Lijah Hanley is a full time landscape photographer from Vancouver, Washington. In 2009, when he was 13, his work was recognized by National Geographic, and he had the incredible opportunity to study with world renowned photographers Bruce Dale and Amy Toensing in the Amazon Jungle. While in Peru, he had the opportunity to explore all types of photography, and learn from some of the most talented photojournalists in the world. Then in 2013, Lijah had the opportunity to study with National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez in London.
Since his time with National Geographic, Lijah has honed his photography, and focuses on capturing landscape images primarily of the United States. In 2015, Lijah and his wife, Gabby, converted a Dodge Sprinter into an RV, and set off to photograph the United States. Three years, 100,000 miles, and 48 states later, they are still chasing the light! His work is inspired by passages such as Psalms 19 which says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Thank you for taking the time to read about his journey, look at a sample of his work, and help him achieve his dream of making this the beginning of a life-long career and a never ending adventure.
Awards and Publications:
2018 La Quinta Arts Festival - Best of Photography
2015 5x Silver Medalist in the Epson International Pano Awards
2013 National Geographic Student Photography Grand Prize
2012 Burrard-Lucas International Photography Contest Grand Prize
2012 Nikon Photography Contest Finalist
2012 Outdoor Photography Contest Finalist
2009 National Geographic HOEC Grand Prize Winner