Ernesto Santos

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Ernesto grew up in the ranchlands of south Texas spending a lot of his youth in the outdoors. Years of hunting, fishing and just walking the vast scrub and mesquite flats allowed him to gain a lifelong appreciation for nature and the beauty within it. Having built a successful career as a financial professional in both the private and public sectors, Ernesto has spent the last twelve years working for two major, public university systems in Texas. This part of his career allows him to travel often and triggered an interest in photography he first nurtured while in college.

Ernesto currently balances a corporate career with part-time professional photography. He travels several times a year in the U.S. and worldwide capturing images for fine art printing and publishing. He is a master inkjet printer having spent many years studying the craft and sells his work to a growing clientele across the country. He has also been published in the U.S., The Philippines, and Australia in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Nature’s Best Photography, Latino Leaders, and in a U.S. National Park Calendar.

In 2012 Ernesto’s work was featured in a large-format coffee table book on the indigenous trees of The Philippines. This book was awarded the Best Science Book at the 32nd National Book Awards – The Philippines for 2012. In 2005 Ernesto was a winner of the prestigious Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition sponsored by Nature’s Best Photography. As a result, his winning image was displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.