Urban Salmon Project


A professional nature photographer based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Fernando Lessa is best known for his conservation and ecology photography, documenting marine and wildlife around British Columbia and beyond. 

Outdoor storyteller is how Fernando could best be described, with acclaimed work illustrating the threatened habitats of crucial white sturgeon and salmonids in 'The Heart of the Fraser' and the first underwater photography series documenting Metro Vancouver's salmonid watersheds in 'Urban Salmon'. 

Drawing from his passion for outdoors sports — including diving and climbing — and combining his degrees in Biology (BSc) and Photography (MA), he specializes in the documenting the delicate relationship between man and mother nature.

“ When I’m underwater, I'm the only chance in connecting the world with this underwater reality, and that through the experiences I come back with ”.

We follow  The International League of Conservations Photographers Ethics and Principles.

Field Practices

We always place the welfare of our subjects above all else. Special care must be afforded breeding animals to avoid having a negative impact on reproductive success or add to the risk of predation.

Use of captive animals

In some cases, photographing captive animals can be a valuable source of rare imagery that can be valuable for specific conservation goals. 

Images of captive animals will be honestly and accurately captioned and never represented as wild.

Digital Manipulation

The documentary power of a photograph is directly linked to its value as a record of real events.

For this reason, we believe that image manipulation must never alter essential content in such a way that it either misrepresents actual events.

Creative manipulation, when performed, must be fully disclosed to the end user.

Truth in captioning

Photographs deliver information, which should be both accurate and honest. Inaccurate or dishonest captioning reduces the effectiveness of the image as a tool for conservation, subverts its message and undermines public trust.

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Diving in the Salmon arm.  © R. Geoffrey.

Vancouver Island. © Luana Costa.

© Luana costa.

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