Paul Colangelo is a documentary photographer focused on environmental issues and wildlife.


Paul's work in remote communities across Canada explored their struggle to find balance between industry and wilderness traditions, and it shed light on wildlife populations at risk due to development. His work in the Sacred Headwaters helped lead to its protection in 2012.


Paul was a National Geographic Explorer/Grantee and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His archive is represented by National Geographic Creative.


Publications and clients include BBC, Canadian Geographic, GEO, Maclean's, National Geographic, New York Times, Orion, The Walrus, and WWF.


Paul left the photography industry to spend more time with his family. He now works in investment management and lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Awards & Grants

2016 National Magazine Awards, Photojournalism, HM

2015 PDN Great Outdoors, Wildlife

2015 PDN's 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

2015 Wallis Annenberg Prize, Finalist

2014 Magenta Foundation Top 100 Photographers
2014 National Geographic Expeditions Council Grant
2014 Applied Arts Photogarphy Award
2014 MEC Advocacy Grant
2013 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward
2012 National Geographic Expeditions Council Grant
2012 Patagonia Environmental Grant
2012 Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Grant
2012 Mountaineers Foundation Grant
2012 Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Grant
2011 National Geographic Waitt Grant, team member
2011 Photocrati Grant
2011 Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Grant
2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant
2011 Patagonia Environmental Grant
2011 Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Grant
2011 Mountaineers Foundation Grant
2011 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Finalist
2011 International Photography Awards, Feature Story Honorable Mention
2011 International Photography Awards, Environmental Editorial Honorable Mention
2010 NANPA Foundation Philip Hyde Grant
2010 MEC Advocacy Grant
2010 The Big Wild Grant
2010 Mountaineers Foundation Grant
2009 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Finalist
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
2009 Smithsonian International Photography Competition, Finalist
2006 NANPA Foundation Janie Moore Green Grant
2006 NANPA College Student Summit Scholarship

Public Presentations & Lectures

2016 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2016 North West Photo Fest, British Columbia

2016 NPAC Conference, Toronto

2016 Annenberg Space for Photography, LA 

2015 FotoWeekDC, DC

2015 Millenium Place Gallery, Whistler

2015 Galiano Earth Day, British Columbia

2015 Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver

2014 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, California
2013 Wild10, Salamanca, Spain
2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2012 Smithers Art Gallery, British Columbia
2012 Northwest Community College, British Columbia
2011 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
2011 Mountainfilm at Telluride, iLCP 12Shots
2010 North American Nature Photography Association Summit, Reno

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Sacred Headwaters, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, California
2013 Sacred Headwaters, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2012 Sacred Headwaters, MEC, Vancouver
2012 Sacred Headwaters, Smithers Art Gallery, British Columbia
2011 Sacred Headwaters, Banff Mountain Film Festival
2011 Sacred Headwaters, Mountainfilm in Telluride
2010 Sacred Headwaters, Vancity, Vancouver
2010 Sacred Headwaters, Place des Arts, British Columbia

Group Exhibitions

2015 Blue Earth Alliance, PIX 2015, Seattle

2015 Emerging, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California

2015 Sacred Headwaters, Scotia Creek Gallery, Whistler, British Columbia

2013 Water Places, GTD, Luhnen, Germany
2013 Water Places, Wild10, Salamanca, Spain
2009 Spirit of the River, Misty River Art Gallery, British Columbia
2009 World View, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington

Group Books

2014 Flash Forward Tenth, Magenta Foundation
2013 Flash Forward 2013, Magenta Foundation
2012 Sacred Headwaters, Greystone Books

Interviews & Press

2015 Photo District News, Going Mobile article

2015 Verve Photo, profile

2015 The Morning News, Q&A

2013 Laurier Campus Magazine, profile
2012 Photo Life Magazine, profile
2012 Photo Solution Magazine, profile
2011 National Geographic News Watch, Q&A

2011 Photo District News, profile
2010 Currents, profile
2006 The Voice, profile

Education & Internships

2014 Missouri Photo Workshop 66
2006 Frans Lanting Studio, Internship
2006 Thomas Mangelsen Studio, Internship
2006 Langara College, Photography Diploma
2003 Wilfrid Laurier University, B.B.A.