ABOUT WINK GAINES

Wink specializes in bird and wildlife photography. Her photographic specialty allows her to combine her passion for the outdoors with the creative pursuit of digitally capturing wildlife in natural habitats.

A self-taught naturalist, Wink strives to understand the ecological association of animals and habitat. She understands the importance of all living beings and the need to conserve vital areas of habitation for wetland birds and the diverse wildlife found near her home in Western North Carolina and her favorite coastal habitats near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

She is an advocate for the instructional and conservation efforts of the National Audubon Society and various North Carolina and South Carolina national wildlife refuges where many of her photographs are taken. Audubon and Nature's Best Photography Magazine have thrice awarded Wink Top 100 recognition: in 2011 for her photograph of a flying Ibis, taken near Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; in 2012 for her photograph of a nesting Great Egret taken near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and in 2015 for a Great Horned Owl image captured on the plains of Nebraska. Wink is exclusively licensed by the London firm of Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow and Sons LLC to produce fine art and décor images for worldwide distribution.

A former journalist, Wink has a Master's Degree in British Literature with a minor in Journalism from the University of North Carolina. She is also the founder and principal photographer for The Rara Avis Collection featuring her fine art wildlife and nature photographs dynamically reproduced on aluminum for design and décor. Wink and her husband, Dennis Gaines, reside near Hickory, NC where they have been life-long residents.