Subhankar Banerjee's photography has been instrumental in conservation efforts related to the American Arctic, especially the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has received many awards including the Greenleaf Artist Award from the United Nations Environment Programme and a Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation. Banerjee's first book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, was published by The Mountaineers Books in 2003. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.subhankarbanerjee.org
Paul Bannick focuses on the natural history of North America, especially the Pacific Northwest. An experienced naturalist and outdoor educator, he has taken most of his images while kayaking, hiking, or snowshoeing. After a 15-year career in computer software, Bannick currently focuses his passion for wilderness conservation on nonprofit work. His first book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, will be published by The Mountaineers Books in October 2008. Mr. Bannick will present a slide show, lecture, and sign his new book at the Burke Museum on Wed., November 12, 2008, 7 pm. www.paulbannick.com
Michio Hoshino, a native of Japan, spent the summer of 1973 with an Inuit family in Shishmaref, Alaska. He moved to Alaska permanently in 1978. His 19-year photographic journey included the publication of Grizzly, an award-winning book published in 1986 by Chronicle. On August 6, 1996, at the age of 44, Hoshino was killed by a brown bear while asleep in his tent in Kamchatka, eastern Russia. Fifteen of his photography and essay collections were published in his lifetime.
Arthur Morris' book, The Art of Bird Photography, is considered a classic how-to work on photographing birds. His first book, Shorebirds: Beautiful Beachcombers, grew from eight seasons counting shorebirds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York. Morris is a Photography magazine columnist and has been a Canon contract photographer since 1995. He currently photographs his way across North America while leading "Birds as Art" instructional photo tours. www.birdsasart.com
After a 10-year career in geology, Hugh Rose moved to Alaska to explore and photograph the Arctic wilderness. He worked as a guide in Denali National Park for six years and offers professionally guided natural history and photography trips from Alaska to Antarctica. Rose's travels have taken him to the Arctic Refuge in every season. It is the place he considers the most special of all he has visited. www.hughrosephotography.com
A wildlife photographer, photojournalist, writer, lecturer, and avid birder, Mark Wilson has returned to the Arctic over and over again, drawn by the light, the birds, and the region's great sense of space and time. His work has appeared in National Geographic, National Wildlife, and other publications. Wilson is a staff photographer at the Boston Globe and writes two columns for the paper: "The Backyard Birder" and "Camera." www.eyesonowls.com
Brad Winn grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended school in Vermont. He is currently the program manager for the coastal unit of Georgia's Nongame Conservation Section. In partnership with Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he has participated in more than seven Arctic shorebird research expeditions. One of his favorite pursuits is bringing the beauty of shorebirds to the public through photography.
Arthur C. Smith III
Arthur C. Smith III is a filmmaker who lives within the boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has worked with National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, and produces independently. He maintains an extensive high-definition library of Arctic wildlife. The film accompanying Arctic Wings is excerpted from Smith's upcoming second feature, Arctic of Eden. For more information, visit: www.polarartproductions.com
Martyn Stewart is an audio-naturalist who specializes in location and field recordings. Much of his work is used in natural history documentaries. He has also recorded several CDs, including one for Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Braided River, 2006). In 2007, he was a member of the Wild Sanctuary research team for the Katmai National Park Project, in Alaska. He lives in Redmond, Washington. For more information, visit: www.naturesound.org