2017 President's Award

John Fielder

Nationally renowned photographer, publisher, teacher, and environmentalist


John Fielder has been capturing the beauty of Colorado for 45 years. From majestic sunrises over the Rockies to colorful Colorado wildflowers bordering alpine lakes, his photos portray Colorado in all its glory. John is the author of 50 exhibit format and guide books, including Colorado’s all-time best-selling regional title, Colorado 1870-2000 in which he matches his modern photographs with classic photographs of the same scenes taken in the 19th century by pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson.

Mr. Fielder first visited Colorado at the age of 14 during a school field trip from North Carolina: “In all my life, I have not forgotten my first sight of the Rockies rising up before me over the plains. I was simply smitten by this wall of snow-capped peaks above a treeless plain. And the word C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O, it was the most poetic name for a place I had ever heard. I realized at that moment that someone or something had guided me to this place, and that I belonged here for the rest of my life.”

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation. In 1992 he worked to pass the Great Outdoors Colorado initiative and was appointed by Governor Romer to its first board of trustees. Since then more than 2 million acres of open space, parks, trails, wildlife habitat, and ranches worth $2 billion have been protected with Colorado lottery profits and other monies.

His photographs were used to pass the 1993 Colorado Wilderness Bill by acquainting people and politicians with the beauty of the places they talked so much about. This bill protects some of Colorado’s last remaining wild places, mostly in the mountains. Fielder has earned him recognition including the 1993 Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award, in 2011 the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award ever given to an individual, and in 2017 Colorado Mountain College presented him an Honorary Degree in Sustainability Studies. Today, John Fielder spends about half of his time photographing and teaching photography workshops, and the other half speaking to thousands of people each year to promote awareness about conservation issues in Colorado.

CAEE works to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.

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