A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Buddy Mays is a travel and natural history photographer whose color photographs, taken in sixty countries on six continents, have appeared in thousands of publications throughout North America and Europe. He has won numerous national and international photography awards, and several of his images reside in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography in 1977 and in 2009 he was selected by Digital Photographer Magazine as one of the best sixty wildlife photographers in the world.
Mr. Mays attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces from 1967-1970 where he majored in vertebrate zoology, English, and archaeology. He is a former contract photographer for the National Geographic Society and the Chevrolet Magazine Group. He was a field editor, writer, and photographer for Outdoor Life Magazine, and he has written twenty-four books on subjects ranging from unicorns to southwestern archaeology to white water rafting to wildlife identification. His newest are Children of the Desert published in 2019, The Butterflies of Bend also published in 2019, Santa Fe, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2014. He has written one novel, Hard to Have Heroes, published in 2012 by the University of New Mexico Press. Mr. Mays presently resides in Bend, Oregon with his wife Stephanie and his daughter Crosby.
A selection of Mr. Mays' best known images can be seen on a music video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZyV57Ligwo
Buddy Mays joined Pixels.com Licensing on March 7th, 2014.