Thomas is a professional natural history photographer with a background in ecology, art, ecotourism, and publishing. He is an avid international traveler and operated a photographic safari business for 11 years. The National Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Federation have featured his images in many of their publications; and Audubon, Arizona Highways, Smithsonian, Geo, and numerous others have published his work. As owner of Wild Horizons Productions and Wild4Posters.com, he is now focusing on photographic art and multimedia projects.
His photographic art spans the grandiose to the intimate and has been on display in the DFW International Airport, in James Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and in the 2010 juried art show “Innovations” at Contents Interiors design center, Tucson, AZ. He participated as an Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park in 2006 and won a Silver Award and two “Nominee Awards” in the 2008 International Masters Cup Aperture Awards, a prestigious online competition that recognizes excellence in color photography.
Thomas’ films for the BBC and the National Geographic Society have been honored with an Emmy nomination, a Gold Apple Award, and four Cine Golden Eagles. His independently produced film DESERT DREAMS (Wild Horizons Productions, 2012) has been screened in eight film festivals, won awards in three of them, and is scheduled for release on Pubic Television in August 2015.
In 2010, Mountain Press Publishing released a greatly expanded edition of his children’s book HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT, first published by Crown (1990), a title that made the John Burroughs List of Outstanding Nature Books for Young Readers. And as author/publisher of THE SOUTHWEST INSIDE OUT (Wild Horizons Publishing, FOURTH EDITION :: 2014 , ISBN: 978-1-879728-06-6), he has captured four top regional and national publishing honors.
Thomas holds a PhD in ecology from Cornell and serves as a member of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
BARRY B. BROWN
Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown spent 11 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and managed the Dolphin Academy’s Photoshop Office for six of those years. Focusing on the island’s coral reefs, he has worked hand-in-hand with several businesses and environmental groups, including Ikelite, the Smithsonian Institution, and SECORE, a marine conservation organization based in the Netherlands. Barry is an Ikelite Ambassador. And in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Deep-Sea Project, 10 of Barry’s photographs of new fish species are showcased in a beautiful set of Commemorative Stamps issued by Curacao Post in 2015.
Barry’s images have graced the covers of Diver, Sport Diver, and NWF’s Ranger Rick Nature Magazine, plus the interiors of many more magazines and books. His image of a “Collage of Corals” seen under blue-light at night placed in the TOP 10 images in NANPA’s (North American Nature Photographers Association) 2014 photo contest.
Stemming from his background in art, Barry spent years photographing nature and culture in the Black Hills of South Dakota, while collecting and preparing fossils. Among his favorite subjects were the nation’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis and tribal powwows of the Lakota Sioux. Also, as an avid mountain bike racer, he won the Advanced division in the 2014 Curacao Dutch Championships.
Barry’s wife and sharp-eyed dive buddy, Aimee, is a master at finding photographic subjects and is a passionate animal trainer specializing in dolphins and dogs. Barry and Aimee share their life adventures with two loyal dogs, Inca and Indie. To read their daily blog, visit coralreefphotos.com