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It started with a love of bears. But not just any bears — the magnificent brown bears of the Alaska Peninsula. These bears accepted us into their world and left an indelible impact on our lives.

A connection so powerful that when a proposed mine threatened their very existence, it brought together a group of wildlife photographers who decided to work together to protect these amazing animals. The Wildlife Collective was born.

It started with a love of bears. But not just any bears — the magnificent brown bears of the Alaska Peninsula. These bears accepted us into their world and left an indelible impact on our lives.

A connection so powerful that when a proposed mine threatened their very existence, it brought together a group of wildlife photographers who decided to work together to protect these amazing animals. The Wildlife Collective was born.

By forming a community, we believe we can be a powerful voice to promote the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild spaces.

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Meet The Collective

Zac Mills

Founder & CEO

Zac lives for adventure and feels at home in some of the wildest places on our planet. A former World Bank economist, he founded The Wildlife Collective to give a greater voice to conservation and work with others to take direct action on conservation challenges. Zac has extensive experience photographing big cats, great apes, and bears. His favourite locations are East Africa, Sumatra, Alaska, Churchill, and the Rocky Mountains he calls home.

Favorite wildlife experience: Brown Bears in Alaska

What wildlife photography means to you: Connection

Graeme Purdy

Graeme started his photographic journey in a modest high school darkroom, a world away from the remote and wild places where he know spends much of his time. He was born and raised in Northern Ireland, just a stone’s throw from the sea, and is now based in London, England. He always loved the outdoors — hiking, camping and being in nature are at the heart of his fond memories and friendships. For Graeme, great images are driven by going the extra mile, following the beat of his own drum and aiming for genuinely unique content.

Favorite wildlife experience: Big Cats in Kenya

What wildlife photography means to you: Empathy

Behzad Larry

Behzad Larry is a photographer, explorer, and conservationist. He specializes in wildlife, portraiture, and landscapes in the Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Tibetan Plateau. His images have featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, FT’s How To Spend It, The Times, Robb Report, Sports Illustrated, and Discover India. He studied History at Colby College. Besides English, Behzad speaks Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and has studied Russian, Arabic, and Farsi. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a Nikon Pro.

Favorite wildlife experience: Snow Leopards in Ladakh

What wildlife photography means to you: Conservation

Lianna Nixon

Lianna is an educator, professional filmmaker, and award-winning photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. She is particularly interested in stories that explore the relationships of the natural world, wildlife, technology, and identity development as agents for change. She is currently the media coordinator and filmmaker for the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), the world’s largest and most complex Central Arctic Research Expedition to date.

Favorite wildlife experience: Polar Bears in the Arctic

What wildlife photography means to you: Empowerment

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