George Cathcart is an award-winning nature photographer based in Bluffton, SC, who travels the world in search of nature's wonders on land and under the sea. In recent years, his travels have taken him to Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the United States.

"My aim as a photographer is to connect viewers in an emotional, even spiritual way with the creatures and landscapes with which we share Planet Earth," George says. A passionate environmentalist, George hopes that his images will inspire others to care more and take action to protect all our fellow Earthlings.

Wildlife of the air, land and sea are George's primary subjects, but his travels to places like Thailand, Cuba, Jordan, Cambodia and Fiji have resulted in intimate photographs of people in their natural habitats. A former photojournalist, George has a unique ability to capture the stories of the places he visits and tell them through his images.

George first began photographing the world around him when he was serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968. He quickly developed a passion for the camera. After he returned home, he studied journalism at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and he later worked as a newspaper photographer, reporter, editor and columnist. He also freelanced and sold stories and photographs to local, regional and national outdoor magazines. He produced a multi-media slide show about his 1982 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Photography became primarily a hobby when George's career turned to public relations for higher education and government. But his passion for photography was always there, and when he learned to scuba dive in 2000, George's desire to share what he saw beneath the waves reawakened that passion.

When he retired from federal service in 2010, photography became his full-time occupation, fulfilling a dream that started more than 45 years ago. He is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, and he is a certified Lowcountry Master Naturalist.

George's work is available as fine art prints and can be produced on a wide variety of products, from note cards and calendars to coffee mugs, stamps and tee-shirts.

George also writes a blog of essays and photo essays about his travels, photography in general and other topics.

If you like my work, please check out the work of some of my friends as well:

Stu Porter is the best wildlife photography guide in Southern Africa. Check out his trips and his photos at http://wild4photographicsafaris.com/

Ralph Velasco leads cultural photography tours throughout the world, and he's an excellent photographer and teacher to boot. See his offerings at http://ralphvelasco.com/

Pam Aquilani's nature photos at http://www.pamelaaquilani.com/ are sublime. Pam shoots regularly at one of my favorite places, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. I greatly admire her work.

Bill Dixon's work at http://billdixonphotography.com/ runs the full range from nature to portraits and weddings. A former denizen of the Lowcountry where I now live, Bill lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.

See more great nature photos at: http://www.photographysites.com/cgi-bin/photosites/in.cgi?id=1302280119