Scott's interest in photographing nature stems from a childhood exploring the woods and shorelines near his home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It was not until later, after he discovered a passion for birds, that he began developing as a naturalist.
After graduating with a degree in economics, he picked up a camera for the first time and quickly became engrossed in making photographs.
In 1992 he co-founded an organization called the Tobeatic Wilderness Committee (TWC). The TWC was fighting to protect the largest virgin wilderness in the Canadian Maritime Provinces. It was at this point that Scott began to see how the power of photography and words could achieve conservation goals and educate the public about the natural world. His photographs and articles were used extensively to win the support of Canadians for the Tobeatic's preservation. In 1995, the 250,000 acre Tobeatic Wilderness was designated as a protected wilderness area. In addition to his topside work, he has over 3000 dives as a photographer, a diving instructor, and a commercial sea urchin diver in Canada's Bay of Fundy. But throughout his career, birds and invertebrates have been and continue to be his main passion.
Scott has won several awards for photography and writing, including two recent Atlantic Journalism Awards, a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine Award, and The DOPPS International Bird Photography competition in Europe, among others.
Scott's work has been published in dozens of publications throughout the world. He is author and photographer of five books including Bay of Fundy: A Natural Portrait; Wetland Birds of North America; Woodland Birds of North America; Sea and Shorebirds of North America; and Grassland and Desert Birds of North America (the last coming out in the spring of 2009). He lives with his wife Paula on the edge of the Nova Scotia wilderness in Bear River.