About Launstein Imagery

Launstein Imagery is essentially a family photo collective, comprised of four nature photographers: Jenaya Launstein (now 19), Marlise Launstein (17), Josiah Launstein (12), and John Launstein (dad). Melanie (mom) and Charis (15) round out the animal-loving entourage. Also part of the family home near Pincher Creek, Alberta are two Newfoundland dogs, a Saint Bernard, a cat, and a bunch of much-loved lop rabbits.

It’s pretty safe to say the Launsteins are veritable animal fanatics: they simply love animals of every shape and size, and there’s no other subject they would rather frame through their lenses. That care for God’s created world and all its inhabitants shows through in their images, which are not only increasingly sought after by private collectors and publishers but have been selected for numerous exhibitions in such venues as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum in London, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, and more than 70 additional museums and galleries world-wide. The Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery opened in 2016 in the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta. Their images have been published by Arizona Highways, Outdoor Photography, Nature’s Best, Canadian Geographic, National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife magazine, Canadian Wildlife Federation’s WILD magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada, and many others. The Launsteins and their wildlife photography have also been featured in several magazines, newspapers and other media.

John began photographing professionally in 1989, releasing a line of limited-edition fine-art nature prints and operating a successful commercial photography business with his wife before stepping back to serve in pastoral ministry and later as the CEO of an international non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring the next generation. In addition to a commitment to photographic excellence, he brings a passion for teaching, public speaking, writing and development to the family business. John has also owned and operated a highly-reviewed fly fishing guiding and outfitting company in SW Alberta, and deeply enjoys guiding others to new experiences in the natural world. John returned full-time to wildlife and conservation photography at the end of 2014. He and Jenaya have co-presented workshops in wildlife photography, and are looking forward to working together in leading instructional workshops and tours. Above all, John treasures time spent with his family photographing wild animals in wild places.

Along with winning several of the top wildlife photography competitions, Jenaya was named the 2013 Youth Photographer of the Year in the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards. Jenaya has won the under-18 categories of the National Wildlife Federation photography competition, the Birds as Art International Photography competition, Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year, and the Big Picture Natural World Photography competition. She has been featured in several top wildlife and photography publications, and is being applauded for her commitment to conservation and ethical photography. Her work has been selected for exhibition in the Smithsonian in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. You can learn more about Jenaya and her incredible accomplishments in photography on her bio page.

Marlise is the Launsteins’ resident artist, and while she is incredibly gifted in the medium of nature photography, most often you find her with a sketch pad and pencil in hand, in front of the computer with a Wacom tablet, or working on a pen and ink masterpiece. Like her sister and brother, she has won and been highly honoured in several wildlife photography competitions as well as having her photography selected for exhibition in natural history museums.

Josiah is early into his life as a wildlife artist but has been working diligently at growing his vision and skills since age seven. In 2015 he became the youngest ever to be named Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year with his B&W image of two bighorn rams doing battle. Josiah has since been awarded in the largest conservation photography competition in the world, Por el Planeta, and is now a multiple award-winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His work has toured the globe on extended exhibits in natural history museums and galleries.

In 2016, Nikon flew Josiah to Thailand to produce a short film about his wildlife and conservation photography. Josiah is extremely dedicated to his craft and passionate about the animals he photographs. We are excited to see where his love of nature and photography will take him! Learn more about Josiah’s wildlife photography on his bio page.

Most evenings find us out enjoying the beauty of southern Alberta while looking for local wildlife to photograph. We are always looking forward to our next photo adventure together, and invite you to follow along on Twitter @LaunsteinFamily and Facebook at Launstein Imagery. Be sure to drop by our blog from time to time as well, and above all, we’d be delighted to share news items and special offers with you via our newsletter, which you can subscribe to using the simple form to the right (or scroll down if you are viewing this on a mobile device). If you live in or are visiting southern Alberta, be sure to drop by our Wildlife Art Gallery in Blairmore to meet one or more of the Launsteins and chat about our adventures and artwork in person.

Images created by the Launstein family are available for rights-managed publication, and a number have been carefully selected and released as Fine Art Limited Edition Prints in addition to a more robust line of Open Edition Prints. We are also releasing a series of father-daughter, father-son, and family collections, pairing select images from John, Jenaya and Josiah in beautiful matched limited-edition print sets. Please contact us directly for inquiries regarding prints or publishing.

