About Isabelle Groc

Award-Winning Environmental Writer and Conservation Photographer

Isabelle Groc is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, speaker, and outreach specialist based in Vancouver, Canada. She focuses on environmental science, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, marine mammals and ecosystems, and the changing relationships between people and their environments.

Originally from the South of France, Isabelle has a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With her dual background in photojournalism and urban planning, Isabelle brings a unique perspective in documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats.  She has travelled to remote places to raise the profile of many little-known, elusive, under-appreciated threatened species, aiming to inspire concern and action for their conservation.

As a photojournalist, Isabelle works closely with conservation groups and scientists to create visuals and narratives that help educate the public and guide environmental and policy change.

She also gives numerous public presentations for various audiences on species at risk, wildlife and conservation photography. She particularly enjoys presenting in the classroom and in the field, engaging audiences from Kindergarten to grade 12, and inspiring children and youth to connect to the natural world and protect endangered wildlife. She is a keynote speaker for various organizations and events.

Isabelle’s stories and photographs have appeared in National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, Scientific American, New Scientist, and many other publications worldwide.

Isabelle has also produced videos for National Geographic and written and co-directed several documentary films on British Columbia’s species at risk, profiling scientists in the field. Her films have been screened at environmental and wildlife film festivals, nature events, educational institutions, and science museums across Canada and the United States.

Isabelle was awarded several environmental reporting fellowships, including the Sagebrush Country Institute fellowship from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, the Puget Sound Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources fellowship, the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment fellowship, and the Great Waters Institute fellowship from the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. She has also received three COMPASS journalist fellowships in 2011, 2014, and 2015. In 2011 Isabelle was awarded a Silver Award in the Public Issues category by the International Regional magazine Association (IRMA) Awards for her article “Orca Encounters” published in British Columbia Magazine.

Her wildlife photography achievements have been honoured through the 2005 CBC David Suzuki Nature in Focus Environmental Photography Competition and the 2010 Art Wolfe International Conservation Photography Awards. She has been a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition several times.

She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, the North American Nature Photography Association, and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Watch a film produced by videographer Lesley Spinks who followed Isabelle in the field to document her daily life as a wildlife photographer, travelling in a variety of habitats, land, water, rivers, and the desert, looking for wild creatures, rattlesnakes, shorebirds, snow geese, barn swallows, Pacific salmon, and humpback whales.