Meet the Photographer: Judy Malloch
Grand Prize Winner, Amateur, 2011 "National Wildlife" Photo Contest
Judy Malloch was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in southern Florida with her husband Gary. She began photographing wildlife seven years ago.
Malloch’s photography has taken her to many of the world's most remote and beautiful wildlife hotspots, including, in the United States, Oregon’s Klamath Basin, Bosque Del Apache National Park and Refuge in southern New Mexico, Alaska's Katmai Peninsula and the Florida Everglades.
Outside the country, she has taken photographic trips to Botswana, Kenya, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, eastern Canada and the Island of Inagua in the Bahamas. "These trips have allowed me to capture unique behavioral images of amazing wildlife in their natural habitats," says Malloch, adding that "with photography, I combine my passion for wildlife and my passion for art."
Learn more about Judy's work and see more wildlife images by visiting www.naturestapestryjlm.com.
NWF: Why did you enter National Wildlife Federation’s Photo Contest?
Judy Malloch: I entered because of what NWF represents. The organization does so much for the preservation and conservation of animals around the world. NWF also educates the public about what is happening to our wildlife and environment. My passion is for wildlife and for capturing animals in their environment in unique behavioral situations. I felt that NWF would be a great place to present some of my images.
NWF: Can you describe briefly the circumstances behind the making of your contest-winning photograph?
Tri-colored heron, Boynton Beach, Florida
JM: It was late in the day when the sun was beginning to set. The light at that time of day is so warm and beautiful, creating a good opportunity to capture an image. The water at Green Cay (wetlands in Boynton Beach, Florida) was calm, just like glass, which presented the perfect moment for a shot. Right then, a tri-colored heron flew in, and knowing how beautiful they are when they fish, I waited, hoping it would begin its awesome fishing dance — and it did. Needless to say, I was thrilled that I could capture a few images before the sun went down.
Red-eyed tree frogs, LaSelva, Costa Rica
NWF: Do you think that photography can promote wildlife conservation? If so, how?
JM: The saying is true: A picture is worth a thousand words. Photography most certainly can promote wildlife conservation, both by capturing the beauty of wildlife and wildlife habitat as well as threats to their survival.
If people learn to appreciate their natural surroundings and the animals living within them, they will start to become more concerned and fight for their preservation.
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