Beyond the Mane


ARTIST: Louise Johns
DIMENSIONS: 16" x 24"
MEDIUM: photograph


Louise is a freelance photographer and a National Geographic Young Explorer living in Bozeman, Montana. Her current work concentrates on the relationship between people and wilderness in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Her drive to document the landscapes and people of the west began with her job as a horse wrangler at J-L Ranch in Montana’s Centennial Valley where she began to learn about progressive ranching and land stewardship.

A graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, Louise won two Hearst Awards for multimedia, a Society of Professional Journalists Award for her photo essay “Ranching in the American West,” and was chosen by the University of Montana as an Outstanding Senior in Photojournalism in 2014. In 2016 she was named one of National Geographic’s “20 under 30 Explorers: The Next Generation of National Park Leaders.”

Louise tells stories in an intimate, sensitive and respectful way. Through photography, video and writing she studies and looks for stories about people who are doing work for the common good of humanity and wild landscapes.