WHO I AM
my bio in brief
additional info: publications, awards, research, CV, etc
My home base since 1992 is Golden Bay, New Zealand, where I run my partnership photography business, The Roving Tortoise Photos, with partners Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite.
My work as a photographer, writer and ship’s naturalist has taken me to all seven continents, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from the Sahara desert to the Amazon jungle. Despite living in New Zealand, I maintain a constant foothold in Galápagos.
I am the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the North American Nature Photographers Association’s ‘Outstanding Photographer of the Year’, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s award for ‘Courage and Active Service’ and an ‘Honorary Park Ranger’ medal from the Galápagos National Park.
See my list of awards.
Of Belgian origin, I was raised by a pioneering family in the Galápagos Islands, and have been photographing their wild nature for over 50 years. I know these island perhaps better than anyone, visually, historically and scientifically.
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I am an independent wildlife photographer, author, conservationist, naturalist, adventurer and tour leader. I speak English, Spanish, French and German. See my full CV at the bottom of this page.
With 21 books published (13 about Galápagos), my photographic work has appeared in over 40 countries. I have also co-authored several research papers on vulcanology and animal behaviour.
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“there’s nothing I love more than being out in the field,
roughing it, to make sure you get the best angle,
the best behaviour, the perfect shot”
Listen to my excerpt of a BBC podcast about climbing into an
active volcano for the landmark BBC documentary series
“A PERFECT PLANET”
MY FULL BIO
for those who like a long read!
TUI DE ROY
Residency: Golden Bay, New Zealand
Part-time: Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos, Ecuador
Tui De Roy is a wildlife photographer, naturalist, and author of many books on wildlife themes around the world. She is also an ardent conservationist who has combined her life’s three passions — Wildness, Photography and Conservation — into a successful career as a world communicator striving to sensitise her audiences to take better care of our natural planet.
Tui is Belgian by birth, but grew up in the Galapagos Islands, where her parents took her to lead a pioneering lifestyle when she was two years old. She never attended school, being home taught, and is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German. After more than 35 years in the Galapagos Islands, Tui relocated to the South Island of New Zealand in 1992. She runs The Roving Tortoise Nature Photography together with business partners Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite, working freelance under the motto ‘Images of Wildlife and Wilderness from Our Planet's Most Pristine, Uninhabited Regions’.
Published in more than 40 countries, Tui’s first articles appeared in major U.S. nature magazines when she was 19, followed a few years later by her first book, GALAPAGOS: ISLANDS LOST IN TIME (Viking 1980). Many subsequent volumes cover not only the Galapagos Islands, but other natural wonders of the world, notably Antarctica, the Andean Mountain Chain, New Zealand and the Highlands of Kenya. In 2009, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park and 150 years since the publication of Charles Darwin’s ORIGIN OF SPECIES, she produced an authoritative anthology of science and conservation in Galapagos titled, GALAPAGOS: PRESERVING DARWIN’S LEGACY. This effort won Tui an ‘Honorary Park Warden’ medal from the Galapagos National Park when it decided to publish a Spanish translation of the book for free public distribution and awareness raising as closure to its 2009 half-century anniversary events.
Her landmark books include the twin volumes, ten years in the making, PENGUINS: THEIR WORLD, THEIR WAYS, sister volume to ALBATROSS: THEIR WORLD, THEIR WAYS, whose purpose is to draw attention to the increasingly beleaguered status of both groups of endangered, charismatic marine birds.
More recently, Tui has again been spending much of her time in the Galapagos Islands, where she has intensified both her conservation involvement and her photographic coverage of rare and difficult to access subjects while researching several future books on the subject, including her much awaited autobiography. Her most recent Galapagos books include a pocket guidebook series and two children’s books. A LIFETIME IN GALAPAGOS, representing the best of her 50 years of Galapagos photography and experience es, was published by Princeton University Press in 2020.
Besides her publishing credits, Tui has been involved as advisor in the shooting of several BBC Natural History film productions, and in 1986, featured as host in an Audubon Society feature film, GALAPAGOS: MY FRAGILE WORLD. She has lectured in North America, including at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, New England Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, etc, and in Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, UK, Netherlands). She has also lectured extensively in New Zealand, and was guest speaker at the Nature In Focus photography festival in India in 2016.
In 1976, at the age of 22, Tui married Alan Moore of Massachusetts, USA, a natural resource management specialist and FAO consultant sent to draft the Galapagos National Park’s first management plan. They lived in Galapagos for seven years, but divorced in 1983, when after publishing her first book, Tui found she needed to pursue greater world adventures than Alan’s consultancies could provide.
That same year, Tui met Mark Jones, a professional naturalist and dive guide six years her junior who shared her interests in photography and exploration. For 22 years they travelled together to some of the remotest corners of the planet on all seven continents, as freelance wildlife photographers, writers and naturalist/tour guides, marketing their photography and self-publishing books and calendars under the logo The Roving Tortoise. In 1992 they took up residency together in New Zealand, but Tui remained strongly linked with Galapagos both in her work, and for family reasons.
In 2005 Tui and Mark separated, but have continued running The Roving Tortoise Photos jointly, together with Mark’s new partner, Julie Cornthwaite.
