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Joe & Mary Ann McDonald – Photographing the Seven Big Cats

January 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Tale of Seven Tails: Our Quest to Photograph the Seven Big Cats of the World in One Year

Big cats have always been one of Joe & Mary Ann McDonald’s favorite photo subjects throughout their 30 years of wildlife photography. They’ve spent years in the field in South America pursuing the puma before they got lucky with two sister cats. When they were offered the chance to photograph snow leopards in northern India, and were successful, they decided to challenge themselves to see if they could photograph all seven of the big cats (lions, leopards, cheetah, pumas, jaguars, snow leopards and tigers) in one calendar year. Join them as they share their adventures while traversing the globe on their quest.


Joe and Mary Ann McDonald Biography

Joe and Mary Ann McDonald are the most prolific and active husband-wife wildlife and nature photography team in the United States today with over 30 years of experience in the photography profession. At least half of each year is spent in the field, leading photo tours and safaris to Africa, South America, India, and other exotic locations, as well as various tours and workshops in the US. They conduct their Complete Nature Photo Course and Advanced (Flash) Courses at their studio at Hoot Hollow, in central Pennsylvania.

Joe and Mary Ann’s work has appeared throughout the years in calendars and publications. They have written multiple books and the two have been the most successful husband/wife photo team in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Together, through 2015, they have placed fifteen times, with three firsts, and multiple seconds and thirds including Joe’s well-received winning shot in the Mammal Behavior Category of two mating jaguars fighting. Both Joe and Mary Ann are Contributing Editors of Nature Photography magazine, writing a regular feature each issue. Articles have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, The Photographer and several online magazines.


January 18, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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