Canon Ambassador: Thorsten Milse

Canon Europe's Ambassador Programme is a partnership with some of the world's greatest photographers, who are masters of their craft and who share Canon’s desire to convey a passion for powerful pictures.

Thorsten Milse specialises in landscape and wildlife photography with a strong focus on conservation and endangered species. In late 2011 Thorsten published the 'Polar World', the result of over six years of work in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. We caught up with this Canon Ambassador where you would expect to find him; in the Arctic on the WWF expedition ‘Sailing to Siku – Voyage to the Last Ice Area’.

How did you get involved in the WWF Last Ice Area expedition? Why is it important?
I have worked on conservation projects and with endangered species previously, but not directly with WWF before. As the Conservation Imaging Partner of WWF, Canon asked me to take photos for both parties on this trip. For me personally it is important to emphasise the positive – it is far better to show the viewer what needs to be protected, rather than what happens if it is not.

Morning mood in the ice fjord
Taken early in the morning with a layer of fog. We were passing the bay at Qaanaaq and there was a lot of floating ice.
© Thorsten Milse. Canon Ambassador
Canon EOS-1D X, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, handheld

As a regular visitor to the polar regions, did this particular expedition surprise you?
It is difficult to detect any visual changes, such as the extent of the sea ice. Places I have been many years before do not appear any different. However, our on-board scientist was more easily able to spot changes using measurements.

What are you going to be doing with the shots from this expedition, is there a special WWF exhibition planned?
Canon is using several photos, they were showing some at Photokina and you will see others in magazine articles and interviews. Next year I have planned some lectures for WWF where I will present photos and reports about the trip.

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