Shane Kalyn is a Vancouver-based natural world photographer who has a sincere passion and love for the natural world. Self-taught, Shane’s passion for photography was cultivated from his exposure to the natural world at a young age. Studying fish & wildlife management in university, Shane now works as a Senior Salmon Stock Assessment technician with the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada - a job he loves and that takes him to some amazing and remote corners of his home province of British Columbia. He is a natural wanderer as well and has traveled to nearly 50 countries. Together, these are the experiences that have truly shaped his photographic style.
Shane is a proud member of The Canid Project (thecanidproject.com), a non-profit group who's mission is to document and share the science, natural history, and the human experience of the world’s wild canids through creative photography, multi-media projects, conservation-minded photography workshops, and community outreach. Shane is now the Lead Photography Co-Instructor for the canid-based conservation photography workshops offered by the group.
His work has been awarded internationally with recent category wins in the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Birds: Behaviour), 2021 BigPicture Natural World Photography competition (Winged Life) and the 2021 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Animal Interactions). In addition to these, Shane has also received photography awards from Audubon, Nature's Best, Bird Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year, Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Shane has had work published in several hard cover National Geographic books and has been featured in the following publications: Canadian Geographic, British Columbia Magazine, Orion Magazine, and Natur Magazine.
Shane’s photography focuses on anything natural, but he has a real soft spot for wildlife. He tries to create photographs that capture fleeting moments, or intimate animal behaviors, with the intention to inspire and show that the beauty of this planet is worth protecting.