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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 now reside in Northwest Arkansas where I work as an Outdoor Recreation Content Creator. Through my images, I seek to tell stories and inspire people.

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. 

Photographer for the University of Wyoming Marketing team. Duties included overhauling the bookstore catalog and website for over 500 University branded products. During my tenurte at this postion I also created marketing materials for print and online publications. Duties also included covering Division 1 Athletics. Familiar with all NCAA rules and guidelines for photographers at a variety of sporting events including but not limited to football, basketball, diving, and wrestling.

Content Creator for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. The main role of this position is to promote and bolster support for outdoor recreation in Northwest Arkansas. This includes creating video, photo, publishing blogs and magazines covering a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities. Through this position I also support degree programs with a focus on outdoor recreation across the college including creating marketing materials for new degree programs and certificates. Some of which include The Outdoor Products and Services Certificate, Outdoor Leadership Minor, and the Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program. 

This role also requires extensive communication and collaboration with various organizations heavily involved in outdoor recreation.



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 
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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