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Piper Mackay

Piper Mackay is a wildlife and cultural documentary photographer whose work is heavily concentrated on the African continent. A land she fell in love with when she first touched foot on it’s rich red soil. She instantly made the decision to change directions and created an exit plan on a successful career in the fashion industry.

Driven to create compelling imagery and stories that make a difference, her work takes her deep off the beaten path, immersed into the cultures and wild environments she is photographing. Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to inspire others to explore, respect and preserve the beauty of our fragile planet. For those seeking a little more adventure and excitement, her photographic wildlife and cultural safaris offer a deeper experience throughout the African continent.

Piper’s photographs are licensed by Getty Images top collections. Featured articles of her work have been printed in national publications such as; Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, Ranger Finder, and Selamata, as well as local travel and online magazines. Her images have graced the pages of Natures Best, National Geographic, WWF calendars, birders and numerous travel publications. Her images have been on exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC, The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle Washington, The Art Wolfe gallery, The G2 Galley and are hanging in private collections.

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Camera Gear

  • GoPro
  • Canon 500 mm f/4L IS is my favorite long lens for wildlife
  • Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8L USM is my workhorse lens, with me on every shoot
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is my favorite portrait lens
  • Wimberley Head - unparalleled freedom to move my 500 quickly and easily for sharp images.
  • Speedlites – 2 Canon 580EX II flashes for dramatic lighting and off camera flash.
  • Really Right Stuff Tripod and RRS L Bracket for the 1DX camera
  • The little things that make a great image into an extraordinary image; gels for my flashes and my 3 in one collapsible disc reflector to help filter or direct the light.

Take a look at some of Piper's work

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