Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker, he has traveled on assignment to over 70 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Audubon, Stern, GEO and companies like Patagonia, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy and more.
After a decade working abroad and completing a Knight fellowship for journalism at Stanford University, Pete decided to focus his cameras closer to home on a subject closer to his heart. Combining his passion for aviation and his belief in conservation, he spent over four years documenting his backyard river — the Colorado. This journey culminated in a coffee table book: “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict”, and a series of short films “Chasing Water”, “I AM RED” and “Delta Dawn”. He now focuses his lenses and energies on watershed issues and related stories around the world to raise awareness about freshwater challenges.
His work as a photographer, writer and filmmaker have garnered awards from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, North American Society of Journalists and Lowell Thomas Travel Writing and many more. American Photo Magazine named Pete as one of the top five water photographers in the nation and in 2014 after completing a story following the length of India’s Ganges River, The National Geographic Society named McBride a “Freshwater Hero”.
When not lost on assignment or doing public speaking, you can find McBride exploring the creeks and mountains in the Rocky Mountains, or practicing mandolin on his back porch in Colorado.