Salmon Photographs

underwater salmon photography

Welcome to my Salmon Photography page.

Note:      This is a sub-section of my main website Water has been a draw for me since childhood and now I do a lot of my work in it. The intrigue and majesty of the Pacific Northwest Salmon run has become a major influence in my photography career. Cronicling the life cycle of all 5 species of salmon, as well as the local trout populations, with underwater photographs now forms a large body of my work. Each summer brings the start of the annual spawning run, starting with the Pink Salmon in my area around Campbell River. The Campbell and Quinsam River system is a historically significant watershed with all the salmonids using various parts of it, with the exception of Sockeye. From July all the way through November I can be found swimming and diving in various parts of these two rivers, as well as others on Vancouver Island and further afield.  One of my highlights as a photographer so far was documenting the amazing 2014 Sockeye Salmon run on the famous Adams River in central British Columbia. I work closely with various fishery groups and have access to some unique opportunities. Salmon along with the associated watersheds are now my main focus ( excuse the pun) in my photography.

Stock Photography Galleries.

The following stock image galleries feature my salmon and trout images. Each salmon species is categorized seperately with juveniles through to adult and spawning stages. All images can be bought as prints or licensed for commercial / corporate use. For licensing fees contact me directly with the image requirements.     Magazine Publishers check out this page HERE for images pre-formatted for cover photos.   Link to   Salmon Image Licensing  Brochure.

coho slamon fry
pink salmon fry
Artists Statement-

“At times I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the world around us.  I am passionate about sharing this Pacific Northwest environment with everyone.  Through artistic and dramatic imagery, I endeavor to offer people a glance of that world, whether they live in a big city condo, or have no ability to experience the world below or out in nature. My work is all about drawing attention to the entire environment and watersheds, from the mountaintops all the way down, and into our vast, but fragile oceans. Because of my work with wild salmon, I see firsthand the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment. Vibrant, wild salmon runs are one of the first things to diminish as encroachment and pollution affect a river. Just as writer and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown loved to fish, he also was concerned about the welfare of the fish in the river and surrounding environs. At a time when Campbell River was experiencing a period of growth like never before, and new projects like the hydro dam were threatening the natural environment, his passion for the environment was crucial. His writing influenced fisheries biologists, ecologists and countless others interested in the evolving relationship between people and nature. I believe the tide is turning for the benefit of our wilderness and our future generations. By people becoming aware of the need to protect our precious waterways, the salmon and associated wildlife are being helped.  I look to the resilience of wild salmon as a great example of the forces of life itself.  By making needed changes in our actions towards the environment, nature will achieve a balance and be restored to its once abundant state.”

Here is a sample of some video work I have done.
A cool project I filmed for Telus Optik TV in October from Dawn till Dusk. One complete HD video over 9 hours.
Fantastic story about the remediation of the Tsolum River near Courtenay BC
Short video with footage from the 2014 Adams River Sockeye Run
Snorkelling with masses of Pink Salmon in the Campbell River.
snorkel with salmon in the campbell river
The Campbell River area  is world famous for salmon fishing, but also for another activity involving salmon. Visitors from all over the world have come here to snorkel with the salmon on this BC Heritage River.  Every July Pink Salmon start to arrive in the local waters and make their way up the river to their spawning grounds in the upper reaches and in the Quinsam River. Followed on their tails are Chinook Salmon, then Coho and Chum Salmon. Eiko offers snorkeling and Scuba diving trips to see and photograph this natural wonder through his tour operation dubbed  Salmon Safaris /Canyon Diving.   If you are a photographer or film-maker Eiko can lead you to special spots ideal for filming salmon and trout in their natural habitats.  Click here for more images 
Here is a sampling of my various underwater salmon photographs. 
Recent Blog posts

Africa. Big Animals, Bigger Sky, Huge Impact

Botswana Photo Safari In Nov 2017 I embarked on a photographic journey in which I had no idea where it would lead. Myself and a small group of photographers joined up with another group of adventurers on a 10 day mobile camping safari in the Okavango Delta and Chobe... read more

Volunteer Spotlight – April

Fishing, ice skating and playing army in the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands, swimming and fishing in the estuary – Rick Buchanan has witnessed Campbell River’s transformation over the past four decades. As a child of the 1970s, he has seen the community being focused on... read more

Shipwreck of the S.S. Capilano

For one hundred years the Capilano lies at rest. ****This article appeared in the CV Collective magazine in early 2016. Floating lazily in the glassy calm waters of Shearwater Passage, our boat tied off to the mooring buoy, we got our equipment ready for an exciting... read more

Volunteer Spotlight- February

Sandra is a volunteer through and through. From early in life she has been involved
in some form of volunteerism. Starting with Student groups and other community forums she is now the current president of Greenways Land Trust. This is a position she is proud of and you can see from her enthusiasm that she has found a great place to put her energy. Upon moving to new communities she has found it a great way to connect, and at the same time build up the place she calls home. Campbell River is indeed lucky to have her passionate commitment. With a strong community mindedness, and a growing connection to the natural world, Sandra is a great example to others and her story is a good way to start off this new column.

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Top 16 of 2016

My 16 Favorite Ocean Underwater images from 2016 2016 was a great year for me in underwater photography. In the early part of the year I spent lots of time in the river with juvenile salmon. But the summer and fall months I was happily exploring the ocean realm with a... read more

Rockfish Explosion

Record Rockfish recruitment year One of the highlights this last year as an underwater photographer was witnessing and documenting the unprecedented Rockfish explosion. There has not been a recruitment of young rockfish like this for decades that anyone can recall. Up... read more

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