About Me

Shannon Hinson-Witz

Chicago, Illinois 

Awards / Publications —

PDN Great Outdoors
Washington Post
WildPlanet Magazine

Sigma 2017 Best of Photography

2017 Chromatic Awards

2017 Monochrome Awards

2017 PhotogrVphy Grant 

PhotogrVphy Magazine feature on Virunga's Mountain Gorillas (March 2018)

Graine de Photographe (Virunga photographic feature)               (April 2018)



Connect —




I’m an amateur photographer of wildlife, based in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been taking pictures since 2015, when I picked up my first camera - the Canon 70D.  

Photography has become a passion and a large part of my life.  I love how an image can freeze time for ever and the excitement it brings when you capture that moment when an animal moves or the stare of a lioness when she locks onto her prey.  It's a magical and powerful medium.    

Since picking up my first camera I've been fortunate to have my work published around the world by institutions like National Geographic, PDN, WildPlanet Magazine, Washington Post and Chromatic Awards, and Sigma's 2017 Best of Photography publication. 

The photographs you see here were all taken in Tanzania and Virunga National Park in the DRC.

Today, my equipment consist of Canon's 1DX MKII and 5DMK4 cameras. My primary lenses for wildlife are Canon's:

70-200MM F/2,8

200 - 400 MM F

24-70 MM f/2.8

And, Sigma's 35mm f/1/4 Art lens. 

I hope that photographs inspire others to get involved in conservation efforts to help preserve these beautiful creatures and their magical habitats for generations to come.  I've taken an active role in supporting conservation efforts in both Tz and the Congo through various projects such as the one in Mbalibali featured here. 

 If you are interested in volunteering time to help with the Mbalibali initiative or wish to use one of my photographs for one of your own conservation efforts please contact me.