Bio

Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer and conservationist. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a powerful vehicle for storytelling and education, and considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. Passionate about ethics in nature photography, Groo is represented by Nat Geo Creative, a contributing editor to Audubon magazine and an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. She advises the National Audubon Society on ethical photography, and has also counseled National Wildlife magazine and NANPA (North American Nature Photography) on guidelines for ethical wildlife photography. She also serves as a member of NANPA’s Ethics Committee. In 2017, Melissa received the Katie O'Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from Audubon Connecticut, for demonstrating exceptional leadership and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats. She also received the NANPA 2017 Vision Award, given to a photographer every two years in recognition of early career excellence, vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation and education.

Articles by Melissa Groo

Image of burrowing owl to illustrate the importance of sharpness in wildlife photos.
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Sharp Shooting

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Tips and gear recommendations for achieving maximum sharpness in your wildlife portraits.

Photograph of a great gray owl
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How To Find And Photograph Owls With Good Field Ethics

Friday, April 2, 2021 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

The art, ethics and technique of documenting one of nature’s most elusive subjects.

Photograph a fox den: Father fox nuzzles his kit.
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How To Photograph A Fox Den

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Field ethics and technical advice for capturing the delightful interactions of the marvelous fox.

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Staying Safe In The Field

Monday, September 14, 2020 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Insights to help protect you and your gear on your next photo adventure.

example image using a wide angle for bird photography
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A Wide Angle For Bird Photography

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

How an unconventional lens choice helped capture fast-moving birds in flight.

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Previsualization To Get The Shot

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Approaching a subject with a concept, planning and persistence.

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Rolling Blind: Using Your Car As A Wildlife Photo Blind

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Social Graces

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Preparing For A Photo Safari

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Wild bobcat
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Wild In Captivity?

Monday, April 15, 2019 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Food For Thought

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Photographing birds in flight: northern harrier hunting
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Photographing Birds In Flight

Monday, November 26, 2018 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Choosing A Wildlife Photography Workshop
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How To Choose A Wildlife Photography Workshop

Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Finding the right match for your goals and expectations is the key to a great experience.

Sony a9 for wildlife photography: sea lion in the Galapagos.
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Sony a9 For Wildlife Photography

Friday, May 18, 2018 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Experiences and takeaways from my first time shooting with a mirrorless camera

Winning Wildlife Photos
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Winning Wildlife Photos

Monday, February 26, 2018 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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red-bellied woodpecker photographed from a photo blind
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Using Photo Blinds

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Ethics From Empathy

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

How to increase your chances of capturing beautiful wildlife photographs without compromising your subject’s welfare.

Backlighting a little blue heron
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Backlighting Wildlife

Friday, September 8, 2017 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Lessons in wildlife photography - Serengeti lion
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Lessons In Wildlife Photography

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo
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Coyote in Yellowstone by Melissa Groo
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Shortcuts That Shortchange Wildlife Photography

Friday, March 3, 2017 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Put the welfare of your wildlife photo subjects first by avoiding practices that endanger and exploit them.

Featured Photos by Melissa Groo