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About Mike

Michael H. Francis PhotoMichael H. Francis is a fulltime internationally published wildlife and scenic photographer whose 500,000 plus images express his admiration for all of nature. Mike brings his background as a biologist and entomologist to his photos which show extraordinary mammal, bird, reptile and insect behavior as well as striking and beautiful images. Mike is a member and former president of the North American Nature Photography Association and a member of The Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has been published in over 35 single photographer books including Elk Country, Mule Deer Country, Yellowstone Bears in the Wild, Into the Wind Wild Horses of North America, Bison for Kids, Yellowstone Memories, and many more. Mike's credits also include thousands of images published in a broad variety of magazines and books including Sports Afield, Audubon, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Ranger Rick, Natural History, Outdoor Photographer, and National Geographic Books. His images are also published in hundreds of calendars, post cards, greeting cards, mugs and even on the sides of Frontier Airline planes.

In addition to taking photos throughout the world Mike leads photo tours to Alaska, Africa, Yellowstone, Texas, North and South Dakota and other locations. He enjoys sharing his love of wildlife with experienced and beginner wildlife photographers of any age. His insights into animal behavior and broad experience make for a rich photography tour experience.

Photos of some of Mike's published works

Mike began his love of photography in Yellowstone National Park where he worked for fifteen seasons managing hotels and lodges for the concessionaire. He actively hiked and climbed mountains throughout Yellowstone and in doing so began his career in taking photos over 30 years ago. In addition to taking photos of the wildlife and scenery Mike has an extensive Yellowstone ephemera collection and with two other Yellowstone enthusiasts he has published the Yellowstone Postcard Checklist a must for Yellowstone postcard collectors.

Mike is a strong supporter of new photographers entering the field. He has sponsored both high school and college students in the North American Nature Photography Association Scholarship programs. He regularly gives speeches and slide shows for photography clubs and schools. Mike is happy to share his experience with those who love wildlife and cameras.

Mike lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife Tori and daughters Elizabeth and Emily. He shares his backyard with a variety of birds and his 25 turtles and tortoises.


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