“Water connects us all. For many Canadians, it’s the connection to frozen water that defines who we are.” This is the message of the overhead audio that greets guests of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre as they enter the recently expanded Teck Connections Gallery. The wrap around screens tells the story of water, and more specifically, our connection to frozen water here in Canada.

To showcase our connection to ice and snow, five photographers are displaying a selection of photos representing, “frozen moments” from the Arctic to Antarctica in the Lower Teck Engagement Gallery. The Vancouver Aquarium is the first Aquarium in the world to have a dedicated exploratory gallery for photo exhibits. Learn more about each of the unique photographers below.

Mark Robinson:

Mark is a photographer and accomplished storm chaser. He began chasing storms in 2000 with the Weather Network and was the first with the network to stream live videos of a tornado, avalanches and hurricanes. His passion for documenting the natural world is what drives his photography and videography. Mark has photographed and filmed historic events, such as Hurricane Katrina, and in exotic locations like Antarctica.

Art exhibit at Vancouver Aquarium

Iceburgs the size of islands. Photogragh by Mark Robinson.

Rob Stimpson:

Rob is an internationally-published photographer. He has photographed for Ontario Tourism and Ontario Parks for the past 10 years, and is the co-author of An Artist’s and Photographer’s Guide to Wild Ontario. Rob has received numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission. In October 2012, he was nominated and accepted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.

Photo display at Vancouver Aquarium

Frozen landscapes by photographer Rob Stimpson.

David McEown:

From the Arctic to Antarctica, and with great emphasis on the Canadian wilderness, David celebrates some of the most beautiful, yet fragile, natural heritage of our planet through photography and painting. David is sought after by prestigious art clubs in Canada, and since 2002, he has been leading workshops at the Royal Ontario Museum. From 2005, David has focused his art on the Polar Regions. He continues to work on witnessing and recording the beauty of a world that is rapidly changing and disappearing.

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A chilly scene from photographer David McEown.

Daisy Gilardini:

Daisy, originally from Lugano, Switzerland, started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989. Since then, she has visited more than 65 countries with camera in-hand. Daisy has spent most of her time photographing the poles after falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip in 1997. In over a decade of polar explorations, she has joined 18 Antarctic and 24 Arctic expeditions. Daisy’s images have been published internationally by National Geographic, the Smithsonian and other organizations. They’re also featured in the Vancouver Aquarium’s Canada’s Arctic gallery.

Frozen photo exhibit at Vancouver Aquarium

Cold and clear. Photograph by Daisy Gilardini.

Nansen Weber:

Nansen Weber is recognized as an up-and-coming Canadian Arctic photographer. He grew up in the Arctic and spent the majority of his life in the region.

Most recently, Nansen photographed Vancouver Aquarium associate researcher, Dr. Valeria Vergara, as she worked studying beluga whales in Cunningham Inlet this summer.

When he’s not photographing in the Arctic, Nansen devotes his time to photographic projects across the globe. He was recently awarded a Young Explorers Grant by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Winter photo exhibit at Vancouver Aquarium.

Northern lights dominate the night sky. Photograph by Nansen Weber.

The Frozen Images photo exhibit is on now until January 4, 2015 at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Several photographers featured in this exhibit, are affiliated with One Ocean Expeditions, a small-ship cruise company that offers educational, nature-based holidays to remote destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica.

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