This year’s festival will take place in Yellowknife from November 15-20, 2019. Check out the Festival Program below for all the info coming your way. Click HERE to register for events, workshops and our keynote presentation and party! See you at the festival!


Meet Our Keynote Mentors

We are excited to welcome Daniella Zalcman and Mauricio Palos to the Far North Photo Festival. Both are incredible photojournalists working at the top of their fields, and are allies in encouraging diversity and regional representation in photography. Each will bring a unique perspective to the festival and mentor attendees with insight from working with clients like National Geographic, The New York Times and more.

DANIELLA ZALCMAN  is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based between Paris and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the  Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting , a fellow with the  International Women's Media Foundation , a  National Geographic Society grantee , and the founder of  Women Photograph , an initiative working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists.  Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project,  Signs of Your Identity , is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a  2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award , the  2016 FotoEvidence Book Award , the 2016  Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award , and part of  Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24 .  Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the  W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund  and the board of directors of the  ACOS Aliiance . She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

DANIELLA ZALCMAN is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based between Paris and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, a National Geographic Society grantee, and the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24.

Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the board of directors of the ACOS Aliiance. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

MAURICIO PALOS  (b. 1981 San Luis Potosi, Mexico) Documentarian and cultural promoter. His work explores a variety of issues that deal with historical memory linked to political crises and land conflicts. His first book My Perro Rano, Chronicles of Central America, was published in 2010 by Editorial RM with the support of the Ford Foundation and the National Fund for Arts and Culture in Mexico, My Perro, Chronicles of Central America was choose as one of the best photobooks of 2011 by the British Journal of Photography.  Palos holds a B.B.M. by the Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Marketing expert diploma by the Universidad Europea de Madrid, he is also the founder and director of the  Centro Cultural Tenexcalco , a cultural center located on a rural area surrounded by common lands and private ranches in the Huasteca Potosina at his hometown at San Luis Potosí, the project its designed to bring and merge artistic cultural activities on small rural communities.  Palos is a member of Boreal Collective, a regular freelance contract photographer for Bloomberg and currently a grantee of the National System of Creators of the Ministry of Culture in Mexico (2019-2022).  His work has been published in Der Spiegel, Volkskrant, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Lufthansa Magazine, Glamour, Colors Magazine, Forbes, Courier International, Bloomberg, Gatopardo, Fusion, Roads and Kingdoms and Parts Unknown.

MAURICIO PALOS (b. 1981 San Luis Potosi, Mexico) Documentarian and cultural promoter. His work explores a variety of issues that deal with historical memory linked to political crises and land conflicts. His first book My Perro Rano, Chronicles of Central America, was published in 2010 by Editorial RM with the support of the Ford Foundation and the National Fund for Arts and Culture in Mexico, My Perro, Chronicles of Central America was choose as one of the best photobooks of 2011 by the British Journal of Photography.

Palos holds a B.B.M. by the Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Marketing expert diploma by the Universidad Europea de Madrid, he is also the founder and director of the Centro Cultural Tenexcalco, a cultural center located on a rural area surrounded by common lands and private ranches in the Huasteca Potosina at his hometown at San Luis Potosí, the project its designed to bring and merge artistic cultural activities on small rural communities.

Palos is a member of Boreal Collective, a regular freelance contract photographer for Bloomberg and currently a grantee of the National System of Creators of the Ministry of Culture in Mexico (2019-2022).

His work has been published in Der Spiegel, Volkskrant, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Lufthansa Magazine, Glamour, Colors Magazine, Forbes, Courier International, Bloomberg, Gatopardo, Fusion, Roads and Kingdoms and Parts Unknown.


WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE…

  • A stunning exhibition of photographs and stories about the people, places and issues across the Arctic.

  • Information sessions with industry representatives.

  • Workshops and portfolio one-on-ones from noted photographers and editors.

  • Presentation and panel discussions with our keynote mentors.

  • Socializing and networking opportunities.