While living in rural North Carolina as a young teen, I found myself spending more time outside, learning to appreciate and respect the natural world. Soon, I wanted to document the wide range of animals that wandered into the fields near my home, and the flowers that sprouted in new places every spring.

Photo © 2013 Ray Pfortner / RayPfortner.com

Today, I want to share the natural beauty that Mother Nature has to offer, that most people so often overlook.

With a love of nature and a passion for photography and photojournalism, my mission is to raise environmental awareness and conservation action by using images. While nature and wildlife photography has been my main focus, I am extremely passionate and dedicated toward using images to tell a variety of stories and raise awareness for a broad range of issues.

Images not only document, they tell stories, and can be moving and impactful. I want to use my passion to create emotion, to create change. I hope to inspire, share new cultures and achieve a broadening of the mind through my photographs.

– Avery Locklear