Sacred Headwaters

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic Film Festival will host the Sacred Headwaters film and exhibit, and I will present "Our Home and Native Land", a project that explores the current seismic shift in core national values in Canada—one that reduces the vast northern wilderness that has long been a celebrated part of national identity to a stockpile of natural resources. Wild & Scenic Film Festival is in Nevada City, CA on January 9th- 12th, 2014. Tickets and information

Exhibit and presentation made possible by Patagonia and iLCP.

Paul Colangelo Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Smithers Art Gallery

Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey exhibit will show at the Smithers Art Gallery January 31st to February 25th. Join me at the opening night reception, Friday February 3rd, from 7-9pm.

I will also give a lunchtime presentation on Wednesday February 8th, at 12pm.

Please visit the gallery site for complete details.

Mountainfilm & Sacred Headwaters Fundraiser

Paul Colangelo Photography has partnered with Mountainfilm's Annual Winter Fundraiser! From December 1st to January 7th, all prints on Paul Colangelo's *online gallery* are 10% off and proceeds will benefit Mountainfilm and the Sacred Headwaters campaign.

Order any sized print, framed or unframed, and include MOUNTAINFILM in the comments section during checkout. Complete the checkout process (you will not see the discount), and we will followup with the discounted amount.

*Mountainfilm* is America's leading independent documentary film festival, dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. This year, Mountainfilm launched their *Commitment Grant*, which awards five grants to filmmakers, photographers and adventurers with projects that are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter. Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey was one of the five grantees.

As part of their Annual Winter Fundraiser, Mountainfilm is hosting an *evening with Wade Davis* December 26th in Telluride, CO.

*Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey* is a conservation project aimed at raising awareness of the Sacred Headwaters, the shared birthplace of three salmon rivers in northern British Columbia.

Big Wild Bucks

UPDATE 12/8/10: Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey won third place. A Huge thanks for all the support! BigWildBucks

The Big Wild, an organization aimed at protecting half of Canada'a public land, is giving $10,000 to three conservation projects and is asking for your help. They have narrowed it down to five finalists -- Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey is one -- and your vote will decide which projects receive funding. Please visit and place your vote! The North West Watch Society is the sponsor for Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey.


Mountainfilm Commitment Grant

Mountainfilm in Telluride Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey was one of five film and photography projects awarded Mountainfilm's inaugural Commitment Grant. I'm honored to be apart of this amazing group and am looking forward to the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, May 27-30, 2011. We'll have an exhibit at the Festival and Wade Davis will speak about the cause. Thank you Mountainfilm! Find out more here.

Philip Hyde Grant

foundation_logo I'm proud to announce that I've been awarded the Philip Hyde Grant for the Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey project. The NANPA Foundation, an offshoot of the North American Nature Photography Association, annually awards the $5,000 grant to a peer-reviewed environmental project.

The funds will help support the fieldwork needed to tell the story of the Sacred Headwaters in northern British Columbia. For more on the project, visit

A big thank you to the NANPA Foundation and NANPA! If you haven't been to one of NANPA's annual Summits, they are a tremendous resource for nature photographers, a lot of fun, and a great way to connect with photographers and others in the industry. For more information, visit:

The grant will be presented at NANPA's 16th Annual Nature Photography Summit, February 16-21, 2010 in Reno, Nevada.

Spirit of the River Art Exhibit

The Misty Rivers Art Gallery in Hazelton, BC is hosting the Spirit of the River art exhibit. The inspiration behind the exhibit is the concept of "Fish Nation;" one nation joined through our reliance on, and connection to, our rivers and the salmon that call them home. Two pieces from the Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey project will be part of the exhibit. Dec 15 - February 2010 - check it out if you're in the area. 3914914-02


Conservation Project Launch: Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey

Over the past four months, I have been working on a conservation project that aims to raise awareness of the Sacred Headwaters. I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to this goal:

This is an ongoing project - new images and events will be posted on the project website.

The Sacred Headwaters is a remote mountainous region in northern British Columbia where three of BC's greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed. The Stikine, Skeena and Nass Rivers all start in close proximity within this basin. It is also home to one of the largest predator-prey ecosystems in North America, earning it the nickname, "Serengeti of the North."  The land has been the traditional territory of the Tahltan Nation for thousands of years.

The Sacred Headwaters is now at the center of  disputes between the Tahltan, government, mineral and energy industries and environmental organizations, placing the future of the this incredible land at risk.