Louise Johns is a documentary photographer and a National Geographic grantee based in Bozeman, Montana. She is committed to telling in depth stories about the relationships between people, animals and environment. Her drive to document the landscapes and people of the American West began with her job as a horse wrangler in Montana’s Centennial Valley.
Louise began her career working as an assistant on National Geographic’s 2016 Yellowstone Issue and freelancing for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, local publications and non-profits while concentrating on her own long term projects. She received a grant from National Geographic Society in 2016 to document range riding and ranch life in Greater Yellowstone. She continues to build on this work by telling stories about living with wildlife and people’s connections to place in the North American West, as well as southern Africa and South America.
Louise is currently pursuing a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana, where she also earned her B.A. in photojournalism. She is a 2017 graduate of the Eddie Adams workshop, and in 2016 was named one of National Geographic’s “20 under 30 Explorers: The Next Generation of National Park Leaders.”
In addition to her photojournalism work, Louise has taught photography courses to underserved youth, worked internationally as a photography instructor for National Geographic Student Expeditions, and currently teaches a photojournalism class at the University of Montana. As a freelance photographer her work has been published in local, national and international publications from High Country News to New York Times to National Geographic magazine. She also works for a number of non-profits including Gallatin Valley Land Trust, The Wilderness Society, Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, and the Martin Family Initiative. Her work has won awards including Hearst Multimedia, Society of Professional Journalists and Equine Media Awards, and has been exhibited locally and nationally.