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Jack Dykinga

                                                                                                       Images Courtesy of Doug Holstein

Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends large format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism.  He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways andNational Geographic Magazines.  His nine wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert:The Mojave and Death Valley.   He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography.  Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA,released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images and:IMAGES:  Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyonreleased by Arizona Highways, May 2008, reflect Jack’s love for Arizona.

Dykinga’s fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazineretrospective shown at thePhoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. His stunning archival prints comprised a one-man show at the G2 Gallery in Venice, California, 2008 and were exhibited March 2010 with the work of Elliot Porter at the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, he has also collaborated with Mexico’s Agrupacion Sierra Madre to help produce their latest book on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, printed in both Spanish and English. His work is driven by his passionate advocacy for preservation of the natural world.  Currently, he serves on the board of The Sonoran National Park Project in an effort to create a new Bi-National Park on the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border.  

He has also focused on Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River corridor which appeared in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine. His illustration of the wilderness lands of Native American Tribes is featured in the August 2010 National Geographic.

In April, 2007, Jack and four other photographers: Thomas Mangelsen, U.S.A.; Patricio Robles Gil, Mexico; Fulvio Eccardi, Italy & Mexico; and Florien Schultz from Germany, became the first ever R.A.V.E. (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) for the International League of Conservation Photographers, to document the El Triunfo Cloud forest in Chiapas, Mexico, drawing attention to the threatened habitat there.Since then, Jack has donated his talents to iLPC’s RAVEs in Balandra 2007, Baja Sur, Mexico, the Yucatan 2009, Yucatan, Mexico, the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands 2009Project as well as the 2010 Patagonia, Chile RAVE and the September 2010 Great BearRAVE in B.C. Canada.In each case, Jack and teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world pooled their collective talents to highlight potential environmental degradation.

In April 2010, Jack’s image: “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best Nature Photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers and he received: The 2011Outstanding Photographer of the YearAward from the Nature Photographers of North America.

He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona.  His son Peter Dykinga manages his image collection.


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