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Karma Ganzler is an avid photographer and videographer. He began studying photography, developing his own film, and printing his images, at a settlement house in New York City when he was about eight years old. He studied photography and videography formally for several years starting in l989 at Butte College, Butte County, California.
Karma was a member of the Avenue 9 Gallery artists' guild, Chico, California, and his photographs were continually on display in the gallery until it closed in 2014.
His work has also been displayed in the Chico City Museum, the Chico Municipal building, The Chico Art Center, and several restaurants in Santa Cruz and Chico, California.
Karma's wildlife photographs and his video "Wetlands' Wildlife - The Sacramento Valley" were chosen to be exhibited for four consecutive years at Chico's annual "Snow Goose Festival," a world-famous event focusing on the birds and other wildlife of the Pacific Flyway.
Several of his photographs have won awards at the Butte College Art Gallery, the Chico Chamber of Commerce, and the All Chico Photography Contest. His photograph, “Graylodge Winter Landscape” won first place in the “People’s Choice Award” in the 2011 Chico Icons art exhibit at the Avenue 9 Gallery.
Karma’s video, "To Touch and Be Touched - A Buddhist Pilgrimage" was awarded an "Award of Merit" at the 2010 Buddhist International Film Festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2012, portions of his video "Wetlands' Wildlife" were used in the Public Television program "California Gold."
In l967 Karma was awarded a Ph.D. in psychology by UCLA. Until his retirement in 2008, he worked as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and educator.
Since l975, Karma has led many cultural and photography tours, and treks, to Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, and Burma. Several of these tours and treks were sponsored by the Extension Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Karma is a member of the Shutterbugs, a Chico California photography group.