John Sylvester

John Sylvester is an award-winning travel, nature and landscape photographer based in Prince Edward Island, Canada. With a career that spans nearly forty years, John has focused on photographing the people and places of Canada, with an emphasis on the Atlantic region. Today he divides his time between personal projects, editorial photography and writing articles to accompany his images. His images are also in demand for photo decor. Call or e-mail for current print prices.

"It is in landscape photography… that Sylvester shines- using color and form brilliantly to create stark, architecturally precise images that evoke the feeling of Christopher Pratt painting."

 – Canadian Geographic



John’s library of stock photography – with over 100,000 images – features extensive coverage of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories. International travel includes images from New Zealand, Greenland, Cuba, Europe, Iceland, Ireland and the United States.  His images are published throughout the world in books, calendars, magazines, annual reports, corporate brochures and advertising campaigns. His images have also been featured on Canada Post stamps and Canadian commemorative coins. 


John no longer accepts assignments, but over the years he has worked for editorial clients including: Coastal Living, Yankee, Country Gardens, Ranger Rick, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Canadian Geographic, Outdoor Photography Canada, Harper's Bazaar (UK), Readers Digest, UP!, Explore, Saltscapes, Imperial Oil Review, Country, Our Canada, Harrowsmith Country Life, National, TIME, The Globe & Mail, Backbone and National Post Business Magazine.




2018 City of Charlottetown Arts & Culture Awards – Artistic Excellence Award 

2017 Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Awards  – winner in the Best Photography Series category. 

2017 Recipient of Holland College's Distinguished Alumini Award.

2016 Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Awards  – winner in the Best Photography Series category.

2015 Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) awards – second place in the "Best Action Photo" category.

2015 Nature's Best Winland Smith Rice International Awards, "Highly Honored" in the Landscape category. 

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) awards – winner in "Best Evocation of a Place" category.

2011 Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) awards  – winner in the "Best Action Photo" category.

2011, 2009, 2005, 2003, Northern Lights Awards – winner of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Northern Lights Award For Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography.

2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards – silver award winner for feature photo essay, "Torngat Safari," which appeared in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of SALTSCAPES magazine. 

2010 Prince Edward Island Book Awards, first in non-fiction for "Wild Island." 

Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage Foundation 1995 Publishing Award for "From Red Clay & Salt Water." 

Nature's Best Ocean Views competition awards: 2011, 2010, 2008 

B&W Spider awards –  2018, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010



Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society

Travel Media Assocaion of Canada (TMAC), 2011-2019.