Katy Laveck Foster

KATY HAS SPENT MUCH OF HER LIFE WITH ONE FOOT IN THE OCEAN AND ONE FOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS. HAVING BEEN INVOLVED AT A YOUNG AGE IN MARINE MAMMAL AND SEA TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN FLORIDA, KATY’S LOVE OF THE OCEAN STARTED VERY EARLY IN LIFE. SHE BEGAN SCUBA DIVING WITH HER FATHER AT AGE 12 AND DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR FREE DIVING, AS SHE GOT OLDER. HER LOVE OF BEING UNDERWATER HAS CONTINUED THROUGHOUT LIFE AND SHE IS CURRENTLY A CERTIFIED PADI DIVE MASTER.

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AFTER ATTENDING COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL, KATY TRADED HER FLIP-FLOPS FOR CLIMBING BOOTS AND FOCUSED HER CAMERA AND HER ENERGY IN THE MOUNTAINS. SHE WORKED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AS A MOUNTAINEERING/CLIMBING GUIDE, EVENTUALLY MOVING INTO SKI GUIDING AND TEACHING AVALANCHE COURSES. SHE CO-FOUNDED A SUCCESSFUL GUIDE SERVICE AND AVALANCHE SCHOOL, AND HER WORK AS A MOUNTAIN GUIDE TOOK HER TO MOUNTAIN RANGES, GLACIERS, AND VOLCANOES ALL OVER THE WORLD, CONTINUALLY FUELING HER WONDER LUST. SHE HAS TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AND LIVED IN MULTIPLE COUNTRIES. KATY HAS WORKED PROFESSIONALLY IN THE AVALANCHE FIELD, COLLECTING SNOW AND WEATHER DATA FOR THE NORTHWEST AVALANCHE CENTER, AND CONDUCTING SNOW MORPHOLOGY RESEARCH IN MONTANA WHERE SHE FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING A CAMERA SET-UP DESIGNED FOR MICRO IMAGRY IN A HARSH MOUNTAIN FIELD ENVIRONMENT. SHE HOLDS AN AIARE LEVEL 3 AVALANCHE CERTIFICATION AND WAS TRAINED AS A WILDERNESS EMT-B.

DESPITE HER FASCINATION WITH WATER IN ITS FROZEN FORM, KATY HAS CONTINUED TO GRAVITATE TOWARD THE OCEAN, EVENTUALLY WORKING FULL TIME WITH MARINE MAMMALS AND OTHER MARINE SPECIES, IN THE FIELDS OF RESEARCH, RESCUE & REHABILITATION, AND UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY. HER WORK WITH MARINE MAMMALS HAS TAKEN HER TO MULTIPLE COUNTRIES AND SHE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A VARIETY OF SPECIES INCLUDING WORKING HANDS ON WITH SPECIES RANGING FROM DUGONGS IN INDONESIA TO KILLER WHALES IN NEW ZEALAND. KATY JOURNALISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY WORK HAS BEEN FOCUSED LARGELY ON CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH, INCLUDING ALPINE FROG RESEARCH IN NORTH AMERICA, AND BEAR RESEARCH IN THE CLOUD FOREST IN SOUTH AMERICA, AND MARINE CONSERVATION ISSUES AROUND THE GLOBE. SHE HAS HAD WORK FEATURED IN NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS AND WON AWARDS FOR HER WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY. KATY HAS A DEGREE IN MARINE BIOLOGY.

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