Photographer Member Mohsina Mandil

Mosi Profile CFC photo 2Mohsina Mandil is the Executive Assistant at The Bearth Institute and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work. She has been participating in photography as a leisure activity since 2008, specializing in people and events such as March of Babies, The Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow, The Iowa City Pride Festival, Amana Colonies Manifest, The Gladiator Assault Challenge, the annual All-State Barn Tour, the Annual Camel, Zebra & Ostrich Races at Prairie Meadows, and other sports and music events. Mohsina has regularly exhibited photos into the Photography Salon at the Iowa State Fair, and has won awards at both the Iowa State Fair Salon as well as the Des Moines Camera Club, part of the North Central Camera Club Council.

Photographer Member Barb Ashton


Photography helps me focus on the wonder all around me. My camera is my time machine capturing and holding my wanderings, adventures, and the people I love and meet along the way. I’ve been taking pictures off and on since college and since my retirement I’ve had more time to photograph and travel.  I look forward to adding Cameras for Conservancy to my life.

Photographer Member Profile: John Ryan

JRAs an amateur photographer and lover  of the outdoors, I often find myself sitting in a prairie or woodland setting, looking for tiny critters in the leaves of a plant. I enjoy all wildlife photography, but I am fascinated with the tiny worlds seen thru a macro lens. For a while now, I’ve felt that I could be doing something with my photography to contribute, rather than just creating art for myself. I look forward to working with Cameras for Conservancy to contribute my skills and creative eye towards improving Iowa’s many excellent nature areas, and the organizations working to improve them. You can see some of my work here:

Photographer Member Profile: Kathleen Dytrych

8B6A3440-7Kathleen Dytrych grew up in Chicago and now lives in St. Charles, Illinois with her husband Peter. She earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and owns a small company that provides medical case management and vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. She has a son and daughter who share her enthusiasm for photography. She loves nature, hiking, bike riding, and traveling to places she has never done before, exploring near and far.

Photographer Profile: Christopher Gutierrez

Chris GutierrezI’m an amateur photographer. However working on wildlife refuges since the summer has allowed me a lot of practice and time to photograph. I consistently go out at least 5 days a week to photograph and travel to different places in my free time in order to take pictures. I believe photography is a great way to communicate the conservation message. That is something I would like to help out with and be apart of. You can see some of Christophers work below as well as on his Instagram page: c.gutierrez_photography.


Photographer Profile: Kristie Burns

Kristie Burns HeadshotKristie Burns was a photo-journalist in Chicago for three years covering presidential elections and protests at the time. Later she was a photo-journalist in The Middle East for 16-years and has exhibited photos on the “Women of Egypt” as well as covering treks through the desert with nomads, street life in Cairo and tourism in Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Her work has been published internationally including Lonely Planet Guides (Egypt 1986-1996 editions) and even a Hollywood movie (the original Stargate). Kristie moved back to Iowa 16 years ago and is currently working on a photo documentary called Earthschooling365. You can see some of Kristie’s images below.


Photographer Member Profile: Tammi Howell

cfcprofilepicWhen I’m not connecting with people through my career in the medical profession, I try to connect with nature and wildlife in whatever ways I can. I obtained certificates in Wildlife Education and Feline Husbandry while working with various species including black bear, bobcat, and lynx. My passion, however, is photography. I feel such a spiritual connection to nature and wildlife and I try to portray that through my photography and art. It’s my intention to capture the essence of the landscapes, the personality of the animals, and the story of whatever my subject might be. My hope is to inspire others to connect on a deeper level, to get out and see nature beyond the walls of their everyday lives, and to take an interest in preserving this one Earth we call home.

Cameras for Conservancy: The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Would you like to be part of Cameras for Conservancy? We are seeking:

  • Photographers with a passion for the environment
  • Organizations that need photography services
  • Organizations that would like to host our nature photography workshops

Do you want to join us? Please use the CONTACT US form and let us know if you are a photographer or organization. We will put you on our mailing list and inform you of meetings, opportunities and more.

Our goal is to inspire others to become more involved in nature and deepen their relationship with nature and the natural world through photography. We will do this by leading workshops in nature journaling and wildlife photography. We will also provide photo services to organizations that work with the environment for the purposes of helping them further their conservation efforts. Last, but not least, we will host workshops for children with special needs who may benefit from using nature photography as a communication/connection tool. We do not represent any political group, nor do we align with any current conservation group. Our purpose is only to take photos and teach others how to take photos of wildlife in a way that would benefit the environment.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Nature Photo Journaling Workshops

These workshops teach people about the importance of nature photography in conservation and how they can start their own 365-day nature photo journal project. These workshops further our mission of connecting more people with the natural world. These connections will decrease harm to the environment, because when participants make future decisions about the environment they will have this experience to help them make choices that are healthier for the environment. This workshop was presented at Living History Farms on September 15th, 2018 and will be presented in the future at The Des Moines Botanical Center and The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. We will continue to seek new locations to teach this workshop and are seeking more photographers to teach this workshop so we can reach more people. Participating photographers are encouraged to create their own version of the workshop. Additional goals of this workshop are to encourage well-being by helping children and adults spend more time outdoors, and to reduce harm to the environment such as littering, vandalism and other harmful activities.

Photography Services

There are many organizations in the state of Iowa and around the United States that are working on hundreds of different conservation projects. Some are working to rebuild prairie land. Some are working to maintain parkland and wildlife habitat. Some are helping to eradicate invasive species that are harming the flora and fauna in Iowa. However, due to budget cuts in many of these organizations they are having trouble reaching the people who need and want to know about their work. This directly impacts their ability to receive support from their community. For if the community does not know about their efforts and their hard work or is not inspired by the images they see, then they are not motivated to support them; And in today’s world people are largely influenced by photos more than any other media. By providing eye-catching photos to these organizations of their events, their work, and the wildlife and land that surrounds them and helping encouraging them to post these photos on social media we directly impact their ability to receive support. We have already donated photos to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Voas Nature Reserve, Polk County Conservation, Iowa DNR, and Indian Creek Nature Center. We are now in the process a database that will greatly expand this list of “organizations in need.” We will also be forming a database of local photographers who would be willing to provide photography services to these organizations. 

Benefits for Conservation Organizations

  • Free photography services
  • Expanded social media capabilities and impact
  • Professional photos for promotions & fundraising
  • Documentary photos for grant applications
  • Expanded your science image library
  • A central location to call for your photography needs
  • Visual images carry more impact than newsletters, words, or e-mails in today’s world. Increase interest in your work with increased visual communications.
  • Work with an organization that has a successful one-year (and growing) track record of success.
  • Expand your network of volunteers, donors and participants.
  • See more benefits HERE

Benefits for Photographers

  • Photographers will start out working on a volunteer basis (we do have a travel and expenses reimbursement fund to start with), however, our long-term goal will be to offer photographers paid jobs through grants and donations. The first paid jobs that become available will be offered to volunteers with the most volunteer hours.
  • Behind the scenes access to conservation organizations you support
  • Inside information about specific wildlife (flora & fauna) locations
  • A chance to make a difference with your photography
  • Leave a legacy with your images
  • Be part of something big and connect with other photographers who have the same passion for the environment
  • Access to professional photography equipment and tools beyond your own
  • Cameras for Conservancy press pass, calling cards and T-shirt
  • Press passes to exclusive events
  • Publicity for your work while retaining rights to it
  • Get recognized for photos you are already taking in nature
  • Increased social media exposure