An educational media specialist, Thomas Wiewandt tells stories through pictures, with imagery that reaches from the grandiose to the intimate. In college and graduate school, he studied drawing, painting, photography, and art appreciation along with ecology and evolutionary biology (BS/Marietta College; MS Zoology/University of Arizona; PhD in Ecology/Cornell). A deeper understanding of all living things has helped to fuel his creative passions, and the medium of photography has allowed him to comfortably bring both worlds together.
Thomas has combined his photographic pursuits with ecotourism and publishing; and his love of wildlife and animal behavior led to motion picture work. As Producer or Director of Photography for four films for the BBC and National Geographic, Tom has been honored with four Cine Golden Eagles, a Gold Apple Award, and an Emmy Nomination in cinematography. His self-published book THE SOUTHWEST INSIDE OUT (2001, 2004, 2010, 2014) has received five top publishing awards, and his most recent film DESERT DREAMS – CELEBRATING FIVE SEASONS IN THE SONORAN DESERT (Wild Horizons Productions) is based on his book HIDDEN LIFE OF THE DESERT (Mountain Press Publ., 2010).
DESERT DREAMS is a 52-min immersive multimedia production with no narration, showcasing 182 species of plants & animals in a seasonal chronology. It has been screened in eight film festivals, winning awards in three of them, and was nominated for two high honors by Germany’s Green Screen Environmental Film Festival: Best Music & Best Independent Production. In August 2015, DESERT DREAMS had its national debut in the USA on Public Television as a pledge drive program, the start of a 3-year license term. Before year’s end, the program grew rapidly in popularity among viewers, supported by 630 telecasts on 155 stations/channels across 62 markets in 20 states covering 40% of the USA.
Tom is active in wildlife conservation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and has lived and worked in the Sonoran Desert for 38 years. Visit www.wildhorizons.com