Kristina Lishawa is a nature and wildlife photographer with special interests in the landscapes, night skies, and birds of Northern Michigan. She started taking pictures at a very young age when her grandparents gave her a camera. Starting out with film photography, she enjoyed shooting and developing her own black and white images. She studied photography during college, but had to put the camera on the shelf during subsequent years of medical school and residency training. After her first son was born she began shooting again, this time with a digital camera. She learned post-processing techniques through friendships with other photographers, online tutorials, and hours upon hours of self-study. What once was a hobby became a passion, and her work has gained much recognition. Her hope as an artist is to inspire others to wonder at the immense beauty of wild places and creatures.
Kristina’s photography has been featured in the National Geographic Editors’ Spotlight, and has won awards in international art competitions. Her work has also been featured locally by the Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City Tourism, Pure Michigan, MyNorth.com, the Traverse City Record Eagle, Bay LIFE North Magazine, the Botanic Gardens, and the Traverse City Opera House. She is an active board member of the Traverse Area Camera Club. She recently won honorable mentions for her works included in the Our National Parks Exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, and the Northern Lights Exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City. She was honored to be the juror for the 9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition by the Charlevoix Photography Club.
When she’s not taking pictures, Kristina is a practicing pediatrician. She lives in Traverse City with her husband and two sons, and enjoys swimming, biking, and running.