Photographers in Residence

"A photo is worth a thousand words" which rings true in the images captured by visitors and our own local photographers. Over the next while we will be profiling some of our local photographers and you will be in awe of their talent, the secret gems they'll disclose, and diversity of imagery across the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region.

Enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours and characteristics that make Our Place a magical destination. If you are inspired, and want to showcase some of your images and stories share them with us, and you'll be entered to win! 

Madeleine Guenette - April

I have a keen interest in the nature surrounding me. Water has a special attraction in its calmness and its power. The beauty in the Kootenays is ever-changing. It is a delight to be able to be a photographer in West Kootenays.

Jesse Schpakowski - May

There’s always been a camera in my hand and photography is my life. I live for the days when I’m out there to unearth and create another beautiful image or visual story. These are the moments when I feel truly alive.

Tom Weager - June

I’m a Nelson based photographer and through my work I strive to communicate my appreciation of the beauty, peace and power of our natural surroundings. The Kootenays are truly special and not a day goes by that I’m not inspired or grateful.

Joy McAdams - July

Truly blessed to be a resident of the Kootenay area for over forty years where I continue to be in awe of the regions incredible beauty, abundant wildlife, and amazing diversity. Through my camera lens I strive to capture images that will transport the viewer to the experience, spirit and magic of the moment.

Al McLeod - August

I’ve drawn and painted most of my life but just a few years back I bought a camera. I am so grateful and fortunate to live in a place that beams with beauty and sharing it, is a gift.

Dustin Lalik - September

After moving to Nelson for "one winter", Dustin has now spent close to 10 years exploring the vast network of backcountry that surrounds Kootenay Lake. The stimulus for his photos are the landscapes and mountains that change daily depending on the season and light, providing unlimited photographic opportunities.

Ryan Dury - October

Photography is a chance to capture the magic of our planet, how things like light and landscape combine to create unique, fleeting moments. Through my photos, my hope is to inspire the conservation of our wild places.


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