In 1971 Robert hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. By completing this 2000+-mile journey, he became just the 36th person to have walked the entire trail continuously in one year. Along the way, Robert carried an old Argus C-3 camera that he borrowed from his grandfather. It had no light meter so Robert wrote down all of his exposures in a notebook so that he could learn the best camera settings for different light conditions. Upon completion of the Trail, Rodale Press contacted Robert to contribute to a book called “Hiking the Appalachian Trail”. One of his photos appeared on the cover of the second volume along with thirteen other photos on the inside.
While Robert was completing his graduate work in biology, he entered a photo contest run by Nikon and won a fourth place. Later, while teaching at Idaho State University, Robert took photography courses in the Art and Journalism departments. At this time, he also began teaching nature photography classes.
Robert is an internationally known nature photographer with thousands of published images. He holds a master’s degree in Biology and taught Outdoor Education and Wilderness Studies as a full-time faculty member at Idaho State University for six years. Since moving to Durango in 1981, Robert has been a full-time freelance photographer. His work has appeared in/on many books, magazines, gift items and in over 20 different calendars in one year. His photos have been used in national ad campaigns by such diverse entities as Adobe, Amtrak, The National Audubon Society, The National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy and Phillips Petroleum.
Several of Robert’s photos are in a new video presentation produced by the WildEarth Guardians and narrated by Alan Arkin to facilitate efforts to protect and restore wolves. The 2011 International Wolf Center Calendar was exclusively Robert’s photos.
He has won numerous photo awards including Grand Prize winner in the National Wildlife Cover Photo Contest out of over 10,000 entries. He is also the First Place Winner in the Wildlife Category In Outdoor Photographer’s Magical Adventures Photo Contest.
Robert has run customized individual and private group photo tours to select locations around the world for over 20 years. He is semi-retired from leading these tours so please contact Robert directly if you are interested in traveling to Kenya or other locations. Robert is currently retired from teaching advanced photography programs for The Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service.
Since 1981 Robert has lived in Durango, Colorado where for some unknown reason he is included in a list of Famous Faces of Durango at http://www.durango.org/discover-durango/famous-people/
He has been married to the amazing Marilyn S. Leftwich, PhD since 1987.
Robert Winslow Photo, Inc.
Mail: PO Box 334
Durango, CO 81302-0334
Courier: 235 Oak Road, Rafter J
Durango, CO 81303-7655
Robert’s Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000550352839
Bob and Marilyn’s personal website: http://www.marilynandbob.smugmug.com