He came to the Northwest Territories as a budding nature photographer and is leaving as an acclaimed aurora and wildlife aficionado.
Hay River’s Adam Hill, after eight years of celebrating Northern nature and wildlife with his breathtaking photos, is heading back home to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
“The North’s been extremely, extremely good to me,” said Hill. “It’s been a spectacular eight years here.”
Hill said he came to the North looking for work to make a living.
“When I realized I was coming to Hay River, a little bulb went off in my head. I thought, ‘Oh my god, the aurora,'” said Hill.
He’s been chasing the “captivating” sky ever since.
Hill has travelled far and wide — as far north as Ulukhaktok, to Fort Liard, and “everywhere in between,” he said. He says one of his favourite experiences was photographing caribou on the tundra.
“It’s hunting for me essentially. I know people love to go out and hunt. I just prefer to shoot with a camera,” said Hill.
Hill has had his work featured on covers of Canadian Geographic, online with National Geographic, and even in the women’s fashion-oriented Elle Magazine. What Hill calls the “pinnacle of [his] career” is to have his work exhibited at the Prince of Wales heritage centre in Yellowknife.
Then, there’s the coin.
“Well of course the coin is usually the most talked about one,” said Hill, whose aurora photo is featured on an exclusive $10 coin for Canada 150 celebrations.
“A coin. Would you ever think to have your photo a…