In September 2017 I shared a post called Publications 2
, which was an update about where some of my writing and photography work had been featured. I thought it was time for another one, so I created this post to highlight what's been happening since then. I hope you enjoy it!
On November 4th, 2017 Nakiska
was the second ski resort in Canada to open to the public. Thanks to Seekers Media
I was there for opening day. My photos and video were shared on the Snow Seekers website
and I also blogged about the whole experience right here
. It was the second time I was contracted by the Seekers Team (the first time was my mountain biking adventure
in Cypress Hills) and I hope for more opportunities in the future!
|Opening day at Nakiska was lots of fun!|
The Great Trail
(formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail) was completed in 2017 in conjunction with Canada's sesquicentennial. In celebration of this major accomplishment Canadian Geographic
hosted a photo competition and asked for submissions from across Canada in one of their five designated categories. I submitted a couple of photos and then forgot all about it. In late November I received an email saying one of my photos had been chosen as a runner-up in the People On The Trail
category. The photo that was chosen was one I snapped during a bike ride on the High Rockies Trail
that runs through the Spray Valley into the heart of Kananaskis Country. The High Rockies Trail also represents the highest point on The Great Trail, which is pretty cool itself. As a runner-up I received a copy of Biggest and Best of Canada: 1,000 Facts and Figures
and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic
. To view the winning photographs in each of the five categories please follow this link
and to see the rest of the runner-ups click here
|My photo that was chosen as a runner-up in the People On The Trail category|
|In addition to the one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic I also won the book Biggest and Best of Canada|
Also in November another one of my photos earned some praise from LifeProof
. They were running a fall photo contest via Instagram
. I tagged a few of my fall-themed photos with their hashtag #LifeProofFallContest
and waited to see the results. The photograph below was chosen as one of the winners and I received a sweet prize pack containing some awesome LifeProof swag. The photo was taken from the summit of the Banff Mountain Gondola
earlier in the fall.
|My winning photograph as featured on the LifeProof Instagram page|
|The sweet prize pack that I won from LifeProof|
At the beginning of February I was contacted by the Elbow River Watershed Partnership
(ERWP) to inform me that one of the photos I submitted to their photo contest had been selected to appear in their 2018 calendar. Although I was not the grand prize winner, nor one of the two runner-ups, my photo was considered one of the top twelve and therefore would appear inside the calendar. To read the full announcement for the winning photographs please see the Vol. 2017 (4) - December 2017 edition of Eyes on the Elbow
. The photo I submitted was of a coyote hunting in the Weaselhead
area. To read about that unforgettable encounter and to see additional photos from that experience please visit my post titled, Mousing Around
. Since my photo was chosen to be included I received a complimentary copy of the calendar.
|The front of the calendar with the grand prize winning photograph on the cover|
|My photo of a coyote hunting in the Weaselhead was the feature photo for January|
This spring Parks Canada was running an online social media contest called #ParksStories
. Each week they put out a new theme and folks are encouraged to share their most memorable moments from national parks across Canada. The theme in early June was your best paddling stories, so I decided to share photos from the different glacier-fed lakes Christine and I have paddled on. Shortly thereafter Parks Canada contacted me saying congratulations as my story had been chosen as the weekly winner. As a result my #ParksStory
was prominently featured across all of their social media platforms for an entire week.
|This is the featured banner on their Twitter account|
|This is what their pinned tweet looked like|
|Here's the banner from their Facebook page|
|Here's their pinned Facebook post|
In September 2018, Beakerhead
rolled into Calgary for their annual festival dedicated to the crossroads of Art, Science, and Engineering. The Weaselhead Preservation Society
had an interactive exhibit at the Mount Royal University Library
and one of my coyote photos was part of this virtual experience. I was blown away to have some of my photos featured in this exhibit and to be apart of Beakerhead was really incredible.
The Weaselhead Virtual Experience was described as,
"Come explore the Weaselhead Park through an all-day immersive installation with 360-degree visuals and VR headsets. At 5:30pm meet those studying the Weaselhead and the biological impacts of the Southwest Ring Road. Presented by Weaselhead Park Preservation Society and Mount Royal University Library, Riddell Library and Learning Centre."
Please follow this link
for a complete photo gallery of the event. If you're interested in seeing all of my coyote photos from that memorable encounter, please visit my previous post titled, Mousing Around
|A Tweet from Weaselhead Park about my photo feature|
|Another Tweet from the MRU Library that features one of my coyote photos|
|A hunting coyote on display at the Virtual Weaselhead Experience|
|Another one of my coyote features is in the background of this picture|
In late summer 2018 AlbertaToursim.com
, an independent tourism company, reached out and asked me if they could feature a couple of my blog posts on their website. Of course I agreed, as they're promoting things that I love to do, so now you can view a couple of my stories on their site.
Our camping trip to the Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area
and our day-hike to Burstall Pass
are both featured on the blog section
of the webpage. They have also used one of my photos, another from Burstall Pass, on their post about the Town of Canmore
It's pretty cool to have my work featured on another website and I feel honoured that they liked my writing enough to include it.
The night of January 20th, 2019 there was a Super Blood Wolf Moon in the Calgary sky. I was also invited to attend the launch party for the Last Best IPA
. Albeerta Provisions
partnered with the Calgary Tower
to have the tower light up green to coincide with the release of their latest beer. On my way to the party I stopped downtown and captured the following shot, showing the tower, its reflection, and the shining moon. The photo was well received on social media, but I was quite surprised to see it featured in a Calgary Herald
article showing some of the most popular shots from that evening. Definitely a first for me!
|A screen shot from the Calgary Herald website that featured my tweet and photo|