Meet Caryl Utigard

Caryl Utigard is a native of Seattle Washington. When she retired from the position of Division Chairman of the Social Sciences at Highline Community College, she and husband, Gary, pursued full time their interest in nature and photography. Since their retirement they have traveled worldwide to photograph wildlife.

Caryl's images have been sold at Suncadia in Cle Elum, the Rhodes-Stringfellow Gallery at Cannon Beach, Oregon, the Timber Stand Gallery at Sandpoint, Idaho, the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle, the Amenities Gallery at LaConner and the Flour Mill in Spokane.

Caryl's images were purchased for permanent display at the Nisqually Conference Room of the Washington State Court Administrator's Office in Olympia. The Audubon of Washington selected her images for use on their web site and publications. Caryl's wolf image at a kill is published in Ecological Applications. The Latrabjarg Hotel in Iceland selected Caryl's bird images for use as posters and web pages to show the birds found at the famous Latrabjarg cliffs. The Fred Hutch Hospital chose one of Caryl's images for their permanent collection. The Kenny Retirement Home in Seattle purchased five of Caryl's images for permanent display. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance chose six of her images for their clinic. Caryl's images are in private collections in Canada, Iceland, Great Britain and the U.S.

All of Caryl's images are taken of wild animals living in the wild. She does not photograph baited or fenced wildlife. In addition, Caryl does not "Photoshop" backgrounds or animals into a scene. What you see in the images is exactly what nature provided.


Caryl began entering photography contests in 2005. That year Caryl's Dancing Loon photo won "Best in Show" at the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography. Since that year four of her other images were included in the Exhibition, and two additional images received honorable mentions in nature photography.

Since 2007, Caryl entered contests abroad and received ongoing recognition for her photography. She won a Bronze Medal at the 32nd Annual Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography in Great Britain for her image, "Grizzly Hug". At the Georgia Southern Exhibition Circuit, Caryl was awarded two honorable mentions, and one gold medal for her image "Hungry Grizzly". She was awarded a silver medal for her wolf image, "Precious Moment" at the Holland International Image Circuit, which is held every four years. Here, her hummingbird shot "Lunch on the Fly" received an honorable mention. The PSA juried Northwest International Exhibition accepted two of Caryl's color prints for exhibit: Casanova a Lion, and Courting Wood Duck.



© 2007 Caryl Utigard. All rights reserved. None of the photos on this site may be used for any purpose without written permission from the owner of this website.