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Alister Benn

Alister Benn

keynote speaker

Alister Benn is a Scottish artist, writer, musician and educator. He runs his company Expressive Photography with his Norwegian wife, Ann Kristin Lindaas. Alister's approach to expressive creativity is one closely tied to personal development and sustaining positive mental health. His new book Out of Darkness explores the relationship between the landscape and the aesthetics of emotional engagement.  This fusion of inner and outer landscapes is a gateway to our subconscious and self-acceptance.

Alister’s ebooks, Luminosity and Contrast, The Colour of Meaning and Creativity Superpowers offer game-changing approaches on how we look at landscape photography and his YouTube Channel offers thoughtful explorations on creativity and our ability to curate emotional resonance through our photos, as well as interviews with some of the biggest names in nature photography today. We’re honoured to have Alister as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s event. 

Rebecca Simrose

Rebecca Simrose

Rebecca Simrose is a landscape photographer with a fierce dedication to exploring wild places. Photography is her passion and obsession. Two years ago, she left her 30-year career in medicine to pursue photography full time and hasn’t looked back. She’s spent weeks in the Summers camped in a tent or bivy high in the remote mountains, she’s hiked many kilometers with a backpack half her weight, ventured to glaciers and frozen lakes in Winter, and near froze in the predawn on mountaintops - and never has she felt more like this is where she belongs. This is where she feels most alive.

Rebecca’s stunning photography takes people to places few will ever venture to themselves. She hopes her photography will inspire people to connect with this beautiful planet and love and protect it. She hopes she can inspire people to get out to the wild places, because she believes that they will find there the peace and happiness that she has found.

Alan Dyer

Alan Dyer

Alan Dyer is a night sky photographer and author of astronomy books. Alan is a veteran of 16 total solar eclipses, having seen the Moon cover the Sun from the ends of the Earth, from both the Arctic and Antarctic, and from the air and at sea. He is co-author of the popular guidebook for amateur astronomers, The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, published by Firefly Books. From 1993 to 2013 Alan produced astronomy programs for the science centres in Calgary. He is a frequent contributor to both SkyNews and Sky & Telescope magazines. Asteroid 78434 is named for him.
Dara Ojo

dara Ojo

Dara Ojo is a macro photographer who takes incredible, well-detailed pictures of tiny creatures. 

 Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1990, Dara grew up playing with his dad’s broken Nikon camera but didn’t discover his passion for photography until he was an undergraduate student at Covenant University in the UK. While studying, he’d use his point-and-shoot to take photos of his classmates and landmark areas inside the campus. He moved to China after getting his master’s degree in information technology in 2018 and as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in late 2019, he found the boredom of lockdown unbearable so on a rainy day in January 2020, he ordered a Nikon D3500 - his first DSLR camera. He opted to photograph birds but due to the restrictions in place he couldn’t move around to shoot as much as he wanted to. A photographer friend suggested he try macro photography because, in his words, “bugs are everywhere”. Over the past two years, Dara has built an impressive portfolio of wonderful insect portraits, published a book, and has twice been featured on the United Nations Biodiversity Instagram page for week-long takeovers.

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan is a nature photographer and writer currently residing with her family of four in British Columbia, Canada. After practicing veterinary medicine for about 12 years, she enrolled in a postgraduate masters program in the transdisciplinary field of Conservation Medicine. Her research brought photography and conservation together to examine the role of the conservation photographer, and opened the door for her to explore her self-awareness and brought her a deeper understanding of the structural frameworks that underpin the premise of conservation photography. With a focus on intimate landscapes and an emphasis on connecting to place from an introspective perspective, Anna aims to create expressive images that capture the quiet, mysterious beauty she finds in nature.
Abbie Reilander

Abbie Reilander

Abbie Reilander is an 18 year old, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer based in the vast, intriguing, ever changing prairies of Saskatchewan.  She has been taking photos for just over three years, focusing primarily on wildlife for the past two.  Abbie is also an avid writer and travel fanatic; she applies both through her unique photographs, conveyed in ways never done before to truly encase the beauty of Canada through her own life experiences. 

