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Tom Myers has photographed polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in Antarctica, endangered creatures and insects from the Amazon to the African rain forest. His photos have appeared on local and national TV, national newspapers and magazines including National Geographic publications, and in a number of textbooks and scientific guides. Now his work is being recognized at the Smithsonian Institution, one of the most significant museum groups in the world.
On June 7, 2013, Mr. Myers’ photo of emperor penguins (see attachment), which he shot while traveling on a Russian icebreaker in 2006, went on exhibit in Washington DC. The exhibit of 40 outstanding nature images will be at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History through early 2014. Mr. Myers and other accomplished world photographers were honored in a reception hosted at the Smithsonian on June 6.
The panel that selected the photo looked at over 20,000 images shot by photographers from 46 countries. “It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers. I am grateful that I am able to share the beauty and wonder of nature with others” said Mr. Myers.
Tom Myers is a board certified entomologist who is known as an accomplished insect photographer. He received his BS degree at Purdue University, his master’s degree at Iowa State, and has pursued research projects at the University of Kentucky. He began work with All Rite Pest Control, in Lexington, KY, in 1975, and has remained owner/operator of the company, while traveling the world to photograph endangered species and other animals and insects in exotic locations from tropical rain forests to the literal ends of the earth, sometimes via canoe or dogsled.
Mr. Myers makes regular presentations at conferences, museums and similar organizations on entomology and/or photography. Mr. Myers’ work in the tropical rain forests has resulted in the discovery of several species previously unknown to science.