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Presentation by Melissa Groo & Ashleigh Scully at Center for the Arts

Date: October 3, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM Reception in the lobby
6:30PM Event in the theater
Location: Center Theater, 265 S. Cache Street, Jackson, Wyoming
Tickets: $10.


Melissa Groo, a world-renowned and award-winning photographer and Ashleigh Scully, a 14 year old Wildlife Photographer of the Year finalist, will present for WU in Jackson on October 3 at the Center for the Arts. This special evening will focus on bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and the wild in celebration of our wild canids and felids with photographic stories from the field. You don’t want to miss these two remarkable award-winning conservation photographers.

Meet Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo
Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist with a passion for educating people about the marvels of the natural world. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a powerful vehicle for storytelling, and considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. It is her hope that her images will help raise awareness about not only the extrinsic beauty of animals, but also their intrinsic worth.

Melissa is the wildlife photography columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and a contributing editor to Audubon magazine. She chairs the NANPA’s Ethics Committee, and is on their Conservation Photography Task Force. She also serves on the faculty of the Summit Series of Photography Workshops and Hog Island Audubon Camp.

All of Melissa’s photographs are taken in the wild, in natural light, without any baiting. She feels strongly about the use of ethical practices in the photography of wildlife, and tries her best to disrupt her subjects as little as possible. The welfare of the subject is always her first priority.

Melissa’s Achievements


  • Recipient of the 2017 Vision Award from NANPA ( the North American Nature Photography Association), given to a photographer every two years in recognition of early career excellence, vision and inspiration to others in nature photography, conservation and education
  • Named a Contributing Editor to Audubon magazine; advises the National Audubon Society on photo content for the magazine and web site
  • Hired as regular columnist on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine (“Wild by Nature” column)
  • Audubon winning photo is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural Histor in D.C. for a year
  • Photos on covers of Audubon magazine, Outdoor Photographer magazine, and New York State Conservationist
  • Advisor to National Audubon Society, National Wildlife magazine, and NANPA on ethics in wildlife photography
  • Went on assignment in Dec 2015 to Uganda for Smithsonian magazine
  • Audubon Grand Prize Photography Contest Winner, 2015
  • Photos of the Great Bear Rainforest’s Spirit Bear published in Smithsonian magazine (Sept 2015)
  • Travel Photographer of the Year finalist, 2015
  • Nature’s Best Backyards, Winner, 2015

Meet Ashleigh Scully

Ashleigh Scully
Ashleigh Scully is a young wildlife photographer based in New Jersey. She has been capturing nature images since she was 8 years old and counts Florida, Wyoming, Alaska and her home state as her favorite places to photograph. Ashleigh has a special fondness for owls and red foxes, and works hard to find and photograph these species whenever possible. In New Jersey, she learned to photograph wildlife at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in Millington, NJ – the first designated wilderness area within the Department of the Interior. Her many mentors include Henry Holdsworth, Melissa Groo and Cristina Mittermeier.

Ashleigh has learned to love visiting and photographing wildlife in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and she considers Jackson Hole her “home away from home”. Ashleigh enjoys donating her images to local non-profits that share her conservation values and goals. Her photos have been used by the Teton Raptor Center, The Murie Center, and Wyoming Untrapped. A budding conservationist, Ashleigh hopes that her images will help to provide a much-needed voice to wildlife, and will in turn inspire others to have empathy for our world’s wild creatures.

Ashleigh’s Achievements


  • Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards, 
18 and under Division
  • Audubon Photography Competition (Top 100)
  • Yellowstone Forever Photo Competition (Nature’s Best and Yellowstone Park Foundation), Youth Landscapes (1st Place)
  • Wyoming Wildlife Magazine Photo Competition 
(Honorable Mention)
  • GAP/Ellen DeGeneres 2016 GirlPower Campaign (participant)


  • Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards, 
18 and under Division
(Highly Honored)
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year, London Natural History Museum, 
11-14 year-old Division
(Awarded Finalist)
  • Por el Planeta International Photography Competition (NatGeo, Televisa), 
10-13 year-old Division
(1st and 2nd place)
  • Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year 
  • Wyoming Wildlife Magazine Photo Competition (Honorable Mention)

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