Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence
Michelle Valberg is a renowned award-winning Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. A Canadian Nikon Ambassador and explorer who has been telling stories with her camera for over 30 years. She has traveled to all continents in search of adventure and photographic opportunities. She is particularly celebrated for her passion for Canada and the Arctic.
Michelle is a public speaker, author, community leader and an advocate for animals, the environment and conservation.
Known for her unique ability to make relatable images of unimaginable landscapes, Michelle finds art in all of nature’s most intimate moments. The world around us mirrors what we see in ourselves, she says, including our beauty, our simplicity, our complications and our responsibilities. Nature is a part of and reflects who we are.
Michelle has exhibited her works internationally. In 2011, her work was the subject of a critically acclaimed, three-month solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Her images appear on magazine covers, in numerous exhibitions and embassies worldwide. Her iconic image of a Nunavut drum dancer appears on a Royal Canadian Mint coin as well as her bear images are on four Canada Post stamps, first-day cover and booklet. Michelle was recently awarded the Louise Kamookak Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
Michelle’s work extends beyond photography. In 2009, she founded Project North, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sport-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Since its inception, $1,000,000 in new sports equipment has been delivered to more than 30 Inuit communities.
Michelle has self-published four books: Look Beyond…The Faces & Stories of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Dare to Dream… A Celebration of Canadian Women, Arctic Kaleidoscope…The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape and her children’s book, Ben & Nuki Discover Polar Bears.
Michelle is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club in New York City.
“The natural world mirrors what we see in ourselves… our beauty, our simplicity, our complications, and our responsibilities. Nature is a part of 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.”
LOVER OF NATURE ADVOCATE