National Geographic Explorer, Highly Acclaimed Photographer, Inspiring Storyteller
At 28 years old, Ryan Tidman is one of Canada’s most awarded conservation photographers. Armed with his knowledge and a camera, Tidman eagerly seizes every opportunity to document Canada’s most iconic animals and awe-inspiring landscapes. His lens became a powerful tool in showcasing the beauty and fragility of the natural world, emphasizing the need for conservation.
In every frame he captures and every film he creates, Tidman weaves together the artistry of photography with the power of storytelling, inspiring audiences worldwide to appreciate, preserve, and protect our planet’s precious ecosystems. Through his lens, he captures moments and sparks a profound connection between humanity and the natural world, reminding us of our shared responsibility to be custodians of the earth’s wonders.
Growing up reading National Geographic magazines and watching natural history series like Planet Earth, Tidman fell in love with all things in nature. And after completing studies in Environmental Sciences and Visual Communications at the University of Guelph and the Royal Ontario Museum, respectively, he found himself taking every opportunity to get behind the camera lens and document Canada’s most iconic animals and landscapes.
After finishing school in 2017, he spent over three years working with National Geographic photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier and their ocean conservation non-profit, SeaLegacy. During his time with SeaLegacy, he developed a deep understanding of documenting the natural world, sharing conservation issues, and, most importantly, conveying scientific communication effectively through photography and film. Fortunately, as part of the expedition team, he traveled the world to document ongoing conservation efforts.