Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Bugaboos Landscape Photography Workshop Results

The results are in from my August 2012 Bugaboos Landscape Photography Workshop and Wanda Watts from Peace River, Alberta took home the grand prize (each workshop features a competition for the best overall image, along with best trophy image, best intimate details image, and best image that displays a contrast between opposites) this year with her gorgeous image of the contrast between a lingering, late summer snowpatch and a series of looming storm clouds.

You can view all of the results from the workshop in the workshop's online photo gallery.

And as I had previously announced a month ago, I'm excited to once again be offering a nature photography workshop in the Bugaboos in 2013 with Canadian Mountain Holidays.  This is an excellent workshop for beginner and intermediate level nature photographers (and you get to whiz about in a helicopter, too!).  Both 2011 and 2012 sold out, so reserve your spot early.

Alpenglow in the Bugaboos during the 2012 Nature Photography Workshop

I'm off to Jasper now for my five-day wildlife photography workshop, so wish us luck!

Happy shooting!

John

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

'Fluff-Up' Runner-Up in 2012 international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

I am honoured today to announce that my image, 'Fluff-Up', has placed as the sole Runner-Up in the Animal Portraits category of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

"Fluff-Up" - Raven shot in Jasper National Park - Runner-up in the Animal Portraits category - Larger Version

This is the most prestigious wildlife and nature photography competition in the world (formerly known as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year), with more than 48,000 entries from 95 different countries.  I feel very fortunate that one of my 20 entries was selected as one of the 100 prize winners and placed second in the most contested of the 11 Adult Categories, Animal Portraits.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year committee contacted me in August to notify me that my raven image had placed in this year's competition, but because the official results were only announced last night at the award ceremonies in London, England (unfortunately the timing of my 2012 Spirit Bear Photography Tour prevented me from attending), I was forced to keep it secret from everyone but my wife and a few family members.

The secret started to leak out a bit when the Commended images (the lower two-thirds of the prize winners) were released as a sneak peak a month ago and several friends of mine emailed me to ask me why my raven image was the primary banner for those photos, yet wasn't mentioned or shown with the Commended images.  I guess now you know why it's on there!

'Fluff-Up' is the banner image for this year's competition and is available on a number of products in the Shop

This is the second time I've entered this competition, which is widely viewed as the Super Bowl of wildlife photography, so it's a huge honour to place in it this year. And I'm thrilled to share my success with two other Canadian photographers that also placed in the competition: Adam Gibb from Vancouver, British Columbia who had a Commended image in the Botanical Realms category, and my friend Paul Nicklen from Vancouver Island/Whitehorse, who was crowned the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year for winning two categories, finishing Runner-up in another, and having a Commended image in a third.

I guess there's not really much else to say.  Thank you to everyone for all of your support over the years, and happy shooting!

John

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Update from the Field: Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Photo Tour

Update from the field via satellite phone, October 3rd, 8:49 pm PST:

Hi everyone, just wanted to fire off a quick update from the field to let you all know how things are going on the Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Photography Tour. We're just finishing off Day 11 of the tours and to date it's been the best season yet.  Take a look at some of the amazing stats we've compiled so far on this year's tours:

- half-day bear sightings record: 37 grizzlies on Day 9.
- most bear sightings in an hour record: 18 on Day 4.
- most bears in sight at one time record: 10 on Days 6 and 9.
- most GBs (gigabytes) shot in one day by a group: 454 GBs.

As for myself, I managed to shoot a personal record today, on the 43rd day that I have shot here in the past five years -- a whopping 4,293 shots, 122 GBs.  So to put that in perspective, one would think that after 42 days shooting here in the past years, I'd have shot just about everything and would be ultra picky about what I shoot now...and I am, so that alone tells you just how magical this year's tours have been.

I said it on Twitter and Facebook last week: if you have ever dreamed of doing a grizzly bear photography tour, this is the tour you need to do. Unparalleled access to some of the best and most unique grizzly bear photography in North America, bar none.

Final day is tomorrow and like many of my tours this year, I'm sad to see it over so soon.  I'll miss
White Collar and the Cinnamon Patch Mom, the triplets Piggie, Patches and Blondie, my favourite fat griz, Big Momma, and one of the most memorable animals I have ever been fortunate enough to photograph, Casper the Friendly Griz. 

Wish me luck tomorrow, and I hope that some of you will have your own good fortune and be able to join me here next year in 2013 (dates TBA later this month).

Happy shooting!

John

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