CREATIVE PARTNER:

Photographer Chrissy Shammas

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Photographer Chrissy Shammas

Chrissy Shammas grew up in southern Virginia, enchanted by wildlife both big and small. After earning a B.F.A. in Cinema from Virginia Tech, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, which became home base for her travels around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and beyond.

“Shooting in Yellowstone, I often get to share my viewfinder with others. When I step back and let visitors look through my camera, I can’t help but smile with them as they see a bear or wolf for the very first time. Those are the moments that remind me how impactful wildlife photography can be. Wildlife encounters touch people in an unforgettable way, and I believe this is one of our greatest tools in inspiring support for conservation of both wildlife and their habitats.” 

But what about those, like younger Chrissy, who have yet to make it out to grizzly country? “With photography, I aim to inspire people the same way an in-person viewing might. As a child and even now, photographs of wildlife planted a love in me for species I had never encountered before. I hope my work can do the same. I truly believe art can turn people into powerful advocates for the conservation of our land.” 

Chrissy’s work has appeared in solo galleries for both Antelope Island State Park and the Salt Lake City Public Library, as well as an upcoming exhibit at Virginia Tech. You can see more of her work and read about her current events, sightings, and conservation efforts at www.chrissyshammas.com.