Portrait: Thomas R. Wilson"The conservation community would be bereft without high-quality photographs to reveal the beauty and fragility of iconic natural places and the importance of protecting and enjoying these treasures. For many years, Tom Wilson has provided images to illustrate the Chattahoochee River and environs, particularly the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Notable are Tom’s commitment to artistic presentation and his responsiveness to the needs of nonprofit organizations working to build a community of support for our river and national park."

-Sally Bethea, retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

"Tom is a talented photographer who understands how to capture the true character of a place. He is patient in his approach, thoughtful in his composition and purposeful in his use of lighting. Tom is tenacious -- he balances skill with an understanding of the cycles of nature, which results in beautiful, sweeping photos that evoke wonder. He supports organizations that care for our natural world, and it has been a true privilege to work with him."

-Sherry Crawley, Director of Marketing and Communications,The Nature Conservancy, Georgia

Tom Wilson began making photographs at age 40. His work stems from a life-long love of nature and the outdoors. He has worked extensively on the Chattahoochee River providing images for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy,Georgia River Network, The Atlanta Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and other conservation oriented organizations. His work has appeared in Blue Ridge Country Magazine, The Atlantan Magazine, National Geographic Maps, Environmental Monitor, Southern Exposure Magazine (cover), The Nature Conservancy Magazine and North Fulton Living. His work appears in numerous calendars, books (including "The Official Boy Scout Handbook 13th edition) and web sites. His work was selected by the National Park Service to be the centerpiece of the Chattahoochee River "Healthy Parks" campaign in 2005 and 2006 appearing on MARTA Buses and Billboards throughout the Atlanta Area. Recently he supplied 42 images for the Headquarters display at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on Island Ford Parkway. His work has been displayed in numerous public spaces including Shepherd Spinal Center, Barnes and Thornburg Law Firm, Coxe, Curry and Associates, Hartsfield-Jackson international Airport and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Headquarters.

Tom has won numerous awards including Roswell Photo Society Photographer of the Year twice, Grand Prize Winner in the Nikon "Publish Your Passion Photo Essay Contest" twice; Travel Photographer's Network "Image of the Year" 2003, First Place in the Atlanta Audubon Society 2008 Photo Contest and the very prestigious "All Time Winner" from Better's 20th anniversary contest held in 2016.

Tom believes strongly that nature photographers should be nature advocates and use their cameras to protect and preserve our vanishing natural world, documenting the threats to our precious resources and sharing the beauty that makes it worth protecting. He works extensively to document natural areas of Georgia and provide images to organizations such as the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, The National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia River Network, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Atlanta Audubon Society, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy and others.

Tom retired from a 33 year career as an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America in December of 2016 to pursue Nature Photography full time. He is currently working on a project with Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to update their library of photographs and with the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to update their signage throughout the park. Tom enjoys hiking, camping, birding, amatuer astronomy, astrophotography and just about anything else that gets him outside.

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