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    Who am I? I am a young, passionate nature and wildlife photographer specializing in vast scenic landscapes. After receiving my first camera at the age of twelve-years old, I began taking photographs of the grand landscapes in the Everglades National Park and later moved on to other locations throughout the country.

    My work has already been recognized by several prestigious organizations, including the Audubon Society, Nature’s Best Photography, and USA Landscape Photographer of the Year.  My photograph, Nature’s Crown Jewel, was honored as a Top 100 Image in Nature’s Best Photography Yellowstone Forever Competition which received over 11,000 images from participants around the world. I have always had a deep respect of the landscape artwork produced by Georgia O'Keeffe, and Katsushika Hokusai as well as the artistic photographic compositions by Jérémie Villet, Paul Nicklen, and Max Rive.  

      

     I love the ancient Japanese tradition that all life is sacred and must be protected.  My work, therefore, is prescient in a world where nature is vanishing at an alarming rate and species are racing extinction. By bringing attention to Mother Nature with my inspiring, artistic photography, I am on a mission to showcase the beauty of this planet so that people not only see but feel their interconnectedness to nature.

Humanity is the greatest threat to our planet if one does not care to defend it
— Mark Rivera
No Nature, No Us
— Mark Rivera


 

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So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The vary basic core of a man’s living is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no grater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun” - Christopher McCandless