Since childhood, Pete has known two things: firstly that he wanted to spend his life in nature, and secondly that he wanted to travel. After studying marine zoology, Pete began in tourism in 1987 while living in the Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist guide. Since then, Pete has traveled to some of the world’s most pristine and remote corners as a conservation photographer. He continues to search for images of wildlife and native cultures with the understanding that the conservation of one is inextricably linked to the other.
Pete and his wife Reneé Bish have published thirteen books, mostly on Ecuador, where they have lived for nearly three decades. Pete’s images have appeared in many international magazines and publications, and he was considered by Outdoor Photographer Magazine to be among the top 40 most influential nature photographers in the world. Pete is a Founder Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, as well as a board member of the Quito Vivarium in Ecuador and SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Magazine. He is a contributing photographer for the Annenberg Space for Photography and an official ambassador for Gitzo, Mindshift Gear, Voltaic Systems, and Catoma Tents. Pete also works in partnership with various conservation-based nonprofit organizations, such as the Orianne Society, the MAR Alliance, and Equilibrio Azul.