Kevin Schafer is a professional natural history photographer and writer. His 30-year career has taken him to all seven continents and into the company of some of the world's most extraordinary animals.
Trained as a seabird biologist, Schafer began his photographic career as the assistant to the late National Geographic photographer Galen Rowell. Since then he has specialized in documenting threatened ecosystems and endangered species around the world, especially in the tropical rain forest and polar regions. Committed to aiding conservation, Schafer worked for several years with the World Wildlife Fund and was a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Schafer was the 1997 recipient of the Gerald Durrell Award for Photography of Endangered Species and was also named the Outstanding Nature Photographer of 2007 by the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA). His books include Penguin Planet (NorthWord, 2000), recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award. Others include: Living Light (Bitterroot Press, 2006); Costa Rica: Forests of Eden (Rizzoli, 1996), and Falkland Islands: Between the Wind & Sea (Coach House, 2004).
He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, artist and writer Martha Hill.