CONTEST FINALIST

Yvan Bedard

from Neuville, QC

Yvan Bedard

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I was born, and live in, Portneuf County near Quebec City. I’m an award winning Laval University Emeritus Professor in Geospatial Data Engineering who retired at 56 to pursue a full-time career in fine-art landscape photography.

I’ve had 14 solo and 14 group exhibitions, and have been published in various countries. I also sell my work in art galleries in Montreal and Quebec City.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DID YOU USE TO TAKE THIS PHOTO?

Nikon D850 with Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR at f/11, 38mm focal length, 1/5000 sec and ISO-1600

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION?

I care a lot about climate change. I made a large solo exhibition of my photographs two years ago with this theme of climate change. So when I saw your competition, it immediately triggered in me the necessity to submit once again my vision of today’s impacts of climate change.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PHOTO?

Icebergs are powerful images to remind us that the glaciers in mountainous regions in the Arctic and Antarctic are melting. The icebergs created by these glaciers melt in the ocean, have impacts on ocean temperatures and currents, and contribute to increase sea levels. Although the complete picture is a complicated one, and more research is needed to determine the exact relationship between iceberg calving and climate change, images of icebergs have become strong symbols of accelerated ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctic.

WHAT DOES CLIMATE ACTION LOOK LIKE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

I volunteer for a 100-year old non-profit society (Provancher.org) dedicated to the protection of our environment. We acquire lands to make natural reserves and to promote environment-related education and activities. Several schools visit our reserves to learn about the behaviour of wild birds and animals, about plants and trees, and about the importance of nature in our day-to-day life. The largest of Provancher’s natural reserves is next to my house, allowing me to better contribute to its protection with my photographs of birds, wildlife, plants and landscapes.

WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE WORLD LEADERS AHEAD OF THE COP26 CLIMATE CONFERENCE THIS YEAR?

Stop thinking, start acting. Powerful mandatory green house gas emission international commercial import/export rules are the only way to force every country to contribute to GHG emission reduction. International carbon tax is necessary.