About

As a nature and wildlife photographer based in Los Osos, California, my passion for nature and love of art fuel my photographic vision. I find comfort and renewal by spending time amidst the wonders of the natural world. My greatest enjoyment comes from capturing those fleeting moments in nature that are often missed by the casual observer and sharing them with others.I am a self-taught photographer. My formal education in art and design help me to
see and compose pleasing images of the natural world.

I became serious about my photography in 2007 when, at the encouragement of friends and family, I entered my first photography contest. Taking first place in the Flora category gave me the drive necessary to pursue nature and wildlife photography full time. Several years later, I entered the same contest and took first place in the Animal category. I most recently received the honor of being a tier II and tier  III winner for the prestigious 2014 NANPA Expressions annual. This has been my third time as a Tier III winner. The first time was in 2010 second in 2012 and most recently in 2013. It is a publication that highlights the top 250 photographs from the NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) Showcase competition held each year. It displays the very best photographs selected from thousands of submissions by a jury panel of industry professionals. As well as being a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) I also sit on the Environmental Committee for NANPA as well. I belong to the San Luis Obispo Camera Club, The Photo Morro Bay Yahoo Group, and the program committee for the 2012 Morro Photo Expo. In addition to these groups, I am also a mentor for the Advanced Photography Class at Morro Bay High School. Most recently I have completed the California Naturalist certification program sponsored by the University of California.
 

Articles:

Santa Maria Sun-Times: Coyote Central Coast: Coyotes have a long and colorful local history, which still thrives today

Mother Nature Network: How to be a wildlife photographer while on a family vacation

Mother Nature Network: Endangered Island Fox is Back from the brink after record Breaking Recovery

Mother Nature Network: One glimpse of these baby Kit foxes and you’ll be hooked on their story

Mother Nature Network: How to take great bird photos in your backyard

TreeHugger.com: Photographing Wildlife in your own backyard, Q&A with Donald Quintana

The Slo Coast Journal; Shutterbugs February 2013: Photography Hobby or Obsession with Donald Quintana

Santa Maria Sun-Times: Local Photographer shows off wildlife at the Nipomo Dunes Center
 

Awards:

New Times Winning Images 2007 1st place Category: Flora

New Times Winning Images 2010 1st Place Category; Animal

New Times Winning Images 2013 1st Place Category: Animals

New Times Winning Images 2013 2nd Place Category: Animals

New Times Winning Images 2013 Honorable Mention Category: Travel

North American Nature Photography Association Tier III winner 2010

North American Nature Photography Association Tier III winner 2012

North American Nature Photography Association Tier III winner 2014

North American Nature Photography Association Tier II winner 2014

North American Nature Photography Association Tier III winner 2015

North American Nature Photography Association Tier III winner 2016

National Wildlife Federation Photo of the Day;  January 2nd, 2013 Sea Otter Mother with Pup

National Wildlife Federation Photo of the Day; June 6th, 2013 Long-tailed Weasel Peek-a-boo

TreeHugger.com Photo of the day: October 25th, 2013: Barn Owl

TreeHugger.com Photo of the day: October 18th, 2013 Lazuli Bunting with Spider

TreeHugger.com Top 10 images for October 2013, #9: Lazuli Bunting with Spider

California Watchable Wildlife Photo of the year contest Sett/October 2016, Honorable Mention: Sandhills At Sunrise
 

Publications and exhibits:

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Conservation Easement Photography project at the Avenales Ranch.

Tha Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo Direct Mail campaign for the  preservation of land alongside Hwy 46

Kings Canyon National Park, Wayside board, Big Stump Picnic area.

High Country News, Dec. 22, 2014 Vol. 46 No. 22 Hunting for Scorpions: Image page 27

National Audubon Society 2014 17-month Calendar cover image:

New Times Slo/Santa Maria Sun Winning Images cover 2013: Image

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge interactive display

Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove Display signage

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center Exhibit: The dunes are alive

Bio Science Magazine

Merced County Times front page Image

San Luis Obispo Information Press Cover image

NANPA Currents Magazine Expressions image

USGS Circular 1395 Mercury in the Nation’s streams- Levels, Trends, and Implications
 

Associations and Memberships:

National Audubon Society

North American Nature Photography Association

CPS Canon Professional Services

National Park Services VIP (Volunteers In the Park) Program

Certified California Naturalist