About Harvey Payne

My Bio

I have been involved in wildlife and nature photography since 1973.  My photos have appeared in hundreds of newspapers including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. My work has been published in many magazines including Alaska Magazine, Oklahoma Today, The New Yorker, Southern Living, Travel and Leisure, Sierra Magazine, Outside, Natural History and Nature Conservancy. 

I have the pleasure of having my work appear in many calendars including Audubon Wild Bird Calendar, Audubon Engagement Calendar, Nature Conservancy Calendars and Alaska Calendar.

I have also had photos featured in many books including America On My Mind, Nature Travel, The Walker's Companion, Oklahoma and Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie. As well as being featured in books titled Big Bluestem: Journey in to the Tall Grass, Tallgrass Growing and Washington County Centennial History.

Over 100 of my photos can be seen in a permanent prairie exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs attempts to capture the presence of nature, typically with little or no human activity.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

Ansel Adams

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Wildlife photography is one of the more challenging forms of photography. Some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal's behavior is needed in order to be able to predict its actions.

While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment, successful photography of some types of wildlife requires specialist equipment. However, a great wildlife photograph can also be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

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