About Steve Gettle

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Over the course of his 30-year career, Steve Gettle has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs capturing nature’s beauty around us. Steve’s images communicate his love for the wildlife and the wild places of our world.

Exhibitions and Clients

Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including:

  • Museum of Natural History in London
  • The American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • As well as two solo shows at The National Center for Nature Photography

Steve’s work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications including:

  • The National Geographic Society
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Audubon
  • Sierra Club
  • The BBC
  • The World Wildlife Fund
  • The National Wildlife Federation
  • Birder’s World
  • Nature’s Best
  • Wild Bird
  • Natural History

Awards and Distinctions

Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen as Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a multiple award winner honored in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as often recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest.

Photo Tours and Workshops

Steve especially enjoys sharing his knowledge through both private and group location-based experiences focused on individual nature photography development in once-in-a-lifetime locations.

In addition to his own photo tours and workshops Steve has given presentations and led workshops for organizations around the country including:

  • North American Nature Photographers Association
  • Rocky Mountain School of Photography
  • The Adirondack Photography Institute
  • The Photographic Society of America

Performances and Lectures

Steve Gettle is an engaging and inspiring speaker. Each year Steve presents his lecture series at various regional and national photography conventions and gatherings. He is prepared to speak on a variety of photographic and creative topics. Additionally, his one-day nature photography seminar “The Art of Nature Photography” is both educational and entertaining. Consider working with Steve to present the seminar in your area as a fund raiser for your organization.

Steve donates his time and work to multiple environmental and educational groups every year.

Steve is a member of the following photography organizations:

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About Digital Manipulation

The technology to digitally manipulate, enhance and even create composite images from separate photographs is inspiring many artists to create new and exciting works. However, some photographers are using this technology to manipulate and add elements that were not in the original image without being truthful about their manipulation.

For many photography collectors part of the charm of the medium is its “honesty”: the fact that the artist not only witnessed the actual event when it occurred but was also able to capture it on film. I am concerned that if we as photographers are not honest about how we make our images, the public perception of the “honesty” of all photography will be in question.

At this time, none of the images that I print are digitally altered or manipulated in any way beyond basic color correction and sharpening as needed.

If in the future my policy should change, I will label any manipulated images as such, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Steve Gettle, February 25th 2001.