January/february 2019 showcases the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition winners and more
AA herd of woodland caribou stampedes through the snow in northern Quebec. A moose wades across a lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. A polar bear cub clings to its watchful mother near Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. These are just some of the amazing images that won the recent Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, and will be featured in the January/february 2019 issue. Of the 8,500 entries submitted by Canadian Geographic Photo Club members, the panel of judges — Javier Frutos, Can Geo’s creative director, Kathryn Barqueiro, a graphic designer with the magazine, and Lindsay Willcox, an exhibit designer at the Canadian Museum of Nature — had the tough job of choosing a handful of standouts. The winning images of fauna great and small provide an exceptional glimpse of Canada’s wildlife, something that never fails to wow our readers. And that’s hardly the end of the jaw-dropping wildlife photos in the issue. Take, for instance, Ann Campbell’s feature about glacier bears (a.k.a. blue bears), a seldom-seen subspecies of black bear — named for its distinct smoky blue-tinged fur — that inhabits the coastal regions and temperate rainforests of northwestern British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. Nearby in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, meanwhile, writer and photographer Bruce Kirkby takes readers on a perilous journey through the windswept ridges and jagged spurs of the Skeena Range as he tags along with a training camp for heli-ski guides, while Omar Mouallem delves into the poles-apart world of The Flat Earth Society with his story on its recent major conference in Edmonton — the first-ever such gathering held in Canada. All that to say, the upcoming edition combines a fascinating selection of photography and storytelling to kick off 2019.
A heli-skiing guide and helicopter in British Columbia’s Skeena Mountains ( above). A winning image from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, taken near Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.