Maria Borkowski

Introduction to me:

Maria Borkowski is a transplant from Colorado and is currently rooted in Western North Dakota uses her photography as mediation, a way to focus and navigate the strange new world we have all found ourselves in. Maria can be found watching a sunset, patiently waiting for the golden light of a sunburst, or you might find her trailing a herd of horses across the rugged Badlands. Sometimes you may even find her and her camera studying a flower intently with her lens. Using her camera as the vehicle, she navigated the dramatic acclimation from mountain majesty to prairie vista and endless summer days. Maria constantly challenges herself to change angles and perspectives. Self-taught by crash course trials and fantastic accidents; she prefers to control the captured moments from settings, to light, angle, and composition. Maria believes this is the truth of photography, honing skills and constantly evolving oneself. Maria’s artistry showcases her wanderlust and thirst for new adventures even in familiar places. Her photography is an invitation to slow down and experience the world as it truly is. She seeks to reconnect her audience to the wonder of the world around them in unexpected ways.


Long X Arts Foundation

President 2020-2024
Founding  Member 2018

North Dakota Equine Association (NDEA)
Board Member 2020-2022
Founding Member 2020
Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Member since 2018

American Horse Publications (AHA)
Member since 2019 

Equine Photographers Network (EPN)

Member Since 2018

Watford City Shutterbugs Camera Club
Rough Writers Creative Writing Group


North Dakota Badlands Horse
Guide to the Horses

Aurora- Page 19   Smokey- Page 22
Alison- Page 25    Angel- Page 28
Ferra- Page 37    Paisley- Page 39
Iris- Page 41    Badger- Page 43
Bluegrass- Page 47    Bogue- Page 48
Harper- Page 49


Anzar - Page 12 Little Gray- Page 18


Nichols - Page 3 Little Gray- Page 16

North Dakota Badlands Horse- Social Media Feature- April 2021

KFYR Local News Feature - December 2020

North Dakota Badlands Horse- Social Media Feature- August 2020

Beautiful Badlands- Social Media Feature- August 2020

North Dakota Horse Expo Promotional Media 2019

North Dakota Living Magazine- Cover Feature Story 2018

Watford City Magazine- Feature 2


Colorado State University- Pueblo - Digital Marketing/Media Certificate Feb 2022
Colorado Northwestern Community College- A.A.S Equine Science May 2009


Sombrero Ranch Workshop- Equine Photographers Network May 2022

Western Photography Retreat- Chris Dickinson August 2021

Outside the Chute -Terry Abrahamson Sept 2020

The Branding Pen- Jen Zeller (The SD Cowgirl) April 2019

They Shoot Horses Workshop- Peter Wong and Deb Lee Carson 2018


2022- Equus Film and Arts Festival- Sacramento California 

        Winnie Award- Wild Horse Photography

              Watchful Eye

       Winnie Award- Equine Photography Western


       Runner Up- Wild Horse Photography

             Sunrise Saga

        Runner Up- Equine Photography 

              Morning Commute 

How I give Back

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