Stephanie Corbett was getting ready to leave her campsite in Golden, B.C. when she had a wildlife encounter that was at once both remarkable and relatable. Stepping outside her tent, she was met by a deer standing five metres away. She describes it as one of her favourite encounters with a wild animal, and her photo from that moment is now in Canadian Geographic’s Best Wildlife Photography 2016.
This special collector’s edition of the magazine is filled with nearly 100 similarly magical photos, gathered from photographers all across Canada who participate in Canadian Geographic’s 70,000 member Photo Club.
Featuring wildlife from across the size spectrum, from teeny insects to iconic Canadian megafauna, here is a sneak peek of the stunning work to be found within the pages of this special issue, which is now on newsstands and available for purchase online.
"Undoubtedly, it's the appeal of wildlife in general, its relative accessibility in Canada and its diversity and grandeur that attracts so many photographers to capture such unbelievable shots," wrote Aaron Kylie in the issue's editor's note.
A fox searches for small rodents as the first major snowstorm of the season begins in Cape Breton, N.S. (Photo: Kris Tynski/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A snowy owl sits on a fence post in the Ottawa autumn. (Photo: Roland Bastarache/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A green frog in the Botanical Gardens in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Photo: Colin Dewar/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
The photographer was camping near Golden B.C. when she found this white-tailed doe standing five metres away. (Photo: Stephanie Corbett/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A baby snapping turtle starts exploring its habitat by making its way across a path in the Britannia Conservation Area in Ottawa. (Photo: Mike McManus/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
An adult piping plover and its chick rest by the Atlantic Ocean in Beach Meadows, N.S. (Photo: David Wambolt/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A coyote walks over a hillside in Parc Omega, near Montebello, Que. (Photo: Natally Klaric/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A white-faced meadowhawk dragonfly sits on a flower in Barrie, Ont. (Photo: Rosemary Gillan/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)
A Kermode bear (a.k.a. spirit bear), a subspecies of the North American black bear, stands in the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest, located along British Columbia's central and northern coast. (Photo: Bill Cubitt/Canadian Geographic Photo Club)