About Paul Bannick

Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.

In June of 2012, Paul was awarded the Canon prize in the International Conservation Photography Awards, an award selected by Art Wolfe from among thousands of entries worldwide, for the photo that best exemplifies the mission of the ICP Awards. In 2011, Paul took first place among professionals in the Birds and Their Habitat category in Audubon Magazine's prestigious annual photography contest. Paul's first book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, published by The Mountaineers Books in October of 2008, continues to be one of the best-selling bird books in North America, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for general non-fiction. The University of Washington's Burke Museum created a traveling exhibit based on The Owl and the Woodpecker, which began touring North American cities in March of 2011 (more information here). Through Paul's intimate and beautiful photos, the exhibit explores the diversity of these two bird families and the fascinating ways their life histories are intertwined with one another and with their environment. A smaller, Washington State exhibit along the same themes launched in October of 2011.

Paul's work can be found in bird guides from Audubon, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. His work has been featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times, Audubon, Sunset, Nature's Best Photography Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Pacific Northwest (two cover stories), Seattle Times, Alaska Air Magazine, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other outlets in North America and Europe. He has appeared on NBC Nighlty News, Evening Magazine, King 5 and on dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote.

Paul has served as keynote speaker for dozens of festivals and fundraisers across the country, and two of his photos are part of the traveling exhibit, “Arctic Wings,” featuring images from several of the world's finest wildlife photographers.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Paul worked successfully for 15 years in the computer software industry beginning as one of the original 75 employees of the Aldus Corporation. He later served as a Director for Adobe Systems, and also worked as a senior manager at Microsoft. Wishing to combine his passion for wilderness conservation with his career, Paul turned his attention to non-profit work and currently serves as the Director of Development for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies.

Evening Magazine Interview

An Evening Magazine interview with Paul Bannick about The Owl and the Woodpecker exhibit at the Burke Museum