John J. Stier

John Stier is a retired software developer and has lived in Columbia, MD since 1988.  Although he is primarily a nature photographer, he also shoots architectural, abstract and graphical images. 

He has had the good fortune to travel extensively within the United States and to visit locales in four different continents.  John also loves to hike, backpack and ski (downhill and cross country).  These activities give him the opportunity to witness settings that many do not get to see.  Photography provides a medium for him to share these experiences with others.  The intention is to capture some of the sense of being someplace special.  In travels to cities and other more accessible venues, it is still a goal to portray the experience of being there.  The challenge is to do so in an artistically pleasing manner.

Publishing credits include:

  • Cover 2018 Howard County, MD phone book

  • Nature’s Best Photography Magazine

  • Peterson’s Photographic Magazine

  • BlueRidge Country Magazine

  • The Baltimore Sun

  • The Virginian Pilot (Norfolk)

  • The Cystic Fibrosis Calendar

  • The Stephenson Calendar

  • Several text books

  • Over a dozen cover photos for the Ski Club of Washington DC Magazine. 


John has won numerous awards in local and national competitions. Highlights include:

  • First Place Photography in the Nov. 1992 Art League Member Show (Torpedo Factory)

  • Equal Award in the September 1996 Art League Show

  • Grand Prize winner in the 1997 Apogee Photo National Park contest

  • Honorable mention in the 1999 Patuxent Art League juried show

  • Grand Prize Winner in the April 2003 Apogee Photo Magazine “Winter” contest

  • Several Honorable Mention Awards in the Art League Shows

John is a current member of the Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City, MD, the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA and the Central Maryland Photographers Guild.  He has mounted One-Artist Exhibits at the Artists’ Gallery, the Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, the Mill River Gallery in Ellicott City and the Foundry Street Gallery. Other regional galleries in which he has exhibited include: Slayton House in Columbia, MD; Montpelier Cultural Art Center in Laurel, MD; Gallery on the Circle in Annapolis, MD; Howard County Conservancy, Savage Mill in Savage, MD. and Howard County Maryland Visitor Center

Umbrellas - Mackinac Island
Bamboo Skyscraper
Round Things
Balloon Drama
Foggy Tree
Winding Road
Lone Photographer
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