Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

“To help me render my personal vision and make the absolute best photograph I can in the field, I only use the best. No other filters equal the color accuracy and optical quality Singh-Ray consistently provides.”



As an award-winning internationally-published outdoor photographer and writer, Colleen supports a wide range of assignments for editorial, fine art and stock clients, specializing in nature and outdoor recreation. Her publication credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, calendars and books, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler and a broad variety of other publications.

In late 2011, she co-authored Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How ( The book won seven international book awards, including the International Book Awards “Best Nature Photography Book” and the USA Book Awards “Best Travel/Travel Guide.” After selling out in three years, the expanded second edition arrived in March 2015.

After serving three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including as the park's first winter artist), she published her second guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How ( in February 2014. This popular guidebook garnered five international book awards, including Best Travel Guide/Essay in the prestigious 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Colleen enjoys leading photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and numerous private clients.

She is an Associate of Through Each Others Eyes (TEOE) and an active member and Board Member in the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), where she has won numerous Excellence in Craft awards for her photography, book and blog, as well as the prestigious 2010 President’s Choice Award, the 2013 People’s Choice Award and the 2014 Outstanding Board Member Award.


Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Colleen moved to Phoenix in 1997 to begin a 10-year project management career at Intel Corporation. Initially as an outlet to corporate life, she began making photographs of the Western United States landscapes in late 2001. Then, she left Intel in February 2007 to pursue a full-time career in photography and writing.


Originally hailing from Ohio, Arkansas and Illinois, Colleen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.


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