Public presentations and talks

My photographic and volunteer work is dedicated to the protection of natural environments. A biologist by training, I have presented numerous lectures spanning natural history and photography. The audiences include members of nature and photography clubs in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, as well as local chapters of the Sierra Club, and National Audubon Society in the USA. I am an energetic and knowledgeable speaker, and have frequently been invited to give presentations at various conferences and meetings. Presented with carefully selected photographs, personal insight, and captivating story line, your guests will be quickly immersed in a fascinating virtual journey.

“Thank you so much once again for coming to present on the grasslands. It was both eye-opening as well as visually breathtaking. I believe you inspired my next Saskatchewan adventure.”
                                                                                                                                             Adrianna, Saskatoon

If you are looking for a speaker for your public or private event, contact me to discuss the most appropriate subject from a wide selection of illustrated shows on a photography, adventure travel, or nature conservation topics.

Upcoming public presentations

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2 pm – presentation “Islands of Grass” at the Mayfair Branch Library602 – 33rd Street West, Saskatoon Sask. Saskatoon photographer Branimir Gjetvaj will share his impressions of the irreplaceable beauty and diversity of Canadian grasslands, and show images from the recently published book Islands of Grass. Written by naturalist Trevor Herriot and beautifully illustrated with Branimir’s photographs, the book is a love letter to the prairies that are rapidly disappearing in the wake of modern agriculture.
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7 pm – presentation “Islands of Grass” for the Saskatoon Camera Club (Mayfair United Church, 902 33rd Street West, Saskatoon Sask.)
  • Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm – presentation “Islands of Grass” for Nature Regina (Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 2445 Albert Street, Regina Sask.)
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1 pm – keynote speaker at the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan AGM (Conexus Arts Centre200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina Sask.) Photographer Branimir Gjetvaj and writer Trevor Herriot are enthusiastic grassland advocates and naturalists. They will talk about their new book, Islands of Grass, the time they spent in the field on research and photography, and the challenges faced in the effort to conserve our remaining native prairie. Book sales and signing to follow.
  • Monday, March 26, 2018 – presentation “Islands of Grass” for Nature Moose Jaw. Details TBA.
  • Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2 pm – presentation “Islands of Grass” at the Frances Morrison (Central) Library311 – 23rd Street East, Saskatoon Sask.

Past presentations

  • March 2017 – presentation at the Mayfair Public Library in Saskatoon: “Saskatchewan grasslands”.
  • February 2017 – banquet speaker at the 2017 Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop in Regina, Sask.:  “The human dimension of restoring native prairie”.
  • February 2017 – presentation at the Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon: “A photographic journey around Saskatchewan”.
  • January 2017 – presentation for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society as part of the Sustainable Speaker Series: “Photography and Environmental Conservation.
  • November 2016 – presentation for the Regina Photo Club: “Photography with a purpose – reflections by a conservation photographer”.
  • February 2016 – presentation titled “Photography and Conservation” at the 11th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference in Saskatoon. I also gave a short audio-visual show to wrap-up the conference and leave participants with a memorable impression of the Canadian Prairies.
  • January 2016 – illustrated talk Photography in Croatia for the Saskatoon Camera Club
  • September 2015 – Digital photography workshop at the Humboldt Museum and Gallery in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. This course included a 3 hour classroom instruction and one short outdoor field trip with hands – on training.
  • April 2014 – illustrated talk Saskatchewan Landscapes at the Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon.
  • February 2015 – photography workshop The Art of Landscape Photography at the Centre for Continuing Education / Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina.
  • November 2014 – illustrated talk Travels to Croatia at the Mayfair Branch Library in Saskatoon.
  • November 2014 – illustrated talk Wonders of Croatia for the Frame by Frame PhotoForum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.
  • October 2014 – lecture Saskatchewan Grasslands at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina.
  • May 2014 – illustrated talk Saskatchewan Grasslands at the Swift Current Museum, Swift Current.
  • April 2014 – illustrated talk Iceland – a Photographer’s Dream at the Mayfair Branch Library in Saskatoon.
  • March 2014 – public talk Saskatchewan Grasslands – a Vanishing Landscape? at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.
  • March 2014 – illustrated talk Iceland – a Photographer’s Dream for the Northern Image Photographers camera club in Prince Albert.
  • January 2014 – illustrated talk Saskatchewan Grasslands – a Vanishing Landscape? at the Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon.
  • May 2013 – presentation titled Nature in the City at the Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon, 311 – 23rd Street E. This talk was part of the Sustainability Speaker Series for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. My presentation was part of the week-long festival Wild About Saskatoon, to celebrate nature and culture in the City of Saskatoon. I gave a second presentation that week for the Golden K Kiwanis Club.
  • November 2012 – presentation at the Frances Morrison Public Library in Saskatoon titled “Adventure journey to the Mount Everest Base Camp“. An illustrated talk about the adventure trek to Mt Everest Base Camp in fall of 2010.
  • October 2012  – a presentation Iceland – a Photographer’s Dream for the Saskatoon Camera Club. In the summer of 2012 I joined a group of 14 photographers on a photo tour of Iceland. This island country in northern Atlantic is relatively small, but offers an amazing array of opportunities for landscape photography: vast glaciers with calving icebergs, stark volcanic lava beds, bubbling hot mud pools and countless waterfalls. The presentation included highlights from the trip, and tips for anyone planning to visit this fantastic photo destination.
  • April 2012 – I gave a presentation Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek at the Frame by Frame PhotoForum in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • December 2011 – I took part in the panel discussion Nature Photography Exposed: Tips and Techniques with the Saskatchewan photographers Robin Karpan and May Haga (for the Saskatoon Nature Society)
  • October 2011 – presentation for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. The Decade on Biodiversity: a Saskatchewan Perspective at the Cliff Wright Library in Saskatoon
  • April 2011 – presentation Biodiversity hotspots in Saskatchewan at the Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon.
  • January 2011 – presentation Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek for the Saskatoon Camera Club.
  • December 2010 – presentation The International Year of Biodiversity: a Saskatchewan Perspective at the University of Saskatchewan (for the Saskatoon Nature Society)
  • June 2010 – an audio-visual presentation Guardians of the Grasslands – Home for the Range at the opening of the Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet in Saskatoon, Sask.
  • March 2009 – presentation titled Wanuskewin Heritage Park – the seasons at the Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon, Sask.
  • February 2008 – The Great Sand Hills presentation at a fund-raising event for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Saskatoon, Sask.

 

red pointer - important information I also lead photography workshops and photo tours.