Wink Gaines


Artist Biography:

Wink specialises in bird, wildlife and nature photography. Her photographic specialty allows her to combine her passion for the outdoors with the creative pursuit of digitally capturing wildlife and natural habitats. A self-taught naturalist, Wink recognises the ecological association of animals and habitat. She understands the importance of all living beings and the need to conserve vital areas of habitation for wetland birds and the diverse wildlife found near her home in Western North Carolina and her favourite coastal habitats near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Extensive travels with her husband, Dennis, give Wink varied and numerous opportunities to extend her understanding and to photograph exceptional aspects of Nature. Wink is an advocate for the instructional and conservation efforts of the National Audubon Society and various North Carolina and South Carolina national wildlife refuges where many of her photographs are taken. Her photograph of a flying Ibis, taken near Cape Lookout on the outer banks of North Carolina, was selected as one of the 2011 Top 100 bird photographs of the year by the National Audubon Society and Nature's Best Photography Magazine. A second Audubon Top 100 Award was given to Wink in 2012 for her photograph of a nesting Great Egret. In 2015, a third Top 100 was awarded in the professional division for her portrait of a Great Horned Owl.

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