Date(s) - Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Each year the Royal Ontario Museum hosts the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition from the Natural History Museum in London. The competition champions honest and ethical wildlife photography. But what is ethical wildlife photography? Advances in digital photography and animal ethics has changed the way we interact with animals and, with other people and groups interested in natural history. How far can we go to get the “perfect shot”. Please join Mark Peck, a longtime wildlife photographer as he shares his experiences and offers his suggestions on how to enjoy your photography while respecting the rights of animals and other wildlife interested groups.
Mark Peck is the Manager of the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and the ROM Director of the Environmental Visual Communications program with the ROM and Fleming College.
Mark has been with the ROM since 1983, with most of that time in Ornithology. He is involved in collections management, public programs, gallery development (Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity), and has served as a curatorial consultant for several exhibitions, including: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”; Deborah Samuels “Elegy”; “Audubon’s Wilderness Palette”; “Birds of Canada”; and “The Nature of Birds: A Photo Essay.”
He is also a contributing author and photographer for The Birds of Nunavut and wrote the text for Deborah Samuel’s book, The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds.
In addition to his duties at the ROM, Mark is the Program Director for the Toronto Ornithological Club, ROM liaison for the Ontario Bird Records Committee, a consultant for Ontario Birds/Ontario Field Ornithologists, and a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council.
Mark is an avid natural history photographer with a special interest in breeding and nesting birds. He has traveled worldwide with the ROM, but he still considers Ontario and the Canadian Arctic his favourite research locations.