About Us

Protected Places Media was founded as a creator and distributor of  books, video, photography and apps related to exploring, understanding and appreciating the natural world. It is our hope that these works will help the efforts to restore and protect wildlife habitat for future generations. To further help with that objective, we donate a portion of the sales of each product to non-profit conservation organizations.


We welcome the opportunity to work with other writers, photographers, and artists in developing and distributing their work.


About Our Principals

Ernie Sears is the writer and photographer of Protected Places: The Outer Banks. Previously he wrote three housing related books and has had his photos published in regional conservation magazines and calendars in addition to housing media.


Born near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ernie has had a life long interest and love for coastal areas. He is particularly interested in the southeast coast of the U.S. and has explored and photographed well over 100 parks and refuges in that region.


Early in his career, Ernie was a public school teacher and later, a financial executive in the aerospace industry. He founded and owns a company that produces and distributes residential and commercial outdoor structures. Married to his high school sweetheart, they have two children and five grandchildren.


His personal website is: fromwatersedge.com

Stephen Tabone is a highly successful nature fine art photographer and writer. His photographs are displayed in numerous private collections and corporate offices and have been used by conservation and preservation fund raisers, and in nature-based educational programs and permanent displays. He has been published in on-line books and publications, commercial and nonprofit websites, exhibit signs at two zoological parks to include the Smithsonian National Zoo, and in permanent exhibits in two Florida museums to include the Florida Museum of Natural History. He has been writing a very popular nature photography blog, which has been read and enjoyed by thousands of followers.


Steve is a retired Department of Defense Senior Executive, who since retiring in 2003, has been renewing his passion for photography. He is also married to his high school sweetheart and they have two children.


You can see some of Stephen's work at: http://stabone.com and his blog at: http://stevetaboneblog.com


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