FWC recognizes nature photographer John Spohrer Jr.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676, ext. 211
Meeting in Apalachicola today, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized local resident
and outdoors photographer John B. Spohrer Jr.
Spohrer, who lives in Apalachicola, is an
outstanding nature-scene and wildlife photographer. He has written
two books about Florida's Forgotten Coast, which includes Gulf,
Franklin and Wakulla counties. His books reflect natural scenes and
wildlife, particularly bird life along the coast.
The talented photographer and writer is also the
owner of Forgotten Coast TV. He started the channel in 2005. St.
George Cable (Channel 9) carries it and streams it live on
www.forgottencoasttv.com. Spohrer's cable channel is dedicated to
environmental education, eco-exploring and explaining the rich
history and culture of the area.
"We try and identify a local artist who portrays
the great wildlife and fish resources of an area through pencil,
painting and bronze. John does this and more through his incredible
photography," said Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto.
Spohrer is a Florida Master Naturalist and a member
of the North American Nature Photography Association. His
photographs depicting the area's wild creatures and wild places
have won numerous awards.
Spohrer graduated from Louisiana State University
in 1969 with a degree in journalism. After serving in the U.S.
Army, he and his wife, Helen, moved to Franklin County in 1980.
Both of them ardently support the Franklin County Humane