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.
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.
February 9, 2017
The 10th Anniversary (Winter 2017) issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine is now at the newsstands. Congratulations to editor Roy Ramsay and the staff at OPC! Ten years ago, I began writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' in each issue of the magazine. With this 40th issue, I explore the northwestern region of Ontario, the Lake of the Woods area in and around Kenora that borders the eastern side of Manitoba. Each issue of the magazine features interesting and topical articles by some of Canada's finest nature and outdoor photographers ... and the images aren't too shabby either! In every issue, editor Roy Ramsay runs a profile with an interview and portfolio of images from either an aspiring or seasoned photographer. And there is much, much more too! I invite you to have a look and join us!
January 24, 2017
This year, in 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a country. Join me this coming Friday, January 27 at 7 PM as I illustrate some of this country's prime landscape destinations as well as discuss some of my favorite images. I understand that attendance for this event is near capacity but, if you really want to come and see it, call Photo Central at 204-774-4343 and ask to be included on the waiting list. Invariably, there are always some folks who can't attend an event at the last minute for various reasons. See you Friday evening!
Photo Central is situated at 957 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Canada, across from DeLuca's.
December 5, 2016
I am looking forward to returning to Banff this coming January to present at the 2017 Banff Photography Summit as the Keynote Speaker. Amongst other speakers joining me at the Summit will be Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine's editor Roy Ramsay for which I have been writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' for the last 10 years. Incidentally, there is a great SPECIAL currently offered to new Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine subscribers.
The conference takes place in the beautiful town site of Banff in Banff National Park in Alberta from January 13-15, 2017. Conference organizer Brian Merry has a variety of events planned and you may browse the itinerary and register at the Banff Photography Summit website. Personally, I plan on taking advantage of this conference by taking a little holiday to explore and photograph the beauty of the Majestic Canadian Rockies. I hope to see a few of you at the conference!