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The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

  • May 29, 2019
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Great photography has the power to stop you in your tracks, reveal truths and inspire change.

And for nearly a century, two iconic brands have been synonymous with exceptional photography: Canadian Geographic and Nikon Canada. That’s why Can Geo’s publisher The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to announce Nikon Canada as its official photography partner.

Since 1929, the RCGS has inspired Canadians to learn more about their country by funding expeditions to Canada’s furthest reaches and telling incomparable stories — and great photography has always been critical to doing so. From capturing Henry Larsen’s groundbreaking west-to-east traverse of the Northwest Passage to revealing the first fateful moments of the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the RCGS and Can Geo use photography to tell the story of Canada’s history in real time.

“Given its century-long history of global excellence, Nikon Canada is a natural partner for Canadian Geographic and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Our organization is famous for amazing photography, much of which, particularly in recent years, has been captured with Nikon cameras. Indeed, our Photographers-In-Residence are both Nikon shooters and ambassadors,” says Gilles Gagnier, Canadian Geographic’s COO and publisher.

It’s no surprise then that Can Geo’s Photographers-In-Residence, Michelle Valberg and Daisy Gilardini, are Nikon Ambassadors, venturing to the extremes of the country to capture stunning images featured in our print publications and digital spaces. Nikon Canada has also generously sponsored the Can Geo Photo Club for years. As Can Geo’s photography community, the largest such club in the world, the Can Geo Photo Club delivers competitions and fantastic prizes to our network of Canadian photographers. Now, as official photography partners, Nikon Canada and the RCGS will continue to develop new ways to promote remarkable photography.

“Nikon Canada is thrilled to be expanding and deepening its partnership with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. We’re excited to continue working closely with Canadian Geographic to celebrate Canada through breathtaking images,” says Amanda Mohammed, director of marketing and communications for Nikon Canada.

Over the last 100 years, Nikon Canada has consistently moved the photography, imaging and optics industry forward. Nikon’s digital SLR cameras continue to revolutionize photography for professional photographers and photojournalists. And with a range of consumer Digital SLR cameras, Nikon also offers enthusiasts and virtually anyone looking to take spectacular pictures the same speed, quality and durability of the pros. 

To celebrate this exciting partnership and to help inspire you to photograph your corner of Canada, scroll through these stunning images shot by Valberg and Gilardini, below. Nikon Canada and Canadian Geographic are hosting a draw for one Nikon and three Can Geo prize packs on social media. Follow @cangeo and @nikoncanada on Instagram to learn more.


Photo by @daisygilardini | As much as I love the polar regions with the simplicity of the landscapes I love the complexity of the forest. Spending time in the rain forest is an incredible experience. It involves all senses and perceptions. The smell of trees and mosses fills your nostrils; the rain bouncing off leaves has an almost percussion-like effect on your ears. The raven’s call often announces the arrival of the spirit of the forest: the white bear. The Kermode bear — also known as “mooksgm’ol “ by the First Nations — is a rare subspecies of the American black bear. Due to a unique, recessive gene, it has white-coloured fur. It’s always special when a wild animal peacefully accepts your presence and doesn’t show any sign of stress or change in behaviour. #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #canada #explorecanada #cangeo #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Bearded seals are the largest of the four Arctic true seals. They can grow to eight feet (2.5 metres) in length and weigh from 600 to 8000 pounds (270/350kg), depending on the season. Their diet consists of Arctic cod, crab, shrimp, clams, Arctic Cod and octopus which are found near the sea floor. Their primary habitat is sea ice. They spend hours resting on ice floes, between dives for food. They also rely on the ice to give birth and raise their pups. Bearded seals are not endangered — for now — according to the IUCN Red List, but their habitat is heavily impacted by climate change and the extent to which the sea ice has been reduced. Shot on expedition with @amazingviewsphototours @martinenckell and @audundahl #seal #beardedseal #wildlifephotography #polar #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital @sailracingofficial #sailracing

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Wapusk National Park is the southernmost polar bear denning area in the world. While we’re out looking for bears during the day, nighttime brings magic into the sky. Science explains that the northern lights are generated by the collision between electrically charged particles from the sun as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Mythology adds some interesting tales, as well. In Finland it’s believed the lights are sparkles created by a running arctic fox. In North America, some native people believe the aurora is the dance of animal and human spirits. Besides science and mythology, the phenomenon is an absolutely mesmerizing experience. #northernlights #auroraborealis #nightphotography #landscapephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #nofeenocontent

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