Multi-award winning photographer Kristian Bogner wins top Canadian Photographic Award - “Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada” for the 3rd time. The awards took place at the Professional Photographers of Canada Association’s image competition and conference in Halifax. Kristian was presented the award by PPOC Chair, Ken Frazer, Nikon Canada's Amanda Mohammed and PPOC Image Salon Chair, Brian Lee.
Kristian also won two awards of Merit and one of his images was selected for the PPOC loan collection to travel across Canada. Earlier this year Kristian also received the Alberta Commercial Photographer of the Year Award for the 4th time.
It was an incredible honour to receive this award for the 3rd time. I believe it is a reflection of the incredible passion I have for my work and creating images that inspire others. People sometimes tell me I'm half photographer and half human. 😉 Well, Photography really is a huge part of me and to be recognized for that feels wonderful. When I went up to receive the award I said a few words and spoke of allowing my photography to flow from the child within me that has no creative boundaries. I received a standing ovation from my photographic peers and friends in attendance. It really was a magical night that I will never forget.
This year's award was extra special for me because it was sponsored and presented by Nikon Canada and it felt like a real team win for me. I am a Nikon shooter, tester and ambassador and the timing of this award couldn't be more perfect. Nikon has just released two amazing new cameras .. the D800 and D4. I have been fortunate enough to shoot with both and the capabilities are simply groundbreaking. I have been working with Nikon on some exciting projects and am thrilled to share the award with them. I am also speaking for Nikon at the Contact festival in Toronto on May 16th. The Contact festival is one of the largest photography festivals in the world.
A Huge thank you to all of my friends, family and peers... your support and encouragement has been so incredible!!! You all inspire me take it to the limit whenever I have a camera in my hands!
I am very fortunate to have a great friend and mentor which is an Indian Major General. He has an incredible eye for photography himself and had taken me on several life changing expeditions. This image was captured last fall along the silk route near Pangong Tso, Ladakh, way up over 16,000ft where these nomads live. I watched this old woman milking the goats and go into her tent. I had my girlfriend (aka 'light holder of the year') hold my SB-900 Nikon flash with a small soft box near her and see if she could get the woman's attention while I shot this image from afar with a 70-200mm lens triggering the flash with a Pocket Wizard to capture the true unposed essence of this incredible study. Notice prayer beads in her weathered hands amongst all of the other textures in the frame.
We had just had the amazing experience to privately watch and shoot the sun rise on the Taj Mahal. Afterwards we stopped outside of the gates for a cup of Chai Tea. I looked over and saw this boy who was manning the store for what seemed to be his family. He was also watching me with all of my Nikon gear and stood as a proud young entrepreneur in front of "his" store. I was moved by the colours and illustrative nature of this frame and took several images to get the best expression I could. Finally he stared right at me and I got this amazing image. Persistence usually pays off and here is an instance where it did!
I find there is always a reward to following your heart no matter what the opposition. It was my last night in Leh, Ladakh and it happened to be a full moon. We all had an early morning but I envisioned this shot and wanted to go up to the Peace Stupa and shoot it. I was strongly discouraged because of safety, but I went anyway. I had the most incredible experience up there by myself, took some time to absorb the beauty and spirituality of the place and then set forth to capture it's energy to share with others. I decided to use my new super sharp and fast Nikon 24mm 1.4 lens and pulled out my very bright headlamp torch to do some painting with light. I exposed for the starlight for 30 seconds and the full moon light nicely filled in and softened the artificial light sources abound while I ran around in the 30 seconds and illuminated with my headlamp.
We were in Maui on a very windy day and were told by some surfers that it was possible that the legendary JAWS may be big enough to surf and some world class surfers were on the alert. Finding Jaws was a feat in itself and took some off road driving and a steep walk down a slippery slope but it was an incredible sight. While it wasn't quite big enough to surf, because it needs to be big enough to carry the surfers over the reef, I was able to capture some incredible images of over 40 foot waves. Down the shore from the site of Jaws I captured this extreme surfer racing this gigantic wave. A great sports image captures the peak of the action and and I was able to capture just that before the wave overtook this surfer.
I finished shooting for Nikon Canada last week, somewhere remote in the Rocky Mountains, with Nikon’s Amanda, Mark, Chris, and Greg, along with Kirk Neff, award winning cinematographer from Global TV.
Kirk and I were both shooting with the new and absolutely incredible 36 megapixel, 1080p 30fps, Nikon D800 cameras. We were both super stoked and fed off each other’s creative energy while pushing these cameras to the limit in very harsh conditions!! Honestly, this camera is everything they say it is and more and performs like a pro Nikon body in every way. The resolution, dynamic range, iso capabilities and features in this relatively affordable camera are mindblowing!
Our Nikon team was rock solid, and our subjects and conditions were beyond EPIC!!! It was grueling … we fit a week of shooting into about 3 hard-core days and nights, but it was also one of the most incredible, high energy and amazing shoots I have had the pleasure of co-creating!
Well that’s all I can say for now…..Stay Tuned…. You're going to want to see this! More to come soon!!! 🙂