The final days of December come with very few hours of daylight and atrocious weather leaving an abundance of time to reflect on the years highs and lows. I am happy to say that although this year had its fair share of struggles, it has been my best year in photography to date!
I was lucky enough to spend a total of 12 weeks in the southern hemisphere photographing in Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Antarctica, and one of my favourite places on earth - South Georgia Island - witnessing Adelie penguin chicks hatching, Minke Whales breaching to avoid the jaws of Orca, and the powerful fury of Antarctic blizzards. Back at home, the majority of my time was spent attempting to find creative angles with mountain biking for commercial and personal endeavours with friends old and new. I was fortunate enough to photograph a mountain biking traverse in the Italian Dolomites, beautiful desert scapes of Southern Utah, the intertidal world of Coastal BC, and a piece of Canadian cultural heritage while searching for waves in Haida Gwaii.
2016 proved to be my most published year to date with photos appearing in two additions of Adventure Kayak and Mountain Life magazines, as well as newspapers such as the National Post, the Province, the Vancouver Sun, and Pique News Magazine. Online - I wrote my first articles for big names like Outside Magazine and The Inertia as well as local flavours such as squamish.com, radseason.com, and touqueandcanoe.com. A few of the NGO’s I had the privilege to work with were the Scott Polar Research Institute, South Georgia Heritage Trust, and the United Nations Environmental division. I was also proud to become a brand ambassador for OnSight Equipment.
The highlight and focus of my year was the Deep Summer Photo Challenge where I was one of the 5 photographers invited by Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival. This alone was a real honour, but I was overwhelmed by the support from the Whistler and global mountain bike community who voted my show ‘Cedar and Loam’ to be the People’s Choice Award winner. The only other photo contest I entered was the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest which I earned an ‘Editor’s Favourite’ accolade. I also joined Instagram.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year with print sales, commercial and editorial work, kind comments and words of encouragement, and just generally being interested in my work. I am really looking forward to what 2017 will hold and hope to continue with meaningful and beautiful projects. Cheers!