Joe Riis is a wildlife biologist turned wildlife photojournalist and filmmaker known for his pioneering documentation of animal migrations in the West. He is a Photography Fellow at National Geographic as well as the Wyoming Migration Initiative. Since 2009, he has worked on natural history photography assignments for National Geographic on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited widely, and are included in private and public collections worldwide. Yellowstone Migrations is the first book to feature his images exclusively.
When not on assignment, Joe lives in rural South Dakota with his partner Lucy and their dog Bearski, with interests in fruit growing, bees, and wood craft.
Visit JoeRiis.com to learn more about Joe's work.
- National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (2015)
- Camp Monaco Prize with Dr. Arthur Middleton (2014)
- Stanford Knight-Riser Prize for journalism with Emilene Ostlind (2012)
- Emmy Award for cinematography in Great Migrations series (2011)
- The Murie Center Artist-in-Residence, Grand Teton National Park (2009)
- North American Nature Photographers Association Philip Hyde Photography Grant (2008)
- National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (2008)