Hosts

Vanessa Dewson, MPA (Master of Photographic Arts)
Founder/Travel Advisor/Host
Ottawa, Ontario

Travel led to my love of photography, I can’t imagine one without the other. I am an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and recently earned my Master of Photographic Arts as well as several awards for my travel photography. I am also a part-time instructor of photography with the Ottawa School of Art. I have travelled extensively since I was a teenager, including living in Mauritius and South Africa. I’ve also been to Europe, Turkey, Hong Kong, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, many parts of the USA including Alaska and have led photography tours to India, Iceland, Sri Lanka, France, South Africa, Namibia and Morocco. I can’t think of a better way to combine my two passions of travel and photography than planning and hosting a photography tour. Join me on a future tour or let me help you plan a trip with a focus on photography.

UPCOMING TOURS: Mediterranean Cruise (September 2019), Peru (May 2020), Morocco (September 2020) & Galapagos (November 2020).

Tracy Elliott
Calgary, Alberta

Tracy Elliott is an Alberta based photographer who loves combining adventure with his camera. His Dad started him on the path to this wonderful way of expressing himself when he was quite young and he has had a camera in his hand ever since. He has studied art and photography all through high school and University where he definitively learned that he can’t draw or paint, but a camera did feel very natural. Along with taking pictures Tracy also has a love for doing anything outside. Photography is an inherent part of anywhere he goes.

Over the years Tracy has done many different types of photography; landscape, sports, portrait, real estate, wedding and event. Since 2007 he has had the opportunity to teach photography for the Continuing Education department at Mount Royal University. He has developed most of the courses for the department and loves teaching students the finer points of photography.

Through Mount Royal, and privately, Tracy has conducted many workshops from ice climbing photography to photographing landscapes in places like Banff and Waterton National Parks.

“I love learning about photography, teaching photography, talking about photography, and of course taking photos.”

Tracy lives with his wife and daughter in Calgary Alberta.

Kevin & Sheryl Minnett
Toronto, Ontario

We are Kevin and Sheryl. We have been partners in life for over 30 years. We did not step on a plane until our 10th anniversary but have traveled to over 50 different countries since then.  

Our passion for photography began more than 20 years ago while volunteering in Mali, West Africa and Bolivia, South America where we soon learned the beautiful people we encountered needed to have their story told, and the best way we could do that was through images. For more than 10 years, we participated in sustainable community development and led teams of volunteers to these regions. So, when it comes to logistics, traveling with groups, and exploring new territory we have a bit of experience behind us.

In our photo tours and workshops, we aim to give personalized instruction, to create a positive experience, and to provide you with photographic opportunities for those shots you can’t wait to take home and share. We have a few unknown travel destinations coming up and our next photo tour will be in June 2020. We can’t wait to help people create some fantastic images in beautiful South Africa! Click here for details.

To see more of our work, visit our website here.

Sandy Sharkey
Ottawa, Ontario

Sandy Sharkey is a former Ottawa morning show radio announcer who is now following one of her lifelong passions: horse photography.   From a very young age, Sandy was drawing horses on the back of grade school assignments. She eventually discovered new freedom behind a camera lens; travelling extensively to find and photograph her favourite subject: the wild horse.

In 2013, Sandy photographed wild American mustangs that had been displaced from public lands in Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Her next subjects were Costa Rican horses, against a backdrop of rivers and jungles. In June 2014 Sandy spent three days photographing Canada’s rugged and sturdy wild horses on Sable Island.   She returned to Sable Island several times since to observe and photograph the iconic horses that dreams are made of.

Sandy’s images have appeared in several publications and her work adorns the walls of public spaces and private homes alike. You can view more of her work here.

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