Internationally-known wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas is no stranger to accolades, having won awards in National Wildlife Photo Contest, Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She’s published feature stories in a variety of well-known publications, had her images appear in more than 100 magazine covers, and has 19 books in print. And that’s just skimming the surface of her accomplishments. It’s no wonder she’ll receive NANPA’s Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award at the 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29-30. She is also a previous recipient (2017) of NANPA’s Mission Award.
Eszterhas carved out a niche for herself focusing on baby animals and animal families to educate adults and cultivate future generations of conservationists. She’s written and used her photos to illustrate a series of children’s books on baby animals and their behaviors, as well as volumes on cheetahs, sloths, orangutans, and other animals.
A sought-after speaker and workshop leader, she is a passionate conservationist and raises money for several conservation organizations. She once lived for three years in a bush camp in Africa and has photographed animals on all seven continents. In addition to her children’s books, Eszterhas expanded the footprint of wildlife animal family photography by making prints available to schools, medical institutions and the families of young children, with some of the proceeds being donated to conservation efforts.
In 2017, Eszterhas founded and currently serves as executive director of Girls Who Click, a nonprofit organization that “empowers teen girls to enter the male-dominated field of nature photography and use their work to further conservation efforts around the world.”
Through her photos, books, conservation efforts, and Girls Who Click, Eszterhas is helping save todays animals and their habitats while educating and inspiring future generations to value and preserve the natural world.
Learn more about Eszterhas in her own words by listening to the latest episode of The Nature Photographer Podcast.