Wednesday, November 17, 2021
RCGS Fellow Sean Morton
Today I am so proud to announce that Sean Morton has been accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society! The RCGS was founded in 1929 with the goal of making Canada better known to Canadians and the world, and Sean has untiringly dedicated himself to achieving this goal through his amazing photography.
Over the past three years he has taken over 500,000 photos of Canada's natural landscapes, it's birds and wildlife, it's cities, and it's places of cultural and historic importance while walking 10,000 km of the 28,000 km long Trans Canada Trail. Travelling on foot, he has carried 70lbs of gear (and at times pulled almost 50lbs of water) through all kinds of weather and trail conditions, dealt with formidable personal challenges, and made repeated sacrifices to focus his lens on the natural ties that bind us from coast-to-coast-to-coast. His goal is to show the beauty of Canada to Canadians and reveal the nation as it can be seen from the trail!
He has been inspired by the art and photography of other RCGS Fellows, such as the masterful photography of Paul Nicklen, Wilderness Expeditions of Bruce Kirkby, and Cultural Exploration of Wade Davis and I know he is honoured to join their ranks. The RCGS Fellows Show 2021 included a performance by new Fellow Gurdeep Pandher, addresses by Explorers in Residence Emily Choy and Adam Shoalts, a speech by new Honorary President Bellegarde and a conversation with gold medal award recipient and new member William Shatner (which Sean was unreasonably excited by as a Star Trek fanatic) among many, many others.
As we continue our #hike4birds across Canada to the Pacific Ocean next year and to the Arctic Ocean in 2023, Sean will continue to use digital storytelling and photography to educate, inspire, and make this beautiful and amazing land better known to people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities, genders, orientations, and identities. Congratulations to my amazing Expedition photographer and fellow Fellow!
Next year we will just be two Fellows on the trail!