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Dave FitzSimmons

Dave FitzSimmons

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David currently is at work on a handful of books. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State UP, 2011) and Curious Critters (Wild Iris, 2011), which has won five national book awards.

One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues.

David, a former high school English teacher, has been teaching for 20 years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. David holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.

David was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist and librarian, and his three daughters, Sarah, Phoebe, and Annabelle.

To see more of David’s work and to know more about seminars and photo workshops, visit

To learn more about David’s award-winning picture book, Curious Critters, visit

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Equipment list:

Sigma SD1 Merrill Body (x2)
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 zoom
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 zoom
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 zoom
Sigma 150-500mm f/4.5-6.3 zoom
Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 telephoto lens
Sigma 77mm polarizer filter
Sigma 86mm polarizer filter
Gitzo GT2541EX tripod /  GH2780QR ball head
Gitzo GT1541 tripod / GH1780QR ball head
Gitzo GT2532S tripod / Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II
Hoodman Steel 32GB 1000x CompactFlash Cards