Jessica Kirste is a wildlife and zoo photographer from Union County, New Jersey. She strives to show the emotion in her wildlife subjects which include many types of birds and mammals. Her favorite being waterfowl, wader birds & marine mammals. Jessica was the grand prize winner of the 2015 Nature Conservancy Photo Contest. She is a stock photographer and her work has been published in various books, magazines, newspapers and calendars including those by Willow Creek Press, National Geographic and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (See published works below) She frequently photographs at zoos and aquariums. Her goals of zoo and aquarium photography is to help others learn about these beautiful animals many that are endangered and the role they play in zoos to helping their species in the wild through conservation efforts. 


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Equipment
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS
Tamron AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
Bower 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Fast Fisheye
Canon 430X II Speedlite

 

Published Work
 

Calendars

2009

  • NorthStar Vets NJ 2009 Calendar

2011

  • Turtle Back Zoo 2011 Calendar

2012

  • Edison Wetland Associations 2012 Calendar
  • Union County Parks & Recreation 2012 Calendar (Front Cover)

2016

  • National Geographic Eagles Calendar 2016 (Front Cover)
  • Foxes Calendar 2016 by Willow Creek Press

2017

  • 12 Uses for a Lab 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • What Labs Teach Us Engagement Notebook Calendar 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • Labs Box Calendar 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • Friends of Rahway River Park Calendar 2017 (2 Images)
  • Owls Calendar 2017 by Firefly Books
  • The Nature Conservancy 2017 Member Calendar
  • Manitoba Boreal Wilderness Calendar 2017 by CPAWS (Front Cover)
  • National Geographic Foxes Calendar 2017 

2018

  • National Geographic Eagles Calendar 2018 
  • Eagles 2018 Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Foxes Calendar 2018 by Willow Creek Press (2 Images)
  • Just Labs 2018 Box Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Friends of Rahway River Park 2018 Calendar (2 images)
  • Bird a Day 2018 Box Calendar Eastern & Central North America (5 images)
  • Bird a Day 2018 Box Calendar Western North America (2 images)

2019

  • Foxes Calendar 2019 by Willow Creek Press
  • Waterfowl 2019 Calendar by Willow Creek Press (2 images)
  • Eagles 2019 Calendar by Willow Creek Press (Cover Photo)
  • 365 Days of Labs Calendar 2019 by Willow Creek Press
  • Just Beagles 2019 Box Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Just Labs 2019 Box Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • National Geographic Foxes 2019 Calendar 
  • Friends of Rahway River Park 2019 Calendar 
  • Bird a Day 2019 Box Calendar Eastern & Central North America
  • Bird a Day 2019 Box Calendar Western North America

2020

  • Down by the Shore 2020 Calendar by Down by the Shore Publishing
  • Foxes 2020 Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Seasons of the Whitetail 2020 Calendar by Willow Creek Press (Cover)
  • Bird a Day 2020 Box Calendar Eastern & Central North America
  • Bird a Day 2020 Box Calendar Western North America 
  • Virginia Wildlife Calendar 2020

2021

  • Foxes 2021 Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Rocky Mountain Wildlife 2021 Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Spirit of the Wolf 2021 Box Calendar

2022

  • Foxes 2022 Calendar by Willow Creek Press

 

 

Books, Magazines & Other Media
 

  • Jersey's Best Magazine (Spring 2021 Issue)
  • Backyard Birds of North America Flash Cards by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Take a Wetlands Walk (Book) by Jane Kirkland
  • HSUS Member Magazine "All Animals" July/August 2009 Issue
  • A Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults (Book) by MetLife Foundation
  • Contra Costa Clean Water Program Brochure (Front Cover)
  • Bonterra Organic Wine (Magazine Ad Campaign) 2012 and 2013
  • Bonterra Organic Wine (Magazine Ad Campaign) 2014 and 2019
  • Photography Week Magazine (November 15, 2012)
  • Photography Week Magazine (December 6, 2012) Front Cover
  • Photography Week Magazine (December 20, 2012)
  • Photography Week Magazine (June 13, 2013)
  • Colorado Field Ornithologists Journal
  • PhotoPlus Magazine May 2013 Issue
  • National Audubon Society
  • American Birding Association
  • A Birder's Guide to Louisiana
  • New Jersey Audubon
  • Montezuma Audubon Center, NY 
  • Bird Watching Magazine 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation (2013 Annual Report Brochure)
  • National Wildlife Federation 
  • National Wildlife Magazine (Dec/Jan 2015 Issue)
  • National Parks Conservation Association (Jamaica Bay Advocates Website)
  • Growing Leaders Inc. (Habitudes Books & Resources)
  • Newark/Bound Magazine
  • The Nature Conservancy Magazine
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine May Issue (2017)
  • Spot Brand Pet Toys & Accessories Catalog (2017)
  • Backyard Birds and Blossoms Coloring Book by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Zoological Association of America (ZAA Journal) Summer 2017 Vol. 11 Issue 2 (Front Cover)
  • American Birding Association Birder's Guide (December 2018)
  • In the Corporate Collection of a Fortune 500 Company (Private Financial Institution New York, NY)
  • Center for Resource Solutions (Website Header)
  • The Official Website of the Borough of Roselle (Background)
  • Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Website
  • Rider's Collective #16 (Free Bicycling E-Magazine) pg.44
  • The Block Island Times - Rhode Island Newspaper
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Wild New Jersey Blog
  • Yahoo! News
  • NJ.com
  • Star Ledger (2008)
  • Sunday Star Ledger (2009/2010)

 

Contests

  • Spot Brand Toys & Accessories October 2017 Monthly Contest Winner
  • 3rd Place Winner in The Friends of Rahway River Park 2017 Photo Contest
  • 2nd Place Winner in The Friends of Rahway River Park 2016 Photo Contest
  • Grand Prize Winner of The Nature Conservancy 2015 Digital Photo Contest
  • 2nd Place in Art Wolfe's The Compelling Image 2015 Photography Contest
  • Project FeederWatch: Judge's Choice Winner (Week 9) 2015
  • Share the View: International Nature Photography Contest (Made Top 250)
  • Semi Finalist in Defenders of Wildlife 2014 Photo Contest