Wildlife & Adventure Photographer

Michelle Valberg photo by Lindsey Gibeau

 

For over 30 years Michelle Valberg has photographed wildlife and landscapes with the intention of regenerating simple beauty into a deeper reflection of humanity.  Michelle’s portrayals of the natural world aim to draw viewers toward inner contemplation, based on the idea that building awareness and educating others through nature photography can inspire people to be better stewards of the natural world. By developing a deeper understanding of the interconnections between people, animals, and the environment, she believes that others can be motivated to take action in their local communities and beyond. Michelle is a Canadian Nikon Ambassador and the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence.  She is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the prestigious Explorer’s Club in NYC. Michelle has self-published 4 books, her work hangs in embassies worldwide and she has been published in numerous international magazines.

The Jurors Barbara Davidson and Elisabeth Biondi selected Michelle Valberg as the overall winner of the 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.

3,245 entries were received from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela.

https://www.thegalaawards.com

Michelle Valberg is named 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Women Photographer award overall

HIGHLIGHT GALLERIES

HIPPO PORTRAIT UGANDA AFRICA WILDLIFE
AFRICA
MOUNTAIN GORILLA UGANDA BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL FOREST WILDLIFE
GORILLAS & CHIMPS
SPIRIT KERMODE BEAR GREAT BEAR RAINFORSEST BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA WILDLIFE CANADA POST STAMP
GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST
Ice grizzly bear yukon canada snow subarctic late autumn bears

Sharbot Lake

CANADA POST STAMPS

Michelle is honoured to have 4 Canada Post stamps that feature her images of a polar bear, Kermode bear, black bear and most recently,  a snowshoe hare.

 

Both stamp series feature multiple images in the background of the booklets and collectable items.

For me, my favourite photos of yours always Always capture the eyes of every animal looking directly at you in a way that lets you connect in a human way

Then I thought about photographers like Ansel Adams and you.

With your  powerful photos of the North and Ansel’s, I figured out what it is – It’s like the landscapes are looking at me!!

Not me looking at them.  Same as the animals.

You have a gift

Mike Stevens

I was one of the many attendees at your Creativity in Motion presentation last Friday night. I almost decided to do something else that night and what a huge mistake that would have been. Your images were both incredible and stunning! And you have such a wonderful presentation style and a gift for storytelling. It was such an enjoyable and inspiring experience–without a doubt the best online seminar that I have seen during the entire pandemic!
So if you ever wonder if you are making a difference–the answer is absolutely! As I mentioned in the chat box at the end of your talk, you are truly one of Canada’s ‘Crown Jewels’. Keith Kennedy

CHEO is the receiving hospital for pediatric patients from Nunavut. We (RT’s) see many complex kiddos from up there each year. It’s so easy for us to overlook where they are from; such a beautiful place. I wanted to let you know how much of an impact your photos have had the last few months. When shifts have been both mentally and emotionally exhausting I find peace in walking past your photos, paying respect, and being on my way. I know I’m not the only one. You’re a star.

Yvonne

Any of us in the arts ultimately shows who we are through our work; you forever reveal yourself to be a being of light, hope, beauty, and love. Your spirit humbles me.

Jon Park Wheeler

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