A nod from Canon is about as good as it gets, and four photographers are now being recognized as Canon Explorers of light.
MELVILLE, NY, January 17, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced it is adding four photographers to its celebrated Explorers of Light (EOL) program. As one of the first programs of its kind, Explorers of Light are renowned photographers in all genres of photography who share knowledge, educate, and inspire an entire industry of visual artists, as well as new generations of content creators. As photography continues to evolve, Canon fosters a program that includes an eclectic mix of visual artists who bring new and creative ways of seeing the world around us while maintaining the program’s longstanding tradition of education, collaboration, and learning.
Effective January 1, Canon is proud to include Nadia Aly, Kevin Jairaj, Alex Strohl, and Victoria Will as its newest members of this elite group of visual artists. Each photographer brings a level of style, energy, and artistic acumen that not only stand on their own merits, but complement the diverse photographic genres represented by the other 32 creative artists currently participating in the program.
Canon Adds Renowned Photographers to “Legends Program”
As a new class of creators enter the Explorers of Light program, an influential group of EOLs will become lifetime members of Canon Legends, a program that preserves the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished EOLs. Bruce Dorn, Darrell Gulin, and Damian Strohmeyer will be inducted into the program and join a short list of legendary photographers including Harry Benson, Lauren Greenfield, Gregory Heisler, Chris Rainier, and Joyce Tenneson, to name a few. This group of industry legends will continue to share their knowledge and expertise with photographers and filmmakers through workshops, seminars, and published articles.
About Canon’s New Explorers of Light
Nadia Aly: Underwater / Wildlife
About Nadia: Nadia Aly is an award-winning wildlife photographer with a focus on underwater marine life. Her primary goal is to educate people globally about the diverse populations of sea creatures that exist in our oceans. She captures their beauty and uniqueness with her camera and then publishes these photographs and videos. She does this in an effort to raise awareness and interest in supporting efforts to conserve our oceans and their inhabitants. She takes interested clients on numerous underwater expeditions every year, through her company Scuba Diver Life Expeditions (SDLexpeditions.com), with a focus on in-water whale encounters around the world.
Notable clients include: Private individuals who participate in Nadia’s numerous underwater expeditions organized through her company, Scuba Diver Life Expeditions.
Kevin Jairaj: Sports / Portrait / Wedding
About Kevin: In just a few years, Kevin has become one of the most sought-after photographers with commissioned photoshoots, weddings and events worldwide, as well as his home state of Texas and the rest of the U.S.A.
Kevin is one of only a few people in the world to hold the Triple Master Title from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) as well as a Master of Photography from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).
Kevin was commissioned by USA Today to take portraits of key members of the USA Summer and Winter Olympic Teams, has covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for USA Today.
In addition, he has covered major sporting events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, the World Series, and National Championship games. Kevin has also been the Official Photographer for the College Football Playoff National Championship since its inception in 2015.
Notable clients include: The College Football Playoff, Discovery Channel, USA Today, Bad Boy Mowers, LEAF Trading Cards (Director of Photography), Sports Illustrated, New York Times, ESPN, People Magazine, Charles Schwab, and the Washington Post.
Alex Strohl: Outdoor / Landscape
About Alex: For more than a decade, photographer and entrepreneur Alex Strohl has pioneered the visual style of the outdoor industry. A renowned force across all of his business pursuits, Strohl’s marketing campaigns garner clients’ audiences in the millions while his critically acclaimed photography workshops share years of experience and insight to tens of thousands of aspiring amateurs. Lauded by the likes of National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Gentlemen’s Journal, Strohl’s influence on the direction of outdoor media is unparalleled.
Drawing inspiration from the wildest alpine environments, Alex Strohl is as comfortable at his home in Whitefish, Montana, as he is diving off the shores of icy North Atlantic archipelagos. The result is an immersive visual experience that blurs the boundaries of life and work, and of humans and nature. His timeless style and eye for subtle authentic moments transcends industries from local ski brands to the world’s foremost watch makers.
Notable clients include: Apple, Jaeger Le-Coultre, 66 North, Land Rover, La Marzocco, BMC Bikes, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Bottega Venetta, On Running, Fjallraven
Victoria Will: Celebrity / Editorial / Portrait
About Victoria: Victoria began her career in the photography industry as a photojournalist and has since transitioned her focus to celebrity portraiture, editorial, and commercial assignments. Victoria’s characteristically authentic portraiture has appeared in the pages of Vogue, New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN, and W Magazine. Her approach is rooted in collaboration and meaningful connection where she seeks intimacy, authenticity, and elegance with a thoughtful eye and composition.
Recognized by numerous honors, including American Photography, PDN Photo Annual, and Communication Arts, her imagery has been the subject of both solo and group exhibitions internationally. Her first monograph, Borne Back, a collection of tintype portraits, was published in 2017 by Peanut Press.
Notable clients include: Amazon Studios, AT&T, Bose, Carhartt, Epix, ESPN, Hulu, Levi’s, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, National Geographic, New York Times, Netflix, Ralph Lauren, Rolling Stone, Samsung, Showtime, Vogue.
For additional information and samples of work, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/learning/inspiration/inspirational-stories-list/explorers-of-light
About Canon U.S.A. Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $30.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), as of 2022 has ranked in the top-five overall in U.S. patents granted for 37 consecutive years† and was one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2022. Canon U.S.A. was featured in Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplaces list for 2021, ranking among the top 100 companies for employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To learn more about Canon, visit us at www.usa.canon.com and follow us on Twitter@CanonUSA.