While a youngster in Southeast Arizona, Leo developed a love for the outdoors and all things wild. The pleasure he took in hunting, fishing and observing nature as a youth continued into his adult life. As an outdoorsman, Leo was often presented with opportunities and experiences within the natural world that he knew others would enjoy. Quite simply, he realized that photography gave him “a great way to share those experiences.” It was a “natural” that he should become a professional wildlife photographer.
Today, Leo’s photographic career is booming. Many of his images have been used in national advertising campaigns featured in such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek, Alaska Magazine, Field and Stream and the Wall Street Journal. He has also served as a photographic and wildlife consultant for several filmmakers.
Leo’s success with nature photography led to his understanding of, “how photography can change people’s opinions and values of land and resources – how photos can become a powerful political tool.” He and his wife Dorothy (also an accomplished photographer) are both environmentally active. Among other notable conservation-related accomplishments, the Keelersinspiring photographs and efforts were instrumental in gaining protection for Alaska’s McNeil River Refuge brown bear population and the Denali National Park Toklat wolf pack. The two are also founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
On the ICF philosophy:
“I am delighted to become part of an effort that I hope spreads across the world.”
2006 Pro-Tour, Teamed with the Block Creek Natural Area – Comfort, Texas