As the world slowly opens again up, it is time to contemplate images conventions as a method to hyperlink again up with like-minded photographers. Postponed final yr in the shadow of COVID-19, HOWL, A Wildlife Photo Convention is again. Even in case you do not dwell near Whitney, Ontario, the gateway to Algonquin, you possibly can nonetheless attend nearly. HOWL is working October 21, 22, and 23, 2022.

HOWL is the brainchild of Steve Dunsford, photographer, and proprietor of Mad Musher restaurant and rooms, and Bongo, photographer, information, township councilor, and proprietor of Camp Bongo Pix. Dunsford and Bongo have envisioned one thing a bit totally different than the traditional images conference.

The organizers try to run a smaller conference for 2 important causes: firstly, in order that they will run intensive discipline journeys with the attendees, and, secondly, to make it simpler to create connections between the attendees. The important aim at HOWL is to have photographers meet, change tales, and create a neighborhood. To that finish, these which can be attending HOWL are additionally invited to a collection of Facebook meetups to speak and share photographs and tales. 

If you are still not sure about COVID-19 and gatherings, try HOWL’s thoughtful COVID-19 FAQs.

The conference is designed to deal with the outside so, other than lectures, most occasions and talks will likely be outdoors. Who doesn’t need to speak about images round a campfire?

Field Trips

In earlier years, discipline journeys have been run by Helen E. Grose and the Cowboy with a Camera, Wesley Liikane. This yr, members can have an opportunity to go on discipline journeys with Connor Thompson and Chris Gilmour

Thompson is a grad scholar at Trent University who has been finding out the Eastern Wolf (AKA the Algonquin Wolf) on the Algonquin Research Station for a number of years. If you’re seeking to perceive extra than simply aperture, to grasp the creatures you {photograph}, Thompson is your man. 

Gilmour is a wilderness and survival knowledgeable. He has spent nicely over a decade as a backwoods information and monitoring teacher. Gilmour’s stroll will deal with serving to photographers learn the woods, to grasp what they’re seeing, and what they may see.


In phrases of photography-specific content material, this yr’s audio system embrace:

John E. Marriott, wildlife photographer and founding father of Exposed Wildlife Conservancy. I’ve written extensively about Exposed Wildlife Conservation; I’d recommend you are taking one other look if it’s slipped your thoughts.

Melissa Groo, a wildlife photographer who makes it her mission to:

…elevate consciousness and alter minds about not solely the extrinsic great thing about animals, but additionally their intrinsic value.

According to her bio, Groo created the National Audubon Society Guide to Ethical Bird Photography, suggested National Wildlife Magazine and NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) on pointers for moral wildlife images, and served as Chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee from 2014-18.

And Sandy Sharkey, a wildlife photographer, specializing in the images of untamed horses.

Sharkey works tirelessly with wild horse organizations like Help Alberta’s Wildies.

It’s All About the Wildlife

If you see a sample, you’re proper. HOWL can also be designed to foster a photographic neighborhood that respects the wildlife that all of us search to {photograph}. HOWL intends to have fun distinctive wildlife images expertise, but additionally to remind photographers to be moral.

If all we take into consideration is sharper images, nearer images, extra images, we’re lacking the purpose of wildlife images: to honor the animals we love. 

According to WWF- Canada’s Living Planet Report:

From 1970 to 2014, half (451 of 903) of monitored wildlife species in Canada declined in abundance… on common, a decline [in abundance] of 83 p.c.

We must make room for wildlife on their phrases; in any other case, we’ll see nearly unprecedented numbers of species grow to be extinct in our lifetime. 

HOWL photographs used courtesy of Howl. IG photographs attributed to their photographers.

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