Noppadol Paothong is an award-winning nature/conservation photographer and a staff photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2006. His focus has been on rare and endangered species, primarily on grassland grouse and their fragile habitat.
His images regularly appear in agency publications, including Missouri Conservationist and Xplor. The national award-winning Missouri Conservationist magazine is one of the largest conservation magazines in the country. In addition to having hundreds of cover images in the Missouri Conservationist and Xplor magazines, his images appear regularly in many national publications, such as Audubon, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Sierra Club, and many more.
He is also an Associate Fellow with International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature, and culture photographers, who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe.
He has dedicated two decades documenting North American grassland grouse and their fragile habitats. Those efforts resulted in two large format award-winning books, Save the Last Dance, A Story of North American Grassland Grouse (2012) and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2018), both of which are considered to be definitive books on North American grouse. Nationally recognized conservation experts, many newspapers, and major publications
He has received many prestigious national and international honors for his work, including “Best of the Best” from the Outdoor Writers Association of America Photo Contest; Picture of the Year International, National Wildlife Photo Contest; Nature’s Best, Audubon Photo Contest; and Missouri Photojournalist of the Year.
He has consistently shared his work and passion through programs and presentations across the country. He hopes that his programs and exhibits will help people connect, at a personal and emotional level, with nature and the conservation issues that he deeply cares about.
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