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On November 2, 2013 Travis Dimler, an avid herper and SWCHR member from Gail, Texas became the recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography.  This is the second time that Travis, who has contributed a number of outstanding photographs to the SWCHR web site during the five years, has won this prestigious award. He was the recipient of the award in 2010.

In addition to a commemorative plaque mounted certificate, this year's award also came with a $300 gift card for B & H Photo & Video.

SWCHR Member Travis Dimler with his 2013 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography
SWCHR Member  Travis Dimler  with SWCHR's  2013  Award for Excellence in
                          Herpetological Photography

Travis who is 28 is a graduate of Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas with a masters degree in animal science. He is employed as the manager of the Rocker Ranch, a successful cow/calf operation near Gail, Texas. In addition to being a member of the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research (SWCHR), he also currently serves as President of the West Texas Herpetological Society (WTHS) and is a Board Member for the annual Sanderson (Texas) Snake Days.

Travis has a long-time interest in herpetology and has been seriously pursuing photography in conjunction with his herpetological interests since 2004. He shoots Nikon equipment and processes with Photoshop and Lightroom. He enjoys landscape photography in addition to herpetological photography.

Below are images from Travis' winning portfolio:

Northern Pacific Tree Frog - Pseudacris regilla
This  Northern Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla)  was  photographed by Travis Dimler while field herping in Humboldt County, California.                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Travis Dimler

Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake - Crotalus molossus molossus
Travis Dimler  photographed this  feeding Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus molossus) in Brewster Co., Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Travis Dimler

Banded Rock Rattlesnake - Crotalus lepidus klauberi
Travis Dimler  photographed this  beautiful  Banded Rock Rattlesnake  (Crotalus lepidus klauberi)  in Hidalgo Co.,  New Mexico.
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Travis Dimler

California Tiger Salamander - Ambystoma californiense
This  threatened  California Tiger Salamander ( Ambystoma californiense)  was  photographed  by Travis Dimler  at an  undisclosed
locale in California.                                                                                                                                            Photo by Travis Dimler

Texas Banded Gecko - Coleonyx brevis
Travis Dimler took this beautiful portrait of a Texas Banded Gecko  (Coleonyx brevis)  while field herping in Val Verde Co., Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Travis Dimler

SWCHR is very pleased with our first seven years of having sponsored this award program that allows us to recognize and reward talented individuals who demonstrate a high degree of photographic excellence in the field of herpetology. The Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography will continue to be presented on an annual basis.

During prior years SWCHR's Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography has also been bestowed on Jason PenneyGary NafisWill WellsTravis DimlerMatthijs Hollanders,  and Orry Martin.

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