Photographer Roy Toft first went to the Pantanal in 2005. Since then he has returned over ten different seasons to explore and photograph the unique wildlife found there. The Pantanal is a huge area (mostly in Brazil) encompassing the world's largest tropical seasonally flooded wetland. These floodplains nurture an astonishingly diverse collection of animals species which include 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, 480 reptile species and over 9000 different subspecies of invertebrates. Some of the charismatics species which will be covered in the program are Giant River Otter, Maned Wolf, Hyacinth Macaws, and the mighty Jaguar!
Roy Toft’s photographic career started with getting his first SLR camera as a college graduation in 1986. Two days after getting that first camera (Canon AE1), Roy was in Alaska working as a biologist on a wolf population study for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Over the next ten years, Roy’s day jobs included bird trainer & educator, naturalist, elementary school teacher, natural history museum curator and photography assistant to National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.
Nature, conservation and education have always been Roy’s passions and after turning to photography full time in 1993…Roy’s work has focused on wild animals and their fragile environments. His publications include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Discover, Wildlife Conservation, Ranger Rick, and other natural history magazines and publications worldwide. His work is primarily represented by National Geographic Image collection and Getty.
Using photography as a conservation tool has always been important to Roy and in 2005 he became a founding fellow in the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers. Along with making images, Roy has always enjoyed teaching people about nature and photography. His first photo workshop was taught 12 years ago in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Over the last decade, Roy has lead and taught workshops in Japan, Alaska, Africa, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and Costa Rica.
Roy makes his home in the boulder covered backcountry of Ramona, Ca. , 30 miles north east of San Diego.
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