July 24, 2009
Leon at Melbourne Zoo. Photo by Glenn McColl.

Leon at Melbourne Zoo. Photo by Glenn McColl.

I’m amazed at how dedicated and passionate people are about the animals they sponsor at Melbourne Zoo. Recently I spoke with Glenn McColl, a very keen snow leopard photographer about all the terrific photos he’s taken of Meo, Tashi and Gobi in the last few months. Glenn hasn’t done any formal photography training training but is self  taught through reading and taking many pictures, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

He explained the secrets of his best photos.

Glenn McColl, keen snow leopard photographer at Melbourne Zoo

Glenn McColl, keen snow leopard photographer at Melbourne Zoo

”Taking photos at Zoos takes time and patience as I’m sure you’re aware. Each visit I try not only too take a great shot, but also research a little into the behavior of the animal at a certain time during the day in order to know when they are most active. For the snow leopards, first thing in the morning when the Zoo opens and about the last hour before closing are the main times that I try to photograph. The cubs and Meo are most active around these times, as are many of the animals at the Zoo.I also like this time because of the lighting.”

Glenn is so enthusiastic about the cats that he’s planning visits to other zoos in Australia to photograph their snow leopards over the next few months.

“I’d love to do a trip to Mongolia some day just to be in the snow leopard’s habitat and hopefully see one in the wild. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work at my craft and support and sponsor these beautiful cats. Opportunities like my recent photo submission to the Snow Leopard Trust give me the greatest satisfaction in giving something back for the pleasure the animals give me from behind the lens.”

You can see more of Glenn’s photos here on the Melbourne Zoo Friends of Snow Leopards website.

Support snow leopard conservation and the Snow Leopard Trust with Glenn’s photo’s on T-shirts and other products here.


Steve Winter talks about winning snow leopard photo

December 18, 2008
Steve Winter's photograph of a wild snow leopard wins 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Steve Winter's photograph of a wild snow leopard wins 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

As you saw in a previous post Steve won the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photo of the year with his beautiful snow leopard in the snow shot. Here are a few words from Steve about how he got this spectacular picture. Go to this blog.


Another snow leopard photo wins award

December 9, 2008

Stephen Oachs photo of a snow leopard in Montana private reserve

Stephen Oachs photo of a snow leopard in Montana private reserve

It’s definitely the year for snow leopard photos. This photograph entitled “Endangered Beauty”, by acclaimed Fine Art Photographer Stephen W. Oachs, has won the National Geographic Viewer’s Choice Award for 2008. A beautiful photo, with the animal staring straight at us, he has captured the grace and strength of the endangered snow leopard. The black and white photo accentuates the cold landscape and the way the snow leopard merges into it.

Photographer Stephen W. Oachs’ winning photograph is of a snow leopard weaving through the snow on a private reserve in Montana, USA .


Snow Leopard pic wins Wildlife Photographer 2008 award

November 1, 2008

A picture of an elusive snow leopard has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 award! The 44 year competition, is run by BBC Wildlife magazine and London’s Natural History Museum. Steve Winter spent 12 months with 14 trip cameras recording snow leopard photographs to get his beautiful shot in the wild.

Steve Winter / Snow Leopard Trust web site

Steve Winter / Snow Leopard Trust web site

The BBC news web site announces Steve Winter as the winner of the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.