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Natalie Fobes

Clients, a partial list:
Gates Foundation, National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian, Sunset, Geo, Time, Newsweek, Audubon, US News and World Report, Orion, Mother Jones, New York Times Magazine, Travel Holiday, Traveler The Seattle Mariners, Microsoft, American Seafoods, Resource Group International

Books, a partial list:
  • A ROAD OF HER OWN: Women's Journeys in the West; essay, 2002 Fulcrum
  • I DREAM ALASKA; Alaska Northwest Books, 1998
  • REACHING HOME: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People; Alaska Northwest Books, 1994, 1995
Contributing photographer: INSIDE/OUT: Microsoft; Time Warner Books, 2000;
AMERICA 24/7; 24 HOURS IN CYBERSPACE; PASSAGE TO VIETNAM; Against All Odds Publishers, 1994; OCEANS; Time-Life Publications, 1991; ONE EARTH; Collins Publishers, 1990; ONE DAY IN WASHINGTON STATE; Madrona Press, 1985; over 50 others

Awards, a partial list:
  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, specialized writing category, Saga of Salmon
  • Third place, Senior Portraits, WPPI 2011
  • Seattle Professional Photographers Association Award of excellence 2004 (3 awards)
  • Scripps-Howard Meeman award for environmental reporting, Saga of Salmon
  • Best Art Book of 1998, Rocky Mountain Booksellers Association: I Dream Alaska
  • Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, 1995: Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People
  • World Press Competition, second place, news story, The Alaskan Oil Spill, 1990
  • Roderick Haig-Brown award, American Fisheries Society, Saga of Salmon
  • Ohio News Photographer Association photographer of the year
  • Over 200 other local, state, regional and national awards for photography

Honors and Public Art Projects:
  • PhotoMedia's Photo Person of the Year 2003
  • First recipient and namesake of "The Natalie Award" given by Blue Earth Alliance, 2002
  • Named 2002 Fellow by North American Nature Photographers Association
  • Named "Master of Nature Photography" by Outdoor Photography Magazine, 2001
  • Seattle Poets and Photographers: A Millennium Reflection; Published by SAC, 2000
  • "Lena's Hope" used on a poster commemorating Martin Luther King Day, 1999
  • "Lena Studies" used in King County's Art on the Bus program, 1999
  • Subject of Interview; CBS Sunday Morning Edition; June 11, 1995
  • Judge, University of Missouri Photography of the Year competition
  • American Photographer Magazine's "New face in photojournalism"

Grants, Commissions:
  • Salmon in the City, Temporary Installation, 2001, Seattle Arts Commission, $10,000 grant
  • Finalist, Seattle Arts Commission City Light Photographer in Residence Program 2001
  • Skagit Watershed Council, 2000; $10,000 grant
  • Seattle Mariners Safeco Field Book Project
  • Alicia Patterson Foundation, 1986; $25,000 grant
  • Finalist, City Light Artist in Residence Program 2001
  • Finalist, SPU Artist in Residence Program 1995

  • Seattle Portable Works Collection
  • King County Portable Art Collection
  • SeaFirst / Bank of America Art Collection
  • Norton Building Collection
  • Washington Works
  • Multiple private collections


  • Reaching Home: Pacific salmon, Pacific people; Traveling Museum Exhibit, 24 venues to date
  • Skagit Salmon: The Turning Point; Skagit Community College, 2000
  • I Dream Alaska: Benham Gallery, Seattle,1998; Haines, AK. 2002
  • Frozen Land, Warm People: Journeys in Siberia; Norton Building, Seattle, 1998
  • Journey; Polaroid™ transfers on silk; Take 2 Gallery; Seattle, 1998
  • Reaching Home: Pacific salmon, Pacific people; 1995, Burke Museum
  • Many Voices; 1993; Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA.
  • Alaskan Tragedy: a journal of the Exxon Valdez; 1991; 25 minute video; American Fisheries Society
  • Introspect 1981; Carnegie Art Museum, Covington, Kentucky
Multiple Artists
  • National Parks of Washington, Washington Convention Center, Seattle, 2011
  • Water Planet: beauty, abundance, abuse, New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda, Santa Fe, NM 2008
  • 2001: A Fish Odyssey, Kenai, Alaska
  • Northwest Exhibit of Environmental Photography, Seattle, 2001
  • Off the Beaten Track: Sports in Traditional Indigenous Cultures, Sacramento, CA 2000
  • The View From Here: 100 Artists Mark the Centennial of Mt. Rainier National Park.
  • SeaFirst Gallery, (invitation only ) Oct. 1998
  • Wild Salmon Run; (invitation only) 7 Images, Bumbershoot 1998
  • 24 Hours Witnessed: For Her Own Welfare; (three artists commissioned) 1998
  • Oil Spill Tragedy (invitation only) 1991; Smithsonian Institution and Pratt Museum
  • Amazing World of Sea Otters 1991; Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
  • Wake of the Exxon Valdez (four artists) 1990; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle

Workshops, Teaching Experience, Lectures
  • PhotoMedia World in Focus Seminar Series, 2003
  • Photo Plus Expo East, New York City, 2002, 2000; Photographing Documentary Projects
  • Ohio University, Graduate program professor, Athens, Ohio, 1995
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA. 1998
  • North American Nature Photographers, 1999
  • The Burke Museum Memorial Lecturer, 1995
  • Coupeville Arts Center, Coupeville, WA. 1998
  • PhotoFusion Photographic Workshops, Florida, 1997
  • Olympic Park Institute, Lake Quinault, WA. 1995-1998
  • Resource Institute Floating Seminars, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay, AK. 1995-1998
  • North American Nature Photographers Association, 1998
  • Faculty member, NPPA's six city speaking tour "The Flying Shortcourse."

Blue Earth Alliance: co-founder and president of this arts education non-profit, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to helping photographers pursue photographic projects that educate the public about endangered environments and threatened cultures.

Affiliations: Former advisory boardmember of the UW visual arts extension program. Past chapter president and member of American Society of Media Photographers, Professional Photographers of America, Seattle PPA, Professional Photographers of Washington, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, National Press Photographers Association.

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