Melissa Dale believes in the power of photography to engage, inform, and inspire. And to change the world. She is passionate about creative collaboration and joyfully works with a global
network of photographers to create photographic stories that awaken curiosity and compassion for the natural world.
For nearly 20 years, Melissa has been a leading advocate of photography at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s leading environmental conservation organization. TNC works in over 70 countries and envisions a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
She has held a variety of positions at TNC, including director of photography for Nature Conservancy, TNC’s award-winning magazine, and currently serves as the deputy director of photography for the Global Marketing Division.
Melissa began her career as a social documentary photographer and newspaper photo editor. She then had a most fortunate opportunity to merge her love of photography with natural history storytelling as a photo editor for National Geographic Books.