Many years ago, Melissa Theil’s passion for photography was ignited when she won a prize for a photo that she took not even knowing how to put film in her camera. She studied photography and won more contests. Her former professions as a biologist, horseback riding instructor, nurse, and drug researcher supported her travels around the world. She has a strong interest in alternative lifestyles and learning about third world cultures, which influence her photography. As a lover of all living things great and small, she has endless subjects to photograph. (Photo shot in near Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, 2015. Photo sponsors: Doug and Beth Searcy.)


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