Josiah makes history after being named Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year for the 2nd time

He’s done it again! On January 23, 2018, Josiah was named the 2017 Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year! This is the second time Josiah has received this distinction, which marks the first time any photographer has won a category twice in the history of the competition!

It is such an honour for Josiah to be recognized in this highly regarded competition that saw entries from photographers from more than 60 countries this year. Read more

Josiah awarded for 3rd time in prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition!

We are so pleased to share that Josiah has been awarded once again in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (WPY53)! The competition seeks to discover and showcase the world’s best nature photography, and the panel of esteemed judges felt that our young photographer’s black and white image of a monkey moth caterpillar in Thailand was one of the 100 best images from nearly 50,000 they judged from 92 countries!   Read more

Jenaya at WiLDSPEAK, Nature’s Best Awards and Smithsonian Exhibition

This November Jenaya traveled to Washington DC to take part in the 2016 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards and see her winning image, “Ramscape” on exhibit in the Smithsonian. In fact, Jenaya ended up being one of four photographers from BC & Alberta awarded in this year’s competition, including the Grand Prize […]

Jenaya returns to the Smithsonian with “Ramscape” | The story behind the image

We couldn’t be more excited to share that Jenaya’s work is back on exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC! “Ramscape” is a favourite image of Jenaya’s both because of the story behind it and the fact it comes from her home stompin’ grounds (photographed less than an hour from her door!). Read more

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

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 […]

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.

Jenaya Awarded for 2nd Time in Nature’s Best

It’s our pleasure to announce that Jenaya has been awarded in the 2015 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards. This is her second win in this competition, having been named the Youth Photographer of the Year in 2013.

This year’s awarded image was taken outside of Kamloops, British Columbia on a photography trip looking for Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (formerly known as California bighorns), a species-at-risk. We were rewarded in finding a great group of rams, and Jenaya, Josiah and I (John), headed out–and up–in search of good angles for some animals-in-their-environment images of them. Read more