Kristian Bogner is a master photographer, director, filmmaker, speaker and ambassador for Nikon Canada, Broncolor, Lowepro and Manfrotto. Awarded 2018 International Photographer of the Year with the Master Photographers International Association, 2020 World Photographic Cup Bronze Medalist and 3-time Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada with the Professional Photographers of Canada Association among many other awards for his work.
Bogner has a proud 80 year heritage in photography, starting with his grandfather, a master photographer in Germany, and one of Leica’s top ambassadors, followed by his father and mother who are also master photographers. His passion for visual storytelling takes him from shooting the Olympics and extreme sports, to fashion, editorial, architecture, aircrafts, nature, commercial projects and expeditions across the globe.
“I have always been very proud to photograph our Canadian athletes at the Olympics. Capturing them at the peak of their sport and ability. Being on Team Canada has given me the opportunity to represent my country through my passion of photography. ”
“The EYE of JAWS” – The JAWS surf break a.k.a. Pe’ahi, only occurs a few days a year. It just so happened that I arrived in Maui, Hawaii the night before the break hit and was glad I had gone with my intuition and brought my 500mm PF on the trip. In the morning I saw on TV that the best surfers in the world were in Maui for the JAWS surf competition. I grabbed my gear, hiked out to these waves and was able to use my Nikon Z7 and 500mm PF to create this and many other amazing images that day. There is nothing like the exhilaration of capturing an extreme sports moment at the peak of its energy – where this incredible wave draws you in to the surfer as he touches the water with his hand.
“Taking Flight” – Everything is Energy! I was honoured to be the first Canadian to test out Nikon’s new flagship DSLR at the time and this was one of my first shots on the camera. I was so excited to be shooting on it and that energy, plus having an amazing athlete to photograph at the peak moment of the action gave this image its magic.