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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). "When I turned around the corner I saw it there, just kind of hovering over the houses."

The stamp (opens in new tab) 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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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.