Howie Garber’s Bio

Howie Garber’s images have been widely published as book and magazine covers and in calendars and greeting cards. Some of his clients have included Newsweek, National Geographic, Nikon, Patagonia, Anheuser Busch, and Greenpeace.  In 1997 Howie won the Wild Places (Landscape) category of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. During the summer of 2000, his work was featured in Nikon World.  In 2004, he won the Animals in their Environment Category of the BBC contest. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Natural History in London. Photographer Howie Garber

Howie states that “There are many similarities in my two professions. As an emergency physician and as a nature photographer you must accept that many factors are out of your control. Every day as an outdoor photographer is different and often full of surprise. Your success depends on multiple factors-weather, planning, animal behavior and luck.” In the same way that providing good health care is a team approach, his success as a photographer in the Wasatch has been dependent on gifted athletes, pilot Larry Swanson, and avalanche forecasters.  Howie feels that one of his challenges is using photography as a tool for conservation.

“Only capturing pure beauty seems hedonistic and socially irresponsible. It is important to document what we are trying to save as well as what we are destroying at a fast pace.” See more Wasatch photos and images from 7 continents at

Howie’s involvement in Utah conservation efforts started after the City Creek flood of May 1983. SLC Mayor Ted Wilson held a series of public meetings to explore non- motorized uses. Howie was one of two citizens who met regularly with city planners and established the current system for biking and pedestrian use. In 1987, Salt Lake County started a master plan for Emigration, Millcreek, Parleys, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.  He was the only private citizen who worked on this master plan. This was followed by two years of working with SL County planners, consultant Ralph Becker, and a citizen’s advisory committee.  In 2009 -2010 Howie worked with Envision Utah on Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow plan. Since 2008, Howie has worked with Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment to improve Salt Lake City’s air quality.