Austin Kiker is the Event Director at The Fork. The Fork offers Austin the unique opportunity to photograph wildlife due to its topographical characteristics and landscape. Rooted firmly between the PeeDee and Rocky Rivers, The Fork is home to an immense number of species of wildlife. With a year round dedication to land management to benefit wildlife, The Fork provides an exceptional home base to Austin’s passion for wildlife photography. With the job requirements causing Austin to frequent the outdoors, he quite often carries his camera with him while on the job!
Austin grew up in the small town of Wadesboro, NC. As a child playing in the woods and creek bottoms behind his home, he found he had an interest in the outdoors at a very young age and has been passionate about wildlife for most of his life. Austin grew up a sportsman and the skills he learned and honed in the field have helped him to become a more able photographer.
Growing up working in his family’s consulting forestry business helped teach Austin how to manage land to benefit wildlife. It also taught him what signs to look for in the wild to better determine where certain types of animals are located, whether that be four-legged critters or wildlife of the winged-variety. With a college degree in Electronic Media Broadcasting, Austin has always had an affinity for working with cameras. When he mixed his desire to be behind a camera with his love for wildlife, a passion was born.
Austin invites you to take a walkabout with him to see wildlife and the outdoors as he does. “I photograph wildlife and the outdoors because I enjoy it. Being outdoors can be serene and calming or it can be powerful and awe inspiring. That’s why I love it so much. Listening to nature come alive at first light as birds sing their good mornings, or watching the sunset spill across an open field as a deer bounds with freedom are heartwarming events to witness. You never know what you might see or experience and that’s what keeps me coming back. If my photography moves people and evokes an emotion or sparks an interest within them to learn about conservation or wildlife management, then that’s icing on the cake for me.”