Landscape photographer scores big with image on worldwide stamp

Landscape photographer scores big with image on stamp (Canada Post / Michael Winsor)

A local photographer from Canada's remote Newfoundland and Labrador province has found worldwide recognition, after his iconic photograph was featured in a series of international postage stamps. 

Michael Winsor, a Canon photographer who runs photo tours of Canada's easternmost province, captured the stunning blue hour image of a huge iceberg as it docked off the coast of Ferryland in April 2017. 

The towering iceberg grabbed global headlines, and Winsor made the drive to photograph it himself after seeing other people's images posted on social media. 

“I wanted to go up there around blue hour, which is just after sunset, because then you get the blue in the sky and things, where the lights just come on," he told The Globe and Mail. "When I turned around the corner I saw it there, just kind of hovering over the houses."

The stamp is now featured as part of Canada Post's From Far and Wide series, which celebrates some of Canada's most spectacular scenes. “It’s pretty cool. “Not very many photographers – very, very few – can say they had their image on a postage stamp.”

It's not just the recognition that's cool; the publicity has also seen an uplift in his photographic business, both in terms of his photo tours and the images he sells online. “I sell calendars and stuff like that internationally… I might buy a roll of these and put those stamps on there.”

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.