Wendy Shattil is one of those rarities, a full-time professional wildlife and conservation photographer. She is an international award winner, known for creating provocative images with mood and humor. Wendy was the first woman awarded Grand Prize in the world’s most prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She’s also the recipient of NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award (North American Nature Photography Assn.)
Wendy is driven by her desire to produce thoughtful images that influence people to care for the world we live in and has used this talent in publications, lectures, tours, networking and assignments.
Since 1981, she has published 15 books and compiled more than 300,000 stock images of nature and wildlife, teaming with her partner and late husband, Bob Rozinski. She has had assignments and led trips to faraway places such as Egypt, Alaska, Baja Mexico, Belize, Namibia, South Africa, Churchill Canada, and the High Arctic. Wendy enjoys introducing people to her favorite locations, including Southeast Alaska and the Sea of Cortez/Baja on the historic and elegant eight-passenger wooden vessel, M/V Westward, which allows for intimate encounters with nature and wildlife in a sustainable and fuel efficient manner.
Wendy and Bob were named Senior Fellows in the International League of Conservation Photographers, Department Associate for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and twice were Artists in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. Together the team received the Philip Hyde Grant for environmental photography, Denver Audubon’s Environmental Stewardship Award and the Colorado Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award. Tackling an environmental issue in their own backyard, the pair was hired by the Department of Justice in 1988 to document wildlife at Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver in a project that extended seven years. Their work and outreach efforts to the community, media and Congress was highly influential in the area becoming a National Wildlife Refuge.
Wendy has participated in several conservation expeditions with iLCP (Int’l League of Conservation Photographers) to produce comprehensive portraits of timely conservation issues and threats. One project explored the effects of the US/Mexico border wall on wildlife and the environment. Wendy’s aerials and in-depth documentation of ground-based issues in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the Arizona border have drawn attention to critical issues otherwise overlooked. Another iLCP expedition in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest helped block a proposed oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands from being forced through this unique ecosystem. A third iLCP expedition was along the migration corridor amid gas fields in Wyoming’s Red Desert.
Wendy is the creator and administrator of several well-established nature photography contests; Share the View International Nature Photography Contest, celebrating it’s 11th year October 1 to December 1, 2021, and the NANPA Showcase (North American Nature Photography Association.
She is Photo Editor for the non-profit publisher, Cloud Ridge Naturalists, which specializes in conservation-based publications including the award-winning “Salish Sea” and “Pacific Flyway: From the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego”.
Wendy and Bob’s work has appeared in virtually all popular nature and wildlife magazines, including National Wildlife, Audubon, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Natural History, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic publications. In addition to their own books, images are featured in hundreds of others worldwide. Wendy was invited into MENSA a long long time ago.
From the time he was 10, until his passing in 2016, Bob spent 60 years with a camera in hand, 40 of which were in the field of wildlife and conservation photography. When drafted during the Vietnam era, he put his passion for photography to work in the U.S. Army’s Aggressor Center, where he was part of an elite platoon that played the enemy in war games. After leaving the army, Bob was a stringer for Associated Press, eventually shifting from photojournalism to nature subjects out of a deep love of the outdoors. Much of his career he spent documenting endangered species and fragile locations in North America.
A highlight of Bob’s early career in conservation photography was documenting Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, with the resulting images highly influential in the area becoming a National Wildlife Refuge. Another subject Bob was passionate about photographing was the Red Desert in Wyoming, under siege by oil and gas development. Along with Wendy, Bob’s creative images earned him First Prize in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, First Prize in the NATURE’S BEST International photo contest and Grand Prize in the grueling Texas Valley Land Fund $100,000 photography contest.
On Bob’s tribute page, many of his former students and acquaintances wrote of his influence on them, including these favorites:
“Bob was a man of deep integrity and generosity, combined with a goofy sense of humor. His love of and respect for the natural world and the creatures he photographed were always uppermost in his work and in the way he conducted his life.”
“Bob was truly a force in the conservation community and is sorely missed for his tireless passion, dedication, and work on behalf of our planet, and especially the American West that he loved so much.”
Awards and Recognitions
The team of Shattil and Rozinski creates unique and insightful photographs, which appear in editorial publications, books, and advertising internationally. Their talents have been recognized in competitions, professional groups, and media organizations the world over.
Awards and Recognition Highlights
- GRAND PRIZE, BBC Wildlife Photographer of Year
- Phillip Hyde Grant for Environmental Photography
- 2006 Denver Audubon Environmental Stewardship Award
- Best Nature Photographers in Colorado – CBS Denver News
- First Prize, Golden Artists Festival
- Best of Show, Evergreen Artists Festival
- Senior Fellows in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)
- First Prize, Crested Butte Arts Festival
- Texas Valley Land Fund Grand Prize Winners
- Conservationists of the Year, Colorado Wildlife Federation
- First Prize, NATURE’S BEST International competition
- First Prize, BBC Wildlife Photographer of Year
- Grand Prize, Rocky Mt. Bighorn Society
- First prize, National Wildlife Magazine contest
- Business Partner of the Year, Colorado Wildlife Federation
- 40 Awards & Medals, Photo Society of America
- People’s Choice Award, Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA)
- “Best of the Best”, President’s Choice Award – OWAA
- Past Board Member, North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)
- NANPA Outstanding Service Award
- NANPA Fellowship, honorary professional group