Training photographers and filmmakers who are passionate about nature, conservation and science.

Do you love nature and wildlife photography and are excited to

Inspire Audiences! Create Change! Get Published!

You’ve come to the right place.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a

Nature Photographer!


There’s nothing like an incredible photograph to get folks stirred up.

Imagine creating beautiful images – or, even better, jaw-dropper photo stories – that inspire people to care about wilderness and the wild things that call this planet home.

What we see, we understand.
What we understand, we love.
What we love, we protect.

And nature photographs are the driving force for positive change.

You can craft the visual stories that make all the difference while also fulfilling your creative passion and love of being behind the camera.

Hi, I’m Jaymi Heimbuch, founder of Conservation Visual Storytellers Academy.

With 14+ years of experience as a wildlife conservation photographer and photo editor, I’m here to help you master the art of nature photography, visual storytelling, and getting your photos into the world where they can inspire audiences, spark conversation, and make a meaningful impact for you and our wild world!




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52 Week Creativity Kit

A year of weekly bite-sized nature photography concepts and challenges that strengthen your camera skills and provide endless inspiration.

6 Must-Have Shots for a Photo Story

New to photo stories? Start by learning how to create a powerful photo story with the 6 essential images that all photo editors want to publish.

Photo Stories for Nature

Master how to photograph impressive photo stories and effectively share them so they make an impact.

Conservation Filmmaking 101

Master how to craft powerfully moving films that create conservation impact.

What Our Academy Students Say

I enrolled in the course in June, submitted my first pitch in September, and the story was published in Audubon Magazine in November… I think a lot of us are probably perfectionists or we’re very driven, and we want to produce the best work we possibly can. But at some point, you need to just pull the trigger. Jaymi helps you see when you can do that, when to get out of your own way to get your story into the world. This course has been invaluable.

Anne Readel

When I found Conservation Photography 101, it helped me realize the importance of having a step to step approach in doing a conservation photo story... The program is like the back bone of my conservation photography professional career. 

Anthony Ochieng

The growth that I’ve seen out of myself and my work has been huge. Storytelling was not even in my vocabulary before Conservation Photography 101. I was looking for just the wildlife aspects, but now I’m looking for those elements that make it different, make it a story… If you want to be here, to be in the action, and if you want to inspire others, this course will change your life if you let it. I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life.

Jules Jacobs

As a nonjournalist, a non-professional photographer, this realm can feel intimidating. But I didn’t feel that with Jaymi. She recognizes everyone has a part to play in conservation photography.

Michelle Guillermine

Guide To
Conservation Photography

Discover how to become an impactful visual storyteller and make photo stories with purpose

“Conservation photography is photography with a purpose. It is about what you DO with your images to bring attention, understanding, and action to environmental issues.”

– Jaymi Heimbuch 

Begin your visual storytelling adventure