We are a group of photographers, friends, guides and family members who help and contribute to make APA the success that it is.
Our personal yet professional approach to the providing you with the best possible tour experience during your short time here is nothing less than we would expect for ourselves.
In addition to our decades of experience in Alaska, we have been on numerous photography tours around the world and have a huge wellspring of knowledge, experience and contacts that will make your trip extraordinary, deeply memorable and filled with magnificent “keeper” shots.
We are here for you.
Ron Levy, Photographer, Writer, Tour Director, Member ASMP, NANPA
“To be ignored by a wild animal is one of the great honors of wildlife photography”
My first inspiration in photography was my uncle, a Hollywood TV photographer and Jerry Lewis’ cousin. He brought home bloopers of famous actors, and we would laugh endlessly at hilarious, unscripted moments between takes. I was in awe that he was able to capture not only those rare moments, but the unspoken trust of his subjects.
But the city life was not for me. Stronger inspiration emerged from other photographers. I am grateful to Franz Lanting, Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas and Philip Hyde for luring me away from the chaotic, dysfunctional cement jungle to greener pastures.
I worked seasonally for 10 years as a Park Ranger for the NPS, USFS and USFWS on secluded islands in California, deserts in Arizona, and wild Alaska. Between seasons I studied jazz piano at Berklee College in Boston, and went on self-assigned, solo and formal photo tours to countries on every continent, including Antarctica, Ecuador, Kenya, northern Sweden, India, Micronesia, etc..
In the early 1980s. I operated a lodging business for about 20 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. My photo career also blossomed at this time. I had a brief stint as a stringer for Associated Press, with shots appearing in the WA Post, NY Times and most of the major papers. Photos and articles began appearing in magazines and corporate projects while I fulfilled assignments, received awards in global competitions, and had images exhibited in museums and galleries.
Images have been published for 40 years by National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time, Newsweek, Tierre Sauvage, Der Spiegel, and hundreds more. Museum exhibits include London & Ottawa Museums of Natural History, The Carnegie, and Anchorage Museum, as well as the Hollywood Director’s Guild and galleries in the US, Barcelona, Italy and China, Images have also been displayed on billboards, murals at West Point Military Academy, NBC, PBS, and TV documentaries.
Other passions — aside from being with beautiful, trusting animals in gorgeous light — involve leading wildlife photo tours, consulting for photographers, support for NGOs in health and conservation fields, and speaking to photography associations.
A lifelong obsession has been to document the limits of compassion between species, communities and cultures. There are many ways to interact and address life’s issues. Better choices can be made with better perspectives. Political and philosophical differences aside, images still connect us personally, locally and globally. My hope as a photographer is that by illustrating our common joys, desires and fears, others may be motivated to widen their “compassion boundaries”.
See more of Ron’s work at : http://www.ronlevyphoto.com
Taz Tally, Photographer, Author, Adventurer, Geologist, Professor
Taz Tally, Ph.D. is a long-term Alaskan resident, fine art photographer, geologist, world traveler, scuba diver, University of Alaska professor, and author of numerous books such as 50 Hikes In Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Backroads & Byways of Alaska, Photoshop Before & After, Adobe Acrobat PDF, Silverfast and others.
Taz teaches photography and digital imaging classes for the University of Alaska and Session.edu and develops online training courses for Lynda.com and the Printing Industry of America. Taz’s 10-Step Grayscale Target Calibration and Color Correction Kit is used world-wide for calibrating scanners and digital cameras and for color correcting images.
Taz enjoys traveling the world and photographing natural landscapes above and below the water. He regularly presents at photography and print industry trade shows and seminars throughout the country. He loves his home in Homer, Alaska, where he delights in capturing images while mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and Nordic skiing.
Eva Canedo, Masters in International Education, Office Manager/Client Care
Eva is the woman-behind-the-scenes whom you may or may not meet. She modestly keeps the paperwork in order, verifies flights, lodging, pickups, dropoffs, transportation, budgets and keeps the myriad other phases of the tour coordinated. She also feeds the chickens.
Eva has been a foreign language instructor for over 20 years at the University of Alaska. She enjoys traveling the world, and meeting people from different cultures and perspectives. She received her Master’s Degree through Framingham University in Costa Rica.
You will most likely be hearing from her through email communications helping you with any questions you may have about our tours, and organizing logistics before and throughout your time with us.
Alec Levy-Canedo, Tour Assistant
Alec helps with all parts of the tour operations, from organizing vehicles and supplies, computer inventory and scheduling, client response, tour preparation, etc.
He is completing his degree in International Studies with an emphasis in hispanic studies at the University of Alaska. He enjoys being with animals of all kinds, has volunteered at animal shelters in Alaska and Washington, likes water sports such as body surfing and scuba diving, creative projects of all kinds, and has traveled to over 20 countries. He speaks fluent Spanish, has learned some basic sign language and wants to become fluent in it as well.
Tomas Levy-Canedo, Tour Assistant
Tomas also helps with all parts of the tour operations, organizing vehicles and supplies, transporting luggage and participants, computer inventory and scheduling, client response, tour preparation, etc.
He is also completing his degree in International Studies with an emphasis in hispanic studies at the University of Alaska, and speaks fluent Spanish. He enjoys soccer (went to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar) and also likes water sports, including scuba. He speaks fluent Spanish and wants to improve his French and a few other languages that he has been exposed to in his travels to 20+ countries.