PAUL BANNICK is a wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.

His book OWL: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls (Braided River, 2016) offers more than 200 stunning images that give viewers a rare glimpse into the daily lives of owls. It won a Gold Medal in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. 

Paul's first book, The Owl and the Woodpecker (Mountaineers Books, 2008) is one of the best-selling bird books in North America. It was reccommended by National Public Radio as one of the top five photography books of 2009 and a Washington State Book Award finalist. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture created a traveling exhibit based on The Owl and the Woodpecker which touring North American cities from 2011 to 2017.  The traveling exhibit, Arctic Wings, also features his images, along with images from other notable wildlife photographers.

Paul has given many radio and TV interviews, including Travels with Rick Steves, and BirdNote.

His work has appeared in AudubonSunsetPacific NorthwestPhotoMediaSeattle Times, the National Wildlife Federation Guide to North American Birds, Smithsonian's Guide to North American Birds, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other outlets in North America and Europe.

Paul has keynoted dozens of festivals and fundraisers across the country.  You can find his upcoming appearances on his website

After graduating from the University of Washington, Paul worked successfully for 15 years in the computer software industry beginning as one of the original 75 employees of the Aldus Corporation. He later served as a Director for Adobe Systems, and also worked as a senior manager at Microsoft.

Wishing to combine his passion for wilderness conservation with his career, Paul turned his attention to non-profit work, spearheads development efforts for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies.

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