NANPA recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award
Joe and Mary Ann McDonald (PA) are the most successful and well-known husband/wife wildlife photography team in the US. For over 35 years they have been traveling the world, leading photo tours and safaris, and conducting photography workshops. In a typical year, they photograph in at least four continents, covering parts of South America, Africa, North America, and either Europe or Asia.
Both Joe and Mary Ann specialize in capturing action, behavior, or, most challenging, the essence of a subject, revealing the personality of the subjects they love. They have photographed all seven of the world’s big cats, lion, tiger, jaguar, puma, leopard, cheetah, and snow leopard, four different times in a single year – probably a world record. To date, they have completed 106 treks to Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas, the world record for any nature photographer. Joe’s latest book, Gorillas in the Wild, presents Joe and Mary’s extensive coverage of this endangered species, with images never captured before.
Joe has written 12 books on wildlife or wildlife photography, and several eBooks, including the definitive book on using high-speed flash and triggering devices for capturing behavior and action rarely captured. Mary Ann has written 29 children’s books on various natural history subjects, ranging from grasshoppers to the planet Jupiter. Joe and Mary Ann are feature columnists for Nature Photographer magazine, and Joe is a frequent contributor to the Outdoor Writers of America organization and Texas Photographer.
Between the two, they have placed in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 15 times, with several 1st and 2nd places in a contest that often has over 30,000 entries from around the world. In 2021, they will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from NANPA, the North American Nature Photography Association. Joe and Mary Ann have presented one-day and weekend-long seminars on nature and wildlife photography throughout the United States, as well as in Singapore and Scotland. Joe has presented programs at NECCC on several previous occasions.
Both are Olympus Educators.