Jim Heupel is a second-career professional nature and wildlife photographer, after his first career as a trial judge in the United States Air Force. He has photographed professionally all over the world, having travelled to all seven continents, as well as beyond both polar circles.
He has photographed grizzly bears in Alaska, polar bears in the Arctic, bald eagles in Alaska, wild animals in Africa, hummingbirds in Ecuador, puffins in Iceland, and penguins in Antarctica.
He loves the landscape opportunities in the southwest United States, and of course, the Texas wildflowers in the spring. His favorite place to photograph? Wherever he’s photographing at the time! His favorite subject? It has to be grizzly bears—he’s spent over 6 weeks in the field photographing them over the past several years. Most recently he was at sea for three weeks in the Southern Ocean, photographing at SouthGeorgia, the South Orkney Islands, and Antarctica (his third trip to Antarctica).
His images have garnered numerous national awards, including most recently both a coveted Judges Choice Award and a Showcase Image Award from the 2016 North American Nature Photography Associate.
He has won two Showcase Image Awards in previous years and been
a finalist numerous times.