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About Max

Max WaughMax was born in the spring of 1976 and has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since. The son of two professors, Max naturally shied away from educational endeavors throughout his life. Despite a number of missed classes and hastily-written, last-minute papers, he somehow managed to come away from the University of Washington with some semblance of a degree.  Ironically, he has come full circle and now enjoys teaching photography classes and leading workshops and tours.

For two decades, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports professionally. He has been a Category Winner and Highly Commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (including WPY59 this year), and received multiple honors in the Windland Smith Rice/Nature’s Best Awards. Max’s work has appeared in such publications as Ranger Rick, Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Natural History Museum in London.

Max leads photo tours around the world, with a heavy emphasis on biodiversity and destinations that offer a variety of subject matter. While eschewing the “hard core workshop” feel for a more laid-back vibe, he tries to create a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun, learning, and new friendships for his fellow nature enthusiasts. More recently, he has given both live and virtual presentations for festivals, gatherings, and photo clubs, and has also served as a judge in multiple photographic competitions.

Click here to learn more about Max’s workshops and tours or contact Max about arranging a private tour.


Over the years I have worked with a number of clients on photo shoots and image licensing requests.  These include:

  • Africa Geographic Magazine
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • ESPN the Magazine
  • National Geographic Books
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Oxford University Press
  • Ranger Rick
  • Sports Washington Magazine
  • US National Park Service
  • Numerous artists, authors and musicians
  • Various universities around the world
  • Various stock agencies

Charities and Donations

I have worked with several charities and non-profits, and have donated several prints to auctions that raise funds for various causes. I am proud to support the Husky Marching Band scholarship fund annually through print donations and partial sales proceed donations:

Each year I also select a second charitable cause to support with year-end donations based on my store revenues. Recent causes have included virtual science education, bear management and education services in North America, fire disaster relief funds in Australia, conservation land purchases in Ecuador, and university travel scholarship funds. Because of my consistent support of these causes, I do not accept every request for image donations or free image usage.  However, I do try to work with non-profit and educational clients on reduced rates that are fair and equitable to both parties.

Contact Max

I am available to shoot nature, travel and sports assignments both in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. If you are interested in discussing an assignment, image licensing, live or virtual talks, photo contest judging, or another project, please use the Contact Page to reach me. Thank You!