2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner
I am fortunate to live in Southern Manitoba not too far from the best place in the world to photograph polar bears—Churchill on Hudson Bay. Having a career in public school education allowed me to spend summers chasing wildlife. Retirement allowed me to switch from enthusiastic hobbyist to part time professional photographer.
I became quite serious about photography in the 1980’s when I started to lead photography workshops for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Not long after, I became a guide for Churchill Wild in polar bear country and the bears have become my favorite animal ever since.
One morning in May, when I was 10 or 11 and on my way to school, I encountered a Chestnut-sided Warbler at eye level and only a few feet away. It was a life-changing experience that led me into a serious birding passion.
Eventually, I realized that I was missing glorious opportunities to photograph amazing birds and animals and soon a wildlife photographer was born.
My growing interest in photography led me to a 12 day workshop on the Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) with one of my most inspiring mentors, Freeman Patterson. His creative vision is legendary.
I discovered then that “Beauty is everywhere if you look, but it begins first of all in the heart.”
Visit www.dennisfast.com to explore more of Dennis’s work.
As a NANPA Member
I was a member of NANPA quite a few years ago but let my membership lapse. Two years ago I decided to rejoin, and this is my first Showcase experience since then.
Living in Canada makes it difficult to get involved, but I’m glad to be a member with so many great and enthusiastic photographers who love and respect nature.