Wildlife & Adventure Photographer

Michelle Valberg photo by Lindsey Gibeau
For over 30 years Michelle Valberg has focused her camera on people, wildlife and landscapes with the intention of transforming simple beauty into a deeper reflection of humanity.  Her thoughtful portrayals of the natural world aim to draw viewers toward the idea that we all need to be better stewards of our natural world. By developing a deeper awareness of the connection between people, animals, and the environment, Michelle believes that we can be inspired to take action in our local communities and beyond.
Michelle is a Nikon Ambassador Canada 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 New York City. Michelle has self-published 4 books, her photographs hang in embassies around the world and she has been published in numerous international magazines.  She was recently awarded the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers and top prize in the Big Animal International Photography Competition in the Terrestrial Category.
 
“The natural world mirrors what we see in ourselves… our beauty, our simplicity, our complications, and our responsibilities. Nature is a part of us and reflects who we are. As a visual storyteller, it is my mission to educate, inspire, and immerse my viewers in the beauty and wonder of planet earth.”

MICHELLE’S 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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