Welcome to Survival Media Agency

I'm happy to announce that I have been named the newest photographer to the Berkeley, California based Survival Media Agency (SMA). SMA is a global team of media-makers working to bring attention to the climate change movement around the world. I am sincerely looking forward to contributing my skills and attention to such a great organization and cause. More info on Survival Media Agency here.

UPDATE | Knowledge Network's Shorts Competition

I'm currently two days away from pitching my short film project to the Knowledge Network and have been hard at work this last month researching and gathering information pertaining to my project.

In the mound of information I came across 93 year old "Buddy" Devito of Fruitvale, B.C., whom I interviewed and photographed for the preliminary part of my project. Mr. Devito has a story to tell and I hope to be the one to help tell it. Stay tuned.

 

Francesco "Buddy" Devito. Fruitvale, B.C.

Knowledge Network's Shorts Competition - Nelson Edition

I just got word that I am one of fifteen image makers who will be competing for a $30,000 contract offered by the Knowledge Network (KN). The KN, B.C.'s Public Broadcaster, is looking for ten 2-3 minute short films created from still imagery that will historically present the Nelson and wider Kootenay region. Whether I sink or swim at the pitch session in June I'll be sure to write a follow up here soon.

http://www.knowledge.ca/shorts-competition

(UPDATE 08/08/2013. Well I didn't walk away with the $30,000 contract this time, but I did learn a tonne about pitching a project to a television network. A truly gruelling and educational weekend. Thanks to all the filmmakers and network folks that were involved. And a big congratulations to winner Amy Bohigan of Watershed Productions.)

I AM THE 3% - City Panorama 2013

I just received a very nice email from the Director of Education at Seattle's Photo Centre Northwest letting me know that 3 of my 4 entries for the 2013 City Panorama contest have been accepted. Since the PCNW is only accepting 100 photos I feel very blessed that 3 out of their 100 choices are of my work. The initiative can be described as a public art project that brings artworks into bus shelters all across the USA (sorry Canada). The selected 100 images will be printed on 8' X 2' wooden panels and remain for up to 10 years. I'm excited to think where my images will end up. Here are my successful entries below. More news soon! Photo Centre Northwestwww.pcnw.org

City Panorama Contesthttp://pcnw.org/2012/city-panorama-call-for-entries/

A Great Victory For Canadian Photographers

Via CAPIC:

November 7, 2012

At last, Canadian photographers own their copyright.

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) would like to congratulate all Canadian photographers in Canada on this important date and pivotal achievement in the photographic industry. As of today, Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the new Copyright law.

The principle of protecting photographers' ownership rights started 65 years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert Capa and David Seymour. Magnum assured that a photographer's image belonged to the photographer and not to the commissioner of the work.

In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images.

CAPIC has been working towards this monumental achievement in Canada for more than 20 years through lobbying efforts and could not have achieved this truly important mission without the support of its members, who have contributed financially, morally and offered countless volunteer hours towards this major effort led by CAPIC National Copyright Chair, Andre Cornellier.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) were a valuable partner in this achievement as well as the lobbying firm Temple Scott Associates for their work in Ottawa.

''I would like to thank the team that worked so patiently and for so long,'' commented Cornellier. ''Finally we have won a right due to us as artists. Thank you to Canadian photographers across the country for your support and patience and to André Amyot and Brian Boyle of PPOC for your work. It has been worth it.''

CAPIC will be providing more information on the direct effects of the law for Canadian photographers in the week to come as we celebrate this important Canadian achievement.

For more information: André Cornellier Copyright Chair CAPIC, The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators andre@cornellierphoto.com tel.: 514.933.4000

Last Ride of The Year

The white stuff is adding up fast and I think it's time to hang up the bike for the year. This was the third "last bike of the season" that I've done lately and I have the feeling that it's going to be the one that sticks. Bike, you've been awesome and carried my ass down some great trails this year. Enjoy your hibernation. I'll miss you, but it looks like snowboard and I have a little love affair brewing for the next five months or so. No hard feelings.

Nelson, B.C. |  Rider: Viktor Olynyk

Photo of The Every Other Day 10.12.12

I'm going through many tree planting images right now in preparation for a presentation with Charlotte Gill on her award-winning book Eating Dirt: Deep Forest, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-planting Tribe at the upcoming Banff Film & Book Festival. My images will be accompanying her forty minute presentation where she will be talking about her book and tree planting as a whole. If you're in Banff to check out the festival you can catch Charlotte Gill and my photos on November 1st at 10am in the Max Bell Auditorium. I'll also be volunteering at the festival for the week so I may just usher you in to the show.

Canadian Geographic magazine, October 2012

I'm proud to announce my first Canadian Geographic magazine feature in this month's issue. The story covers the Yukon's second gold rush that is currently going on. I was really lucky to work with some of the key players around the gold rush including: Shawn Ryan who's methods have revolutionized contemporary gold exploration, and Adrian Fleming who's company Underworld Resources was responsible for finding the gold deposit that set the whole thing off.

A big thanks to the now retired CG Photo Editor Kathy Frankiewicz (who guided me through the whole process from pitch to payment), and my fellow CG intern Nick Walker for editing and re-editing my proposal. Also thanks to fellow ex-intern Scott Berdahl for some great writing to bring the whole thing together.

Canadian Geographic magazine, October 2012 issue.

Reader's Digest, June 2012

Great Canadian Burgers! I had the pleasure to be published in the June edition of Reader's Digest Canada in conjunction with an excerpt from Charlotte Gill's tree planting memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.  Winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Gill writes beautifully about a life in the clearcut. I began my tree planting career with her in the interior of B.C. when she was already a wily veteran;  it's nice to come full circle and work together again.

You can catch Charlotte Gill presenting her book at the Banff Film & Book Festival on November 1st.