2015 was a pretty amazing year for us, to say the least! In fact, way too much happened to be able to quickly summarize here, so if you want the longer version with more stories, checkout our blog post on 2015 Favourite Moments (and the pictures that came from them)!
For starters, 2015 marked the first year where John was able to return full-time to wildlife photography, which means there were even more photo adventures to be shared than years past. Beginning with outings into the Canadian prairies for snowy owls in January and an epic owl and waterfowl trip to BC in February, the year was marked by great photo opportunities in every season. 2015 was capped off for Josiah and John with an extended trip into the northern Rockies photographing the elk rut followed by some winter camping in the midst of the bighorn rut. For Jenaya, nothing was better than laying just a few dozen yards from the Pacific Ocean with Short-Eared Owls hunting all around her.
The other aspect that made 2015 a truly standout year for us was Josiah’s and Jenaya’s remarkable successes in international photography competitions.
The year started with Josiah becoming (at age 10) the youngest photographer to be named Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year, which resulted in his first experience being interviewed on live radio radio and television as well as for numerous newspaper and blog articles. Things had only barely settled down before Jenaya learned she had won the Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition (Under-18 division), with her work going on exhibit at the California Academy of Science. Shortly after that Jenaya and Josiah received notification that they had both been awarded in Por el Planeta, the largest conservation photography competition in the world. This was followed by Jenaya being informed she was awarded in the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards for the second time in 3 years, and her work was headed back onto the walls of the Smithsonian! Without a doubt, the highlight of the year came in the fall, however, when Josiah had not one but two images selected to be awarded and included in the top-100 images in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, to be featured on exhibit in top museums in more than 70 countries over the coming year. Images from Josiah, Jenaya and John were also selected for inclusion in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio, and the inaugural portfolio books of Por el Planeta and Outdoor Photographer of the Year. It’s been quite a year of recognition of our photography, and we feel extremely blessed and humbled by all that has transpired.
Selecting just a handful of images from each of us and calling them our “favourites” was definitely a challenging task. As is always the case for us, these images aren’t necessarily the ones we consider our very best of the year as much as images that resulted from favourite experiences borne from chasing adventure together. We hope you enjoy this selection of moments from 2015 as captured through John’s, Jenaya’s and Josiah’s lenses, and wish you the very best for the coming year.
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