"Education provides the most powerful toolbox known to man. Photography is just one of the many tools I’ve chosen to tell the stories that inspire change, provide hope, and enlighten viewers. If just one of my images creates interest, then I’ve made progress."

Daniel J. Cox, Photographer, conservationist, educator


Accomplishments & Awards



  • 2005 Cover Story National Geographic: Great Gray Owl
  • 2002 December Cover Story National Geographic: Snowy Owl
  • Hundreds of magazine covers throughout career and a regular contributor to magazines worldwide
  • Sole photographer for 20+ books
  • Member of Panasonic’s LUMIX Ambassador team
  • Advisory board member of Polar Bears International
  • Director of Polar Bears International’s Arctic Documentary Project
  • “Legend Behind the Lens” Nikon photographer with special appearances at Photo Plus Expo (NY), Focus on Imaging (UK), Disney Institute
  • Consultant for Hewlett-Packard’s fine art printers – “HP Success Story” for three years
  • Beta-tester for ARTTrust online print certification system
  • Featured work in galleries Nikon House (NY), Smithsonian, and the Natural History Museum in London
  • Mentor for Popular Photography Mentor Treks
  • Featured photographer for Lowepro products and magazine campaign
  • Featured portfolio in several magazines including Popular Photography, Nikon World, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Digital SLR (UK), Asian Photography, Foto-Video (Romania)
  • Assignment work for Coca Cola, World Wildlife Fund, and Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Keynote Speaker at NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association)
  • Special Appearances on Animal Planet


  • 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year – North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)
  • 2008 1st Place Pro Division “Connecting People with Nature” National Wildlife Federation
  • 2008 Two Honorable Mentions in American Photo magazine’s Images of the Year issue
  • 2004 Third Place “Nature Category” IPA Lucie Awards
  • 2004 Runner Up “Best Portfolio” International Wild Bird Photographer
  • 2003 Won Landscape Category – Nature’s Best
  • 1990 and 1997 First Runner Up in the Animal Portrait Division BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, 13 Highly Commended awards, one of the most awarded photographers in the competition.BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

    1990 – Behavior: Mammals – Highly commended
    1990 – Animal Portraits – Runner up
    1991 – In Praise of Plants – Highly commended
    1991- Behavior: Mammals – Highly commended x2
    1992 – Endangered Wildlife – Highly commended
    1992 – Behavior: Mammals – Highly commended x2
    1992 – Animal Portraits – Highly commended
    1994 – Behavior: Mammals – Highly commended
    1995 – Wildscapes – Highly commended
    1995 – Animal Portraits – Highly commended
    1996 – Behavior: Mammals – Highly commended
    1997 – Animal Portraits – Runner up
    2000 – From Dusk to Dawn – Runner up
    2000 – Behavior: Birds – Highly commended