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James Shadle

Professional Nature Photographer, Photography Instructor and Workshop Conductor, Florida Freshwater Wetlands Master Naturalist, Captain - US Merchant Marine, Often called Darth Vader because of my allegiance to the dark-side(Nikon Lenses).

I co-own(with Arthur Morris) the internet’s best educational nature photography forum community (
For the last four years I’ve conducted workshops or supplied article and image content for Tamron USA.

I’ve listed a few of my recent accomplishments.

Completed Florida Freshwater Wetlands Master Naturalist Training
Received US Coast Guard Captain’s License

Created www.BirdPhotographers.Net, the internet’s premier nature photography educational forum.

Featured as 1 of Florida’s 21 most intriguing people (Florida Monthly Magazine)
Featured in Shutterbug Magazine
Featured in the St.Petersburg Times
Featured in Tampa Tribune
Featured (with cover image) in Tamron’s ViewFinder Magazine

Cover of Visions Magazine (4 wrap around covers in a row)
Cover Photo PhotoMigrations Online Magazine
Cover Photo BirdPhotographers.Net Ezine

Published Watchtower Magazine (Largest circulated magazine in the world)
Published Popular Photography
Published Outdoor Photographer
Published National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Published National Wildlife Magazine
Published Florida Naturalist Magazine
Published Las Olas Magazine
Published Disquieting Muses
Published Bay Soundings
Published EnviroAction
Published for Advertising Numerous Times
Published Florida Environmental Lands Calendar(Cover)

Winner Field and Forest Nature Photography Contest
Winner G.O.P.S. Photography Contest
Winner Nikonians Photography Contest
Winner National Wildlife Federation Annual Contest (twice)
Overall Winner International Photo Art Exhibition

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  • Valrico, Florida, USA