New Member Shout-Outs: March 2017 Edition

New Member Shout-Outs: March 2017 Edition

We love browsing our newest members’ sites and the way they’ve set everything up—how they’re showing off their brand, highlighting their blogs and social media and of course their powerful photography. We are excited to share a couple of our favorites with you this month.

featured image by Steve De Neef

Ron Wash

PhotoShelter template: Shuffle

Location: Los Angeles, California

Specialty and background: Ron Wash was a senior level  “All Star” apparel designer turned photographer who has worked in the US and abroad. His edgy approach to photography and great sense of color always seems to make interesting images. He has won photography awards, shown in galleries and his photos are part of the California African American Museum in Exposition Park. Ron says with a smile, “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel…just create a better one.” Ron does this better than most with his off-beat portraits, street photography and editorials.

Ron Wash is a USC graduate with a BFA in Fine Arts specializing in photography.

Story behind the photos (below): The images below reflect interesting people of Los Angeles.  

© Ron Wash | This man stepped in front of me at the taco truck in the Fairfax Flea Market. I was amused by his decadent quality and his whimsical personality.

© Ron Wash | This was taken at Muscle Beach in Venice. The amazing body builder said, “Wait, I have something to show you.” This was his pose.


Steve De Neef

PhotoShelter template: Horizon

Location: Steve De Neef was born in Antwerp, Belgium and is currently based in South Berwick, Maine. His work takes him all over the world.

Specialty and background: He is a photojournalist/filmmaker with a main focus on oceans and the communities and animals depending on them. To illustrate both the issues and success stories of our blue planet he likes to use a range of cameras—from underwater to aerial camera systems. Most of his projects are collaborations with NGO’s and scientists—without their knowledge he wouldn’t be able to create the images and motion footage featured on his website and get them seen by a broad audience with the hope of inspiring change. Steve often works with National Geographic, BBC, Hakai Magazine and the PEW Charitable Trusts.

Check out Steve’s photos below and a little about his current focus.

What projects are you working on? I’m about to start a new project on whale sharks to show their economic value for local communities depending on them as a livelihood through tourism. We hope that by highlighting how much more these sharks are worth alive rather than dead we can gain them more protection at the Convention of Migratory Species conference later this year. I will be presenting images and short documentaries from this project to some of the world leaders and hope this will play a small role in gaining more worldwide protection for this incredible species.

© Steve De Neef | An aerial view of mangroves in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Quintana Too, Mexico. This part of the biosphere is home to one of the most sustainable and successful small scale fisheries in the world, mainly due to proper management of ocean resources by the local community.

© Steve De Neef | Bessy is a seaweed farmer from the Caluya Islands, Philippines. Seaweed farming here has replaced destructive fishing methods and proves to be a far more sustainable and profitable livelihood the whole community can participate in.

© Steve De Neef | A whale shark accompanied by a huge school of anchovies passes by at Mafia Island, Tanzania.

Marissa Tiel

PhotoShelter template: Element

Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Specialty and background: Marissa Tiel is an outdoor-loving photojournalist currently based north of the 60th parallel in Yukon. She spends most of her time documenting the athletes in and around Whitehorse. An athlete since her youth, Tiel enjoys capturing moments at races and tournaments around the Yukon and learning more about the athletes themselves.

What projects have you worked on recently? In February, I spent a week following the first half of the 1,600-kilometer Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse to Dawson City. The dog teams and their mushers would travel in frigid temperatures across the Yukon and Alaska wilderness. The fastest time this year was 10 days, one hour and seven minutes. In preparation for this trip, I set out to every sled dog race I could find in the Yukon. Shooting conditions were rarely favorable at any of the races including the Quest, but I had so much fun working to create images that showed the relationship between the dogs, their musher and nature.

© Marissa Tiel | Aliy Zirkle approaches the Carmacks checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 300, a 300-mile race that follows the Yukon Quest Trail from Whitehorse to Pelly Crossing, Yukon on Feb. 5, 2017.

© Marissa Tiel | A dog team crosses Annie Lake Road during the Xmas Classic at Mt. Lorne on Dec. 17, 2016.


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