Chris Norcott

Wildife Photographer and Cinematographer

Based just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains NP, in Tennessee, Chris travels throughout the country photographing and filming wildlife, landscapes, and of course his favorite subject, bears. 

Chris is an expert on bear behavior and at tracking wild bears in the forest. His first close encounter with a family of black bears took place in North Georgia. Much to his surprise, the bears were just as fearful of Chris as he was of them. From that moment forward he wanted to learn more about bears. After more than a decade of studying and learning how to track bears and identify their signs in the forest, first-hand, he set out to capture their behavior with a camera and share those images and video footage with others.

Through his photography and filming Chris illustrates his passion for capturing their journey, because in reality, their journey is not that much different from our own. Black bears are gentle, timid creatures, but they do have their rules of etiquette, which we need to learn and understand in order to peacefully coexist with them.

His work has been published and featured by companies such as The BBC and Plimsoll Productions-Netflix.  He also gives lectures and presentations on black bears. Various media sources frequently seek statements from Chris in regards to bear behavior.

Chris offers both group and individual landscape and nature photography workshops and tours.

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