About the Author & Photographer


Colleen Miniuk-SperryColleen Miniuk-Sperry


As an award-winning internationally-published outdoor photographer and writer, Colleen J. Miniuk-Sperry supports a wide range of assignments for editorial, fine art, and stock clients, specializing in nature, outdoor recreation, conservation, and travel.  Her publication credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, calendars, and books, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA Via, InsideOutside Southwest, Lighthouse Digest, Experience AZ, Sonora Es, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications. 

Colleen has been honored to serve as an Artist-in-Residence three times with Acadia National Park in November 2009, October 2010, and January/February 2013. Between residencies, leading photography workshops, business partnerships, and personal visits, she has spent over 200 days in the park in the past five years.


In late 2011, she co-authored and published her first guidebook, Wild in Arizona:  Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How.  In its first year, the book won seven international book awards, including the International Book Awards “Best Nature Photography Book” and the USA Book Awards “Best Travel/Travel Guide.” Since the first edition sold out in three years, the second edition was released in March 2015 and immediately won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award's prestigous "Best Book on Arizona," "Best Travel Book," and "Best Crafts/Hobby/How-to Book.

Colleen enjoys leading photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, The Nature Conservancy, Through Each Others Eyes, and for numerous private clients, where she is known for her inquisitive storytelling approach, instruction-intensive style, and enthusiasm for exploration.

She is an Associate of Through Each Others Eyes (TEOE), where she has participated in cultural photographic exchanges and international exhibitions with Japan, Mexico, and Canada.   She is also an active member and Board Member in Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).

Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry moved to Phoenix to begin a 10-year project management career at Intel Corporation.  Initially as an outlet to corporate life, she began making photographs of the Western United States landscapes in late 2001.  Then, she left Intel in early 2007 to pursue a full-time career in photography and writing.

Originally hailing from Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois, Colleen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, Craig and her cat, Nolan.

To see more of her work, learn more about her workshops and online photography classes, and sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website at www.cms-photo.com.


Photo credits: Jacque Miniuk (top right & middle left), Craig Sperry (bottom right)