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Victoria McCormick


When Victoria was eight, her mother let her use the family’s Brownie camera to photograph the many animals on the farm where they lived. By following and photographing her favorite animals, she learned to work with animals and the joy of capturing their behaviors and expressions on film. Working hard on the family dairy farm, Victoria learned how to work long hours in all kinds of weather. But most importantly, living around so many animals gave Victoria a love for all animals and a desire to study them at close range. All this gave her the most important tools it takes to become a successful wildlife photographer: patience, hard work, dedication, passion about the subject, long working hours under the harshest conditions, and the ability to work with animals.

While working on a remote wildlife refuge in Hawaii’s Northwestern Islands photographing the endangered Hawaiian Monks Seals, Victoria was able to capture some very remarkable images from one of the world’s most incredible wildlife arenas.

She spent many long days observing the lives of the inhabitants of the small islands, some just a sliver of sand. Endangered Monk Seals (population estimated at only 1,300 in the world) basking on the beaches with their pups, Green Sea Turtles returning to lay their eggs, and tens of thousands of seabirds raising their young were daily occurrences for Victoria to focus on and photograph. Touching these critters lives and learning about each species’ struggle for survival was an adventure beyond all of Victoria’s photographic travels across the United States.

Victoria McCormick
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