Isabelle Groc is a Vancouver-based writer and photographer. She covers environmental issues, urban affairs, conservation, wildlife, and the relationships between people and their environments.
In her nature photography, Isabelle is interested in conveying a sense of intimacy and connection with the animals. She often focuses on unusual details of species or offers extreme close-ups.
In her writing, Isabelle reports on human activities that either endanger ecosystems or contribute to protecting them. She believes that photography and reporting are equally important in telling stories about our complex relationship to nature.
Originally from the South of France, Isabelle has lived in New York and Boston before settling down in Vancouver, Canada. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her photos and articles have appeared in various publications in Canada, the United States, and France.
Isabelle has won several photography competitions including the CBC David Suzuki 2005 Nature in Focus Environmental Photography contest. She is the recipient of the Great Waters Institute fellowship from the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, and the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment fellowship. She is a finalist of the 2007 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
She volunteers for several environmental organizations in British Columbia, including the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and the Stanley Park Ecological Society.