Peter Mather Photography
I was inspired to delve into photography when I was at University in 1994. I was mesmerized by Ken Madsen's touring Yukon Wildlands slideshow and I was inspired by the beauty of the Yukon and the fight to protect some of its key wilderness areas. After the show, I began tinkering with cameras and have been every since.
Photography gives me the opportunity to capture a unique moment in time. I love it because a single image can tell a story, inform and inspire. I think of every image as a memory.
My photography is a combination of photojournalism and a fine art. I hope to inspire people to explore outdoors and to preserve our wildlife and our wild lands. I essentially have pursued a career as a photojournalist since 2013.
2016 - National Magazine Awards (Canada), two of six finalist for photo essay of the year.
2016 - Nature's Best, Polar Passion, Highly Honoured
2016 - Oasis Photo Contest, 1st place in three categories (Storyboard, Mammals, Birds)
2016 - Canadian Community Newspaper Award, Best Photo Essay
2016 - Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards, Gold Photo Essay Award
2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Nominated for top 50 in People's Choice Award
2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 14 of 20 images made it to the final round (No prizes)
2013 Admitted into the iLCP - "International League of Conservation Photography"
2012 Art Wolfe International Conservation Photography Award
- Outdoor Photography Canada and Photo News magazines
- A recent article profiling my work in Pacific Standard.
- Photo essay on the Porcupine Caribou Herd's epic migration.
- Feature story on the efforts to protect the Yukon's Peel Watershed.
- Photo essay on aerial images of the North.
- Cover Image
- My Shot image of Northern Flickers.
- Feature story on the Yukon Territory.
Panasonic/Lumix GX8 camera
Panasonic/Lumix GH4 camera
Panasonic/Lumix 7-14mm lens
Lumix/Leice 100-400mm lens
Nikon D4, D3, D90, D3200 and D700
80 - 200mm f/2.8
14 - 24mm f/2.817 - 35mm f/2.8
Nikon speedlight SB-900
SPL underwater camera housing
Ikelite underwater camera housing for D700Pocket wizards
Singh ray neutral density filters
Trailmaster camera traps
My Photographic Inspiration
The following photographers have defined my work and helped me to discover who I am as an artist and journalist.1. Ken Madsen, my mentor and inspiration. I don't think there is another man in the Yukon who has inspired so many people to get out and adventure, and whose work on protecting wild places has had so much impact.
2. My good friend Robert Postma (Distant Horizons ) who I have shared many adventures with and hopefully many more.
3. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen (Paul Nicklen Photography) who showed me the dedication required to become a top photojournalist and how to effect change.