Wyman Meinzer Biography

Wyman MeinzerWyman Meinzer is the only official State Photographer of Texas. He was raised on League Ranch, a 27,000-acre ranch in the rolling plains of Texas. Since then, he has traveled across the state many times to capture the first and last rays of sunlight as they kiss the Texas landscapes.

Meinzer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and was voted Outstanding Alumnus in 1987 by the department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 1995 from the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from Texas Tech University in recognition of outstanding achievement and dedicated service.

He started his career as a professional predator hunter. He transitioned into a research associate for the university and now teaches a senior-level course in Special Problems Photography at Texas Tech University in addition to his ongoing book projects and freelance magazine assignments.

After 28 years as a professional photographer, he has about 20 photography books to his credit and more than 250 magazine cover credits. His images have appeared in Smithsonion, National Geographic Books, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, and many others.

His awards include:   State Photographer of Texas, the John Ben Sheppard Jr. Award from the Texas State Historical Foundation for contributing to the preservation of Texas History through writing and photography, 1997 National Literary Award for the book, “Texas Lost: Vanishing Heritage” (with Andrew Sansom) and the San Antonio Conservation Award for the natural history book, “Roadrunner.”


  1. doug smith says:

    In my humble opinion, Wyman Meinzer is,without doubt, the most gifted photographer in the state of Texas…that being true,”TEXAS RULES”,so that would make him one of the best in the country, so let me just re-phrase my comment…Wyman Meinzer is one of the best photographers in the world today! Thanks Wyman, for your inspired work…you’ve made my life richer through the incredible images you capture. Keep-on keepin’on! Doug Smith, pianist/composer,Lubbock,Texas

  2. Evan & Patti Simmons says:

    We enjoyed meeting you and Sylinde and just received Eyes on Texas. Thank you for sending it right away.

    We are departing Dallas by train on Oct. 11 and will be away for a few weeks, so attending your “Predator Safari” unfortunately doesn’t fit our schedule; however, we will keep an eye on your site for future presentations.

    We cannot adequately describe the enjoyment we derived from meeting you and experiencing your entertaining work.

    Best wishes,

    Evan & Patti

  3. doug smith says:

    brother wyman…WOW..just viewed the new video w/ ”THERE WILL BE PEACE ON EARTH”…awesome production and our art, visual and audio, work great together…such a HUGE honor to be on the same page with you,the ”PREMIERE” photographer of Texas! Thanks for choosing my piano…really rocks with your photography in a very simple yet elegant sorta way. Thanks again Wyman Meinzer…for sharin’ your ”EYE”…with the world…also love the coyote call…can’t wait to share my ”call” story with you…i was born in Ft. Stockton and my great-grandad was a trapper also…i spent my summers growin’ up in Alpine,Ft. Davis, Marathon, Big Bend, Balmorae, went to school in Kermit! I thought i was the only one who could ”see” Texas, until i saw your work! Thanks again Wyman…for ”all” you do and for the record…the piano works perfectly with the coyote call…b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! I’ll see you soon…keep-on keepin’-on! from”one” to ”another”…dougsmith

  4. doug smith says:

    Wyman, i have an opinion about artists and was curious if you would agree…”Artists are closest to GOD because we ‘attempt’ to create”…in ”THE BOOK” the 1st line says,”In the beginning, GOD created…” Thanks for ”ALL” you’ve created Brother Meinzer…your dedication and countless ”attempts” to create have made my life, and many many others, a much richer place! From one to another…dougsmith

  5. Dr. Ken Muckelroy says:

    This a beautiful, heartwarming bit of your work. You and Doug are blessed to have found each othert, but WE are most blessed because of your finds. Thank you, and Thank God for your gifts.

  6. RA Zant says:

    I loved your pictures. You capture the pure beauty of Texas. However, I never really thought of the Palo Duro Canyon as “West” Texas.
    To most of us West Texas is from Lubbock south.

  7. Bob Shurtleff says:

    Dear Wyman-
    You are a wonderfully gifted and talented man. The images of Texas you have captured and share with us are powerful testament to the spiritual natural wonder of our home. Thank you! Bobs

  8. IHello…my name is June Harper Hogue and as we originated from the same neck of the woods I have a question that I believe you can answer for me. First, some background for you…

    Interestingly, I was born on a farm half-way between Knox City and Benjamin. My birth was recorded in Knox City while one of my brothers’ birth was recorded in Benjamin as Mother & Daddy lived in Benjamin at that time. They had moved back to the old “Home Place”—the Harper farm in Knox County by the time I arrived. We made a pilgrimage back to Knox City, Benjamin and Haskell a few years back with a small group of relatives to gather some records, note cemetery locations and gravesites of my grandparents Harper (Knox City) and other relatives buried in those locations. I did not realize that Wyman lived in Benjamin or that he graduated from Tech as did Royce and I. Small world isn’t it!

    This note was send to Bob Black in response to his sending me the website to your video (which I loved!). I have shared it with friends all over the U.S. I graduated from Texas Tech in 1956 (Venita June Harper Hogue) where I met and married my husband, Royce Hogue.

    The question I have for you: My parents lived on the League Estate Ranch at Benjamin (?) before I was born (12-26-33). Does this place still exist? Do you have any information on it? Mother and Daddy spoke of it so often that I would like to know more about it. When we lived on the farm at Knox City, just west of town, I can remember the wolves coming up into our front yard at night and howling. The front was simply hard barren ground with no fence around it. People are amazed at the memories I have of my early years and they have proved to be accurate. If you would be interested in my sharing some with you I would love to do so…we left the farm during the Dust Bowl days because the crops were blown out, the cows went dry, we sold the hogs to buy groceries, the hens quit laying and we were near starvation…so we moved to Kermit. We moved into a one room small house with a half tent on the back of it (sleeping quarters) with my uncle and his family (5 people) and our family of 6…11 people all living together, peacefully and thanking God that we had a roof over our heads. You can see some of my writings on Pencil Stubs.com (author June Hogue).
    June H. Hogue

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