About Me

Clay Guthrie is an award-winning wildlife photographer from East Prairie, Missouri. He can often be found in one of Missouri’s many wetland, prairie or woodland areas photographing mammals, birds, landscapes and even the night sky. His work has been displayed around the state and has been published in the Missouri Conservationalist and Birds & Blooms magazine.

I picked up a camera for the first time in 2015 and began taking photos of trains. From there I began photographing the buildings and landscapes that were near the tracks. As my interest in landscape photography grew I began seeking out better opportunities which led me to some of the most rural parts of the area. After getting my first telephoto lens I began photographing wildlife at local conservation areas, wildlife refuges and all that fell in between. In my relatively short time in photography I have been blessed to have sold prints and won awards with my photos, but the greatest thing I have gained is a love for nature and being outside.

I hope that my photography can inspire people to appreciate the beauty in the world around them, and to better understand how our actions as a society impact ecosystems and lives that we often can’t even see. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in purchasing a photo or if you just want to say hello.

Awards & Accomplishments

2019         Best in Show, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
2019         Honorable Mention, Margaret Harwell Art Museum
2019         Director’s Choice, Missouri River Bird Observatory
2018         Finalist, Missouri Lottery Calendar Contest
2018         Best in Show, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
2018         Honorable Mention, Margeret Harwelll Art Museum
2017         1st Place, Native Wildlife @ Crab Orchard NWR
2017         1st Place, Native Wildlife @ Mingo NWR
2016         1st Place, Native Plantlife @ Mingo NWR

2020 Exhibits and Galleries

March                   Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center – Kirkwood MO
April                     Charleston Historical Society – Charleston MO
May                      Cape Conservation Nature Center – Cape Girardeau MO
July                       Sikeston Depot Museum – Sikeston MO
August                 Sikeston Depot Museum – Sikeston MO
September         August A. Busch Conservation Area – Saint Charles MO

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