Heather L. Orkis is an internationally award-winning photographer from Townsend, Delaware.  Her passion is wildlife photography, mainly DUCKS.   Heather is a self-taught photographer and always willing to teach others.  When she is not out looking for and shooting the local birds and animals,  she works a full-time job as  a Paramedic.  Heather has been involved in public service for well over 26 years, starting her career as a firefighter and then putting herself through paramedic school while raising two kids and working three jobs. Heather’s husband and two adult children are all paramedics.   Photography is a way for Heather to decompress,  she uses the solitude of lying in a duck blind for hours as a way of relaxation and self-reflection.  Find her on Facebook/Instagram.  Please feel free to reach out to her.


National Wildlife Federation,  Honorable Mention Garden Category 2023

First Place, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art 2022

Second Place and Honorable Mention, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art 2022

Winner of Ducks Unlimited,  waterfowl category,  featured in the May/June 2022

Winner of First State Favorites (News Journal) 2021

Acceptance to the 2021 88th Wilmington International Exhibit of Photography

Published in the National Ducks Unlimited 2022 calendar 

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art Honorable Mention 2021

Silver Medal winner in the 85th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography 2018

Featured front page of News-Journal

USA Today

Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, fact sheet for US Congress 

Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Wilmington, Delaware

The Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Maryland 

Art on the Green, Old New Castle, Delaware 

North American Duck Symposium, Annapolis, Maryland

Townsend Fire Company Annual Holiday Fair, Townsend, Delaware

Delaware Sportsman Show, Cheswold, Delaware


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or if you are interested in a canvas.  302.893.3636 or email at [email protected] 


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“Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”

Mark Twain