Tui has no children. She lost her father André in 1990 and her mother, Jacqueline, in 2015, both in Galapagos. Her brother Gil married Martha Luna of Ecuador, with whom he had one daughter Nathalie. Both he and Nathalie are Galapagos fishermen. Nathalie is married to Andrés Basque and has two sons, Ilán and Dalai.
The Roving Tortoise
address: 14 Burnside Road, RD1 Takaka,
7183, Golden Bay, New Zealand.
phone: +64 (0)21 206 3863
Photos, Articles, Books, Calendars &
bespoke publishing design.
"Images of Wildlife & Wilderness from Our Planet's Most Pristine, Uninhabited Regions"
awards, medals, magazines
Awards and Medals:
- Trudy Farrand and John Strohm Magazine Writing Award 1997, National Wildlife Federation, USA, “For Excellence in Magazine Writing”
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1996, Two finalists:
Highly commended: Wildlife Portraits category, "Bearded seal, Arctic"
Highly commended: Wild Places category, "Galapagos marine iguanas & erupting volcano"
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1997, Runner up
Second place: Underwater category, "King penguins swimming"
- Kiriama Book Prize 1998, Finalist,
“Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire”
- Charles Darwin Foundation, 1999, Galapagos, Ecuador,
“For Important Contributions to Conservation”
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA, 2002,
“For Courage and Active Service to Protect Life in the Sea”
- Municipal Government of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador, 2002,
“For Cultural Merit”
- Picture of the Year International 2003, Missouri School of Journalism, Second Place, Science and Natural History category, “Feeding Frenzy: Brazil’s Caimans”
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2004, London,
Two Runner ups:
Second place: Wildlife Portraits category, "White capped albatross pair"
Second place: Dusk to Dawn category, "Galapagos giant tortoises at sunrise"
- Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year 2005
North American Nature Photography Association,
- Montana Book Award, 2007, Finalist,
“New Zealand: A Natural World Revealed”
- Montana Book Award, 2009, Finalist,
“Albatross: Their World, Their Ways”
- Galapagos National Park, Galapagos, Ecuador, 2009,
“Honorary Park Warden” for contribution to Galapagos preservation
- Photographer of the Year 2019, Ranger Rick Magazine
National Wildlife Federation
Most leading international magazines:
NATIONAL WILDLIFE (US)
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE (US)
NATURE'S BEST (US)
PACIFIC DISCOVERY (US)
LIVING BIRD (US)
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHER (US)
NATURAL HISTORY (US)
BBC WILDLIFE (UK)
BBC KNOWLEDGE (UK)
GEO INTERNATIONAL (14 countries)
FOTOGRAFIE DRAUZEN (Germany)
TERRA MATER (Austria)
TERRE SAUVAGE (France)
MANKIND & NATURE (Asia)
RUMBOS (South America)
NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHIC
FOREST & BIRD (New Zealand)
OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC (Australia)
A few of my many magazine cover
Hundreds of publishing credits in the following countries:
just in case you want to know
TUI DE ROY — Official CV
Patron, Friends of Galapagos-New Zealand.
Photo instructor on Galapagos & Antarctic Photo trips, Galapagos Travel, One Ocean Expeditions, Heritage Expeditions.
Board of Directors, Charles Darwin Foundation.
Board of Directors, Galápagos Conservancy.
Seven sailing expeditions totalling nine months at sea to document photographically all New Zealand subantarctic islands, under special permit from NZ Dept of Conservation, aboard sailboat ‘MAHALIA’, co-owned and operated with Mark Jones.
Advisory Board, Galápagos Conservation Fund.
Lecturer, Zodiac driver, Naturalist in Antarctica, Quark Expeditions.
Lecturer, Zodiac driver, Naturalist in Baja California, Alaska, Arctic, Special Expeditions (Sven-Olof Lindblad)
Management and co-owner (with Mark Jones/Julie Cornthwaite) of The Roving Tortoise Worldwide Nature Photography, an independent, New-Zealand-based Partnership.
Lecturer, Zodiac driver, Naturalist in Antarctica, Lindblad Travel (Lars Eric Lindblad).
On-going photographic documentation for Galápagos National Park to benefit conservation (volunteer basis).
Active participation (volunteer basis) in Galápagos National Park feral dog eradication project on southern Isabela Island.
Co-management (volunteer basis, with Alan Moore) of Guides Courses taught yearly by Galápagos National Park.
Frequent worldwide travels to remote, uninhabited regions of the planet to document untouched nature and wildlife wherever and whenever possible.
Naturalist Guide’s license No 002, first ever guides course given by Charles Darwin Research Station and
Galápagos National Park
Naturalist guide, tour leader, lecturer, boat driver — nature expedition ships, internationally,
contracts with many different travel companies.
On-board Naturalist guide, various yachts, Cia Veleros de Galápagos, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos.
First articles published internationally (Audubon & Pacific Discovery magazines).
First job: Naturalist guide, Hotel Galápagos, Isla Santa Cruz.
Education: Independent home-schooling.
Arrival in Galápagos: 21 December 1955 (second birthday).
Born: 21 December 1953, Brussels, Belgium.
Tui photographing Volcán Chico eruption 2005, photo credit: © Noémi d’Ozouville
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