Michelle Valberg is a globally recognized and celebrated photographer, whose quest to capture the beautiful and unique on camera has taken her to all corners of the world. Michelle’s stunning, and at times, haunting photographs are highly sought after by art collectors globally, and have been showcased in various exhibits across North America. In 2011, Michelle’s work was the subject of a critically acclaimed three-month solo exhibition at the esteemed Canadian Museum of Nature. Currently, Michelle has her largest permanent exhibition at The Ottawa Hospital, which includes more than 70 of her photographs.
Regularly featured in publications across North America and Europe, Michelle’s images have been included in National Geographic, The London Tribune, Condé Nast, More Magazine, Canadian Geographic and In Style.
A tireless philanthropist, Michelle founded Project North in 2009, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sport-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Since its inception, more than $400,000 worth of hockey equipment has been delivered to over 14 Nunavut communities. Michelle has also demonstrated her strong leadership capabilities through Director roles for several committees and organizations, including The United Way Ottawa, the Élisabeth Bruyère Foundation Board, the Telus Community Foundation Board, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation Board, the Algonquin College Foundation Board, and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. She also sits on the Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation Board and is a Fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Committed to strengthening the community, Michelle has also spent countless hours volunteering with The St. Joe's Women's Shelter, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and The Ottawa Hospital.
As the founder of Valberg Imaging, a premier photography studio and gallery in operation for more than 26 years, she has received numerous accolades and awards over the years, recognizing her business acumen and commitment to the community, including the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts category (2000), Ottawa's Businesswoman of the Year (2003), one of Ottawa's Top 40 Under 40 (2004), The United Way Ottawa Community Builder award and CHEO's Order of the Good Bear. She is also a two time Premier's Award Nominee, The Prime Minister's Volunteer Award nominee, and has won numerous Canadian Geographic Wildlife awards and most recently, a bronze medal in the Global Arctic awards.
Committed to mentoring entrepreneurs and fellow photographers, Michelle has remained involved with her alma mater, Algonquin College, where she holds the inaugural "Hall of Fame" induction for photography in the School of Media & Design. She was also named "Alumna of the Year" in 2005 by the college.
Michelle has self-published three books: Look Beyond... The Faces & Stories of People with HIV/AIDS, Dare to Dream... A Celebration of Canadian Women and most recently, a children’s book about Canada’s North, titled Ben and Nuki Discover Polar Bears. Her third book, Arctic Kaleidoscope... The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape was released on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.
Simple beauty is a deeper reflection of humanity, as an artist, it has been my goal for the past 25 years to capture that notion in photographs. It is one that I have pursued by maintaining the purity and integrity of the subject, while focusing on the soul and the spirit—no matter what subject.