Museum Exhibitions

Invisible Boundaries (with James Prosek and Arthur Middleton) at BBCW National Geographic Museum Yale National Museum of Wildlife Art Natural History Museum of Utah

Pronghorn Passage

Iā€™m Not There

Red Desert to Hoback: Mule Deer migration

Fellowships, Grants, Prizes, Awards

National Geographic Photography Fellow (2017)

Wyoming Migration Initiative Photography Fellow (2016-18)

Monaco Prize - Elk Migration w/ Dr. Arthur Middleton (2013)

Stanford Knight-Riser Prize for journalism w/ Emilene Ostlind

Honors

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Look3 Festival of the Photograph featured artist & talk

The Murie Center Artist-in-Residence in Grand Teton NP (2009)

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (2008)

Stories

National Geographic Magazine photographer Yellowstone

National Geographic Magazine photographer Gobi Grizzly and Gobi Bear Project

Mule Deer Migration w/ Hall Sawyer and WMI Initiative

Books

Yellowstone Migrations, Mountaineers Books

Tracking Gobi Grizzlies, Patagonia Books

YELLOWSTONE (contributor), National Geographic Books

Invisible Boundaries (contributor), Buffalo Bill Center

Films

Elk River

Gobi Grizzly

Deer Migration

Return to the Tepuis

2019 - Invisible Boundaries museum exhibition (with James Prosek and Arthur Middleton) at BBCW National Geographic Museum Yale National Museum of Wildlife Art Natural History Museum of Utah

2017 - National Geographic Photography Fellow (Beyond Yellowstone)

2016-2018 - Wyoming Migration Initiative Photography Fellow

2016 - National Geographic Magazine photographer Yellowstone

2016 - Look3 Festival of the Photograph featured artist & talk

2015 - National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

2014 - Elk Migration and Camp Monaco Prize w/ Dr. Arthur Middleton

2013 - National Geographic Magazine photographer Gobi Grizzly and Gobi Bear Project

2012 - Mule Deer Migration w/ Hall Sawyer and WMI Initiative

2012 - National Geographic Expedition Council Tepuis

2012 - Stanford Knight-Riser Prize for journalism w/ Emilene Ostlind

2011 - Emmy Award for cinematography in Great Migrations series

2011 - National Geographic Magazine field assistant Albertine Rift

2010 - LookBetween nominee (Look3 Festival of the Photograph)

2010 - National Geographic Magazine field assistant Tigers

2009 - The Murie Center Artist-in-Residence (Grand Teton NP)

2008 - Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship (U of Wyoming)

2008 - NANPA Philip Hyde Photography Grant 

2008 - National Geographic Young Explorers Grant 

2007 - University of Wyoming Independent Study Award

Joe Riis is a wildlife biologist turned wildlife photojournalist and filmmaker known for his pioneering documentation of animal migrations in the West. He is the photographer of the Yellowstone Migrations project, which has been a decade long journey for Joe, often working solo in the backcountry of Wyoming. He aims to give migratory animals a visual voice in our current human culture. Joe has worked in collaboration with wildlife researchers, private landowners, and State/Federal agencies in the Yellowstone ecosystem. This project has led Joe to five continents for National Geographic Magazine assignments, and he has received photography and film accolades for his work. He lives with his wife Lucy and two dogs.