Episode #21: Jason Bantle (All in the Wild) - Grizzly Bears & Adventures in Photography
This episode we are joined by Jason Bantle, a professional nature photographer who's company donates 6% of all sales to the "All in the Wild Land Trust" which, to date, has allowed for 1,600 acres of land to be purchased and set aside for conservation.
Jason grew up outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan to study biology where he went on to complete a master’s degree with a thesis focused on Arctic Fox ecology.
In 2005, Jason opened his first gallery, just outside of Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. Since then, he has opened galleries in Banff, Canmore, Niagara-On-the-Lake, and most recently, in Toronto.
In 2019, out of 48,000 entries worldwide, Jason was one of 50 wildlife photographers to have their print displayed at the 2019/2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) touring exhibit.
Conducted for over 50 years by the Museum of Natural History in London, England, this is the most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world, and the only one Jason enters each year.
Additionally, Jason was fortunate to be given the great honor of receiving the distinction of “Highly Commended” as a nature photographer.
Jason's photos are awesome, and I was first introduced to them at his gallery in Banff, Alberta Canada.
Since then I've had a photo of the famous "Bedragled Eagle" on my desk for whenever I'm having a bad day.
You can find Jason's work on his website - allinthewild.com, and on Instagram as well as media interviews on CTV, CBC, The London Times, USA Today, CNN among others.
It was a great episode, as we talked about the famous Grizzly Bear No. 122, the risks and adventure of photography, trips to Africa and wildlife conservation in general.
Apologies in advance for the scratchy audio at times as the internet connection was a bit spoty!
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