Biography - jacquelinedeely

About the Photographer

Originally from the United Kingdom, I have been residing in the USA for most of my adult life and now make California's rugged central coast my home. I could not ask for a more beautiful location, with its spectacular scenery and abundance of birds and wildlife!

A certified California naturalist, I have  a deep appreciation for the planet and love to be involved in environmental causes and activities. An ongoing project relates to the Federally Threatened Western Snowy Plover, with a recent exhibit and talk at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.              

I enjoy experiencing all the best the world has to offer: traveling, meeting new people, learning, teaching and sharing experiences. A resident photographer with G Adventures, a tour operator based in Toronto, Canada,  I provide lectures and guidance to guests embarking on exciting Arctic and Antarctic expeditions!


Over the past year or so I have been invited as a guest host on specialized photography theme cruises with UnCruise Adventures based in Seattle WA.  Locations visited include Alaska, Costa Rica & Panama and most recently, Mexico's breathtaking Sea of Cortés. 

I also conduct workshops and offer private tuition along the central California coast.  As a local, I am able to guide photographers to prime locations often overlooked by visitors. 

I am currently available for teaching and speaking engagements, in addition to contract projects and assignments globally.  Clients have included Sunset Development Company, Filoli Estate, Save our Shores, The Marine Mammal Center and The Snow Leopard Conservancy.

Feel free to get in touch with me via my CONTACT page for any inquiries or you can call / text me at: 408-813-2953


North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)

Ocean Artist's Society

Nikon Professional Services

Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California (Volunteer Docent & Member Photographer)


2020 - Wild Planet Photo Magazine - March Issue - "Editor's Choice" Feature

2020 - NANPA Expressions 

2019 - Shotkit - Featured Photographer

2019 - Wild Planet Photo Magazine - January Issue - "Behind the Lens" Feature

2017 - Wild Planet Photo Magazine - December Issue - Female Nature Photographer of the Month

2017 - Wild Planet Photo Magazine - June Issue - "Behind the Lens" Feature

2016 - Elkhorn Slough Foundation Calendar - November

2016 - APi Marketing California Wildlife Calendar - June

2016 - NANPA Expressions

2015 - Monterey Official Visitor's Guide -  Moss Landing Feature

2015 - Elkhorn Slough Foundation Calendar - June & November

2015 - NANPA Expressions

2013 - Elkhorn Slough Foundation - Calendar - Cover 

2013 - NANPA Expressions

2014 - San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Annual Report - Entire Publication

2014 - Elkhorn Slough Foundation Calendar - October

2014 - 2016 Friends of the Sea Otter - Newsletters

2014 - Monterey Bay Birding Festival Calendar - June

2013 - Outdoor California - July/August Issue - Cover

2012 Aardvark Safaris, Inc. Newsletter -  Drumbeat Interview - 

2012 - Coast Views Magazine - August Issue - Cover

2011 - Wildlife Conservation Network - Annual Report - Center Spread

2009 - 2010 Audubon California - Annual Report - Cover

Accolades & Recognition

2020 - NANPA Annual Showcase - Top 100 & 250 

2019 - San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Annual Click Off - First Place, Bird Humor / Merit Award, Bird Behavior

2018 - Nature's Best Photography 2018 Windland Awards - Semi-finalist

2017 - Wild Planet Photo Magazine - Female Nature Photographer of the Month - December

2017 San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Annual Click Off - First Place, World Birds / People's Choice Award / Two Merit Awards - Bird Behavior, Birds & Humans 

2017 National Geographic - Editor's Selection - Sept 14th - Your Shot 

2017 NANPA Annual Showcase - Top 250

2016 San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Annual Click Off - Three Merit Awards

2016 NANPA Annual Showcase - Top 250

2015 San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Annual Click Off - First Place, Bird Behavior & Two Merit Awards

2015 NANPA Annual Showcase - Top 100 & 250

2014 Audubon Denver's "Share the View" International Nature Photography Competition - Top 250 Highly Commended

2014 California Watchable Wildlife Photo Competition - Sept/Oct - First Place

2014 Los Altos Fine Art in the Park - Juried Favorite Photographer / Mayor's Choice Award

2013 California Watchable Wildlife Photo Competition - Nov/Dec - Honorable Mention

2013 NANPA Annual Showcase - Judge's Choice Award & Top 250

2012 World Footprints International Travel Photography Competition - Third Place

2012 National Geographic - Editor's Selection - April 11th - Your Shot 

2012 San Mateo County Fair Fine Arts Galleria - First Place, Bird Photography / Best of Show, Color Photography

2012 California Watchable Wildlife Competition - Jan/Feb - Second Place

2012 Women in Focus International Exhibit - Top Ten

Speaking Engagements

2019 - Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz, CA - "Coastal Conservation through Citizen Science & Photography" - A Naturalist's Talk with Avian Ecologist Carleton Eyster from Point Blue Conservation Science

2019 - Community of Digital Artists, Scotts Valley CA - "Inspiring Wildlife Photography Close to Home"

Galleries & Exhibits

2019- Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz, CA - Summer Art Series - California's Coastal Birds

2014 - Ameriprise Financial, San Jose, CA - "Wings & Wild Things" Solo Exhibit

2014 - Filoli, Woodside, CA - Bay Area Wildlife - A Multi-Media Exhibit

2014 - The Museum of Monterey Whalefest Exhibit & Fundraiser

2014 - The Coastal Land Trust Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA - California Raptor Exhibit

2013 - Pratt Institute Manhattan, NYC - Art of Conservation Exhibit & Fundraiser

2013 - The Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA - Statewide Photography Competition

2013 - The Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA - California Watchable Wildlife Exhibit

2013 - Portola Art Gallery, Menlo Park, CA - Exhibiting Artist

2012 - Filoli, Woodside, CA - Nature Interpreted Exhibit

2012 - Central Library Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Women in Photography Exhibit

Trails for Richmond, Landfill Loop Trail, CA - Series of permanent exhibits

Gear List!

Nikon D3s

Nikon D750

Nikon D500 



AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II

Nikon SB-800 Speedlight

Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord

Better Beamer

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod

Gitzo GT2530 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR Ballhead

Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Ballhead

Really Right Stuff MH-01 Pro: Monopod Head

Mongoose M-3.6 ~ Gimbal Tripod Head w/Integrated Low Mount Arm

NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod

NatureScapes SkimmerSack Beanbag

Guragear Batalae 32L Backpack

ThinkTank Streetwalker Pro Backpack Airport International™ V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag

Various filters and accessories