Krista Schlyer

Krista Schlyer is an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands. She has worked throughout North America, from the arid lands of the American West to the urban rivers of Washington DC, and is drawn to the cause of underdogs, prairie dogs, and all things wild. Schlyer is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, National Outdoor Book Award, and Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association.

Since obtaining a masters degree in journalism in 1997, Schlyer has been contributing stories and photography to magazines, books and websites, including BBC, National Parks, Defenders, High Country News, Audubon, and The Nature Conservancy. Her stories and other publications have focused on wildlife like the desert tortoise, bison, prairie dog, and larger environmental issues including global warming, wildlife migration corridors and urban waterways.

Over the past eight years, Schlyers work has focused heavily on documenting the US-Mexico borderlands and the changes brought about by US border and immigration policy. This project has included leading a 17-member expedition along the entire 2,000-mile border with fellow photographers in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Schlyer curated a traveling exhibit from that expedition that has shown throughout

the United States, including shows in the US House and Senate. Schlyer also published a book about the borderlands titled Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, which has received national recognition, including the National Outdoor Book Award for 2013 and the Best of the Best of university presses honor from the American Library Association.

Schlyer is the author of two other books, including Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks and Nonsense, scheduled for release in October 2015.

NANPA Vision Award, 2015
Sierra Club Ansel Adams Conservation Photography Award, 2014
National Outdoor Book Award
American Library Association Best of the Best
New Mexico Book Award
Eric Hoffer Award
Southwest Book of the Year

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