Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Jack Dykinga merges large format landscape photography with documentary photojournalism creating dazzling images informed by his passionate advocacy for the preservation of the natural world. Dykinga has used his journalistic platform as regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazine to raise awareness of environmental concerns and make the viewer intimate with the sublime beauty of each locale. In 2007 he photographed the Texas/Mexico border for National Geographic, highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River corridor. The same year, Dykinga and four other photographers, (Thomas Mangelsen, Patricio Robles Gil, Fulvio Eccardi and Florien Schultz), formed the first ever R.A.V.E. (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) for the International League of Conservation Photographers, to document the imminent threat to the El Triunfo cloud forest in Chiapas, Mexico. Dykinga is also very involved in photographic education and participates in and organizes photography workshops all over the world.
Jack Dykinga has published several large format books including: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley; and authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a color landscape photography manual. He collaborated with Mexico’s Agrupacion Sierra Madre to help produce a book on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, The Great Tamaulipan Natural Province. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA (2004), a compilation of the photographer’s best Arizona images and his most recent book, IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon (2008), reflect the special love of place reserved for the Sonoran Desert.
Jack Dykinga’s work has been featured in a variety of gallery and museum exhibitions, including an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona; and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Currently, Jack Dykinga serves on the board of The Sonoran National Park Project and is involved in an effort to create a new Bi-National Park on the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border. Jack has donated his talents to R.A.V.E.s in Balandra, Baja Sur, the Yucatan, Mexico; Patagonia, Chile; and the U.S. / Mexico Borderlands Project, working with teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world and pooling their collective talents to highlight environmental degradation.
He and his wife, Margaret, live in Tucson, Arizona.