Behind the lens
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Revelstoke-based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Agathe Bernard is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments.
She specializes in female adventures in mountainous environments, ocean conservation and wedding photography. Among other work, she recently won "Best Nature Photographers of 2017" by National Geographic and filmed with them in Northwest Territories (Lotus Flower in Nahanni and Utah/Nevada desert). She made a short video about Leah Evans’s ski adventure in Iceland for Salomon and North face and contributed to Lynsey Dyer film Pretty Faces and Lexi Dupont Water Worshippers series. She won a scholarship from the Banff Mountain Film Festival and won second best film (awarded by National Geographic, Go Pro, BBC and Google Earth). She is currently working on two films. The first one showcasing a scientific expedition aboard Sea Dragon, a scientific vessel, correlating ocean plastic with human health in the Caribbean sea for a multiple of NGOs (Exxpedition, Five Gyres, Pangaea Exploration, United Nations). The second film is about pioneer glaciologist and photographer Mary Vaux working on the Illecillewaet Glacier in Victorian dresses.
Her purpose is to share her experience and knowledge as an earth scientist in an effort to inspire people to be responsible, innovative and proactive in their decision-making while empowering people to live the life they have always dreamed of. She is part of the Girls Do Ski as a photographer, where women are brought into the backcountry to develop personal and technical resilience techniques in the mountains. In addition to her camera lens, she also contributes a scientific lens and can quantifiably measure how our behavior affects the planet.
In the winter she formaly worked as a backcountry guide (tailguide) and is now working as a full-time professional photographer/filmmaker in the snowy British Columbia Mountains. Through years of exploring remote areas, she accumulated a lot of first aid experience and resilience in difficult situations from dealing with a hundred banditos in remote northern Peru and team kidnapping to exploring remote areas of the Arctic, always with a heavy pack on her shoulders.
She recently completed a graduate certificate in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University to refine her communication skills and learn how to build resilience within communities while bringing important messages in a positive, inspiring and hopeful manner.
She is Director of Communications for the North Columbia Environmental Society, an NGO located in the heart of the Columbia Mountains who aims at promoting community resilience, conservation and educating local populations. She contributes her visual work and scientific knowledge for other NGO’s with conservation and educational goals.
Agathe’s work was published in National Geographic, Canadian Mining Journal, Globe and Mail, Powder, FreeSkier, Ski Journal, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Highline, Mountaineer, Kootenay Business, Canadian and international newspapers. She has periodically discussed scientific findings and projects on the Canadian National radio CBC.
She was selected by Nikon as "100 of the best photos in 100 years".
When not documenting life on our beautiful planet, she can be found in the mountains surrounding Revelstoke, BC or working by the ocean based in her solar-powered camper office.