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Michael Gjellum

Outdoor Recreation Content Creator




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About Me

I grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is here my love for nature was formed. Engrained within me, I seek adventure through the wonders of the outdoors. Photography became an outlet for me to tell the stories of my experience in the outdoors at a young age. I started out on the most basic 'point n shoot' camera and have worked my way up over the course of a decade to professional gear. I know reside in North West Arkansas where I work as an Outdoor Recreation Content Creator. Through my images I seek to transform the outdoor rec industry and the perception of Northwest Arkansas making it America's Outdoor Playground. 

Work Experience 

Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship
Funded By: The Communication and Journalism Dept. University of Wyoming

Creative Activities Grant
Funded By: The Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources University of Wyoming

Novel Outreach & Education Grant
Funded By: The Biodiversity Institute at The University of Wyoming

Student photographer for Institutional Marketing at the University of Wyoming

Outdoor Recreation Content Creator
Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas

Recipient of the prestigious Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship. Conducted a self-led photojournalism project on the renewal of forests and return of life after forest fires in the western United States. Documented project using a variety of visual mediums including digital photography, video, time lapse, and aerial drone footage. Produced work available in correlated projects tab.

Awardee of the 2020 Creative Activities Grant. Collaborated with professors, wildlife conservationists and private landowners to draft a photojournalism project focused on highlighting the hidden biodiversity of wildlife on private lands in Wyoming and Colorado. To achieve this goal, professional-quality camera technology was utilized and converted into motion-activated camera traps. Produced work available in correlated projects tab.

Awardee of the 2021-22  Novel Outreach & Education Grant from the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Wyoming to fund and support the project Historic Flyways: Documenting America's Last Great Migration. A long term project that utilized photojournalism, videography, demanded intensive fieldwork and communication with conservation organizations and individuals. Doubling as a master's degree thesis. 



University of Wyoming
B.A Journalism 

I have taken a wide array of multimedia and communication courses at the University of Wyoming. Including Photojournalism, Media Writing, Digital, Video Production, and Communication Research


University of Wyoming
Student M.A Communication, Minor Environmental & Natural 

While in graduate school I have applied my communication, research, and multimedia skills to coursework. Courses include Mass Media Science and Society, Communications and Journalism, and Documentary Analysis and Production.

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