Josiah awarded in inaugural Bird Photographer of the Year competition!

Josiah’s on a roll in terms of international recognition for his wildlife and conservation photography, to say the least! After being named the Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year in January of 2015, he has gone on to be awarded in Por el Planeta, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and now Bird Photographer of the Year. Read more

Josiah travels to Thailand for film project on his wildlife photography

Just as we were building up for the Grand Opening of our Wildlife Art Gallery in the Crowsnest Pass, we were contacted by a film production company about a short film project they were working on with Nikon focused on Josiah and his wildlife and conservation photography! The production schedule piggy-backed on top of our gallery opening, but as we learned more about the project we knew we had to make it happen. [UPDATE 12/20/16 – the primary film and behind-the-scenes “Making Of” feature have now been released and have already climbed to over 1 million views and counting…you can view them below!] Read more

The Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery is Officially Open!

It’s official! Our Wildlife Art Gallery has opened its doors in the beautiful mountain setting of the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta!

Our Grand Opening weekend was July 7-10, and we’re happy to report it was a huge success! We had a wonderful time meeting fellow wildlife lovers from the area along with several collectors and conservation-minded art lovers who drove out from the Calgary area and Lethbridge for the event. Read more

Our Wildlife Art Gallery Opening receives media attention…

We are so grateful for the number of Alberta news outlets that carried a story about the Grand Opening of our Wildlife Art Gallery in the Crowsnest Pass.

We especially appreciate that each of the reporters chose to not only cover the details of the gallery opening but also share the story of our family’s commitment to wildlife and conservation through photography and other art mediums. Read more

The Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery opens in the Crowsnest Pass July 7, 2016!

After years of dreaming and planning, this spring we embarked a new family venture (and adventure!) and have been working hard ever since to be able to make this announcement to our fellow wildlife lovers! This week marks the Grand Opening of our new Wildlife Art Gallery in the Crowsnest Pass! Read more

Marlise Launstein's picture of a Great Grey Owl holiding its prey

Marlise Named to the Top-100 of the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards

Marlise, now 16, is our official Artist-in-Residence at the Launstein home. OK, maybe it’s not an official position, but there’s no question this girl is a pure artist irrespective of medium. Although her primary focus has moved from photography to drawing over the past several years, she’s even more skillful than ever when she’s behind the lens. Read more

Jenaya’s “Yukon Porcupine” Included in Smithsonian’s “Best of the Best” Exhibit

This year Nature’s Best Photography worked with the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History to produce a very special exhibit. Each year the winning and select awarded images from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards are showcased in a feature exhibit in the prestigious museum. To celebrate the competition’s 20th anniversary, Nature’s […]

Special Feature in Outdoor Photography Magazine

Shortly after Josiah became the youngest ever to be named the Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year in January, 2015, we had an intriguing email arrive in our inbox. Steve Watkins, the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, a premier nature photography periodical based in the U.K., reached out to us about doing a special feature on our family of photographers.

…we are tremendously honoured and more than a little humbled by the resulting feature (which was released in the April, 2016 issue), which we received permission to share here.

Josiah Featured in ROM Magazine

This fall the editors of ROM Magazine (the official quarterly magazine of the Royal Ontario Museum) reached out to us about doing a special feature on Josiah and his wildlife photography for their upcoming Winter 2016 Issue. The museum was the first in Canada to open the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, which features the top-100 awarded images from the competition. As Josiah has two images in the exhibit, they thought it would be nice for their readers to get to know our young wildlife photographer a bit better.

2015 Favourite Moments (and the pictures that came from them)

[NOTE: This post is more about sharing a few favourite experiences and their accompanying images than simply sharing a gallery of favourite pics from the year…if you want to skip the stories, you’ll find 10 favourite pictures from each of us on our 2015 Favourites page.]

2015 has been one incredible year for us in the Launstein family! It’s certainly been exciting to see the recognition and awards that Jenaya and Josiah received in the past year, but much more important than the accolades are the moments spent together in the field. Read more