Award Winning International Wildlife Photographer, Gary Mc Alea was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he spent his childhood. He then moved to South Africa, where he spent nearly twenty years learning to love nature and animals and developing a love of capturing their incredible moments to share with others. Photography was his way to enhance the colorful stories the Irish can’t help but tell at every turn. Gary has now lived in Texas, USA for fifteen years. This is where he met his lovely wife, Katheryn, who thankfully shares his love of wildlife and nature.
A driving force behind his work is conservation of animals and their environment. This passion drives him to work with many wildlife related non-profits, rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and endangered species breeding programs. Some recent favorites have included shooting endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle hatchling releases at Padre Island National Seashore, joining Texas Sealife Center to capture images of wildlife surgeries and releases of rehabilitated animals, and doing a full collection of images for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, which included photographing their amazing cheetahs and a pregnant endangered Mexican Grey Wolf. These, and the other amazing conservation organizations Gary works with, are critical to wildlife in their given areas, and the most rewarding part of his work.