Les Picker has been photographing since the age of 11, when his father, an accomplished amateur photographer, bought him his first 35mm SLR film camera (a Minolta, btw). Les has since photographed for National Geographic Society publications and many other consumer and corporate magazines and newspapers. He has had more than 600 published articles in major national publications. He was a monthly columnist and features contributor to Oceans Magazine and a weekly columnist, Op-Ed contributor and features travel writer and photographer for The Baltimore Sun. Les shoots Hasselblad and Nikon equipment and is a member of Nikon Professional Services and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Les is a Moab Master and was awarded the Canada Northern Lights Award for Best Travel Photographer.