Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in macro and close-up photography of Southern Appalachian biodiversity, with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. His images and projects are regularly featured by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, OutdoorPhotographer, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife and many others. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).
In 2009, Clay co-founded the international nature photography project “Meet Your Neighbours” which has grown to include dozens of photographers representing over 40 locations around the world. The mission at MYN is to reconnect people with the wildlife that lives within their own communities. In 2012, in partnership with The Highlands Biological Foundation, he co-founded Backyard Naturalists, whose mission is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world in children through science, art and technology.
Clay is passionate about spreading the message that a connection to nature begins at home and is always seeking out new ways to promote this concept through his photography, writing, presentations and community involvement. For the past decade Clay has regularly partnered with organizations to develop imagery that can be used to support conservation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.
Visit his website at www.claybolt.com to learn more.
Paul Harcourt Davies is an outdoor photographer, naturalist and author who has long been dubbed the ‘macromaestro’ both for the painstaking and the artistic qualities of his close-up and macro work and for the way he seeks to demystify techniques and make them accessible to all. Originally hailing from the mining valleys of South Wales, Paul read natural sciences (physics) at Oxford University, undertook research in London and then followed his childhood passion for natural history becoming a full-time freelance writer and photographer in 1986. He lived in Cyprus from 1978-81 and has been based in Italy since 2003 where he and partner Lois Ferguson have renovated an old farm – its wild garden is his ‘laboratory’ and the house the base from which they run tours and workshops.
To date, Paul has authored nineteen books (that have appeared worldwide in 49 different editions) including Digital Photography Q&A, The Complete Guide to Close-up & Macro photography, Nature Photography Close-up, and Photographing Plants & Flowers. His first book was Wild Orchids of Britain & Europe (1983) and the latest is Digital Close-up Photography Q&A (November 2011). The first of a series of eBooks with Clay Bolt appeared in 2012 – Wideangle Macro | The Essential Guide. Paul also presented several TV programmes for the BBC2 series “Tracks”.
Among numerous awards is the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013, Portfolio and RPS Gold medal. Paul has twice spoken at WildPhotos (2008 and 2012), supplied the entry for plant photography in the latest Focal Encyclopaedia of Photography…his images have appeared on a set of wild orchid postage stamps for the island of Cyprus (1981) in hundreds of published articles and in many books by other authors. Before moving to Italy, Paul was Chairman of Butterfly Conservation, S Wales and is a life vice-president of the Hardy Orchid Society. A recognised authority on Mediterranean flora (orchids and bulbous plants in particular) and fauna, he is passionately committed to conservation, to education and to honesty in nature photography – on all of which he maintains a resolute and outspoken stance!
When not behind the camera, Paul is deeply involved with local conservation projects dealing with everything that grows, flies, or crawls. He is also, by inclination and love, a carpenter, cook and musician (who builds his own guitars)… though not all usually simultaneously.
Visit www.paulharcourtdavies.com for more information.