Boyd Norton

Photographer, Environmental Activist, Author and Scientist.

Boyd Norton

Photographer, Environmental Activist, Author and Scientist.

Boyd Norton

Photographer, Environmental Activist, Author and Scientist.

About Boyd Norton

Boyd is the photographer/author of 17 books. His newest, Serengeti : The Eternal Beginning, received high praise from Jane Goodall, Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, actor/eco-activist Ed Begley, Jr., and others.

He is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s 2015 Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

He has been published in most major magazines in this country and abroad, including Time, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Natural History, Audubon, Geo, Stern, Outdoor Photographer, Conde Nast’s Traveler, Outside, Sierra, Vogue, Playboy, and others.

In 1980 Robert Redford presented him an award, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, for his “important, exciting environmental photography and writing.”

Watch for his newest book available for pre-order on Amazon – ORDER yours now and Boyd will send a personal note to the first 50 orders: CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY HANDBOOK: Saving Our Planet One Photograph at a Time

Scientific Background

From 1960 to 1969 Boyd was a nuclear physicist and research director at the Atomic Energy Commission’s  National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho. Studying nuclear reactor safety, he once blew up a reactor deliberately . He left the nuclear field in 1969 to devote himself to conservation writing and photography and environmental activism. He is currently writing an expose on how the AEC deliberately suppressed reactor safety research in the 1960s.

Environmental Activism

Boyd is leading the battle to save the Serengeti ecosystem from a destructive commercial highway and other developments. He is founder and co-director of Serengeti Watch, a 501(c) 3 non-profit for preserving the Serengeti ecosystem.

He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, devoted to saving the last mountain gorillas.

He is a founder of Baikal Watch, dedicated to preserving Lake Baikal and other wilderness areas in Siberia.

He is a founder of the Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Greater Sawtooth Preservation Council and the Idaho Environmental Council.

He has testified before numerous U.S. Senate and House hearings on behalf of wilderness and park preservation legislation. Through his activism Boyd played a key role in establishment of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area adjacent to Grand Teton National Park, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Wilderness, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness, the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness Area, the newest national parks in Alaska (he testified at the Congressional hearing on the Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act), and in the designation of Siberia’s Lake Baikal as a World Heritage Site

He has been an invited speaker and panelist at the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska in 2005, the 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico in 2009 and, most recently, the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain.

He is a founder and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

He is a founder and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers.

He is a founder and Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and served on the Board of Directors.

In 2010 Outdoor Photography Magazine (UK) selected Boyd as “One of the 40 most influential nature photographers from around the globe.”

Books by Boyd Norton

Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning Fulcrum Publishing, 2011

Boyd Norton’s Digital Outdoor Photography Handbook Voyageur Press, 2010

Safari Journal Fulcrum Publishing, 2007

The Art of Outdoor Photography Voyageur Press, new revised edition, 2002

Baikal: Sacred Sea of Siberia with Peter Matthiessen; Introduction by Yevgeny Yevtushenko; Sierra Club, 1992

The African Elephant, Foreword by Richard Leakey; Voyageur Press, 1991

The Mountain Gorilla; Introduction by Betty White; Voyageur Press, 1990

SafariJournal; HakunaMatata Press (privately published, distributed in East Africa), 1990

Boyd Norton’s PhotoJournal; Voyageur Press, 1990

Divided Twins: Alaska and Siberia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko; Viking/Penguin, 1988

Backroads of Colorado; First ed. Rand McNally, 1978; revised editions, Voyageur Press; 2002

Wilderness Photography; Reader’s Digest Press, 1977

Alaska: Wilderness Frontier; Foreword by Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus; Reader’s Digest Press, 1977

Rivers of the Rockies; Rand McNally, 1975

The Grand Tetons; Viking Press, 1974

Snake Wilderness; Foreword by Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, Sierra Club, 1972

Just for Fun:

I Brake for Dung Beetles!

By Boyd Norton

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