A professional nature photographer based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Fernando Lessa is best known for his conservation and ecology photography, documenting marine and wildlife around British Columbia and beyond.
Outdoor storyteller is how Fernando could best be described, with acclaimed work illustrating the threatened habitats of crucial white sturgeon and salmonids in 'The Heart of the Fraser' and the first underwater photography series documenting Metro Vancouver's salmonid watersheds in 'Urban Salmon'.
Drawing from his passion for outdoor sports — including diving and climbing — and combining his degrees in Biology (BSc) and Photography (MA), he specializes in documenting the delicate relationship between man and mother nature.
We follow The International League of Conservations Photographers Ethics and Principles.
I always place the welfare of my subjects above all else. Special care must be afforded breeding animals to avoid having a negative impact on reproductive success or add to the risk of predation.
Use of captive animals
In some cases, photographing captive animals can be a valuable source of rare imagery that can be valuable for specific conservation goals.
Images of captive animals will be honestly and accurately captioned and never represented as wild.
The documentary power of a photograph is directly linked to its value as a record of real events.
For this reason, I believe that image manipulation must never alter essential content in such a way that it either misrepresents actual events.
Creative manipulation, when performed, must be fully disclosed to the end user.
Truth in captioning
Photographs deliver information, which should be both accurate and honest. Inaccurate or dishonest captioning reduces the effectiveness of the image as a tool for conservation, subverts its message and undermines public trust.
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Clients & Partners
‘A lost run’: logging and climate change decimate steelhead in B.C. river": The Narwhal, Nov 2020.
" Nootka Sound rallies to save vanishing ‘qiwah" - The Ha-shit-ha, Sep 2020.
" Does It Make Sense to Build a New Island at the Mouth of the Fraser? - The Tyee, Ago 2020.
" Exploring the Fraser River Estuary " - The Nature Conservancy Blog, Jul 2020.
" The battle to protect the heart of the Fraser River " - The Narwhal Magazine, Feb 2020.
"‘The border is this imaginary line’: why Americans are fighting mining in B.C.’s ‘Doughnut Hole’ - The Narwhal Magazine, Jan 2020.
“ Heart of The Fraser” - Vancouver, March 2019.
“ The Urban Salmon: a Photographic Voyage into the Metro Vancouver watershed.” Vancouver, BC; Feb 2019.
“ Update in the Photography of live fish specimens “ - Brazilian Ichthyology Society Bulletin, Brazil. ; March 2018.
“ Beautiful photos of the salmon run in British Columbia “ - Daily Hive.- http://dailyhive.com/ - Nov. 2017.
“ Photographer chronicles the underwater life of salmon in the city” - Langley Timer - https://www.langleytimes.com . Feb. 2018.
“ Capturing the elusive Nooksack dace “ - Burnaby Now, Burnaby; BC. Sep 2017.
“ Canadian Salmon “ - Underwater photography Magazine, UK. May 2017.
“ Serra Bonita Reserve - Hope in the Tropical Atlantic Forest “ National Geographic Brazil website. Sep 2016.
“ A Journey into the Juruena River “ National Geographic Brazil website. Oct 2016.
“ Yes! We have big wall climbing!” - Montanhas Magazine, Sep. 2015, Brazil.
“ Surprise in the Brazilian Savannah “ - Mergulho Magazine, May 2014; Brazil.
Environmental Star Award 2019. City of Burnaby; BC.
Pacific Salmon Stewart Award 2018. Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancouver; BC.
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