Highlights

2010
  • After telling her parents since age 10 that she wanted to be a wildlife photographer, Jenaya receives a Nikon DSLR system for her 13th birthday and begins her career with immediate recognition, placing second in the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year competition (Junior Photographers) with an image she took on her first day with the camera
  • Jenaya drags her dad back into photography big-time, and Marlise begins showing serious interest and talent
  • Marlise and Jenaya win the Landscape and Wildlife categories of Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Focus on Nature Photo Contest
  • Marlise and Jenaya are both winners in Robert Bateman’s “Get to Know” (Your Wild Neighbours) contest put on by CWF and spend a week photographing and painting in the Gulf Islands including a day with Robert Bateman at his studio
2011
  • Jenaya and John join the Nature Photographers Network (NPN) to help develop Jenaya’s vision and skills in wildlife photography through constructive critiques from top photographers around the world
  • Jenaya wins the 27,000+ entry National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Photography Competition, Youth Category, along with an Honorable Mention, and follows it up the next year with a Runner-Up
  • Jenaya becomes one of the youngest Grand Prize winners in Canadian Geographic history in the Western Heritage Values Photography Contest co-sponsored by The Calgary Stampede and her work is featured with other top artists at the 100th Anniversary of the event
  • Jenaya and Marlise are Runners-Up in the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition and their work is put on exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • John is a finalist in NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year along with both Jenaya and Marlise
2012
  • Josiah gets hooked on wildlife photography after asking his dad to take him photographing for eagles and begins joining Jenaya and John regularly on photography outings, adopting John’s Nikon D2x and later D300 as his tool of choice
  • After being awarded Runner-Up two years in a row, Jenaya wins the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, and takes the Runner-up prize as well, with a third image chosen as an Honorable Mention
  • John, Jenaya and Marlise are finalists in the 1st International BIRDS AS ART Photography Competition put on by Arthur Morris and Jenaya wins the Youth Category
  • Jenaya receives a voucher for wherever WestJet flies as part of her prize package as the Grand Prize winner in the 2011 Western Heritage Values contest, and chooses to fly to Whitehorse with her dad, where she falls in love with the Yukon Territories and Alaska and captures an image of a wild Yukon Porcupine that goes on to be chosen as the top wildlife image of 2012 on NPN and later anchors her win in Nature’s Best as Youth Photographer of the Year
  • John and Jenaya are finalists in NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year
2013
  • Josiah joins NPN and is greatly encouraged in his wildlife photography through the community of photographers there
  • Jenaya is chosen as one of ten students from around the world to be part of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program, spending a week of intensive learning and shooting in Florida and Georgia with some of the top pros in the business, and gets to meet Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, George Lepp, James Balog and more
  • Jenaya becomes only the second young woman ever to be named Youth Photographer of the Year in the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards that saw over 20,000 entries from 50-some countries
  • Jenaya is a multi-image finalist for the third year running in the NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
  • The Launsteins take a six-week, 10,000km road trip visiting such places as the Sax-Zim Bog in northern Minnesota and catch “The Biggest Week in American Birding” at the famous Black Swamp Bird Observatory in NW Ohio
2014
  • Jenaya wins the 2nd International BIRDS AS ART Photography Competition, Youth Category, and is also awarded the Runner-Up prize
  • Josiah enters his first competition, the NHM/BBC WPOTY, and incredibly has 7 of his 8 submitted images selected as finalists for the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year category
  • John is also a multi-image finalist in the WPOTY competition
  • Jenaya is featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine with a full article and portfolio spread and again in the Fall/Winter issue
  • John and Jenaya travel to Washington, D.C. for the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards Ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History for Jenaya’s presentation as Youth Photographer of the year alongside Photographer of the Year Art Wolfe and Grand Prize Winner Tin Man Lee and several of the outstanding photographers who were category winners
  • Jenaya’s image of “Spike,” the wild Yukon porcupine she photographed in Kluane National Park, is placed on exhibit in the Smithsonian through April 20, 2015
2015
  • John returns full-time to operating a photography business to spend as much time as possible with his family in the field enjoying and photographing God’s amazing creation (and lots more time in front of the computer processing images, developing the website, managing the business and all the other stuff that is part of the incredible privilege of being a nature photographer)
  • John’s image, “Uncertainty” is awarded 2nd Honorable Mention in the 2014 Editors Pick Awards by Nature Photographers Network
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah learn they each have multiple images shortlisted in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition
  • Josiah becomes the youngest recipient ever to be named Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year
  • Jenaya’s image, Salmon Swatter, is Commended in the 2014 Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah each have multiple images selected for the final round of judging in the 2015 NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
  • Jenaya and Josiah are awarded in Por el Planeta
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah each have images selcted for the final round of judging in the 2015 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards, Jenaya is awarded Highly Honoured for Band of Brothers, her image of four Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep rams in formation
  • Jenaya’s image, Owls in the Wind, wins the Youth Division of the 2015 Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition, with a second image being awarded as well
  • Josiah has two images awarded in the prestigious 2015 NHM/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Goose Attack and Snowy Snowy
  • Jenaya’s image, Owls in the Wind, and Josiah’s Snowy Snowy are both awarded in Por el Planeta, an international conservation photography competition that saw entries from nearly 90 countries
2016
  • Josiah’s awarded “Snowy Snowy” and “Goose Attack” images tour the globe (over 70 museums and galleries world-wide) as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
  • Jenaya’s landmark image, “Ramscape” is awarded in the Nature’s Best Photography Awards and is selected for exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah each have multiple images shortlisted in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition
  • Josiah is awarded in the Bird Photographer of the Year international competition
  • The Launsteins open their year-round Wildlife Art Gallery in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah each have multiple images selected for the final round of judging in the 2016 NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
  • Nikon flies Josiah to Thailand to produce a short film on his passion for wildlife and photography which becomes “one of [their] most-loved films to date”
2017
  • John, Jenaya and Josiah each have multiple images shortlisted in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition, Josiah’s black and white image of a Short-Eared Owl hunting the salt marsh is selected for exhibition in the UK
  • John and Josiah are finalists in the 2017 NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
  • Jenaya is awarded in the Memorial Maria Louisa international photography competition and “Salmon Swatter” goes on exhibit in Spain before touring other venues in Europe
  • Additional competition successes for the Launsteins will shared upon official announcements

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