In the 48 years that Tom Walker has resided in Alaska, he has worked as a conservation officer, wilderness guide, wildlife technician, log home builder, documentary film advisor, and adjunct professor of journalism at the Homer Branch, University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Tom Walker, a full-time freelance writer and photographer specializing in natural history and wildlife, is regarded as one of Alaska's premier nature photographers. His publication credits include Alaska Magazine, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Newsweek, Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick Magazine, Wilderness, numerous national, local, and international publications.
Walker's books include: BUILDING THE ALASKA LOG HOME, SHADOWS ON THE TUNDRA, DENALI JOURNAL, WILD CRITTERS, RIVER OF BEARS (paperback re-named WAY OF THE GRIZZLY), ALASKA'S WILDLIFE, PORTRAIT OF ALASKA'S WILDLIFE, ALASKA'S MAMMALS, ALASKA'S BEARS, and CARIBOU:WANDERER OF THE TUNDRA, which won the 2000 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BOOK AWARD in the category of Nature and Environment. His new book, THE SEVENTYMILE KID, was published in 2013 and won the coveted Alaska Historian of the Year award.
Many of Walker's photographs have won local, national, and international competitions.
Walker has also co-authored three books for Insight Guides - ALASKA, RAINFORESTS, and WHALES - and two other guidebooks, ALASKA'S BEST PLACES and the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO AMERICA'S OUTDOORS: ALASKA. His work has been anthologized in OUT AMONG THE WOLVES and THE LAST NEW LAND.
Walker is also an in-demand lecturer who presents programs to Elderhostel, schools, and photography groups. In 2001 he traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden where he presented a program on Alaska for the VARGARDA FOTOKLUBB. In 2004 he gave a presentation at the North American Nature Photographers Association's Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon on the use of photography for conservation education.
This award-winning photographer is active in local and national conservation issues. In 2002, Alaska's Governor appointed him to the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Alaska Interagency Kodiak Brown Bear Management Team and helped draft the first comprehensive brown bear management plan for the Kodiak Archipelago. That same year his photographs appeared at the Canadian Embassy as part of a traveling photo display entitled "Saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge." In 2006 Walker won the Alaska Conservation Foundation's Daniel Houseberg "Lifetime Achievement Award" for still photography. He is currently on the selection panel for the Denali National Park & Preserve Writers in Residence program. In 2013, the Alaska Historical Society awarded Walker the title "Historian of the Year" for the SEVENTYMILE KID, his biography of Harry Karstens, the first superintendent of Denali (then McKinley) National Park.