Photographer . Conservationist . Instructor .

Nathaniel on location in Iceland – © Gene Nemeth

Nathaniel Smalley is a professional nature photographer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Though he calls the American Southwest his home, he frequently is abroad leading photography workshops and safaris to a variety of international destinations. His study of photography began early in high school and he continues to explore the art form to this day. Through his images he strives to foster a real love and respect for the natural world by touching the heart of the viewer with its beauty. Whether sharing his knowledge at a workshop in Arizona or leading a photo tour in some forgotten corner of the world, Nathaniel strives to impart his ethical approach to nature photography to everyone. More than just another nature photographer, Nathaniel is also a passionate conservationist. He has done extensive work with various conservation and rehabilitation organizations over the last three decades, filling every role from a volunteer assisting injured birds and mammals, to board member. Nathaniel strives at all times to adhere to the highest standards of ethics in nature photography and avoid any of the cheap shortcuts that could in any way harm his subjects or the environment. For him the natural world is a sanctuary where he captures images of the living world and shares them with those who love and appreciate nature as he does.

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• 2015 – Present: Owner of Nature Odyssey Worldwide

• 2015 – 2018: Arizona Highways Photo Workshop Instructor

• 2014 – 2017: Ethics Committee Member for North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)

• 2015 – 2017: Finalist Judge at Nature’s Best Photography AFRICA

• 2015 – 2017: Judge for the popular photography site

• 2015 – 2017: Himalayan Snow Leopard Tour Leader for Big Animals Expeditions – Ladakh, India

• 2015 – 2016: Presentation/Speaker Scheduling Committee for Digital Imaging Group of Arizona

• 2015 – Speaker at Arizona Highways 30th Anniversary Symposium

• 2015: Invited to be ‘Keynote Speaker’ at Sedona Photofest 2015

• 2014 – Judge for Arizona State Fair Advance Photography Competition *(Sponsored by Arizona Highways)

• 2014 – Selected for the ‘100 Wonders of the World’ exhibition – St. Petersburg, Russia

• 2014 – Present: Sponsored by Naneu Camera Bags

• 2014 – Present: Nikon Pro Services Member

• 2013 – 2014: Audubon Arizona Central Leadership Council

• 2013 – 2014: Maricopa Audubon Board of Directors

• 2013 – Present: Audubon Arizona Featured Photographer

• 2013: Juror for a Wildlife Photography Competition – Los Angeles, CA.

• 2012: Finalist at Stanford Birding Photographic Competition in Cape Town, South Africa

• 2012: Winner of ‘Honorable Mention’ in NWF Nature Photography Competition

• 2012 – Present: U.S.F.W.S. Wildlife Educator & Bird Handler Certification

• 2010 – Present: North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)

• 2009 – Present: Volunteer Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility

• 1996-1998: Board Member AE Howell Wildlife Conservation Center

• 1994: Cornell University – Lab of Ornithology Bird Biology Course