12-year-old Albuquerque boy earns praise for his wildlife photography skills

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 12-year-old Albuquerque boy has found a hobby taking photos, but not just any photos. His photos are of wildlife and turns out, he’s good at it.

When asked what he needs in order to capture a moment in time and capture it well, “The light is the hardest thing,” 12-year-old Austin Prieskorn said.

Other times, he said it’s just plain luck. But when your subject is wildlife, his father Bo says it becomes more of a challenge for any photographer.

“You can’t replicate wildlife,” Bo said. “I can’t make that animal do anything. I got to pray I’ve captured it.”

Austin picked up the hobby from his dad. “So my dad, being a wildlife photographer, I kind of wanted to be like him,” Austin said.

Bo has a pretty significant following on social media. He said one day he just picked up a camera, trying to fill a void after retirement. “Being a retired outfitter and guide for the last 25 years, I have a love for the outdoors and passion for the wildlife,” he said.

A passion that shows in his two sons. Bo said to his surprise, Austin was a natural. “You know I get that a lot, ‘Oh, he shoots in auto.’ No he doesn’t, he shoots in manual,” Bo said.

But Austin won’t admit just how quickly he picked it all up. This 12-year-old has a sharp eye behind the lens. Last year, he entered a handful of them into the New Mexico State Fair. He walked away with a first-place prize and best of show.

Austin may be young and “luck” may sometimes play a factor in what he does, but it’s also a lot of heart and passion, something this 12-year-old shows every time his camera shutters.

“Anybody can take a photograph, but being able to capture what the animal is actually doing is something special,” Bo said.

To follow Austin on Instagram, click here.

Austin’s younger brother Mason, an avid hunter was featured in a KRQE News 13 story in January. His parents were able to find him a chair that allows him to hunt despite having muscular dystrophy.

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