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Date(s) - 8 Feb 2021 until 8 Feb 2021
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Mark Zelinski will talk about some the unique photography opportunities on the Niagara Escarpment.

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Mark Zelinski trained as an artist and a designer and graduated as the top student of OCAD in 1979. His diverse career as a professional photographer has taken him across 80 countries, with clients ranging from The National Film Board of Canada to Panasonic. He is also a publisher, writer, painter, filmmaker, Fellow of Royal Canadian Geographic Society, member of The Explorer’s Club, and winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Medal. 

Zelinski is best known for his “Books That Heal” initiative – donating 7,000 copies of his photography books to 100 worldwide charities. His internationally acclaimed photography books include forewords by HRH Prince Philip, The Honourable Lincoln Alexander, and The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau.




“Heart Of Turtle Island: The Niagara Escarpment” brings exquisite focus to the environmental treasures of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and to the diverse native and settler communities that thrive along its rugged, curving path.

Like the Galapagos and the Serengeti, The Niagara Escarpment is designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. One of the world’s unique natural wonders, the Escarpment defines an area across Southern Ontario and Manitoulin Island. Its ecosystems support hundreds of at-risk species that coexist alongside the most densely populated and heavily developed region in Canada.

Through Mark Zelinski’s images and stories of the land, wildlife and people of Indigenous and settler communities, viewers have the opportunity to experience a multi-layered perspective of the living escarpment, including:

  • Best escarpment locations to photograph and best times of day and season to visit.
  • Advice for shooting escarpment landscape – composition, angle and scale compliment.
  • A guide to unique escarpment microclimates (alvar, talus slope, vertical forests etc.).
  • Cultural events, festivals and local interest topics from Niagara Falls to Manitoulin Island.
  • Tips for shooting local wildlife, bird migration and best wildlife locations.
  • Tips for shooting wildflowers, insects and macro photography.
  • Tips for shooting rural people and Indigenous communities.
  • A guide to the work and ideals of individuals and organizations that strive to protect the Niagara Escarpment.
  • Species-naming contest and book giveaway ***Live presentation only


Zelinski: “For millennia, plants, birds, animals, and human enterprise have coexisted in the bounty of The Niagara Escarpment. Its ancient limestone naturally purifies the water that runs through it. Its health offers us a reflection of our own health. The Niagara Escarpment is a living symbol of the immense scope of planetary time, and majesty, a gift to enjoy with respect and gratitude during our brief visit here on Turtle Island.”


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