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.
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
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