Melissa Groo

"Photo blinds are an absolutely indispensable tool for any wildlife photographer; and the best blinds of all are made by Tragopan. Buying a Tragopan blind is an investment that will pay off in spades—both in terms of the quality and longevity of the product--and the quality and intimacy of your resulting photos." ~ Melissa Groo



Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist. She’s passionate about conveying the marvels of the natural world to diverse audiences. She believes that photography can be both fine art and a powerful vehicle for storytelling, and considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as a wildlife photographer. By capturing and sharing stories about individual wild animals, she hopes to raise awareness and change minds about not only the extrinsic beauty of animals, but also their intrinsic worth.

Melissa is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, a columnist for Outdoor Photographer magazine and a contributing editor for Audubon magazine. Her images and articles have been published in numerous magazines including SmithsonianAudubon, Outdoor PhotographerNational Wildlife, National Geographic, Living Bird, and Natural History. She travels frequently on assignment for magazines, and to conduct photography workshops, many for Summit Photography Workshops.


In 2020, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released an online course on beginning bird photography, "Bird Photography with Melissa Groo" comprised of nearly 40 instructional videos on the subject. Melissa is also available to teach private, one-on-one workshops.

Learn more about Melissa and see more of her work at the links below.