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James Kay


Jim is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has served as one of their professional advisors for more than 25 years. His work has been featured in the Nikon Legends Collection and his photographs have been published in a wide variety of magazines including Nikon World, Los Angeles Times, Arizona Highways, Sunset, National Geographic Adventure, and Time. A short list of his commercial clients would include The New Zealand Tourism Board; VF Corp; American Express; Sundance Institute; Nikon USA; Visa; and The Nature Conservancy. His  landscape images has been displayed in the Utah Museum of Art & History, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and in the US Capitol Rotunda in an exhibit advocating wilderness protection for Utah's Colorado Plateau region. His recent book, Resurrection Glen Canyon, published by Mountaineers Books, showcases his ongoing project to document the legendary canyons of Glen Canyon as they have emerged from the waters of Lake Powell due to the ongoing drought in the American Southwest.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1980, Jim signed on at a design firm but soon discovered he was smothering in his windowless cubicle. Determined to find a way out where he could combine his passion for the great outdoors with the necessities of earning a living, he left his engineering job behind in 1982 to pursue his dream of a career in photography full time. 

As a passionate climber, kayaker, and backcountry skier, Jim's skill in capturing the essence of his subjects reflects his deep reverence for untrammeled wilderness and the values it protects. One of the most gratifying aspects of his professional life involves his collaboration with various land-conservation groups such as The Grand Canyon Trust, The Wilderness Society, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in their efforts to prevent the short-term exploitation of the last remaining fragments of undeveloped land in North America and the communities of life they support. As part of this effort, one of the primary goals of his photography work over the years has been to help educate, inform, and inspire people with the beauty and importance of these places in the hope they too will become actively involved in their protection.


He currently lives in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah with his wife - and business partner - Susie.