Canadian tales behind the top wildlife photos

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is all set to come to Canada. And, for the 2nd time in his life, Connor Stefanison, the 24-year-old from Burnaby, is the winner. Back in the year 2013, after Connor won WPY’s Rising Star Portfolio Award for the very first time, the honor led to a pro-career, as the biology grad from Simon Fraser started to publish work in Canadian Geographic and British Columbia Magazine. At the Natural History Museum in London, this October, Stefanison received the Rising Star Portfolio Award once again.

Connor is one of three esteemed Canadians, including Don Gutoski, the awards’ grand title winner. Their snapshots left behind over 42000 entries from all around the world. The collection of WPY pictures will hit Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum later in December after they make their debut in Canada at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on 21st November, 2015.

Connor’s favorite subject (apart from Greece bareboat charters) is British Columbia – primarily its animals and its environment. He said that in wildlife photography, all are drawn to the exotics. A lot of people think you have to go to Africa or wherever to get pictures. Taking shots in local environments is really very important as you just know that much regarding the area. Connor dreams of shooting snaps of grizzly bears, and attempting underwater photography on the Pacific Coast. But, still there is so much left on the British Columbia.