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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2019

The Fine Art of Photography

"Among the Branches" focuses on a Brown-Hooded Kingfisher in South Africa. Fine Art Photography by Benjamin Walls.
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Globe-trotting Benjamin Walls Returns to His Roots — in Bristol

By Angela Wampler | January 27, 2009

"Just as having a brush and paint does not make one a painter, being able to operate a camera does not make one a photographer." — Anonymous

Benjamin Walls is recognized as one of the world's premier nature photographers. His passion, persistence, and sense of adventure are rivaled only by the grandeur of the subjects he seeks. Yet, behind his commitment to the perfection of his craft is a profound respect for his subjects and a desire to share, not only the beauty of nature, but also the importance of nature conservation.

To that end, Walls chooses to create images of our natural world for fine art display. His efforts have been rewarded by impressive accolades:

* In 2006 Walls was honored by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine for winning an award in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the most prestigious awards of its kind in Europe. Not surprisingly, he was honored for his creative vision of natural subjects.

* In 2007, Walls was honored by the Nature's Best Photography Competition, the most prestigious of its kind in the U.S., and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for his African landscape image "Watching the Sunrise."

Walls loves taking images in our wild world, but right now, his daily adventure is working on his new photography studio in a 107-year-old building at 701 State Street in Bristol, Va., at the corner of Piedmont and State, right beside the Cameo Theatre.

Recently, Walls took time to answer a few questions for A! Magazine for the Arts.


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Wildlife Art & Environment

Returning to His Roots

"Watching the Sunrise" is a panoramic image of the sun rising over Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with Acacia trees and two Marabou Storks silhouetted in the foreground. It was an award winner in the 2007 Nature's Best Photography competition and selected for display at the Smithsonian. Fine Art Photography by Benjamin Walls,

"Elements" is a panoramic photo of a thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The image was one of 75 award winners in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The image was seen in 30 British venues and more than 10 countries. Most recently, it was selected for a five-year international exhibit entitled "Wild Earth." Fine Art Photography by Benjamin Walls,