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About Christy

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Christy Turner photographer

Christy is a native Calgarian freelance photographer and writer, who specializes in lifestyle portraits, astrophotography and travel/landscape photography. Her travels have taken her to more than 70 countries and her work has been published internationally. Her astrophotography work is part of a “citizen science” project with UC Berkeley, where her photos are used to contribute to active space weather research. Christy will travel to any destination for photo work and was recently invited to Bordeaux, France in the Medoc region by Chateau Pontet Canet to photograph a 10-day wine harvest on an 18th century estate.

Christy shoots with Nikon D810 and D750, and a host of Tamron lenses. Her work has been widely published with such organizations as CNN, Huffington Post, Readers’ Digest, The Calgary Herald, Canada.com, Our Canada, Canadian Geographic, Fast Company magazine, The Weather Network, Earthsky.org, a featured portfolio astrophotographer in Winter 2019 PhotoNews magazine, and many others. Christy was a semi finalist in the Wine Photographer of the Year segment of Pink Lady Food Photography International Contest, runner-up in the “Urban Wildlife” category of CWF Reflections of Nature photo competition, and first place winner in 2016 for cover of Our Canada winter edition.

Calgary astrophotographer

Look for the Winter 2019 issue of PhotoNews magazine- Christy is the featured portfolio photographer for Astrophotography! You can also view it online here:

Aurora borealis photographer

Last fall 2018, Christy was thrilled to be travelling to a prestigious photographic documentary assignment, traveling to the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. There she was brought to photograph a 10 day, organic wine harvesting process at an 18th century wine estate that continues to do everything by hand. Many of these dreamy and once-in-a-lifetime images were used for 2019 marketing materials to wine sommeliers and suppliers throughout the world who visit this prestigious and historic vineyard in the years to come. The Tesseron family, owners of Chateaux Pontet-Canet continue to adhere to a tradition of bringing in a photographer from a different country each year to document this harvesting period. As a result, Christy was ecstatic to be representing Canada photographically on this journey!

Calgary aurora photographer

Recently Christy was involved in a Telus documentary entitled “Chasing Steve”, which documents the story of how citizen science via aurora chasing brought sub auroral arcs or STEVE to the attention of the scientific community, ..” largely an Alberta story.” With the cooperation of Professor of Astronomy and Physics at University of Calgary,  Eric Donovan, Chris Ratzlaff, Admin of Alberta Aurora Chasers, and NASA Scientist Elizabeth McDonald at Goddard Space Center, collectively these citizen photos were used to drive ongoing scientific research into this phenomenon. Christy is currently working with Dr. Stephen Mende at UC Berkeley using a special Spectra lens to photograph sub auroral arcs, and is a co-author in 2 documents published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, Space Physics.

Image courtesy of Monika Deviat Photography

Calgary breakfast television aurora borealis

Christy made an appearance on Calgary’s Breakfast Television to talk about Aurora Chasing.

The Weather Network featured Christy’s photos on Point of Viewer feature.

Christy’s astrophotos are used to actively contribute to space weather research on Sub Auroral Arcs, or STEVE. She is a co-author in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, Space Physics.

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