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     Mark Rivera is a young, passionate nature and wildlife photographer specializing in vast scenic landscapes. After receiving  his first camera at the age of twelve-years old, he began taking photographs of the grand landscapes in the Everglades National Park - “ his backyard” - and later moved on to other locations throughout the country.  Nature is everything to Mark, he lives and breathes it.  He escapes into nature and draws inspiration from the surrounding environment. It is evident from the art emanating from his photography that Mark’s connection to nature is profound and emotional.  

     

     Mark is a frequent participant in national and international photography contests, and, despite his young age, his work has already been recognized by several prestigious organizations, including the Audubon Society, Nature’s Best Photography, and USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Group.  His recent 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.  His photographs Cloud Revelations and The Ridge were semi-finalists in the 2015 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, a photography competition judged by legendary photographers Art Wolfe, Marc Adamus, and Charlie Waite. Mark’s early passion for studying art history has played a big role in his accomplishments. He is particularly fond of the landscape artwork produced by O’Keeffe, Wyeth, Monet, and Hokusai as well as the artistic photographic compositions by Ansel Adams, Art Wolfe, Steve McCurry, Peter Lik, and Tom Mangelsen.  

      

     Another important element found throughout Mark’s work is his evident passion for conservation, inspired by the Japanese ancient tradition that all life is sacred and must be protected.  His 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 his inspiring, artistic photography, Mark is on a mission to showcase the beauty of this planet so that people not only see but feel their interconnectedness to nature.

“It’s not what you see, its what you feel” 
                                                                                Mark Rivera

 

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