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 borderlands of the American West and fire-forests of the Southeast, to the urban rivers of Washington DC. 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.
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Intro photo: Nathan Dappen
Since obtaining a master’s 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 10 years, Schlyer’s 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.This project included 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, and River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia, winner of the 2019 National Outdoor Book Award.
NANPA Vision Award, 2015
Sierra Club Ansel Adams Conservation Photography Award, 2014
Review of Continental Divide in High Country News
Review of Continental Divide in Outdoor Photographer
Review of Continental Divide in the Tucson Weekly
Recommendation of Continental Divide by the Texas Observer
Review of Continental Divide by the Society of Environmental Journalists
Review of Continental Divide by WildPlanet
Recommendation by Get Out Chattanooga
Television news story on Americas Now
Included in 7 Books all Outdoor Photographers Should Read
Story in Defenders magazine about US-Mexico border wall
Photos for National Wildlife magazine story about US-Mexico border wall
Photo essay in National Wildlife magazine about pitcher plants
Story in Orion about US-Mexico border wall
Photos for National Wildlife magazine story about Anacostia River
Profile of Krista on National Geographic website
Interview with Krista on NPR’s The 1a
Interview with Krista in Orion
Interview with Krista on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Interview with Krista on GreenSense