Michelle Valberg is a Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence and Nikon Ambassador living in Ottawa, Canada. She is an acclaimed wildlife photographer who has been telling stories with her camera for over 35 years. She has traveled to all continents in search of adventure and photographic opportunities; she is especially renowned for her love of Canada and the Arctic. Michelle was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for her photography and philanthropy, the highest honour for a Canadian.
You’ll find her captivating photos on magazine covers, featured in numerous publications, exhibitions, and hanging in Canadian Embassies all over the world. Her iconic images also appear on a coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and on Canada Post stamps. She was awarded the 16th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers and won the 2021 Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition in the terrestrial category. Michelle won the gold medal in the wildlife category at the 2022 World Photographic Cup in Rome, Italy
Michelle bares a rare combination of dazzling talent and dedicated service. Her focus on philanthropy is another expression of her deep compassion. She is a public speaker, community leader, an advocate for animals, the environment and conservation.
Miichelle has published 4 books and she is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and an International Fellow of the Explorer's Club in New York City.
"The natural world mirrors what we see in ourselves... our beauty, our simplicity, our complications, and our responsibilities. Nature is a part of us and reflects who we are. As a visual storyteller, it is my mission to educate, inspire, and immerse my viewers in the beauty and wonder of planet earth." Michelle Valberg