The Feb. 3, 2017 edition of the ILPA weekly is here!

“I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.” – Galen Rowell, Aug. 23, 1940 – Aug. 11, 2002

     Galen was, and still is one of the landscape and adventure photographers I look up to for inspiration.  I studied his work, followed him when he was alive and grieved when I heard that he and his wife Barbara died too soon together in a tragic small plane crash near their home in Bishop, CA.  So I’d like to respectfully, and sheepishly comment on Galen’s quote that I believe landscape photography has since gained notable value and much of the recognition it deserves as a solid form of art.

     It is out of this belief, and from ILPA’s mandate to learn more, see more, feel more and to communicate more with the entire photography community that I bring you this week’s issue of the International Landscape Photographers’ newsletter, the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography weekly.  Click on the blue link in the title to go directly to the newsletter.  The following is a summary of the highlights of what I’ve found for you this week.

Let the sharing and learning continue…

Banff Landscape Photographer

Petrified Sand Dunes, Arches National Park, Utah by Banff landscape Photographer, Brian Merry 


The ILPA Weekly Highlights

     One of the headlines this week include an article by National Geographic about how Instagram is changing the way we travel.  Yes, Instagram is influencing where people choose to travel now-a-days.  Pretty interesting read…

     There’s also an article in the headlines about the congregation of wintering Eagles in the South Delta of BC.  That reminds of another popular place to photograph Eagles in the winter.  I have a photograph of 16 eagles preached in trees in Annapolis Valley, NS that I captured while working on my Honours Biology degree at Acadia University.  The story in this article is a video news story, so sit back and enjoy it as you learn about this Bald Eagle hotspot in the BC Lower Mainland.     

   There are many more stories, blog posts, cool photographs and videos in this week’s issue.  A 

Join a Regional Landscape and Wildlife Photography FB Group

     Did you know that there are eight Canadian regional landscape and wildlife photography FB groups administered by ILPA?  These groups are an excellent resource for travelling photographers to learn about an area before they go and visit.  One of the reasons I started these groups was to connect photographers with each other to share their knowledge and inspiration.  

     I choose to create regional groups instead of one huge group because one of the pet peeves I have for the larger groups is that the posts get buried in their timelines soooo fast that I simply can’t keep up with them.  Many of the posts are Worldwide or Continent wide in scope as well, so there are a lot of good posts that I’m simply not interested in.

     I’ve found that by breaking up the Country into more information manageable areas, I can keep up with the wildlife photography and landscape photography conversations going on in the different regions I’m interested in at the moment.  Sometimes smaller is better!  😉 


What is the International Landscape Photographers’ Association

Member discounts on ILPA events

     Yep, you read that right.  When you’re a member of ILPA you’ll receive at least 10% off of the regular registration prices of events advertised by ILPA Pro Photographers and ILPA Industry Partners.  This can add up to many hundreds of dollars in savings if you go on an event that an ILPA Pro or Industry Partner is advertising through ILPA.  

     Tis makes searching for a tours or workshops easy.  Look on the ILPA Events webpage first and you’ll receive a discount right off the bat if you’re a member.  There are many more benefits too.  Check out the ILPA website to learn all about the benefits of being an ILPA member.

     If you’re a professional photographer and you would like to promote your workshops, tours and seminars to ILPA members, then Join ILPA and advertise your events for free on the ILPA Events webpage, or advertise them in the ILPA Weekly newsletter.  ILPA is all about connecting and sharing with each other.  Check us out and consider joining ILPA.  It’s a great organization that I’m proud to be a part of.

      This was just a short summary of what you’ll find in the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly this week.  Please check out the link to read the full newsletter!  If you like it then sign up for it to receive it every week in your inbox until you decide to unsubscribe, if ever.

Enjoy the Feb. 3rd, 2017 edition of the ILPA Weekly!!

I'm a professional photographer and recreational climber based in Banff, AB since 1996. I'm married and run my photography business with my beautiful wife, Kazue. Together we organize and lead travel and landscape photography workshops and tours in both of our homes where we grew up, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Japan, and to many other places around the World. I lead tours year round in my hometown for the past 23 years, Banff, AB, which is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I've have been lucky to live, and now work, in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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