ABOUT - Karen Hanson


 I am passionate about conserving wildlife and wild places.  Through storytelling with visual media I develop multimedia campaigns that connect the public with environmental issues.

Winner of Video Category 2016 - Natures Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards. Video played in the Smithsonian Sept 2016-2017


WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT (non-profit based in Hailey, Idaho working to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation) Point Reyes National Seashore - Lighthawk flight - images used by attorneys and Advocates for the West Aerial photographic surveys with Lighthawk of Upper Green/Gros Ventre, Wind River and Wyoming Range with photographer Tom Mangelsen to support WWP predator restoration projects Squirrel Meadows and Fall River allotments photography and documentation

SAVE MOUNT DIABLO (non-profit San Francisco Bay Area group working to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain's natural beauty, biological diversity and historic and agricultural heritage) Shot and edited video projects for BioBlitz, Curry Canyon Ranch, Mount Diablo Challenge; Trails Challenge, James Donlon Bypass-Understanding the Maps, Overview, Mangini Ranch with Congressman George Miller, Beacon Lighting, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Thomas Home Ranch

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (non-profit based in Portland, Maine with a mission to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers) Mammals of Jackson Fork Ranch Video, Birds of Jackson Fork Ranch, Website images

TETON RAPTOR CENTER (non-profit based in Wilson, Wyoming working to help birds of prey and promote environmental health through veterinary care and rehabilitation, educational programs and conservation research) Kestrel Nest Box, Poo-Poo Project, Visitor Center Closing Video

TETON REGIONAL LAND TRUST (non-profit based in Driggs, Idaho working to preserve important agricultural lands and fish and wildlife habitat, including trumpeter swan restoration,, in Eastern Idaho) and

WYOMING WETLANDS SOCIETY (non-profit based in Jackson, Wyoming seeking to restore the Rocky Mountain population of trumpeter swans and to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the wetlands they depend on) Swan Reintroduction to Teton Valley

SOUTHWEST ENGLISH SETTER RESCUE (non-profit based in Texas dedicated to rescue and rehoming of English Setters) Video for BigGive fundraiser

SOUTH GEORGIA HERITAGE TRUST (charity that fundraises to help efforts to conserve and protect those species of indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia or in the surrounding seas and to raise awareness of South Georgia’s threatened species) Videos and images for fundraising


Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards -

Semi-Finalist 2018

Semi-Finalist 2017

Winner Video 2016

Highly Honored Video 2015 (South Georgia wildlife)

Highly Honored Video 2014 (bear cubs) Semi-Finalist Wildlife images

2013 Orvis Dog Catalog Cover winner (over 10K entries) 2014, 2015

NON-PROFIT POSITIONS Western Watersheds Project Board of Directors Sept 2013 - Present Save Mount Diablo Advancement Committee


Judge Round 1 and 2 - International Big Cat Film Festival for UN Wildlife Day 2018

Science Media Awards preliminary judge 2014, 2016, 2018 Judge Round 1 and 2

International Elephant Film Festival for CITES 2016; also entered a film in the SHORTS category Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Preliminary Judge 2015

SKILLS Final Cut Pro X Adobe Premier (learning) Lightroom Photoshop

WORK EXPERIENCE PEARSON EDUCATION, 1986-2012 Editorial and Management career with Pearson Arts and Science. Managed all aspects of print and media production of college educational materials for Social Sciences.

EDUCATION B.A. Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

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