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    March 24, 2017
    My book 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected' has just been shortlisted for a 2017 Manitoba Book Award, specifically for a Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition in the General Illustrated Category. The three nominated books are: (1) 'Manitoba: Land of the Unexpected' (design by Dave Maddocks, Shine Branding, photographs and text by Mike Grandmaison, published by Les Éditions des Plaines), (2) 'Abandoned Manitoba: From Residential Schools to Bank Vaults to Grain Elevators' by Gordon Goldsborough (design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications) and (3) 'Giants’ Well' by Scott A. Ford (illustration and design by Scott A. Ford, published by Scott A. Ford). Congratulations to both Gordon Goldsborough and Scott A. Ford for your nominations. Heartfelt thanks go to Joanne Therrien of Les Editions des Plaines for the opportunity to produce this book about my adopted province. Thank you also Dave Maddocks (Shine Branding) for you assistance and design with the book.


    The Manitoba Book Awards celebrates literary excellence, originality and diverse talent. These awards are sponsored by The Manitoba Book Awards, with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers. From an astonishing 127 books published in 2016 and submitted by publisher imprints from across Canada in both English and French, 18 awards will be presented at the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards. More than $30,000 in prizes is awarded each year to Manitoba writers. The Manitoba Book Awards Gala takes place Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 pm at The Fort Garry Hotel. Tickets are available online at Manitoba Book Awards.

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    March 14, 2017
    I am pleased and very excited to announce that I will be editing a new book about Canadian Nature Photography for Rocky Mountain Books. This beautiful art book will be published in the fall of 2018 and will showcase a wide variety of some of the best nature photography made by Canada's visual artists specializing in photography. Besides an essay on nature photography by yours truly, the book will also feature a foreword by Freeman Patterson, arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. The submission process is now open and we are seeking submissions from photographers who have created a large body of excellent nature imagery. The publisher will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book to a Canadian environmental organization to be determined in the near future.


    As some of you know, I have been involved in promoting Canadian photography for years, going back to my humble beginnings in the early 80s. During the ensuing decades, I lectured and presented on various aspects of nature photography to various camera clubs and organizations, including the National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA). NAPA eventually merged with the Colour Photographic Association of Canada (CPAC) in 1996 to form the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). The last 20 of my 40 years in photography have been spent pursuing a full-time career as a freelance photographer, specializing in nature photography.


    It has been nearly two decades since Canadian nature photographers have been collectively featured in book form. The first major celebration that I can remember came in 1967 during Canada's centennial year when Lorraine Monk, celebrated Executive Producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board, edited 'Canada – A Year of the Land'. This monumental work featured some of Canada's finest photographers of the day. In 1980, well-known Canadian photographer, J.A. Kraulis, edited a book called ‘The Art of Canadian Nature Photography’ and, in 1982, edited a second book called 'Canada: A Landscape Portrait'. In that same year, Lorraine Monk edited 'Canada With Love', a special tribute celebrating Canada's 115th birthday and the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. In 1990, Canada's photographic icon, Freeman Patterson, edited 'The Last Wilderness - Images of the Canadian Wild', a remarkable portrait of our wild places. Finally, Lorraine Monk returned in 1999 to edit 'Canada: These Things We Hold Dear – A Millennium Celebration' Honouring Canada’s Photographers'. It is our hope to continue this fine tradition by producing a new book featuring fine nature photography from Canada's exceptional photographers currently practicing today. I look forward to reviewing the submissions and eventually adding this book alongside the above mentioned titles to my personal collection of art books.


    Anyone interested in being considered for possible inclusion in the book should consult the information provided on the Rocky Mountain Books website under 'Call to Nature Photographers'.


    The submission process is now open and the deadline for receipt of submissions is December 15, 2017.


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  • Posted On:
    March 11, 2017
    The League of Landscape Photographers


    ‘The League of Landscape Photographers’ is a self-identified group of artists who photograph the natural world around them in accordance with high ethical standards. Essentially, it’s a movement of artists who create with a conscience. As the assault on our environment continues with garbage dumping, desecration of the land by graffiti, over-trampling and general disregard for the environment, its time has come.


    As a naturalist, photographer and educator for more than 40 years, I strived to live life by a code of ethics that has governed my activities during my travels and at home. I respect the environment I explore by learning about it and not causing any undue stress upon either the environment or its inhabitants, the wildlife or the plants. I also respect private property.


    I encourage others, whether photographers or the general public, to live life by a Code of Ethics. Respect is due not only to the environment or its inhabitants but also to the people who visit these areas and I afford them the same respect I would like them to bestow upon me.


    I urge you to visit the ‘League of Landscape Photographers’ website at: leaguelandscape.com