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Whether you enjoy traveling far from home or taking a stroll just outside your door, there is always something worthy of capturing on your camera.
Join us September 29-30, 2023 to explore the joys of photography while traveling: near or far. 
Registration to open August 1, 2023.
Friday Evening Keynote Speaker
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Kyle Blaney
Blaney ( is an avid birdwatcher who has travelled extensively for work and play in every province and territory. These days, his travels near and far are based on a mission to identify 50 bird species in all of Canada's 290 eBird regions. Kyle is a strong believer in citizen science, having contributed 6600 eBird photographs and 7800 iNaturalist observations. His images have been published in Canadian Geographic and birding magazines in Canada and the United States. When not looking for birds, Kyle is a data analyst for Shad Canada (, a non-profit organization that provides unique experiences for youth. He can be followed on Instagram at @kblaney.
Saturday Workshop Presenters
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Kyle Blaney: see above

Don JohnstonJohnston is a Canadian professional outdoor and nature photographer based in Sudbury, Ontario. He has 35+ years experience. He has travelled extensively in Canada and the USA. Travels have also taken him to Cuba, South and Central America and Europe. Don was the co-photographer for the acclaimed "Healing the Landscape" coffee table book and has self-published his own coffee table book "Close to Home" which sold out in its first printing. Some of Don's notable publications include cover photos on Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life, and Outdoor Photography Canada. 
He is an award winning photographer with a grand prize in the prestigious Sierra Photo Contest (1989)
Vanessa Dewson: Dewson loves to create and love stories. Learning and discovering new things and meeting new people are what makes her feel most alive. Photography and travel have fed her curious mind and helped her care more about the world and the people, flora and fauna that share it with us. Vanessa's goal as a photographer is either to convey the beauty that she sees through her lens or freeze moments in time that grab your attention. She is always searching for the next great photograph and working to improve her craft. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Image Art: Film Studies from Ryerson University. She launched "Focus on Photography Tours" in 2015. 

Stuart Heggie: Heggie is a life-long photography enthusiast. With an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics, it was a natural fit to merge his academic studies and his passion for photography. He began night sky photography in earnest more than 25 years ago. His primary area of focus in astrophotography is the Deep Sky, shooting through a crazy array of telescopes with film and purpose-built astronomy cameras. He also is enthusiastic about Skyscapes, night sky photos taken with film, DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and lenses. He currently uses a motorized tracking mount for his skyscape photos. 

Conrad Kuiper: Kuiper is a high school English teacher and passionate amateur photographer. His principle hobby is learning and photography allows him nearly unlimited opportunities to explore creative expression and growth. He particularly enjoys being in nature and can often be found wandering in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area where he captures landscapes, birds, animals, and macro subjects such as insects and flowers. You can view some of his images at
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