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​JUST IN...July 3, 2017  2017 Audubon Photography Awards

I just learned that I am the Professional Honorable Mention in the 2017 Audubon Photography Contest.    There were more than 5,500 submissions from 59 states and 8 Canadian provinces.  There were 3 categories, Professional, Amateur and Youth with one winner and one Honorable Mention in each category.  This is such a huge honor.  I'm moved beyond words by this award.  Thank you, Audubon, for the work that you do making a difference in this world.  

  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World5:08

" Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

To capture a photo of a wild creature in its natural habitat and capture the connection to our own humanity and beauty is what drives me to make images.  I use my camera as a tool to "speak" for the animals and bring attention to this nearly invisible world, one which we often miss in our hectic lives rushing to and from work.   

My lifelong project is "Urban Wilderness".  I have explored Southern California, from regional parks to small urban fields looking at the survival of critters squeezed into these diminishing spaces.   For example the Red Foxes in San Pedro live on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and are squeezed between residential construction and quite literally the ocean.  Taking their photographs evoke such excitement and connection to our natural world for me.  It is such a privilege to witness and photograph.  I enjoy sharing my passion and concern through traveling and teaching Bird and Wildlife Photography.  

I am now leading workshops to Grand Teton National Park, Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico, and Africa.  I'd love for you to join me on an adventure that you will never forget.  Check out my new workshops for 2018 listed under the "Workshops" Tab.  


                                                                         Thank you for joining me on the journey!

                                                            Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography

​                                                                  Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service