Wildlife Photography Ethics Panel

Monday, October 25th, 2021, 6:30pm-8pm EST

Fanimal strives to educate animal lovers about a variety of animal-related topics, and we often do so through partnerships with organizations and individuals.
This event will explore the unethical practices and the current policies concerning wildlife photography. Our aim is to raise awareness and educate the next generation of animal advocates about unethical wildlife photography so that they can make informed decisions in the future and encourage others to do the same.
Designed by Fanimal 2021 summer intern Mimi Medeiros and moderated by professor Harvey Lemelin (Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada). This event is hosted on Zoom with a variety of award-winning wildlife photographers, click the link above to register, and check out our panelists below!


Joshua is an award-winning photographer and certified Marine Ecology Naturalist with a photographic emphasis on coastal and marine habitats. He was recently accepted into the International League of Conservation Photographers, signed to Hakai Magazine as a photographer and writer, and is sponsored by Nikon USA. Joshua’s awards include the 2016 California Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Top 20 in the 2019 NANPA (North American) Showcase. Publications include National Geographic, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Press Democrat, and several scholarly articles, among others.

In the not so distant past, Joshua was focused on a career in fine art painting and illustration, but dropped out of college and switched to wildlife photography literally overnight after discovering his true calling. Soon after, he discovered that he could do more for wildlife through education, so created Wild Expectations Environmental Conservation, which focused on imagery and stories about wildlife conservation in California. Today, the organization is being renovated into the Wildlife Conservation Fellowship; a multi-tiered system that fundraises for wildlife conservation orgs, helps create or expand national parks, and adds a new professional networking system concept−all geared towards global application.

Currently, Joshua is also working on two stories within the Monterey Marine Sanctuary about a new dynamic between Endangered sea otters and great white sharks as a result of global warming, and another story about whale entanglements due to fishing gear.

Tamara Maria Blazquez Haik (Born Mexico City, 1990). Mexican Conservation Photographer. Studied at the Club Fotográfico de México and Escuela Activa de Fotografía.

National Geographic Travel 2019 first place Nature winner. Master Class Photographers 2019 first place Nature winner. International Photography Awards 2020 third place Wildlife winner. Member of IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication.

She’s worked as a speaker and environmental educator in different parts of Mexico and internationally, teaching about the importance of urban biodiversity conservation and Mexico’s birdlife through photography.

In 2017 she was a speaker in TEDxPolanco in Mexico City. The talk was about the importance of photography for nature’s conservation.

Her work has been published by National Geographic and other media in Mexico and around the world.

Presently working on the photographic and educational series “Fauna de la Ciudad de México” (Mexico City’s wildlife), a project aimed at teaching citizens, specially children, about the urban wildlife in Mexico City and how to protect them and their ecosystems. This is done through photo exhibits and school workshops.

Daniel Dietrich is an award winning wildlife photographer and cinematographer living in Point Reyes, California. His photographs, videos, company and writings have been featured on TV, in numerous publications and in multiple films, including National Geographic, ABC, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Sierra, LA Times and others. His commitment to ethics in wildlife photography is of the utmost importance in his work.

Daniel sits on the ethics committee for the North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA), he founded the non-profit Conservation Kids (www.conservationkids.org) and owns Point Reyes Safaris, a wildlife photography safari company focusing on wild bobcats in Northern California (www.pointreyessafaris.com).

Sarah Killingsworth is a Marin County-based California Naturalist, wildlife educator and conservation photographer and filmmaker. A life-long volunteer and active community member, she has volunteered in the WildCare (Bay Area) bird room, was a member of the Steering Committee of Mothers of Marin Against the Spray, and currently is on the board of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin. Sarah is also an elected Trustee of the Kentfield School District. Combining her love of education and wildlife, Sarah is the Program Coordinator for Project Coyote’s Keeping It Wild Youth Education and Outreach Program.

Sarah is a frequent public speaker about coexistence with wildlife, particularly native predators. Her photography has been published in local and national media, in print and online. You can view her recent webinars and publications on her website: https://www.sarahkillingsworth.com/Publications

She loves talking with students of all ages about local wildlife, including classroom presentations about coexistence with our wild neighbors. Sarah is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Ethics Committee, and adheres to and encourages ethical conduct toward and responsible photography of wildlife.

Sarah co-authored a NANPA blog post about choosing an ethical photography workshop: http://www.nanpa.org/choosing-an-ethical- photography-workshop/
And recently authored an essay on Ethical Wildlife Photography for Bay Nature Magazine: Ethical Wildlife Photography Makes for Better Wildlife Photos. She is passionate about an ethical approach to photography and hopes that sharing her photos and experiences will inspire others to love and protect wildlife. You can find more of Sarah’s photography on her website or on Instagram @skwildlifephotos.