Who We Are
The Canid Project is currently comprised of a network of creatives from the United States, England, Wales, and Canada, as well as biologists, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitaors, and wild canid enthusists. Meet our current team.
DIRECTOR: AMY SHUTT
Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a recent focus in photo-documentary projects. A formally trained and published photographer, Amy also teaches various photography classes and workshops throughout the United States and in Africa. Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start The Canid Project. She hopes to preserve, educate, and inspire through this endeavor.
ASSISTING DIRECTOR: BRITTANY CROSSMAN
Brittany is a wildlife photographer based out of New Brunswick, Canada. The love for wildlife started at an early age, and remaining consistent throughout the years leading her to study photography at Mount Allison University. Over the years, she has photographed many different species, but the Red Fox holds a special place in her heart. Brittany’s work has been published by Canadian Geographic, The Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Wildlife Magazine and online at National Geographic. Brittany also donates her prints to wildlife rehabilitation centers such as Hope for Wildlife and The Atlantic Wildlife Institute for fundraising for wildlife in their care. Brittany’s goal is to capture intimate moments that tell stories that inspire people to protect this precious fauna.
OUR CONTRIBUTING WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Neil is a conservation photographer, writer, university lecturer and professional wildlife guide. His photography has won many awards, including the overall title of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He focuses his efforts on creating photographs and photo stories that benefit conservation by challenging perceptions of species, increasing people's understanding, inspiring action and increasing funding. His most in-depth bodies of work to date include African wild dogs, rhinos and stories from the British countryside, including the badger call debate, foxes and pheasant shooting. We are excited to have this talented photojournalist as part of our team! conservationphotojournalism.com
TIN MAN LEE
Tin Man Lee is a celebrated wildlife photographer producing work that is easily recognizable. Tin Man has an amazing talent forcapturing special moments of wild animals as they interact with one another and with their natural environments. His persistence is admirable and his vision is refreshing and unique. Wildlife photography rekindled the deep love of wild animals and nature he felt as a child. Through this art form, he found an outlet to express his feelings and reveal his dreams. He hopes that through his wildlife photography he can stir the viewer's emotions to bring awareness to the animals he photographs, and in turn help to save the precious wilderness that remains on earth.
Ashleigh is a young conservation-focused wildlife photographer with a love for predator species. After her family moved to the New Jersey country when she was 8, Ashleigh discovered a fascination and love for the red foxes that she shares her property with. Photography allowed her to capture their behavior and stories and since, Ashleigh has gone on to be recognized by some of the top Youth Wildlife Photography competitions in the world: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best and Por el Planeta. Ashleigh has used her images and stories to promote predator awareness and conservation. Ashleigh hopes that her conservation-focused stories and images of foxes can help give a voice to these endearing and often misunderstood creatures.
Colleen is a wildlife and nature photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about photographing wildlife in their natural surroundings, from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies. Colleen’s hope is that her images will help foster a connection between the viewer and her wild subjects, raising awareness to protect both the animals and their natural habitats. She strongly believes in ethical photography practices and all of her images are of wild animals only – nothing captive or baited.
Samantha Stephens is a visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She uses her wildlife photography paired with compelling written narratives to communicate scientific research, especially when that research is relevant to conservation issues. Trained as a biologist and a recent graduate of the Environmental Visual Communication program, she hopes to foster appreciation for the natural world and the work that helps us understand and protect our shared planet.
Julie Amador is a photographer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She volunteers with local animal rescue groups and uses her photography to help the animals find homes. Julie is drawn photographically to nature and animals as her main focus. Julie contributes to The Canid Project as not only a contributing photographer, but she is also the exclusive documentary photographer focusing on the Louisiana team's efforts, working side by side with Amy in the field. She also helps to organize interviews and contacts, and is a key on-ground researcher and collaborator.
Liz Hunt is a UK photographer who has always held a keen interest in the natural world and wildlife. This led to her taking up photography to expand on her passions. Liz enjoys photographing the wildlife of Africa and the local wildlife found in the UK. She has followed a local family of foxes for over two years now and sees The Canid Project as a great way to share their story, and learn about others. Keep an eye out for her beautiful contributing photographs of African canids and UK foxes coming soon to The Canid Project. lizhunt.co.uk
Carolina is a 16 year old wildlife photographer living outside of Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about photography and conservation. Winning the youth category in the 2016 Audubon Photography awards opened many opportunities for Carolina, allowing her to meet and learn from other photographers. Recently she was featured in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Portfolio II book, and shortlisted in Young Bird Photographer of the year. She hopes that her photos spread awareness about the subjects she photographs and inspire others to protect the earth.
Cai Priestly has spent most of his life living in and around his hometown of Cardiff in South Wales. He's had a passion for wild animals and nature from an early age, and he mainly specializes in photographing Canadian wildlife. He took up photography as a hobby after a trip to Africa when he was eleven, and since then, he's been building an extensive portfolio of wildlife images from around the world. In 2008 he moved to Banff in the Canadian Rockies, and has been living there on-and-off ever since. All of his photographs feature wild, free-roaming animals, doing what they do naturally. Nothing captive, nothing baited, and nothing 'called-in'.
DR VINCE MAIDENS
Vince is a wildlife photographer from Canada, who specializes in raptors, but has a true love for all animals especially his three dogs. Vince’s passion is capturing animals in their day to day activity and being as low impact as possible on their environment. Vince is a full time research scientist and uses his background to learn as much as possible about his subjects. With his multi-published and award winning avian images, Vince looks forward to working with the project.
OUR HEALING TOUCH PROVIDER
LOLA J POCHE
Healing Touch is non-invasive therapy that helps to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress, illness, or injury. This progressive approach has been proven to promote lessening of anxiety and agitation, as well as assist with the rehabilitation from physical and traumatic events. Lola J Poche is a Healing Touch Provider with numerous years of personal and professional experiences with these methods. She has facilitated healing energy both to human and animal clients. With her love of animals and intuitive sense, Lola will add a new level of healing for the injured and orphaned foxes entering The Canid Project's state-permitted rescue and rehabilitation program.
OUR ADVISORS AND CONSULTANTS
DR VAN REMSEN JR
Dr. Remsen is the McIlhenny Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University. His expertise is in Ecology, Systematics, and Evolutionary Biology. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, Van Remsen received the Brewster Medal of the American Ornithologists' Union for his contributions to the study of the South American avifauna. He has received awards from LSU for excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate student advising. In 2016, Remsen was one of the co-authors of the richly illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Bolivia.
Leslie Lattimore is the Director and chief rehabilitator of Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Louisiana. With over 20 years of experience, Leslie has a long record of success in her professional life. Also, as an active educator of both wildlife rehabilitation and native wildlife, Leslie provides training for future rehabilitators, as well as educational programs state-wide on native wildlife for school groups, nature events, and garden and nature clubs. She is on the board of the NWRA. Leslie is also the only professionally-trained bat rehabilitator in the state of Louisiana. wingsofhoperehab.org
Sandra Reddy is the current Director of The Fox Project, a world renowned registered charity in England. She has worked with Animal Aid as part of a team campaigning against animal cruelty and promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle. For over a decade she has been working with The Fox Project. With a dynamic team of staff and volunteers The Fox Project rescues and attends to the needs of fox casualties, and provides community information services on all things urban fox. The Fox Project rehabilitates 200 to 250 orphaned red fox cubs and rescues and releases on average 700 total red foxes a year. foxproject.org.uk