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Award Ceremony – Order of the Bighorn 2015

Today I’m going to talk about something I knew essentially NOTHING about until I had the privilege to photograph this award ceremony – fish and wildlife in Alberta. Except, not really! Technically, I’m going to talk about learning about things I know nothing about.


The thing is, the very best part of all of the various award ceremonies that I have photographed is that they widen my world in a huge way. You know that feeling where you look out at a crowd full of people and realize that every single person has a life – like yours, but completely different? That feeling actually has a name, it’s called “sonder.” I revel in this feeling – and there is no part of my work that makes me feel it more than an award ceremony, where people come together to appreciate someone’s life and contributions.


One of my values has always been finding ways to give back to the world, and the gentlemen who received the most recent Order of the Bighorn awards personified a life-long pursuit of that value. These men are stewards of the world we live in. They help protect wildlife and wilderness, they were voices for sustainability – before it was cool. Want to learn more about them? Check out the video at the bottom of the post to hear about their life’s work.


Erin had this to say about working alongside me while planning and executing this ceremony:

Thank you so very much for your help at the event!! I felt it was very smooth and a big reason for that was you helping me to know what would be needed when we did our walk-through. […] The inductees were so happy and I know they will be over-joyed when I send out their photos! The Committee was definitely very pleased too! […] There are some incredible pictures to be sure.

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