©2006 U.S. Postal Service

Commemorative Edition Stamp

 

Original photograph licensed to USPS as a digital frame capture from the documentary, Sturgeon: Ancient Survivors of the Deep.

Biography

Betty Wills is an award-winning writer/photographer, documentary filmmaker and longtime member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Her programs have been featured on national television in the U.S. and Canada, and internationally in Japan, UAE, UK and throughout Europe. They were also featured at such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Wildlife Film Festival in the U.S., the GOLEM Video Festival in Italy, and the Cannes Film Festival in France.  

Betty has licensed stock footage worldwide to National Geographic Television, Animal Planet, and The Discovery Network Intl. She has produced, edited, written, and/or video photographed hundreds of television programs for various weekly series on sports cable networks and commercial television, including biographical features for On The Right Track, travel features for the Travel Channel and biographical features for Financial News Network (FNN). She created and produced two weekly television series, Water Sports Weekly and Trinity Meadows Television, and also did post production editing for the weekly series Hoof Beats. 

Her educational programs have been featured in Book List and Video Librarian, as well as in biology and ichthyology classes, in kiosks and as training programs for the Aquarium of the Americas and Tennessee Aquarium. America's Crayfish: Crawling In Troubled Waters, which she wrote/shot/edited and co-produced with Virginia Tech University, was selected by Booklist as their Top of the List in The Best of Editors' Choice Awards for the year 2000.

Betty is a published photographer whose work has appeared in national magazines, commercial brochures, on the internet, and in commercial and educational kiosks around the world. Her white sturgeon image was licensed by the U.S. Postal Service for inclusion in their 2006 commemorative stamp edition, Wonders Of America - The Land Of Superlatives. She has also contributed some of her images to Wikipedia Commons and has written articles for the English Wikipedia to help educate others about the world's natural resources.

As a documentary filmmaker, and u/w photographer Ms. Wills has traveled the world. She is an advanced open water SCUBA and NITROX instructor emeritus, and has taught underwater photography. She dove the Caribbean, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and the Red Sea in Egypt as well as freshwater rivers, lakes and underground springs in the U.S., Mexico and Bonaire. She dove the shipwrecks of North Carolina's Outer Banks, canoed the Florida Everglades, and dove the reefs and shipwrecks of the Florida Keys. She has ventured into the rainforests of Costa Rica, and traveled by boat to the Island Of The Sharks to dive with hundreds of hammerheads. She dove the sunken ships of Truk Lagoon in Chuuck and Valley Of The Rays in Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. She dove the walls of Turks & Caicos, and the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands; drift dove Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, and explored the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef near Belize; the cenotes of Tulum, Akumal and all along the Riveria Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico as far south as Xcalak. She lives part of the year on the island of Bonaire, and dove all the sites that fringe the island including the Windjammer, as well as sites around Klein Bonaire. She's hiked the Andes Mountains of Peru, explored Patagonia from Argentina to Chile, experienced white water river rafting, rode horses into the Andes Mountains, and cruised the fjords of Ushuaia, commonly known as Fin del Mundo or end of the world. But for her, it was simply the beginning of yet another new adventure.

 

Background images by Betty Wills

© 2016 Betty Wills