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 outdoors sports — including diving and climbing — and combining his degrees in Biology (BSc) and Photography (MA), he specializes in the documenting the delicate relationship between man and mother nature.

As an experienced adventure image maker, Fernando's passion for nature, the great outdoors and conservation photography has taken him to projects in endangered areas worldwide, including works for National Geographic Brazil, The Nature Conservancy Brazil, The Rivers Institute, British Columbia, MEC Canada and more.

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Recent Publications

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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