(SALEM) - Tom Myers, A Salem native, has photographed polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in Antarctica, endangered creatures and insects from the Amazon to the African rain forest.
His photos have appeared on local and national TV, national newspapers and magazines including National Geographic, and in a number of textbooks and scientific guides.
The Leader Democrat reports, his work is being recognized at the Smithsonian Institution. Myers' photo of emperor penguins, which he shot while traveling on a Russian icebreaker in 2006, are on exhibit in Washington DC. The exhibit of 40 outstanding nature images will be at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History through May 2014.
The panel that selected the photo looked at over 20,000 images shot by photographers from 46 countries. Myers is a graduate of Salem High School and the son of James and Dora May Myers. He is a board certified entomologist who is known as one of the top insect photographers in the world. Myers received his bachelor's degree at Purdue University, his master's degree at Iowa State, and has pursued research projects at the University of Kentucky. He began work with All Rite Pest Control, in Lexington, Ky., in 1975, and has remained owner/operator of the company, while traveling the world to photograph endangered species and other animals and insects in exotic locations from tropical rain forests to the literal ends of the earth, sometimes via canoe or dogsled.
Myers makes regular presentations at conferences, museums and similar organizations on entomology and/or photography. Myers' work in the tropical rain forests has resulted in the discovery of several species previously unknown to science.
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