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CC Lockwood


Wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry. Through words and images, he has captured the unique sense of space in wild places as diverse as Louisiana swampland and the rugged backcountry of the American West. His work has earned him international acclaim as an environmental artist, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Lockwood’s work continues to reflect changes and perils in the natural world. His eleventh book, Marsh Mission, is part of a years-long effort by Lockwood to bring attention to the crisis of vanishing Gulf Coast wetlands. His newest book, CC Lockwood's Atchafalaya, revisits the Atchafalaya Basin, which he first explored nearly 40 years ago.


Continuing coverage of Louisiana vanishing coastal lands and marshes. 

He will produce a digital book on birds soon and is working on landscapes of special places all over Louisiana for a future coffee table book. 

Other future projects include books on sunsets, beaches, and dogs. He is also working on a sustainable agriculture project. 

Most recently CC 's iconic image, “Flat Lake Sunset,” has been chosen by the USPS to be the official bicentennial stamp. For more information click HERE.


  • TheOil Flow, an app for iPad, Wind River Creative, 2011
  • C.C. Lockwood’s Atchafalaya, LSU Press, 2007
  • Atchafalaya Houseboat, photographs by C.C. Lockwood, LSU Press, 2006
  • Marsh Mission: Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands, with Rhea Gary, LSU Press, 2005
  • Mike the Tiger, the Roar of LSU, photographs by C.C. Lockwood, 2003
  • The Alligator Book, LSU Press, 2002
  • Still Waters: Images, 1971-1999, LSU Press, 2000
  • Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure, LSU Press, 1998
  • Beneath the Rim: A Photographic Journey Through the Grand Canyon, LSU Press, 1996
  • C.C. Lockwood’s Louisiana Nature Guide, LSU Press, 1995
  • The Yucatán Peninsula, LSU Press, 1989
  • Discovering Louisiana, LSU Press, 1986
  • The Gulf Coast: Where Land Meets Sea, LSU Press, 1984
  • Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp, LSU Press, 1981



  • Smithsonian Magazine, “The Yucatán’s Flooded Basement,” April 1998
  • National Geographic Magazine, “Mississippi Delta,” August 1983
  • National Geographic Magazine, “Neshoba County Fair,” June 1980
  • National Geographic Magazine, “Atchafalaya,” September 1979
  • Additional credits in thousands of magazines, books, advertisements and other media


  • Conservation Communicator of the Year, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, 2005
  • Louisiana Legend Award, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 2000
  • Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction, 2006
  • Notable Book of 1984, American Library Association
  • Book of the Year, Louisiana Literary Awards, 1981
  • Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, 1978


  • Marsh Mission, 30 photographs, in collaboration with painter Rhea Gary, 2005
  • Alligator Exhibit, 40 photographs, 2002
  • Gulf Coast Exhibit, 25 photographs, 1984
  • Terrebonne Parish Exhibit, 48 photographs, 1979
  • Atchafalaya Exhibit, 35 photographs, 1975


  • “Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp,” filmed, written and directed by C.C. Lockwood, 1977
  • Numerous environmental public service announcements


 Lockwood is a frequent speaker on wildlife, conservation photography and environmental issues at national, state and local conferences


  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • North American Nature Photographers Association
  • Friends of New Orleans, Board Member
  • Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
  • Louisiana Press Association
  • Baton Rouge Audubon Society, co-founder
  • The Clean Team, co-founder
  • Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, past board member
  • Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, past board member


C.C. Lockwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1949 and grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he graduated from Southside High School. He moved to Louisiana in 1967 to attend Louisiana State University, where he received his B.S. in Finance in 1971. During his early years in Louisiana he fell in love with the state’s swampy backcountry, and he abandoned plans for a career in business as soon as he graduated. He taught himself photography and headed for wild places, determined to make a living capturing images of nature. Much of this time has been on a houseboat.

He has been married to Sue Richardson since 1996.

How We Met

I have known and appreciated the photographic work of CC Lockwood for many years and have several of his photography books which I cherish.  I met him personally at a friend's home in St. Francisville during a party, and had the pleasure of working with him a few years later.  A client of mine, the paper mill, Crown Vantage,featured some of his images to promote their Delta and Mission papers in a promotional brochure Positive Results, Inc. produced.  One of my goals is to attend one of his bird and wildlife classes.  (Two friends accompanied him on his regular Grand Canyon-led trips and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Put that on my bucket list!



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