About Me

Wild Compass Photographic Adventure Tours is run by myself, photographer Shayne McGuire

I have a dedication to wildlife, and provide tours that will teach you not only how to photograph wildlife, but respect it. I don't want to put stress and any animal and will pull back if behavior in the animal changes. I also scout all my locations first before offering tours there, so that you know I have knowledge of what you need, and what to expect.

I am an internationally recognized and published photographer.  I am also a State of California credentialed teacher in Commercial Photography, and has been teaching at the Tri-Community School of Photography in Covina since 2003.  In addition I have worked the last 5 summers on an expedition boat in the Arctic as photographer in residence and in Antarctica in 2016-2018 with the same company. And working with new companies there in 2019

I taught at the newly established California Photography Center, and also at Pomona Valley

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I am infamous for not watching the clock – if conditions are good and the situation is safe, shooting will continue until that changes, regardless of the time.  You can be assured that I know what equipment is needed and what to expect from a location before offering a tour.  My workshops are all hands on. My tours require you to know a bit about your camera and I help with settings and I constantly check to be sure everyone is happy with the shots they are getting.

I have been running the tours for over 9 years and the workshops for 8 years.

For many years I exhibited and sold my photographic work at Celtic/Irish/ Scottish festivals. All my work was shot on film and hand developed by myself in the darkroom. Besides my passion for landscape and Celtic ancestry, wildlife was always #1. My work of Ireland, Scotland and England has been published in catalogs, magazines, and on t shirts and books. Several pieces have been featured on TV shows.


I recently received a Highly Honored award from Natures Best Photography and have a print hanging the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Won PPLAC's Nature photographer of the year 2013

2016- 3 images in the top 100 and book in NANPA's Expressions contest

2017 2 images in the top 100 for NANPA'S Expressions contest

1996- Halls of Excellence at Tri Community Photography school

1996- 4 gold medals, 1 silver 1 bronze, 3 awards for Creative Excellence, and the Camera Company's landscape award of the year. From here to Infinity photographic contest.

Danny Sullivan is sometimes on hand to help on the workshops and some tours, he has merited multiple times in local photographic competitions, and is always on hand to help with equipment and settings.


©Shayne McGuire 2019