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Gary Vizniowski

South Slave
Hay River
(867) 874-3695
14 Pine Crescent
14 Pine Crescent
Hay River, NT X0E 0R5

Artist Story

I have lived most of my adult life in big cities, though I’m a small town boy at heart.  I finally left the big city behind when I came north in 1998.  This move put me closer to nature and all it has to offer.

In 2005 a locum doctor, who was an avid birder, asked me to show him around and by the time he left I was hooked.  I was also an avid birder.  I had purchased my first DSLR around this time and it proved invaluable in assisting me in identifying the various species of birds I was photographing.  The photograph on my computer gave me an accurate record of what I had seen and was there to compare with my bird books.  As time went on and I was recognizing the various species of birds I was seeing I also concentrated on improving my photography skills.  Birding and bird photography remain my passion but I have expanded my subject matter to include all aspects of nature.

I have since retired and now birding and photography are my full time hobby.  Most days you will find me out and about looking for the birds and any other subject in nature to photograph.  Even on a slow birding day in the summer there are lots of flowers, insects and mammals to attract my lenses.

I had my five minutes of fame in 2012 when Canadian Geographic magazine selected one of my photographs for honourable mention in their wildlife photography contest.  The photograph was on display with all the winners at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa and then subsequently published in their Best Wildlife Pictures 2013 magazine.  

Artist Bio: 

Gary Vizniowski was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now calls Hay River, NWT his home. Gary is now retired, but has been an emerging photographer for the last 6 years. His inspiration comes from his love of birds and nature in general. He has had photographs published in local guides such as: The Hay River Travel Guide, and the Hay River Visitors Guide. Gary's artwork can be purchased from him in person, please contact if you have any inquiries.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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