About the Photographer


I am an adventure/assignment photographer and travel writer Fort Smith, Northwest Territories - a small 2,000 pop. community just outside of Wood Buffalo National Park. I am working on a several year project to travel, photograph, film, and write about the Canadian North. Starting in the South Slave Region I am slowly and comprehensively planning to cover a new region every year. I've sold several hundred prints of my adventure, to collectors who have followed this journey since 2010, all over the world. My goal is to connect them with the north and allow them to experience our beautiful land, culture and history through my eyes. During 2009; I was the first Canadian to be exhibited and awarded at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in London, UK. It was earlier that year that I first picked up a camera.
I want to raise awareness about our unique northern issues, celebrate our identity and share my stories and experiences living, traveling, and growing in the Canadian North.
Karl Johnston

A shot of me on location photographing an adventure model. Photo by Thomas Koidhis.

My Work Has Been Used By

  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Town of Fort Smith
  • Northwest Territories Power Corporation
  • Harper & Collins
  • Spectacular NWT
  • Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Canoe Arctic Ltd
  • Parks Canada
  • F-Stop Gear
  • Ford Yellowknife
  • Mercury Sign Art & Design
  • Kellett Communications
  • Cascade Communications
  • The Faqtory
  • Aurora College
  • Metis Association
  • Shred Your Image Snow & Skate
  • TukTo Lodge
  • Northwestern Air
  • State of The Art
  • ...and more.

Published Worldwide

  • The Slave River Journal
  • The Yellowknifer
  • The News North
  • Spectacular NWT - Vancouver Olympics
  • Photoworld Magazine
  • More of Our Canada Magazine
  • Australian Geographic
  • The Guardian UK
  • Sky News
  • Travel Longer Magazine
  • Let's Be Wild Magazine
  • Telegraph UK
  • Up Here Business Magazine,
  • CBC Radio (several times)
  • CKLB Radio (several times)
  • The Road Less Traveled Radio
  • ...and more

Internationally awarded

Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition, 2009, highly commended
Royal Observatory of Greenwich 2009, 4 month exhibit
Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition, 2011, shortlisted
Epson International Pano Awards 2011, silver award,
Epson International Pano Awards 2011, silver award,
Epson International Pano Awards 2013, bronze award,
Epson International Pano Awards 2013, bronze award
Move NWT - highly commended

Exhibited Worldwide

Royal Observatory of Greenwich (London, England Sept 2009-Jan 2010) Snow King's Ice Castle (www.snowking.ca)(Yellowknife, NT) (2010)
Canada's Northern House (Vancouver Olympics) (Feb-April 2010)
Hay River Arts & Music Festival (Hay River, NT) (2010)
Northern Life Museum (Fort Smith, NT) (July 2010, March 2011)
Epson Pano Awards Exhibition (Sydney, Australia) (June 2011)
Hay Days Arts Festival (Hay River, NT, (2011)
Hay Days Arts Festival (Hay River, NT, (2012)
Northern Life Museum (Fort Smith, NT) (August 2012)
Fort Smith Trade show (Fort Smith, NT) (2013)

Public Art & Murals

Aven Manor (Yellowknife, NT) (2009)
Aurora College - Corporate HQ Hallways– (Fort Smith, NT) (2010)
Murals Outside Office of Western Arctic Member of Parliament Dennis Bevington (Fort Smith, NT) (2011)

Articles & Interviews

"Photographers On Their Way Up" (www.Lightstalkers.com)
"Aurora Photographer On The Rise" (YKOnline.ca)
"THE CREAM OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS" (www.naturephotographie.com)

Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories
Slave River Rapids
Aurora Borealis Northwest over River
Yellowknife Aurora Borealis
Coral Falls Dehcho Region
Rapids of the Drowned, Fort Smith
Light Pillars Fort Smith
North American White Pelicans
Aurora Borealis over Slave River

Black Bears in Wood Buffalo National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park By Helicopter (Parks Canada)
Slave River Rapids Pelican Exploration (Parks Canada)
Off-road Adventure Gone Wrong
Portrait Photography Under Aurora Borealis