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Hi! My name is Ruth Hoyt and I am a naturalist and full-time
photographer who spends as much time outdoors and as little time at the
computer as possible. I say this, but I do spend a great deal of time
indoors, at the computer. Some of the time is spent on this website or
my Photo Bound Tours website, but more of it is working with photos
(some mine, some clients'), performing research, writing class
handouts, magazine articles and much more.
I love to travel for photography, adventure and fun but prefer living
in South Texas ranch country where I photograph, lead workshops and
tours, guide photographers on private ranches and teach nature
photography both in classes and private instruction.
I have taught photography since 1990 and have led tours and workshops
for various companies such as Kodak and agencies such as the National
My work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, Missouri
Botanical Garden, Powder Valley Nature Center, Shaw Nature Reserve and
St. Louis Artists' Guild, and is on permanent display in two locations
in Alton, Illinois, one in McAllen, Texas.
Credits include National Geographic Books, The Nature Conservancy,
Birder's World, The Valley Land Fund (Texas), Coastal Bend Focus on
Wildlife (Texas), Missouri Wildlife, Missouri Magazine, AAA's Home and
Away, Michigan Living, Texas Monthly, Rio Grande Valley Nature, North
American Birding Association's Birding, Vision Magazine and more.
My work appears in the books St. Louis - For the Record, Last Stand of
the Tall Grass Prairie (companion to the acclaimed PBS documentary),
Focus on the Wild, Texas Wild and Beautiful, Wildlife in Focus,
Wilderness and others. I am one of three photographers whose work is
compiled in the book Missouri, Simply Beautiful.
I have been involved with major photo competitions the past ten years.
I competed in the Valley Land Fund's wildlife photo contest in 2000 and
won tenth place overall for my portfolio, out of a field of more than
150 photographers. I was recruited then to run the contest for several
years. I was a grand prize winner in the Coastal Bend's wildlife photo
contest based in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area in 2001 and won First
Grand Prize in the same contest in 2007, with my partner and teammate
I work with private students who are interested in competition and have
a very high success rate. Some recent students' wins and photos are
displayed on my website's home page.
Below is the status of memberships with the following organizations:
Member of Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Member of Frontera Audubon Society
Founder of Missouri Nature & Environmental
Photographers (MoNEP) in 1996, President & Chairman of the Board
for five years
Member of National Association of Photoshop
Charter member of North American Nature
Photography Association (NANPA) - member of the Education Committee for
years and Scholarship Student Program Coordinator
for two years; workshop leader; involved with the College Scholarship
Student Program five years
Member of Rio Grande Wilderness Society
Founder of Texas Nature & Environmental
Photographers (TexNEP) in 2001, President & Chairman of the Board
Member of Valley Nature Center