Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, conservationist, writer and ethicist. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a powerful vehicle for storytelling and education. She considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. A contributing editor to Audubon magazine and an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, Groo is passionate about ethics in nature photography. 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 is also Chair 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

red-bellied woodpecker photographed from a photo blind
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Using Photo Blinds

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

Ways to conceal our presence as wildlife photographers, allowing us to capture natural behavior while minimizing disruption for our subjects.

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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

For dramatic effect, be open to alternatives to traditional front lighting.

Lessons in wildlife photography - Serengeti lion
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Lessons In Wildlife Photography

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

The top insights I’ve gained as a wildlife photographer.

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.

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Going Deep

Monday, November 21, 2016 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Take the time to study and learn about your subjects for more meaningful wildlife images.

© Melissa Groo wildlife photography
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Approaching Wildlife

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Two ways to quietly earn the trust of your animal subjects.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
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Celebrating Our National Wildlife Refuges

Thursday, June 16, 2016 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Do you love wildlife photography, but come up short on ideas for destinations? For amazing photo opportunities, flock to your nearest wildlife haven.

Wildlife Biographer
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Wildlife Biographer

Monday, March 21, 2016 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

My discovery of wildlife photography felt like a fulfillment of that lifelong affinity and fascination for animals.

Finding The Right Track
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Finding The Right Track

Thursday, January 14, 2016 | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo

Now, more than ever, we need an open discussion on the ethics of wildlife photography.

Featured Photos by Melissa Groo

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