Steve Winter began his career shooting news stories for Black Star photo agency. He brought a photojournalist’s sensibility to wildlife stories when he became a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine in 1994, capturing both the majesty of his wild subjects while garnering attention for the issues that threaten them.
Winter has photographed extensively in Latin America, India, Myanmar, southern Africa, and elsewhere, concentrating on photographing animals, their environment, and the people that live with them. He is renowned for capturing previously-unseen images of endangered, elusive or dangerous species, especially big cats, from jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal and the Guatemalan cloud forest’s resplendent quetzal to India’s Bengal tigers and Asian elephants, snow leopards in the Himalayas—and mountain lions in the U.S.
In 2012, Winter was named BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008. His work was recognized with Pictures of the Year International Global Vision Awards two years running, in 2010 and 2011, and he was honored as 1st Place Nature Story winner in the 2009 World Press Photo competition; one of the images from that portfolio was recently selected as one of the “Top 40 Nature Photos of All Time” by the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Winter has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, The National Geographic Channel, NPR and other radio and TV outlets. He is co-founder of Wildlife Photo Masterclass, teaching workshops in the Yucatan and on safari in India and Namibia. He has lectured on photography and conservation at venues including The Explorer’s Club, National Geographic’s Explorer’s Hall, WILD 9, WILDPHOTOS and the Telluride, Banff, and Aspen Film Festivals.
Independent Journalist and Author
Weaving storytelling with cultural, historical, and scientific information, Sharon Guynup crafts features, essays and commentary for national and international publications. Her focus is science, particularly wildlife conservation and environmental issues/ Her assignments have taken her to some 35 countries, often working in remote areas, for publications including Smithsonian, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, nationalgeographic.com, BBC Wildlife, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Audubon, among other publications; her stories have been distributed by The New York Times Syndicate.
In 2006, she launched the State of the Wild book series for The Wildlife Conservation Society, published by Island Press analyzing the status of the world’s wildlife and wild lands.
Guynup lived in Turkey for a year on a Fulbright Fellowship and received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.
Guynup worked for over a decade as a photojournalist before shifting her focus to writing. She earned a Masters degree from New York University in Journalism, with a concentration in science health and environmental reporting—and has taught in that program. She lectures on journalism and environmental issues; her recent TEDx talk on tigers can be viewed here.