Mary Ann McDonald

Mary Ann’s been photographing wildlife and nature professionally since 1988, after her interest was ignited by taking a photo workshop run by her future husband, Joe. Since then, Mary’s been published in most American natural history magazines, including cover credits with calendars and Natural History magazine.

Mary Ann has written numerous children’s books, including Leopards, Grizzly Bears, Woodpeckers, Flying Squirrels, Cobras, Boas, Pythons, Garter Snakes, Rattlesnakes, Jupiter, Cows, Horses, Chickens, Ducks, and Sunflowers. These text and photo books are illustrated with photographs by Joe and Mary Ann. Mary Ann has also written an adult coffee table book, Out of the Past, Tradition and Faith of the Amish in 1996.

In 1994 Mary Ann won two first place awards in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Her two winning entries are once in a lifetime shots. Her fighting flying Great Egrets is a rarely photographed action, and her shot of Noon, a tigress in India, is historic as Noon, and so many other tigers of the Indian park where the image was made has probably been killed by poachers.

Mary Ann is also a founding member of NANPA, and has been one of their most frequent Masters of Ceremony at their annual summits. She regularly visits schools in a Visiting Author program, where she inspires young students in writing, photography, and natural history studies.


Learn more about her work on her website.