Wolf Cover for Canadian Geographic Wins National Award

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I just learned yesterday that for the second time in the last seven years, one of my covers with Canadian Geographic has won the Gold Award for Canadian magazine covers in 2015 as meted out by the Canadian Cover Awards.

A few of you may recall that my last wolf cover with Canadian Geographic, back in December 2009, also won several magazine awards and was the best-selling issue/cover in the history of Canadian Geographic magazine.

Canadian Geographic Cover

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I’m not a fan of Canadian Geographic doing votes for their covers, but since I keep losing the cover shot because I don’t promote the vote on social media (I’ve lost three in a row and the last one I won was because I had ALL of the choices, so the vote didn’t matter!), I thought I’d at least put this one out there and see if you guys agree: this time around I think my photo is indeed the best choice for the cover (it’s the one on the left of Athabasca Falls in Jasper at sunrise), so if you agree feel free to vote for it (and if you don’t agree, feel free to vote for the other images!): http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/contests/coverVotes/mar16/

My shot is the one on the left? Is it the best cover choice this time around? I think so…do you?

Canadian Geographic Cover – Wolf Photo

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News and Notes for January 2015 – Happy  New Year everyone! I left on holidays on December 20th and got back into the office last week and it seemed like the world devolved more than just a little bit in the short time that I was away. I returned to Canada to news of a coyote killing contest in Alberta Beach near Edmonton, of an extended wolf cull in north-central Alberta, and of a newly proposed wolf cull in two separate regions of British Columbia. And as many of you already know, I don’t usually sit around and let news like this waft past with me without first giving it the sniff test. If it smells like sh*t, then I’m usually on it trying to toss it out the door, so stay tuned this week for a number of blog posts regarding wolf culls and predator killing contests and what you can do to help.

In the meantime, I wanted to quickly catch you all up on a few tidbits from the past few months. For those of you in Canada, you can see my work on the cover and interior of the latest Canadian Geographic magazine on newsstands now throughout the country. The feature article is a timely piece about the state of wolves in Canada, titled “Beauty or Beast: Exploring our Love-Hate Relationship with the Wolf.

Cover photo of the January/February 2015 Annual Wildlife Issue of Canadian Geographic magazine

There’s also an interesting blog entry on the Canadian Geo site that talks about how they chose the cover image out of the three images they had narrowed it down to (fortunately for me, all three choices were photos of mine for the second time in three years for the Annual Wildlife Issue).
Canadians can also catch my work on the cover of the November-December 2014 issue of Canadian Wildlife magazine, along with an article inside featuring my photos of Littlefoot, the grizzly bear that got a new lease on life courtesy of the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in British Columbia last spring. Canadian Wildlife‘s sister magazine for kids, WILD, also published an article featuring my photos of Littlefoot in their December-January 2015 issue.
Canadian Wildlife magazine featuring a photo of mine from one of my grizzly bear photo tours

In British Columbia and Alberta, those of you that fly with Hawkair, Central Mountain Air, or Northern Thunderbird can catch a full feature written and photographed by me in their excellent in-flight magazine Northern Routes. And since not all of you are in BC or Alberta, here’s a pdf of the article, A Visit to Remember, about the contest winners of my fundraiser last spring for the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter.

A Visit to Remember, the winners of last year’s fundraiser get to visit the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter!

And finally, for those of you in the United States, I’ve started working with Ranger Rick magazine again and you can find an image of mine on the back cover of the December/January 2015 issue.

Back Cover of the current issue of Ranger Rick magazine (sorry about the quality of the scan!)

Note that I recently had a cancellation on my Jasper Wildlife Photography Workshop from February 17th-22nd in Jasper, Alberta, Canada, opening up one spot. If you’re interested in learning how to track and photograph wildlife with me and a small group of like-minded photographers, then please check it out and let me know if you’re interested in attending. The cover shot of Canadian Geographic magazine above was taken on this workshop in 2014!

Want to photograph giant bighorn rams with me? Check out the opening on my February workshop.

Thanks everyone, good luck in the New Year and stay tuned for lots of wolf news in the coming days.

John

Canadian Geographic on newstands now!

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Wow, I go weeks without a blog post and now do two in one day!

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that the Canadian Geographic issue with my grizzlies on the cover is now on news stands and in stores throughout Canada.

The December 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic is on news stands now

You’ll also find another 10 images of mine inside the magazine, so enjoy!

Happy shooting.

John

Vote for My Canadian Geographic Cover!

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Hi everyone!  Just a quick post today to ask you to please go vote for the next Canadian Geographic Cover, which includes one (or two or three) of my images as a cover choice.  I’m not going to tell you which ones are mine (though you may recognize one…or two…or even three), so may the best image win!

Any guesses as to which images are mine in the vote for the next Canadian Geographic magazine cover?

Happy shooting!

John

Canadian Geographic cover of Delinda wins national awards!

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Writer Brian Payton, myself, and Canadian Geographic staff recently won a silver at the Canadian National Magazine Awards in Toronto for the 2009 issue “Wild Life,” which featured six of my images and my cover shot of Delinda the wolf.

The “Wild Life” issue was also the best-selling issue in Canadian Geographic history!!

In recent months, you may have also seen my images in British Columbia magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada (watch for an upcoming article by me in the Fall issue), and the past few issues of Canadian Geographic.

John