent recipient of the Gold Medal, 2010 Nautilus Book Award, in the Great Peacekeepers category in recognition of his top-selling book The National Parks: Our American Landscape, released in August 2009 on Earth Aware Editions, for promoting “spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change…and offering the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and world, joining previous Nautilus Award winners including Deepak Chopra, M.D., Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, among others.
Referred to as the leading chronicler of America’s National Parks today and a self-labeled “wilderness diplomat,” Ian and his book were the focus of a presentation on the challenges facing America’s most beloved landscapes in Washington, D.C. in November 2009.
You can enjoy more of Ian's work at www.waterandsky.com
Tom Till is one of America's most published photographers. More than 150,000 of his images have appeared in print since 1977. In 1998, Tom opened the Tom Till Gallery in Moab, Utah.
Tom's images depict landscape, nature, history, and travel subjects worldwide, including all 50 states and nearly 60 countries overseas. His stock photography images have been featured by National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Canon Copiers, Delta Airlines, The New Yorker Magazine, Life Magazine, Browntrout Calendars, Eastman Kodak, Reader's Digest, Rand McNally, MGM, Arizona Highways, Lonely Planet, and thousands of others.
An exhibit of his images of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has been traveling the world for almost three years, with stops in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva and Oslo, among others.
You can view more of Tom's work at Tom Till Photography.
To view more national park photography, check out Traveler's flickr pages, where more than 2,300 images from across the country have been posted.