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About Clay Bolt
Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer who specialises in photographing invertebrates. In his own words, Clay says, “my favourite subjects in the world are the little animals which most people ignore”. It was Clay’s obsession with bees that led him to become a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee and as a result this species became the first North American bee to be protected under the US Endangered Species Act in 2017
Clay continues to focus on North America’s native bees and the important roles they play in our lives. He’s currently developing a field guide for the bees of the Americas and also working on a semi-auto biographical book.
Clay was the subject behind the short film A Ghost In The Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee which won numerous awards and shown at film festivals worldwide.
In his current role with World Wildlife Fund – US as Communications Lead for Pollinators and the Northern Great Plains Program, he is developing comms strategies to protect grasslands biodiversity, support wildlife conservation on Native lands, and support private landowners seeking to sustainably manage grasslands. Clay is a Fellow in the Linnean Society of London, Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).
Back in my home studio in Tottenham, Clay and I talk about all of the above and his recent success in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition