About Randy Vanderveen

 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.

 

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Wednesday
Jun202018

World Refugee Day

Today, June 20 is World Refugee Day. Remember those who are forced from their homes by war, persecution and famine. Why not send a donation today to one of the many organizations big and small that are working with refugees around the world.

If there is someone you know in your community who is a refugee, try and get to know them — being ripped away from friends and family is one of the many impacts for refugees.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Lebanon A Syian refugee hugs her daughter in one of the many settlements in Lebanon. One of every three people in Lebanon is a refugee. Photo Randy Vanderveen 2015-11-30 Lebanon Beqaa Valley Zacharia is just one of the millions of children around the world who are refugees. The unknown forces them to deal with worries that most adults would find difficult to bear. Photo Randy Vanderveen 2015-11-30 Lebanon Beqaa Valley Photo of a refugee settlement in Lebanon.

Monday
Jun182018

World Cup

It is no wonder the quest for football's (soccer's) World Cup has the name it does. It seems no matter where on the globe you go soccer is played, while other sports have just geographic areas that they are popular in.

In recognition of the battle for glory in Russia among football teams from all over the world, here are a couple of photographs from Rwanda which demonstrates how it reaches all classes of people — from the footballers with huge financial contracts in Europe to these players who live in poverty.

Kigali, Rwanda 2015-11-22 Photo Randy Vanderveen Boys play soccer in a Rwanda neighbourhood in the shadow of Stade Amahoro Stadium, the national stadium located in Kigali.Rwanda, May 2015 A young man in the Musanze District of Rwanda holds up his football made of twine and whateever he could salvage to make the piece of equipment. Other youngsters will play football with a ball made of banana leaves demonstrating a creative ways to make it possible to play "the Beautiful Game".

Wednesday
May162018

Stand out from the Crowd

Sometimes in life to stand out from the crowd we have to dare to be a little different. That is the only way we will set ourselves apart from everyone else. A few examples became apparent during a recent visit to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. It was the one or blooms that were different from the tulips surrounding them that stood out.

 

Wednesday
Feb282018

The Outsiders

Photo Randy Vanderveen Rwanda A young boy peers through the window of a church to catch a glimpse of what is taking place inside the walls of the sanctuary.

There are so many in the world who are on the outside looking in — as individuals in society to entire areas of the globe (the developing world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa) – who are often forgotten as we go about our daily busyness of life.

We rush along swept up in what singer Wayne Watson calls: The Urgency (of the Generally Insignificant) forgetting about what really matters.

We need to take the time to see those around us who are on the outside looking in because of loneliness, depression, finances,  substance abuse, race, gender and age. We need to reach out and welcome them in because it is not only those on the outside who are poorer because of it — we are all a little poorer when we keep people out.

 

 

Friday
Dec292017

Review time

Sorry for being so negligent with keeping up posts this past year. Here is a brief look back at the past year through some images.Photo Randy Vanderveen A coyote in the fresh snow of a January morning. . Photo Randy Vanderveen Ballet dancers perform at the Douglas J Cardinal Theatre at Grande Prairie Regional College. Photo Randy Vanderveen A hoar frost covered mailbox provides a study in white. Photo Randy Vanderveen A novice bareback rider takes flight aboard a bronc at the 2017 Grande Prairie Stompede. Photo Randy Vanderveen A bee hovers above canola flowers in a field it is helping to pollinate. Photo Randy Vanderveen Traffic rushes down 100 Avenue as motorists head to work in the morning. Photo Randy Vanderveen A group of deer take a look back at the photographer. Photo Randy Vanderveen A panoramic view of Porto, Portugal.Photo Randy Vanderveen Anglers try their luck fishing in the Douro River in Porto Portugal during a November rain storm.