Thomas Wiewandt is a professional natural history photographer, with a background in ecology, art, ecotourism, and publishing. He is an avid international traveler, and his editorial work has been featured in calendars, magazines, and books worldwide, including Audubon, Arizona Highways, Smithsonian, Geo, and publications by the National Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Federation. He is now focusing on photographic art and multimedia projects.
His photographic art spans the grandiose to the intimate and has been on display in the Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport, in James Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and in the 2010 juried art show “Innovations” at Contents Interiors design center, Tucson, AZ. He participated as an Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park in 2006.
Thomas won a Silver Award and two “Nominee Awards” in the 2008 International Masters Cup Aperture Awards, a prestigious online competition that recognizes excellence in color photography. His films for the BBC and the National Geographic Society have been honored with an Emmy nomination, a Gold Apple Award, and four Cine Golden Eagles. In 2010, Mountain Press Publishing released a greatly expanded edition of his children’s book HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT, first published by Crown (1990), a title that made the John Burroughs List of Outstanding Nature Books for Young Readers. And as author/publisher of THE SOUTHWEST INSIDE OUT (Wild Horizons Publishing, 2001/2004/2010), Thomas has captured four top regional and national publishing honors.
He holds a PhD in ecology from Cornell, is Chief Scientific Advisor for the International Reptile Conservation Foundation, and serves as a member of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.