Amazing images have been at the core of Canadian Geographic throughout its nearly 90-year history. To expand the brand’s commitment to photographic excellence the Photographer-in-Residence program was created with this mission: to share compelling visual storytelling that celebrates and explores the nation’s geography, people and wildlife to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world.
Neil Ever Osborne and Michelle Valberg are the first Canadian Geographic Photographers-in-Residence. Learn more about each of them below.
NEIL EVER OSBORNE
Neil Ever Osborne is a Toronto-based visual storyteller who uses his photography and film-making to link people and the planet. Working principally in wild spaces and in natural places that need protection, Osborne seeks out human narratives. He has been described as one of conservation photography’s most vocal advocates, and he’s widely known for his editorial work for magazines and environmental NGOs.
He is a Canadian Nikon Ambassador and an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Osborne is also a contributing editor with Canadian Wildlife magazine, and bioGraphic, a new multimedia magazine published by the California Academy of Sciences in the USA. Recent assignments have taken him across Canada, from Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia to the shores of Newfoundland. International work has provided Osborne with opportunities to work alongside Mexican fishermen in Baja California Sur, with sea turtles in Indonesia and with the Waorani and Kayapo peoples of the Amazon in Ecuador and Brazil.
Osborne holds degrees in conservation biology from Trent University and visual communication from Ohio University. When not in the field, Osborne works out of his Toronto studio, Evermaven. Evermaven is a boutique communications agency that creates editorial and narrative experiences that express the relationship between people and planet.
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Michelle Valberg is a renowned explorer, adventurer and wildlife photographer who has been telling stories with her camera for more than 30 years. Valberg’s images capture the rarely seen and reveal the relatable. She is particularly known for her passion for Arctic photography. Valberg captures the infinite artistic possibilities inherent in all natural forms. She believes the world around us mirrors what we see in ourselves: our beauty, our simplicity, our complications and our responsibilities. As viewers acknowledge their relationship to subjects, they are forced to connect with them.
A Canadian Nikon Ambassador, Valberg’s photos have been showcased in exhibits around the world. Her work was the subject of a critically acclaimed, three-month solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2011. Three of her images grace the tail wings of First Air passenger aircrafts, and an image she shot of a polar bear graced the cover of the most recent Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, one of Valberg’s photos — of a drum dancer — will appear on a coin representing Nunavut, part of a series from the Royal Canadian Mint.
A tireless philanthropist, in 2009 Valberg founded Project North, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sport-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Since its inception, more than $750,000 in new sports equipment has been delivered to more than 24 Inuit communities. Valberg also has self-published four books.
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