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Ryan Wilkes

Photography Team Member

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Ryan Wilkes is a multi-talented storyteller whose passion for science, adventure and wildlife is reflected in his work as a cinematographer, director and photographer. He captures the delicate balance between humans and the natural world, showcasing the beauty and mystery of our planet.

His diverse background, which includes a PhD in Bioengineering and experience as a materials scientist, gives him a unique perspective when it comes to communicating complex scientific topics in an accessible and engaging way.

Ryan has shot on all seven continents and his cinematography can be seen in multiple documentaries in production with major networks including CBC, PBS, ARTE, and renowned factual producer, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. He has received several awards for his independent short documentaries and is an alumnus of the Jackson Wild Media Lab and the Being Black in Canada filmmaking program.

Wilkes’ talent and dedication to his craft have been recognized by Canadian Geographic, who awarded him the 2022 Canadian Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his work capturing western terrestrial garter snakes hunting in the Salish Sea.

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