Terry Hartley's photography picked
The 2008 Alabama Coastal BirdFest poster features the work of bird and nature photographer Terry Hartley of Mobile. The poster photo of a pair of Baltimore orioles feeding on an orange slice on a tree branch demonstrates the interaction between man and nature, said John Borom, BirdFest chairman. "It's a wonderful photo that shows how man can help migrating and local birds by providing food and habitat for them. We have lost so much of our natural habitat because of man's intervention; it's nice to think that man can also help the birds and other creatures that we share our world with."
An active member of Camera South, Hartley was was awarded first place in the statewide Outdoor Alabama photo contest for his stunning photo of a Snowy Egret that also appeared on the cover of the February 2007 issue of Outdoor Alabama magazine. His work has been selected for numerous exhibits and shows, including juried exhibits at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope and other galleries. In 2004, Hartley was awarded a Mobile Press Club Award for magazine photography for his work in Mobile Bay Monthly magazine.
A member of the Mobile Bay Audubon Society, Terry is an enthusiastic birder who has participated in numerous bird-count activities and has assisted BirdFest as a tour guide and by donating prints for the Silent Auction.
Anative of Mobile, Terry Hartley says that being outdoors has always been an important part of his life. He and his wife, Jennifer, became interested in birding when they moved into a home on Mobile Bay next door to avid local birder Elizabeth Williams. Hartley has been a photographer since he joined the camera club at McGill-Toolin High School, and hes been hooked on digital ever since he bought his first digital camera in 2000. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, Terry Hartley stays busy as President of Hartley Brothers, a commercial cabinet manufacturing business that he began with his brother, Jim, in 1984.