About our Photographers

Sudbury’s Story of Environmental Hope Through the Lens of Don Johnston and Mike Grandmaison

Join us for a fireside chat with photographers Mike Grandmaison and Don Johnston, where they will share their perspectives on the Sudbury Re-Greening story and their experiences photographing the area.

WHEN: May 13, 2021 at 6:00pm
WHERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84855626417

Don Johnston

Don Johnston is a Canadian professional outdoor and nature photographer based in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. He has 37 years of experience. 

Don was co-photographer for the acclaimed Healing the Landscape coffee table book and self-published his own coffee-table book Close to Home, which was well received by the public. Its first printing sold out. He has published photo books on demand for clients here in Sudbury.

Don is a stock photographer and assignment photographer who has been published in magazines, calendars, books and other media, including advertising. He has licensed images for a Nikon television commercial and has worked with Diamond Schmitt architects on three projects, one of which was the Laurentian University renovation.

Some of Don’s notable publications include cover photos for Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life, Outdoor Photography Canada, Ontario Nature and National Geographic (Explorer Magazine). His work has appeared in National Wildlife, Audubon, World Wildlife Fund and other publications including the prestigious Inner Reflections calendar.

He is an award-winning photographer with a grand prize in the prestigious Sierra Photo Contest (1989).

Don taught high school biology here in Sudbury for thirty years, retiring in 2003. He has an honours degree in Biology from Carleton University.

Mike Grandmaison

Mike Grandmaison is an acclaimed Canadian photographer and widely recognized as one of Canada’s fine nature photographers. He is passionate about creating exquisite images that reflect the beauty of his beloved country Canada.  His award-winning images have been featured in some of the world’s finest publications, as well as in a wide array of books, cards, calendars and postage stamps.

Passionate about photography and the natural world, Mike is known for creating unique images that reflect the natural beauty and diversity of Canada. Growing up on the vast Canadian Shield, a professional background in biology, a decades-long career in biological sciences, and a lifelong curiosity in physical geography have all contributed to the impressive, evocative body of work for which he has become known. With camera in hand, Mike has explored the breadth of his beloved country Canada for 45 years.

Mike's images are represented in a fine collections of coffee table books, 17 to date, and include his latest  'Lake of The Woods - Gem of The Canadian Shield', 'Canada', 'Natural Reflections' (with co-author Robert L. Peters), "The Polar Bear - Lord of the Great North', 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario', 'Beautiful Alberta', 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond', 'The Canadian Rockies', 'Georgian Bay' and 'Muskoka'. Mike was a regular contributor to 'Outdoor Photography Canada' Magazine for its entirety from 2009 to 2019 for which he wrote and illustrated a feature called 'Discovering Canada'. Mike has lead nature-focused workshops and presented seminars on many different topics to various organizations and focus groups across Canada. Mike has also produced and published two sets of notecards called 'The Manitoba Notecard Series' and 'The Saskatchewan Notecard Series'.

Mike manages a full-service independent stock photography agency in Canada. It houses one of the finest curated collections of thousands of premium quality photos. His extensive collection features images of the natural world, architecture, agriculture, travel and Canadiana. Mike's extensive photo collection is available for use in advertising, annual reports, billboards, books, brochures, calendars, cards, displays, magazines, posters, web sites, as well as fine art prints. Mike's on-location assignment photography spans Canada's geography. He photographs for a broad range of corporate and editorial clients in fields ranging from agriculture to architecture and from forest to factory. His academic knowledge and working experience in the natural sciences, coupled with his passion for photography, technical skills and an artist's eye, make him a sought-after photographer for outdoor work. An uncompromising quality of craftsmanship, together with a signature style, distinguish Mike in this highly competitive field.

Mike's stunning nature photographs are in demand by collectors - as fine art pieces, for corporate decor, and for use as corporate gifts. His fine art photographs are crafted to the specific requirements of individual collectors, and can be matted, framed, and shipped to anywhere in the world. You may view a selection of his fine art photographs at 'The Canadian Gallery'.