Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wyman Meinzer - State Photographer of Texas

Wyman Meinzer gives a presentation at the Lutcher Theater in Orange on Thursday, April 19, 2007 as part of Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center's activities for Earth Week. Meinzer is the official State Photographer of Texas.

Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Wyman Meinzer is the only official State Photographer of Texas. He was raised on League Ranch, a 27,000-acre ranch in the rolling plains of Texas. Since then, he has traveled across the state many times to capture the first and last rays of sunlight as they kiss the Texas landscapes.

Meinzer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and was voted Outstanding Alumnus in 1987 by the department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 1995 from the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

He started his career as a professional predator hunter. He transitioned into a research associate for the university and now teaches a senior-level course in Special Problems Photography at Texas Tech University in addition to his ongoing book projects and freelance magazine assignments.

After 28 years as a professional photographer, he has about 20 photography books to his credit and more than 250 magazine cover credits. His images have appeared in Smithsonion, National Geographic, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, and many others.

He awards include:   State Photographer of Texas, the John Ben Sheppard Jr. Award from the Texas State Historical Foundation for contributing to the preservation of Texas History through writing and photography, 1997 National Literary Award for the book, "Texas Lost: Vanishing Heritage" (with Andrew Sansom) and the San Antonio Conservation Award for the natural history book, "Roadrunner."

His book credits include:   ( full list to come).

Additional images can be seen on his Web site at His five favorite images along with detailed descriptions are also located in tomorrow's feature story at The Beaumont Enterprise.

He and his wife of five years, Sylinda, live in the refurbished Benjamin jail. He has two sons, Hunter, 24, and Pate, 22. They are both horse trainers in the Benjamin area. He has two step daughters, Sara, 28 and Maggie, 21. Sara is a Registered Nurse in Brownwood and Maggie is a junior at Texas Tech where she is in the pre-vet curriculum.

Please also read his interview.

Enough for now,

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