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
Mar262014

Recent Work and Remembrance

Here is some recent work.Photo Randy Vanderveen Debolt, Alberta 3/19/2014 Pussy willows are beginning to show themselves along the rural roads throughout the South Peace as spring arrived with a cold whimper in the Peace Country.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-03-24 A bald eagle spreads its wings as it takes off from its perch on a poplar tree and heads out across a clear blue early spring sky in the South Peace.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-03-24 Deer gather for a morning feed in a field southwest of Grande Prairie. Farmers across the Prairies lose a portion of their crops and feed each year to wildlife and an Alberta survey is trying to determine a dollar value on those losses.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-03-25 A rail spike sits above grade on a section of railway west of Grande Prairie. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 3/19/2014 A hot air balloon pilot lifts and lowers his aircraft for practice in the Grande Prairie sky as Prairie Sunrise Towers and the city are seen in the background. The hot air balloon season is just around the corner as mornings and evenings become milder.

•••Photo Randy Vanderveen The 1994 Genocide memorial for the Kinazi Sector in southern Rwanda. Hundreds of genocide memorials are set up across the nation with a national one in Kigali.

On a more serious and darker note, April marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

The country has seen a lot of healing and forgiving over the past two decades but unfortunately the rest of the world doesn't seem to have learned any lessons.

Currently there are a number of countries that are on the threshold of genocide experiencing mass murders because of religion or ethnic backgrounds including South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

One would have thought that the expression "Never Again" would mean NEVER but we as humans never learn.

Keep Rwanda and her people in your prayers this month as they remember and try to continue to heal from this nightmare in the nation's history. Pray that the other nations on the verge of genocide would stand down and their citizens would instead stand up for their relatives, neighbours and friends being persecuted and killed.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen A memorial plaque outside the Rwandan National Genocide Memorial in Kigali .

 

Tuesday
Mar112014

Winter retreat

Photo Randy Vanderveen LaGlace, Alberta 3/11/2014 A foal sticks close to mom in a field east of LaGlace where several dozen horses were feeding on hay. The horse appeared to be the youngest of all the animals gathered in the pasture.After a long hard winter, it appears that winter is finally retreating in the Peace Country and that spring may have sprung — although I am sure Old Man Winter will have one or two kicks before retiring.

Here are a few photos shot recently which look forward to spring's arrival. The change of seasons provides plenty of opportunities for a photographer to hone his or her skills.

Photo Randy Vanderveen LaGlace, Alberta 2/27/2014 A late bison calf, born Halloween, stays close to the more mature animals on the Black Velvet Buffalo Farm northwest of LaGlace. Usually calves are born in May but despite its late start this youngster has managed to handle a hard winter.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Alberta 3/4/2014 Todd Wagner, of Troyer Enterprises Ltd., is reflected in a hubcap as he fires off a burst of water from his wand to prevent it from freezing up as he prepares to wash a piece of bale handling equipment in preparation for last week's Peace Country Ag Classic at Evergreen Park. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Alberta 3/4/2014 Todd Wagner, of Troyer Enterprises Ltd., almost disappears in a cloud of steam as he and co-worker Daryl English (not pictured) wash a piece of bale handling equipment in preparation for last week's Peace Country Ag Classic at Evergreen Park.

Friday
Feb282014

Space[s]

Here are a few recent photos. See if you can see the title of this post in the photos as a theme. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/20/2014 Col. Chris Hadfield appears to be re visualizing his first lift off as he talks at the Growing the North Conference.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/25/2014 A deer warily looks up from foraging for food among a stand of trees on a farm south of Grande Prairie on a cold February morning. Deep snow and cold have resulted in wildlife seeking food where it is more readily available including on farms and near livestock feed.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta 2/25/2014 A pair of cows look down a narrow alleyway between two pens on a farm south west of Wembley. Cattle producers will soon be busy with calving, not made any easier by the extreme cold that hit the Prairies at the end of February and the beginning of March.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta 2/25/2014 A coyote looks back over its shoulder before heading into a stand of trees west of Wembley. The deep snow this winter has made it harder for wildlife to get around easily.•••
I attended the Growing the North conference at Evergreen Park and it was well worth it for the speakers and information.
It was also great to see Walter Paszkowski recognized by the organizers.
I first met Walter more than 20 years ago and I can't think of any one who could possibly have worked harder than he does to champion the Peace Country and northern Alberta. He appears to always be ready to greet you with a smile and a wave.
He started as town councillor and then mayor of Sexsmith and went on to run as an MLA. Once he retired as MLA in 2001 he worked hard as the County of Grande Prairie Economic Development officer and came up with the idea of Growing the North and worked at getting the annual event off the ground.
He recently retired from the county and is stepping back from the Growing the North to enjoy some much needed time for himself and his wife Marlyss.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2/19/2014 Walter Paszkowski, who retired as the County of Grande Prairie economic development officer, addresses the crowd as he was honoured in front delegates to the Growing the North conference at Evergreen Park Wednesday. The two-day annual conference, which marked its fifth year, was the brain child of Paszkowski along with several other leaders in the South Peace region.
Tuesday
Oct292013

October Eve

The municipal elections in Alberta are traditionally held the third Monday in October. Here are some election night photos.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Bill Given gives an interview to media after successfully being reelected as mayor Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Bill Given, returned as mayor, is hidden by the camera as a scrum is reflected in a convex mirror in city hall. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Mayoral challenger Gladys Blackmore gives an interview election night at city hall. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 David Olinger is silhouetted against early results displayed on a screen at city hall Monday, Oct. 21.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Chelsea Lewis, a worker in the city's communication and research department preps graphics and results for the webcast Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 The election webcast is watched on a mobile phone Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 Rory Tarant accesses the live web cast at his election night headquarters Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Monday, October 21, 2013 James Palmer signs into the elections website at John Croken, his father-in-laws election night headquarters Monday, Oct. 21, as municipal election results were coming in and being tabulated. Municipal candidates were voted in for a four-year term this election up from the previous three-year term.

Wednesday
Sep042013

Summer views

Here are a few photos taken this past summer.

Photo Randy Vanderveen, Emerson Trail, Alberta Gleaming granaries appear to wait patiently for a blooming canola crop to ripen and harvested.Photo Randy Vanderveen, Clairmont Alberta A farmer bales a hay crop while the swaths of cut hay form a pattern. The summer of 2013 was a difficult one to harvest forage crops because of rain.Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie, Alberta Work continues on the new Grande Prairie regional hospital on a site in the west side of the city. Photo Randy Vanderveen, Clairmont, Alberta The new County of Grande Prairie Sportsplex in Clairmont which will host its grand opening this fall.

 

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