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For over 20 years, Garth Lenz has produced images of nature and wilderness which blend editorial rigor with a fine art aesthetic. His work has received major international awards from the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and many others.

His images have appeared in the world’s leading publications including TIME, GEO, The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, Canadian Geographic, Sierra and many others. His work has been exhibited worldwide and he has been invited to address major corporations, government bodies, and educational institutions including the European Parliament, Canadian Senate, The New York Times, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard Universities, London’s Natural History Museum and the Royal Geographical Society.

His recent TED talk, The True Cost of Oil, has received over 600,000 views.

Recent exhibits have been featured in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Boston, Germany, Utah, New York, Washington D.C., the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the Annenberg Space for Photography, the International Wilderness Conference in Spain and many other locations.

Lenz is one of only 60 photographers to be named a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. To learn more about his work, please visit www.garthlenz.com.

In Photos: The Canadian Mining Boom You’ve Never Seen Before

Red Chris mine

If you’re in Vancouver this is way out in the middle of nowhere, but way out in the middle of nowhere is our backyard.”

Those are the words of Frederick Otilius Olsen Jr., the tribal president of a traditional Haida village on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.

When I met him, he had travelled to Ketchikan, Alaska, to meet with officials about the risk posed by the mining boom across the border in British Columbia.

He stood on the boardwalk overlooking Ketchikan’s fishing fleet and waved his hands animatedly while he told me about how his culture — and southern Alaska’s economy — depends on salmon.

In Photos: Lessons from the Scene of the Sea Empress Oil Spill

Dr. Robin Crump had a front row seat to one of the world’s worst oil spills.

Twenty years ago, on Feb. 15, 1996, the Sea Empress oil tanker ran aground on mid-channel rocks in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales.

Over the course of the following week, the Sea Empress spilled almost 18 million gallons — 80 million litres — of crude oil, making it Britain’s third largest oil spill and the world’s 12th largest at the time.

Beaches were coated in a thick brown chocolate mousse of petroleum. Thousands of birds and other creatures perished. The rare species, Asterina Phylactica, first discovered by Dr. Crump, was reduced to a handful of individuals. Thanks in large part to Crump’s efforts, the species was well on the road to recovery within six months.

In Photos: The Destruction of the Peace River Valley for the Site C Dam

Site C dam before and after

It was a little over a year since I had been in the Peace River Valley. Back in June 2014, I visited the region to take photographs and to produce a film on the land, farms and wildlife that would be forever altered, or completely destroyed, to make way for the biggest and most expensive mega-project in the province’s history.

At that time it all seemed so distant and abstract. Would we really flood more than 100 kilometres of some the richest agricultural land in the north and destroy farms that date back to the first non-native settlers in the region? Were we really willing to clearcut and flood key habitat for a wide range of wildlife? Were we really willing to turn our back on the rights of First Nations who have called this valley home for perhaps 10,000 years? These questions were answered for me in the most brutal fashion when I returned this past November.