2019 – Michelle Valberg

Wild Creatures, Extreme Conditions

As a globally recognized adventure and wildlife photographer, Michelle Valberg’s constant quest to capture the beautiful and unique has taken her to all corners of the world.  She has built a reputation for capturing unnoticed details that change our perception and the implausible vast landscapes that alter our perspective.

This presentation will provide participants with illuminating behind the scenes stories of Michelle’s amazing adventures. She will enlighten and ignite our senses through her majestic landscapes and provocative animal portraiture.  

Creativity in Motion 

Whether being up close and personal with grizzly bears or swimming in Arctic waters with narwhal, Michelle has broken boundaries, soared in nature and responded with action.

She believes her next great shot will likely exist outside of her comfort zone. She will challenge us to look beyond, to reach our full creative potential and become better connected to the natural world.

Revealing the Soul Within

Taking portraits of people in a remote community in the Arctic or a tiny village in Africa  -recording lives and honouring humanity in a way that speaks universally – reignites Michelle’s creative energy.  These images reveal so much more. They are compelling and interesting.  This presentation will take you on a portrait journey and will discuss ways how we can all reveal the soul within.

Photography and Philanthropy

In giving you receive. A tireless philanthropist, Michelle co-founded Project North in 2009, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sports-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Remarkably, in less than 10 years, Project North has delivered over one million dollars in sporting equipment and educational opportunities to Canada’s northern communities.

Michelle donates her time and her work to numerous charities, public institutions and to her country.  With this presentation and through conversation, Michelle hopes to inspire others to do the same with their photography.   

Adventure and Wildlife Photographer Michelle Valberg

Website: www.michellevalberg.com

From Michelle’s website: For 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.

Images from the Presentation

Some images from the workshop.