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Claire Léon, a native of North Dakota, has lived in Wyoming since 1957. She lives in Story, a small community in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in north central Wyoming.Claire Leon

She had the good fortune to study with the accomplished photographer Adam Jahiel at a community college in Sheridan, Wyoming. As a botanist, Léon was initially interested in photographing wildflowers, but she soon became fascinated with the natural beauty of the Bighorns and the surrounding land formations. Although she enjoys exploring and photographing mountains, deserts, and seascapes in this country and Europe, her greatest passion is for the unusual sites of the Big Horns.

Over the past ten years Léon has taken workshops with several prominent nature photographers in the Southwest and in New Brunswick, Canada. Her work has appeared in several solo exhibitions in the Sheridan area and regional juried group exhibitons. Her awards include Best of Show (Color Category) at the Quicksilver Regional Photography Exhibition at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming; First and Third Place (Scenic Category) in the Wyoming Wildlife Photography Contest; and Purchase Award in the Governor's Capitol Art Exhibit in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Léon presently serves as acting president of the Bighorn Native Plant Society, and as a member of the executive board of the Wyoming Wilderness Association.