William Neill

Represented Artist, The Ansel Adams Gallery

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William Neill, a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a landscape photographer concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in Nature.  Neill’s award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection.  Neill received a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado.  In 1995, Neill received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. 

Neill’s assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines.  Also, he writes a regular column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence.

His work was chosen to illustrate two special edition books published by The Nature Company, Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder and John Fowles’s The Tree.  His photographs were also published in a three book series on the art and science of natural process in collaboration with the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco: By Nature’s Design (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1993), The Color of Nature (Exploratorium/Chronicle Books, 1996) and Traces of Time (Chronicle Books/Exploratorium, Fall 2000).  A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published entitled Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness (Yosemite Association, 1994) for which he received The Director’s Award from the National Park Service. A monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown, 1997) relates his beliefs in the healing power of nature. Neill’s most recent book, William Neill–Photographer, A Retrospective (Triplekite Publishing, 2017) is a collection of his photographs taken over the past forty years. His latest book is Light on the Landscape (Rocky Nook, 2020), a collection of essays and images from his On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer magazine. and the latest, The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop.


1976 Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado

1995 The Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award

1995 Director’s Award from the National Park Service for Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness

1986, 1989, 1995, 1998, 1999 Communication Arts Magazine, Photography Annual, Awards of Excellence


2017 William Neill – Photographer, A Retrospective (Triplekite Publishing, England)
2009 Meditations In Monochrome (Sadhna Press)
2008 Impressions Of Light (Sadhna Press)
2000 Traces Of Time(Chronicle Books/Exploratorium, Fall)
1998  Of The Spirit, (Bulfinch Press/Little,Brown & Co., January)
1996 The Color Of Nature with photographs by William Neill (Chronicle Books/Exploratorium, Fall)
1994 Yosemite: The Promise Of Wildness, photographs by William Neill, text by Tim Palmer (Yosemite Association)
1994 The Tree by John Fowles, photographs by William Neill (The Nature Company)
1993 By Nature’s Design photographs by William Neill, (Chronicle Books/Exploratorium, Fall)
1990 The Sense Of Wonder, by Rachel Carson, photographs by William Neill (The Nature Company)


1990 Yosemite: An American Treasure, National Geographic Books
1984 West Of Eden: A History Of Art And Literature In Yosemite, David Robertson, Wilderness Press.

1993, 1994, 1997 Alinder Gallery, Gualala, California
1991 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2013, 2015, 2017 The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, California
1986 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
1986 Light Spectrum Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1986, 1990, 1994 Wrubel Gallery at The Nature Company, Berkeley, California and Concord, Massachusetts
1986 Fresno City College, Fresno, California
1986 The Photography Gallery, La Jolla, California
1984 The Vision of Peace Exhibition, Democratic Convention, San Francisco, California
1981-84 Photography West Gallery, Carmel, California, Represented

The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park, California

The Weston Gallery, Carmel, California

Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, California

Paragone Gallery, West Hollywood, California

The Ansel Adams Gallery
Friends of Photography
Palm Beach Photographic Workshops
Coupeville Arts Center National Audubon Society
The Maine Workshops
Anderson Ranch Workshops
Online courses for BetterPhoto.com

The Luminous Landscape Yosemite Video Interview

LensWork Interview and Portfolio

The Candid Frame Podcast

BetterPhoto.com Interview

2014 Landscape Photography Magazine, In Conservation with William Neill

2010 Nature Photography Network, Interview with William Neill

2005 National Geographic, Yosemite: Grace Under Pressure, January

1995 Smithsonian Magazine, photo essay assignment, July

1995 View Camera Magazine, landscape photography feature article, July/August

1993 Life Magazine, Living Geometry, feature article on By Nature’s Design book

1992 Photographer’s Forum landscape photography feature article, February

1992 Camera and Darkroom Magazine, The Intimate Landscape

1989 Outside Magazine, Journey to Tibet photo essay

1988 Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Eight Days Out Of Kathmandu

1988 Communication Arts Magazine, feature article

1986 Photo District News, travel photography feature, April

2022 Juror, Yosemite Renaissance 37

2021 Out of Chicago LIVE! Instructor and presenter

2021 Judge, Georgia Nature Photographers Association “In The Footsteps of Ansel Adams” competition

2020 Workshop instructor co-presenter with Michael Frye, Out of Chicago In-Depth

2020 Presenter, Out of Chicago LIVE!

2020 Key Note Speaker and workshop leader, Out of Yosemite Conference

2020 Presenter Visual Wilderness live online conference

2019 Key Note Speaker, Georgia Nature Photographer’s Association Annual Conference

2019 Presenter, Canon Live Learning Center, Costa Mesa

2018 Presenter and workshop leader, Moab Photography Symposium

2018 & 2019 Judge, InFocus Photography Competition, Sonora County

2016 Judge, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition

2016-current Assistant, Michael Frye Workshops