Neil has contributed to a number of publications I've worked on over the last few years and has not only delivered excellent photographic work, but he's also been an inspiration to many of the colleagues I've worked with on creating such content. Neil aims high and hits the target. In some respects, even more impressive than the physical results of his work, are the reactions my colleagues have had to the inspiring messages Neil promotes. He's a keen advocate of the importance of telling conservation stories through images, and his message both figuratively and literally leaves a mark on his audiences.

Aaron Kylie, Editor at Canadian Geographic Magazine

Upcoming Workshop

Neil Ever Osborne Workshop Khutz Grizzly Bears

People, Planet, and Protected Spaces:
A Visual Storytelling Workshop

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Date: Nov. 23, 2017
Location: Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto

Tentative Schedule:
4:00pm–6:00pm: Walk
6:00pm–7:00pm: Gathering with Apps
7:00pm–8:00pm: Talk
8:00pm–9:00pm: #chinwag
Cost: Eventbrite link coming soon!

Overview:

From swimming with grizzly bears in the Pacific Northwest, to dropping a 6-million dollar robotic submersible down onto the Gulf of St. Lawrence seafloor, to sitting with an Inuit in the Canadian Arctic wind at -50℃, Neil Ever Osborne is a visual storyteller working on conservation campaigns that express the important link between people and planet. He’s even hiked through the heart of the Brazilian Amazon and didn’t get bitten by a snake, though he saw a spider the size of a dinner plate.

Hear more of Osborne’s misadventures and some fortunate successes as he gains insight from elders in Ecuador’s fragile rainforests, cod-kissing fishermen on the East coast, and a farmer who lives with penguins in his backyard. In their voices, Osborne reflects, “we understand a little bit more about how this crazy world works, and how inherently connected we are to the living planet.” Three nieces add a final touch of wisdom when he talks about his work closer to home, a place he will always want to protect.

Osborne’s work is deeply rooted in a documentary approach that bear’s witness to humanity’s ecological footprint, the human demand on nature. All the while, he uses visual storytelling to start a dialogue he believes is of the utmost importance: we’re not apart from nature, but very much part of it.

Whether you’re an entry-level photographer or avid Instagrammer, a committed enthusiast or a professional communicator, this visual storytelling workshop experience is designed to help you tell more effective stories with your images, but perhaps more significantly, it’s about a community dialogue.

More about Visual Storytelling:

Visual storytelling uses a series of photos to share a narrative—about a place, a character, or a cause—that people can connect to in a way that gets them to act.

Throughout this workshop with Neil Ever Osborne, Nikon Canada’s newest Ambassador and Canadian Geographic’s inaugural Photographer-in-Residence, you will be introduced to the ingredients of effective visual storytelling. Using case studies from his work with international magazines and environmental organizations that explore the intricate link between people and planet this workshop will demonstrate the use of visual storytelling to create conversations that matter.

Value to Participants:

  • pre-visualize your story before you go into the field
  • create a visual narrative using a diverse set of images
  • produce photos with three “distinct features” that Neil use’s to make images stand out from the rest
  • on assignment tips and tricks to help you create that one-of-a-kind shot in any location
  • get your work in front of the right audience
  • latest innovation in gear presented by Nikon
  • valuable industry knowledge with an emphasis on the importance of storytelling
  • professional direction and advice for launching editorial assignments and/or projects
  • an overview of conservation photography within the realm of environmental communications
  • critique and comments on single images and projects to advance your photographic craft
  • a professional contact in the field of visual storytelling

Request Information

Individuals who would like more information about this workshop can email us at studio@neileverosborne.com.

Testimonials

“Neil has contributed to a number of publications I’ve worked on over the last few years and has not only delivered excellent photographic work, but he’s also been an inspiration to many of the colleagues I’ve worked with on creating such content. Neil aims high and hits the target. In some respects, even more impressive than the physical results of his work, are the reactions my colleagues have had to the inspiring messages Neil promotes. He’s a keen advocate of the importance of telling conservation stories through images, and his message both figuratively and literally leaves a mark on his audiences.”

– Aaron Kylie, Editor at Canadian Geographic Magazine

“Neil Ever Osborne is one of conservation photography’s most vocal advocates.”

– Jaymi Heimbuch, Mother Nature Network

“Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS) is working to restore wild salmon to the Snake River basin by advocating for the removal of four high-cost low-value dams on the lower Snake River, which currently impede salmon from traveling from the ocean back to their home rivers where they spawn. Neil’s Snake basin photos were displayed in the U.S. Capitol, journalism conferences, and public receptions in the Northwest where his artwork brought the beauty and value of imperiled Snake River salmon to decision-makers, reporters, and the general public. His stunning pictures have been instrumental in demonstrating to elected officials and the public that the habitat is there to support the return of wild salmon and Steelhead to the Snake River basin—if we give them a chance to get there.”

– Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director, Save Our Wild Salmon

“When Neil’s optic nerve signals his trigger finger to capture an image it begins a generous chain reaction of events that lead to gorgeous magazine and online articles, banners wrapped around buildings, students finding purpose, better friendships, more sea turtles in the ocean, and bigger love for our blue marble home.”

– Wallace J. Nichols, New York Times Bestselling Author

“On assignment in Florida Neil assisted Paul Nicklen and I with field work. His grip on the project logistics really helped us deliver the manatee story that ran in the April 2013 issue of the National Geographic Magazine. We would work with him again anytime.”

– Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Photographers

Sample Past Workshops

Photography and Storytelling with Wade Davis and Neil Ever Osborne

Dr. Wade Davis is one of Canada’s great storytellers. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity”. In his new book, Wade Davis: Photographs, Wade tells the story of the human condition through a collection of photographs evoking the strong feelings of love, family and tradition.

Neil Ever Osborne is one of Canada’s most distinguished photographers and is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work connects people with the planet’s wild spaces while seeking out the human narrative in land and seascapes.

Join Wade and Neil as they guide a small group of photographers through a master class and photo walk focused on storytelling through the art of photography. This unique opportunity to share an intimate session with two of Canada’s most recognized photographers has never been offered before, and is being offered exclusively by the Canadian Geographic Photo Club.

Breakfast, and a signed copy of Wade’s new book, Wade Davis: Photographs will be included.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards supporting core RCGS education and expedition programs.

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