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, PHOTOGRAPHERS, + CO-LEADERS:
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.
David Lloyd is a wildlife photographer from New Zealand living in London. David has seen his images published widely, in the press and in several photographic monthlies. He has also enjoyed success in major competitions including a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year on several occasions, European Wildlife Photographer of the year, Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice, and a highly commended in the British Wildlife Photographic Awards in its inaugural year. David gained a specially commended award in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with "A Flick of the Tail", a black and white image of a giraffe which was also chosen for that year's annual portfolio cover. He spends up to 16 weeks in Kenya a year photographing the wildlife of the savannas. In 2014 he published his first book featuring some of these images titled As Long As There Are Animals. David works to show the individuality, vulnerability, strength, emotional life, familial ties, and the unwavering spirit of his wildlife subjects.
Dot began to pursue photography as a hobby after retirement from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. During her 30-year tenure she helped to create and administer the Statewide Flood Control Program and the Port Construction and Development Priority Program. These programs are funded at $40-$50 million annually. She now enjoys photographing wildlife and nature. Dot and her husband spend a lot of time in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park always hoping to capture the perfect photo of a black bear. She became fascinated by red foxes after discovering a den under her house and loves photographing the appealing faces of fox kits and their clown like antics. Dot contributes to the The Canid Project by helping to monitor, document, and photograph the fox family and their behaviors in her area. Her writing on her fox experiences will also be featured in The Canid Project's 2018 Periodical.
Stephanie is a conservation photographer from Cambridge UK. A love for the natural world and a desire to protect it are deeply rooted in her childhood. She uses her camera as a communications tool to tell stories that give a voice to the animals we share this planet with. In her work she hopes to create a sense of stewardship for nature and encourage others to engage in conservation efforts. A recent graduate in Marine and Natural History Photography, Stephanie has received highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and self published an educational children’s book about the wildlife of the Aiguilles Rouges Mountain Range in France. stephaniefoote.com
Graham Wood is a wildlife photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Graham’s love for wildlife began at early age, spending large portions of his youth traveling with family to the national parks of Southern Africa. He was encouraged to pick up a camera by close friends and has have never looked back, with wildlife photography coming his natural fit. Graham spends multiple weeks each year in the various parks around Africa, capturing wildlife in its natural surroundings. He has seen his work published in the press and a number of photographic travel magazines. He states, “Capturing and sharing imagery of the wildlife of Africa is not a competition for me, it’s a privilege to bear witness to unique moments in nature, and helps to raise awareness for the much needed protection of our wildlife areas. There is so much for our future generations to see, and it’s our responsibility to be good stewards". gramwoodphoto
Karine is a conservation photographer based out of Washington, DC. For nine years, as the Senior picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine, Karine used osmosis to suck in all she could about good storytelling and the makings of a "good picture." In 2011 Karine ventured outside the office walls to a life of freelance photography and picture editing. Her adventures uncover her fervor to tell the stories of life through the lens of a camera; her passion became stories of animals, their relationships to humans, and their own world. Karine is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of NANPA. Karine’s work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, GEOLino, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and BBC Wildlife to name a few. Karine joins us as a contributor and co-leader for our conservation photography workshops. karineaigner.com
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.
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.
Daniel Dietrich is a full time wildlife photographer living in Point Reyes, California. His commitment to ethics in wildlife photography is of the utmost importance to him. To Daniel, the story behind any image is much more important than the final image itself. The beauty comes from watching, learning and understanding an animal’s behavior long before clicking the shutter. Daniel sits on the ethics committee for the North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He owns and operates Point Reyes Safaris, a wildlife photography tour company.
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.
Max Nichols is a 16-year-old wildlife photographer living in the central valley of California. He grew up reading nature books and watching Planet Earth, and has been in love with the natural world since he was a child. Wildlife photography allows him to channel this love of animals and conservation through artistry, and in addition to his love of photography and pursuit of that “perfect shot,” he is passionate about the conservation of the animals he loves. More recently, he has discovered the families of red and gray foxes with whom he shares his rural home, and this fascination has enabled him to spend many early and late hours photographing them! Max hopes that his images will instill a sense of emotion and awe, helping people around the world to connect with animals they overlook or may never see.
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
Shane is a natural world photographer based out of Vancouver, Canada. He has a deep-rooted love of the outdoors which led him to pursue a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, which led to a career as a freshwater salmon scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; it is a job he loves and takes him to wild and remote corners of his home province of BC. Never content to sit still, he has traveled to over 40 countries. Together, these are the experiences that have truly shaped his photographic style. Shane’s photography focuses on anything natural, but he has a real soft spot for wildlife. He tries to create photographs that capture fleeting moments, or intimate natural behavior, with the intention to inspire and show that the nature of this planet is worth protecting. His photography has been awarded internationally and features in Canadian Geographic Travel, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Orion Magazine, and National Geographic. He is a contributing photographer to British Columbia Magazine. 4elementphotos.com
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.
Austin is an internationally renowned photojournalist whose highly successful career inspired Jake Gyllenhaal's character in the critically acclaimed & award-winning movie, Nightcrawler, for which he also acted as a consultant. He is one of the stars of the new Netflix series "Shot in the Dark" and one of the founders of RMG News, a successful news gathering agency based out of California. Austin is formally trained in film and video. His creative talents have led him across the world to work on documentaries and commercials. Growing up in a small rural town in England, Austin was fascinated by local wildlife and photography and now considers himself a part-time wildlife photographer. Now, a citizen of the USA, he travels when times allow to observe and photograph the wildlife he encounters. He has been featured in dozens of publications, most notably Esquire Magazine, FHM and the LA Times and has appeared on numerous TV and radio spots. Austin joins The Canid Project to help with video documentation on a new project exploring the relationship of humans and wild canids. rmgnews.com
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'.
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
TARA ‘TAZ’ KENWARD
Taz is a full time Red Fox rehabilitator, educator, and ambulance driver for The Fox Project UK. The Fox Project rescues and attends to the needs of fox casualties, and provides community information services on all things urban fox. They rehabilitate 200 to 250 orphaned red fox cubs and rescue and release on average 700 total Red Foxes a year. Before Taz joined on full time with The Fox Project she founded and directed Fresh Start For Hens with her husband, Steve, which saved and homed over 30,000 hens in its first five years. Taz is an amazing consultant for our rehabilitation program and has spent many hours educating Amy on Red Fox rescue and rehabilitation and we are eternally grateful for her. foxproject.org.uk