I am a Portland, Oregon based photographer deeply committed to conservation and connecting people more intimately with the myriad creatures we share this miraculous and fragile planet with. My work often focuses on birds because they are such powerful and visible indicators of environmental health and change. Connecting people with birds is often a first step in opening people’s eyes to the natural world around them – and to the unprecedented environmental crises now unfolding. My purpose is to help conservation groups better communicate their stories to individuals and policy makers through powerful compelling media.
My images have been used by most major conservation organizations and appear regularly in books and magazines including National Geographic, Audubon, Living Bird, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Natural History, National Wildlife and The New York Times. I was the primary image provider for the 2009 and 2011 State of the Birds reports that were delivered to the Obama administration and congress by a coalition of leading environmental organizations.
My audio and video work have been featured on radio and television programs including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Morning Edition, PRI’s Living on Earth, Birdnote, PBS News Hour and CBS Sunday Morning. I was the principal cinematographer for the 2015 PBS Nature episode, The Sagebrush Sea. As a natural sound recordist I have contributed thousands of recordings to the Macaulay Library collection at Cornell University and have produced and authored two CD compilations, Voices of North American Owls and Bird Songs of the Pacific Northwest.
I am a Producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).
Flights of Fancy: Exploring the Songs and Pathways of ‘The Living Bird’ ∙Interview∙Fresh Air with Terry Gross
Fighting to Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper ∙Profile∙Audubon Magazine
Enjoy These Gorgeous Bird Pics ∙Interview∙Audubon Magazine
Seattle Photographer Shares His Passion in ‘The Living Bird’ ∙Profile∙The Seattle Times
Gerrit Vyn on Multimedia Storytelling in The Sagebrush Sea ∙Interview∙NANPA
Documenting an Ecosystem on the Cusp of Change ∙Interview∙Mother Nature Network
Information Overload with Gerrit Vyn ∙Podcast Interview∙Wild and Exposed