The Presenters

The Presenter list for

The 20xx ILPA Landscape and

Wildlife Photography Summit

     We worked pretty hard to assemble this top of the line presenter list for you.  The toughest job when putting on the Summit is find great presenters, who are willing, and available to come and present.  The best of the best have busy schedules.  The Great presenters confirmed to present at the 20XX ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Summit are:


Keynote Presenter:

Scott Forsyth – Establish Pro and Arctic photo tour leader


An accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Scott has twice received the regional Alberta award for Photographic Artist of the Year, in addition to two nominations for the National Photographic Artist of the Year. Scott’s Canadian landscape imagery has won several Best-In-Class awards for scenic and fine art categories. 

In 2014 Scott received the designation of Master Photographer in Fine Art (MPF) from the Master Photographers International Organization (MPIO). His photographs have been published on the cover of Canadian Geographic, and in Canadian Geographic’sAtlas of Canada, in addition to several magazines, books, and calendars.

On the merit of his mission to explore remote Canadian landscapes and to share the resultant stories and images from these expeditions through publications and presentations, Scott was elected into the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2015, and became a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club (an international association based in New York City) in 2016.

As a Resource Photographer for Adventure Canada, Scott provides photography presentations and workshops aboard the ship Ocean Endeavour, on expedition tourism travel to the Canadian East Coast and Arctic.  For information see the Workshops section when visiting Scott’s website.


Summit Presenters:

Aaron Dowling- Local pro photographer and photo tour leader/educator

Editing presenter and award winning outdoor photographer

Aaron Dowling in his element.


Aaron is an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). In 2016 & 2017 he won the West Australian Professional Photographer of the Year, Landscape Photographer of the Year in both years, and 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year. After having spent many years as a serious amateur photographer, in 2013 Aaron turned his passion for photography into a full-time career.

After running photography tours throughout Australia and South-East Asia, he returned home to Canada in 2015 with camera in hand to capture the landscapes he explored growing up. In 2017, he moved back to Canada and now resides in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. He has set up his photography tour business in the Rockies, and can be found regularly exploring the landscapes from Kananaskis through to Jasper.

Another of Aaron’s passions is in post processing and in particular Photoshop. He has been using Photoshop since the early 2000’s. In 2013, he developed a Luminosity Mask Action Panel that is now in its 6th version, ADP Pro v3, an advanced Photoshop plugin. Aaron has been running Photoshop for Beginners and Advanced Photoshop workshops and presentations for 5 years, and has created many video tutorials and video workshops that can be found on YouTube and his websites.

During Aaron’s presentation, he will bend our minds, covering:

  • Preparing your images in Camera Raw for processing in Photoshop.
  • His favourite adjustment layers and what makes them so powerful.
  • An introduction to Luminosity Masks for image blending and selective adjustments.


Bryan Peters – Local Pro Photographer

Local Banff Pro Outdoor Photographer

Outdoor photographer and print maker

A bio and sample photographs of Bryan’s work are coming soon.  In the meantime, check some of Bryan’s work on his website and his Instagram feed.


Brian Merry – Summit Organizer

Brian Merry © Kevin Annala Photography

Founder and president of the International Landscape Photographers’ Association, and the ILPA Landscape Photography Summit founder, organizer and presenter.

Brian started practicing photography in the late 1980s and has been a professional photographer since 1997.  He moved to Banff in 1996 from Nova Scotia after finishing a Fish and Wildlife Technician Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science with honours in Biology degree from Acadia University in 1996.  Brian has worked predominantly as a photographer and/or a wildlife biologist since the early 1990s.  He presently splits his professional time as a professional photographer and working occasionally for Banff National Park.  During the recent 2015 summer field season he worked as a wildlife biologist for Banff National Park.

Brian has been trained professionally as an adult educator and has instructed biology labs at Acadia University and held an Associate Instructor position at Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta for 5 years.  He’s also professionally accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Growing out of last year’s Summit, Brian started the International Landscape Photographers’ Association which is now the parent and organizing body for the Summit.  Brian, along with the ILPA Board of Advisors, conceive, foster, and develop the different, and active branches of ILPA.  If you’re into Landscape photography then you should probably become a member of ILPA.  ILPA members receive an $80 refund on their 2017 Summit registration.  That is just one of the many benefits of becoming a member of ILPA.