Abbie recently graduated from a small, secondary school in the city of Saskatoon, SK. She is planning on attending the Okanagan campus of UBC for Environmental Evolutionary Conservational Biology (or EECB), in hopes of becoming a wildlife biologist as her love of photography led to her undying love of wildlife. Through her crafted photos and careful expressions, Abbie hopes to spread awareness of the delicate conservation world to better both the animals and the environment as well as the larger world itself.

Beth Allan

Beth Allan

Beth Allan is a weather and sky photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. She has been storm chasing the wild weather of the North American prairies and plains for more than a decade and loves nothing more than to capture that special light that only a stormy day can provide. Beth is also a high school counsellor, avid reader, secret writer, and incredibly skilled road tripper. Beth is one part of the storm chasing team and collective known as the Prairie Storm Chasers.
 
Beth’s storm and weather photography has been included in many local and national media outlets as well as in print and online magazine around the globe. She was named one of Canada’s Top Instagrammers by Canadian Geographic magazine, one of Alberta’s photographers of the month by the Huffington Post, featured by The Weather Network and the Weather Channel, and more. Beth’s timelapse work has been featured by CBC’s Wild Canadian Year five-part documentary series, and also worked for two summer seasons on the CBC/River Road Productions documentary called “Wild Canadian Weather.” 

Marc Koegel

Marc Koegel is a fine-art photographer working exclusively in black and white. His landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited in Canada as well as internationally.

Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12. Marc has worked with many internationally acclaimed photographers and leads numerous workshops and tours, both in Canada and internationally. 

Marc Koegel
Klyment Tan & Janet Savill

Klyment Tan & Janet Savill

Klyment Tan is a photographer and large format print maker and Janet Savill is a filmmaker and editor. Over the past decade they have been helping artists and non-artists refine and realize their creative ideas. From exploratory discussions to final output Janet and Klyment guide from a seed of an idea to complete exhibition. Together We ArtFulfill.

Shane Turgeon

Shane Turgeon is an award-winning nature photographer focused on landscapes, the night sky, storms, and wildlife. He is based in Edmonton, Alberta and has a keen passion for sharing the mental health benefits of nature photography and passing on his experience and knowledge to other photographers.

Shane’s work has been featured by Canadian Geographic, the Natural Landscape Photography Awards, PhotoLife magazine, Black Rapid, the CBC and more.

Shane Turgeon
Autumn Whiteway

Autumn Whiteway

Autumn Whiteway (Night Singing Woman) is a Saulteaux/Métis visual artist, traditional craftworker, curator and archaeologist based in Calgary, Alberta. She explores Indigenous themes from a contemporary perspective through painting, digital art, and photography. Her painting and digital art is primarily focused on the heavily symbolic Woodland Style of Indigenous art, while her photographic practice is used as a form of activism to highlight Indigenous issues. Her work has been exhibited at locations such as Arts Commons, The GRAND, cSpace King Edward, ATB Branch for Arts and Culture, and Calgary Public Library. Her curatorial work focuses on elevating the voices of Indigenous creatives through a series of Indigenous focused exhibitions. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba (2017), a B.Sc. in Archaeology, and a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies.
In February 2022, she commenced a year-long nature photography mentorship under the guidance of Monika Deviat. Her goal is to increase her proficiency in photography. As part of this mentorship, she will be teaching photography to other BIPOC individuals and guiding photography walks.

Jim Brompton

Jim Brompton has had over 44 years of experience as a professional and award-winning nature photographer. He has owned a photography business since 1978 and over the years has been featured by Outdoor Photography, Canada Magazine, Photo Life, Nature Canada, Outdoor Canada, Canadian Sportsman, B.C. Outdoors and more! In May of 2018 Jim received the prestigious Master Fine Art designation from Master Photographers International and is among less than 100 photographers in the world with this title.

Jim's work is featured in many galleries across Canada that display and sell fine photographic art. He is known as a master for his understanding of light and for displaying incredible depth and detail in his images. Jim is a Brand Ambassador for Kase Filters Global and a Pro Member with Arcteryx clothing.

Jim Brompton
Each and every speaker were absolutely amazing! When working on composition I now have a plethora of voices in my head giving me inspiration! The whole conference was a positive experience.
Bea Kachmarchyk
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