With a deep love for wild living things and photography, Scott Leslie is focused on teaching the best techniques learned from 25 years in the field, while also inspiring others to discover and express their own vision.
His work have been published internationally and is represented by the American nature photo agency Minden Pictures. Scott’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications, both in Canada and abroad, including The New York Times, National Geographic Publications, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Natural History Magazine, The Times of London, Canadian Geographic, and Reader’s Digest, among others.
He is author and photographer of a four volume series on North American avian life, published by Key Porter Books, Toronto between 2005 and 2009: Sea and Coastal Birds of North America; Wetland Birds of North America; Woodland Birds of North America; and Grassland and Desert Birds of North America, each with the sub-title A Guide to Observation, Understanding and Conservation. He photographed and wrote Bay of Fundy, A Natural Portrait, also published by Key Porter Books in 2007.
Scott also researched and wrote 100 Under 100, The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Living Things (with a Foreword by American conservationist Dr. Stuart Pimm), published Spring 2012 by HarperCollins.
His latest book is Untamed Atlantic Canada: An Exploration of the Region’s Biodiversity Havens, published by Nimbus in November, 2016.
Scott has won several awards for photography and writing, including two Atlantic Journalism Awards, a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine Award, and a Nature’s Best Photography Award, among others.
In 1992 he co-founded the Tobeatic Wilderness Committee (TWC). The TWC was fighting to protect the largest virgin wilderness in Maritime Canada at over 250,000 acres. His photographs and articles were used to win the support of Canadians for the Tobeatic’s preservation in 1995.
He lives in Bear River, Nova Scotia with his wife Paula and animal companions.