You may have seen her name in CG’s special photography issues and in many of the magazine’s photo contest spreads. Meet the woman behind the wildlife pictures.
Francois-Xavier De Ruydts relishes his unusual name. It helps set him apart from other photographers in the field, he says. That’s a modest statement for a photographer whose specialty in adventure photography puts his images in an exceptional league.
Canadian Geographic's former photo editor on the magazines future, shooting in the Arctic and photogenic dogs.
Marlin Olynyk has done everything from treeplanting and fruit picking to line cutting and firefighting. He surfs, snowboards and enjoys mountain biking. In between all these things, he’s managed to develop a career in photography.
Marina Dodis lives in Vancouver, where her career in photography began with a job at a black and white printing lab. Today, she's experimenting with film, and shot a video of the making of her and Leslie Anthony's story, Showdown at Tumbler Ridge, in the January/February 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic.
Robert Postma began dabbling in photography in 2003, after being inspired by a photographer friend. Over the years, he has mastered the art and takes every opportunity to practice. Postma has traveled all over North America and visited places as diverse as Australia, Iceland, Bolivia, Peru, Guyana and Lebanon. Algonquin Park, says Postma, is where he feels most comfortable. 'I think it's the call of the loon that epitomizes it for me,' says Postma, who is publishing a book of his photos taken in the year following the death of his partner Alicia. Visit his website to find out more.
Amanda McNaughton lives in Toronto, where she recently graduated from the photography program at Ryerson University. A former intern at Canadian Geographic, Amanda is well on her way to a successful career. Her work is featured on the cover of CG's January/February 2012 issue. She hopes to one day be able to do wildlife photography, particularly of wolves'but not without studying their behaviours first. 'You don't want to go out and die,' she laughs, 'but if you did, that is one way to go.
Karol Orzechowski launched his film and photography career in 2003. His work has taken him to various parts of North America as well as the United Kingdom, Spain, Southeast Asia and Costa Rica. He is currently working on his first major film project, Maximum Tolerated Dose, which documents the inner-workings of animal-experimentation laboratories. Never idle, Orzechowski has several projects in the works. He hopes to take the film on tour once it is complete. He also plans to publish a book of photos taken during a project he undertook for his master's degree. His secret to success, he says, is to take his projects 'one step at a time.' His photos of a series of a bike-powered sustainable outdoor music festival in Toronto are featured in the June 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic.
Remy Scalza's first experience abroad was in his third year of university, when he spent a semester in Australia. After that, the Vancouverite couldn't get enough of traveling. He spent nearly a decade in South America and Spain, teaching English as a Second Language and getting to know various cultures. He lists the Atlantic coast of Brazil and Cappadocia ' a region in central Turkey where the Grand Canyon-type landscape captivates many a photographer ' among his most memorable experiences. In his latest Canadian Geographic assignment, captured the colours, faces and history of the now hundred-year-old Calgary Stampede
John Sylvester stumbled across photography when he took time off from university to travel. While lugging around equipment for two photojournalists on assignment in northern Europe, he picked up some photography skills and eventually bought his own camera. Today, he specializes in travel, tourism and landscape photos. While he's quite the globetrotter, his niche is the East Coast. Sylvester has contributed to a number of magazines including Canadian Living, Time and National Post Business magazine. He never went back to finish that university degree and says he's still on his 'year off.