Brian has been teaching landscape photography workshops and leading tours based in the Canadian Rockies since 2010.  He leads photography workshops and tours to destinations across the country and around the world including Banff, Cape Breton Island and to the cultural heart of Japan during the usual peak of the Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Spring.  For more details about Brian, his photography, and his landscape and wildlife photography workshops and tours please visit Brian’s website.


Robert Berdan – Pro Photographer and Educator


Robert Berdan

Professional Nature Photographer and Photography Educator

Robert is scientist, teacher, professional instructor, presenter and nature photographer living in Calgary, Alberta for the past 20 years. Robert’s interest in nature led him first into a career in cell biology and neuroscience.  In 1996, Robert started his business “Science & Art Multimedia” in Calgary and offers a variety of services including outdoor photography, Photoshop training and web development.  Robert has been teaching photography and Photoshop at privately and at local colleges for over 20 years.  Robert’s photos have been published by National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Outdoor photography Canada, Photo Life and in numerous other publications, books and museums. His photography passion includes landscapes, wildlife, macro, aurora and 360 virtual reality photography.  His photographs have won International awards including the Banff Mountain photography contest several times.  Robert also operates three web sites:


Robert’s website features numerous photography and Photoshop articles by himself and many other distinguished photographers.  His photographs with Nikon and Canon cameras and uses both PC and Mac computers to process his images.

Robert will deliver a very technical and engaging presentation on “microscopy photography”, also known as “Macro photography on steroids!”


Tim Banfield – Adventurer and mountain sport photographer

Tim Banfield leading Yin and Yang, 5.11a at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada

Climber/outdoor photographer

Tim Banfield is an adventure sports photographer and writer based out of Calgary, Alberta. Originally from Sackville, Nova Scotia, Tim grew up spending lots of time in in the outdoors while participating with Scouts Canada. Spending a night outdoors at -40c in a makeshift lean-to when you are 14 years old makes -40c in fancy tents seem not so bad.
The climbing bug started in his second year at the Royal Military College while in Kingston, ON. His roommate wanted to ‘try’ climbing, and he had always been interested in it too, so they hopped on a flight and headed to the mountains in the middle of winter to learn the skills they needed to start out. Within the first month, while leading an ice climb close to the College, he took a ground fall and was injured for the next 6 months. An early introduction to the dangers of the climbing world, but he was hooked.
In 2009, after leaving the military, he picked up a camera and started to document his own personal adventures.  But he soon realized that they weren’t that cool in the grand scheme of things. Over the next several years he built up a network of climbers pushing the limits in both Canada and the USA. In 2012 the late Chris Lepik gave him his first cover with Gripped Magazine, and the rest progressed from there.
This year Tim has had Several Covers for Gripped, Rock and Ice and Explore. He’s had feature articles on ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies, trail running in Las Vegas and rock climbing in Utah. So far this year he has worked with Petzl, The North Face, Patagonia, Black Diamond, Arc’teryx, La Sportiva, Tourism Quebec and many more.
As a seasoned climbing photographer, he is passionate about capturing authentic images taken in the moment. In addition to photography, he is also involved in real estate and social media. Outside of the ‘office’, Tim enjoys climbing for fun, skiing, and taking instagrams of his dog Trango. Follow along on Instagram at @timbanfield, Tim’s website and his Facebook page.


Summit wrap up presenter

Dr. Wayne Lynch – Veteran Outdoor Photographer/Aventurer

Arguably one of the most successful Outdoor Photographers in Canada today

Visit Wayne’s photography website to see his beautiful photography.  Wayne routinely travels the World photographing the spectacular wildlife and the landscapes that they live in.  Wayne is truly one of the best.  Details of Wayne’s presentation are coming soon.

Wayne’s presentation is sponsored by ILPA Summit Supporter, Adventure Canada.