National Geographic Freshwater Hero Pete McBride paddled and hiked the length of the Colorado River Delta, photographing and filming an unprecedented conservation success-the mighty river's triumphant return to the sea after running dry for decades.
Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, filmmaker and writer, he has traveled on assignment to over 60 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men's Journal, Esquire, STERN and many others. Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Pete is passionate about story telling and unique, gripping ways to communicate them, whether it involves vantages from 20,000 feet or swimming below icebergs. His perspective on capturing water-related stories led American Photo Magazine to list Pete as "one of the top five water photographers" in the nation. After a decade working mostly abroad, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over two years documenting his local river - the Colorado. This journey culminated in the acclaimed coffee table book: "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict", an award-winning short film, "Chasing Water" and a traveling museum exhibit/ lecture currently touring the U.S. In 2011 and 2012, his film "Chasing Water" won over 20 film festival awards including "Best Short Documentary" at Canada's Banff Mtn. Film Festival , "Best Environmental Film" at England's Kendal Mtn. Festival and "Best Documentary" at Florida's Clear Water Festival, to name a few. His photography honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, Photo Week DC, Communications Arts, The Society of Professional Journalists and a Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. In 2011, he was awarded "River Conservator" by the Roaring Fork Conservancy for his ongoing awareness work with water conservation. When not on assignment, you can find Peter in the mountains or on the rivers around the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado.