Capturing Conservation Moments with
a lens and a pen.
To draw attention to science and conservation through photography, writing & in my work with others.
A world where individuals are inspired to care for our planet and have the knowledge to act.
As the human population grows, often at the expense of natural habitats and species, there is an ever-growing need for conservation and inspiring stories backed by science.
Haley R. Pope founded TerraLens Photography in September of 2016 on the acknowledgment that we are deeply and intricately connected to all life on Earth. I strive to draw attention to topics in science and conservation through photography and writing to encourage the responsible treatment of nature. I enjoy working with organizations that aim to make the world a better place.
Creativity and exploration are essential components of both science and photography. Thus, my photographs and articles are guided by the people, ideas, animals, and environments I come into contact with to tell a complete and honest story.
Haley R Pope
President | Photographer & Writer | M.S.
From the time I was born, I was curious and imaginative. My family moved overseas when I was four and I grew up in Malaysia and Chile where my natural inclinations were stoked: I hung from tree branches, chased after wildlife, drank in the tropical rainstorms, and climbed mountains.
Years later, I earned a B.A. in biology from Elon University in North Carolina, and in the process, learned I desired a more hands-on field experience. Shortly after graduation, I moved to South Africa and enrolled at Stellenbosch University where I obtained my M.S. degree in zoology.
In South Africa, I was re-introduced to a breathtaking natural world. I ran through national parks with warthogs on my heels and giraffes in the distance, tracked wild dogs through the bush and great white sharks along the coast, and trembled in excitement whenever I heard a laughing hyena or lion roar. Every morning, I woke up in awe of the nature around me.
At the same time, I was learning about conservation issues like climate change, poaching, human-wildlife conflict, invasive species, wildlife crime, habitat degradation, and overpopulation that impacted both wildlife and local communities.
I saw a need for honest and creative science communication. People only make responsible decisions about their own lives and our shared planet if they have the knowledge to do so. I decided to help fill the gaps using the power of photography and storytelling to achieve greater science literacy and encourage us to be conscientious in our actions towards the planet. I want to capture your imagination, inform, and inspire.