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Kathy McCraine
Prescott, Arizona

Kathy McCraine is a rancher and award-winning writer and photographer from Prescott, Arizona. A graduate of the University of Arizona in Journalism and Art, she has worked on and edited such publications as Western Livestock Journal, Record Stockman, Brangus Journal, Arizona Cattlelog, and Arizona Quarter Horse. She also published the Arizona Rancher for a number of years.

Kathy was raised on a working Arizona cattle ranch, and today she and her husband, Swayze, own Campwood Cattle Company near Prescott, where they run about 600 commercial cows and raise registered Quarter Horses. She also works as a freelance writer and photographer for various national horse and livestock publications, with a goal of documenting and preserving the heritage of American ranching, particularly cowboy life in Arizona.


Sandy Owens
Bozeman, Montana

Sandy Owens became a serious photographer in 1995 when he lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Since November 2003, when Sandy and his artist wife Chris moved to Bozeman, Montana, they have fulfilled their dream of living in the West.

Sandy is immersed in the scope, culture and beauty of the West, which is reflected in his award-winning photography. He seeks to capture the essence of the West whether the subject matter involves old structures, sprawling landscapes, Yellowstone National Park or, his favorite, ranch dogs. Sandy thinks a classic black and white presentation is well suited to the timeless image of a working dog.

He has had several successful one-man shows at galleries including “Ranch Dogs: Partners in the Land.” His photographs have been selected for several juried exhibitions and have been published in Montana Pioneer, Explore, Tributary, Big Sky Journal and RANGE.

Guy de Galard

Since childhood, Guy has had a passion for horses and the American West. Born in Paris, France, Guy began riding at age 6, when a friend’s father, the owner of an equestrian center, put him on a pony for a short ride. By the time he was eight, Guy began riding on a regular basis and went on to jumping and cross country by age 12. Guy first heard about Wyoming while reading My Friend Flicka, at age 10. He also became a devoted fan of western movies and TV series, living vicariously through their fictional characters and their French-dubbed horseback adventures.
A self-taught photographer, Guy first took up photography while attending business school in Paris. After his move to the United States 24 years ago, Guy started to portray what naturally inspired him the most: horses and cowboys.

As a photographer, Guy is drawn to authenticity and tradition. His photos, typically rich in color and light, convey action, horsemanship and the rituals of the West. Guy looks for the kind of images that made him dream as a kid and that would still make him dream today. When Guy and his wife, Kristin, relocated from California to the cowboy state eight years ago, he fulfilled his dream. “We longed for wide-open spaces and I wanted more opportunities for western photography,” he says. “Being able to ride has helped me a lot in my job. When I am on an assignment at a ranch and saddle up in the morning with the cowboys, I become part of the crew for that day." Guy’s images have appeared in Western Horseman,
Cowboys & Indians, RANGE, The American Quarter Horse Journal, as well as French and Italian western lifestyle magazines.

Cynthia Baldauf
Pittsboro, Indiana

Cynthia Baldauf has been traveling to the Big Hole Valley in Montana since 1998. Her passion for western photography has grown out of her love for the tenacious people who work the valley and her commitment to documenting their joys and travails.

This award-winning photographer has been recording the traditions of the West’s beautiful Big Hole Valley, which is also known as “the land of 10,000 haystacks.” These traditions extend from the use of antique beaverslides to stack hay, to the use of magnificent draft horses to pull hay-filled sleds and wagons—both symbols of an earlier time. Cindy also appreciates and reveres horses, tack, labor, land, and the wonderful, generous friends who have welcomed her into their lives.

Cindy’s photos have been published in many magazines, including Country, Country Extra, Farm & Ranch and RANGE. And they have appeared in books including “Montana 24/7,” “America 24/7,”
“Cowboys & Country” and “The Romance & Reality of Ranching.”