Biography & Publication Credits


I am a full time professional photographer specializing in wildlife, landscape and nature with over 80,000 6x7, 6x4.5 and 35mm film and digital images. My wildlife image files include extensive coverage of many venomous snake species, poison arrow frogs, African lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, various other wild cats, wolves, raptors, songbirds, dragonflies, damselflies and many other insect, reptile, bird and mammal species. My landscape and intimate scenic image files include coverage of the western and southwestern U.S., northern Canada and Venezuela. I have been capturing evocative images of the natural world for over 25 years, producing the highest quality images for publication. My images often capture unique behavioral characteristics of wildlife or special lighting or weather conditions of landscapes. I answer all image license requests promptly and professionally. Submissions are tightly edited and always request specific. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you on your image needs.

I have over 10,000 images on this site that are key word searchable, by location for landscape subjects, and by common and Latin names and location for wildlife subjects.

Rights Managed Image Licensing
A Rights Managed Image License may be purchased directly from this site using the "Buy Rights Managed Image License" Button on any Image Display Page. Click on any image in one of my galleries and it will be displayed with the "Buy Rights Managed Image License" Button. Simply fill in the information and an immediate quote will be provided. Payment using this feature is via PayPal.

NOTE: You may also contact me directly to negotiate an Image Rights License unique to your needs. On the same image display, simply click on the Contact Dave Welling for Instant Sale Info.
Please reference the nine or ten digit image ID # in the image title in any correspondence.
My Images Have Appeared in the Following Publications
Magazines: National Geographic Adventure, Kids, Explorer and Travel; National Wildlife; Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard; Nature's Best; Outdoor Photographer; Birds&Blooms; BirdWatching; Living Bird; Natural History and Sojourns
Calendars/Notecards: Audubon; Barnes & Noble; COMDA; Inner Reflections; National Wildlife; Northword Press; Palm Press; PlanetZoo; Pomegranate Communications; Sierra; World Wildlife Fund
Books: National Geographic; Capstone; Farcountry Press; Grand Canyon Association; Prentice Hall; Voyageurs' Press; Cowles Creative; Holt Reinhart; Houghton Mifflin; Prentice Hall; Trident Press; Rio Nuevo Publications; Tyndale House
Photographic Awards
I have been fortunate to win numerous first place and honorable mention awards in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, National Wildlife and Nature's Best photo contests.

I was very fortunate to win the Grand Prize in the 2023 National Wildlife Photo Contest. My image of a western diamondback rattlesnake striking a green jay was the overall winner. The image can be found on this site at Western diamondback striking a green jay
I am a charter member of The North American Nature Photographers Association.
Stock Agencies
I am represented by Animals Animals/Earth Scenes, Jaynes Gallery, Nature Picture Library and World Panorama stock agencies.
Recent Books and Published Articles
I am the featured photographer in A Texas Wildlife Portfolio from FarCountry Press.
Please check out and preview my latest coffee table book Sanctuary which tells the stories of many exotic and native wildlife rescue animals through words and images.

I also write photo/text articles for magazines. You can view several of my magazine photo/text articles
Outdoor Photographer "Capturing Little Details While Photographing Grand Landscapes"
Outdoor Photographer "Monsoon Photography in the Southwest"
Outdoor Photography Guide "Numerous Articles"
Images on This Website
I have over 10,000 keyword searchable wildlife, nature, landscape, macro and panoramic images on this e-commerce website.
Fine Art Prints
Approximately 1,000 of my images are available as fine art prints on my Fine Art Prints web site. You can also click on the Fine Art Prints tab on my Homepage of this web site to view the details of my Fine Art Print offerings and see a slideshow of some of the prints available.
Cannot find the images you need?
Contact Me. I have extensive files and would be happy to assist you.