Photography is patience, research, timing and long hours all coming together in a fleeting moment. I hope that in my images I can inspire people to take an interest in wildlife and nature and discover the beauty that it holds.
Todd’s attraction to photography seemed to present itself at a young age. His earliest recollection of using a camera was as a young child at his grandfather’s home. Playing with an old camera and peering through the glass underneath the flip top cover on the top of the camera. It was not until many years later on an underwater diving trip to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean that he realized that he had a passion for photography. Todd borrowed a camera from his local dive shop where he dive mastered and the rest is somewhat history.
Since that time Todd’s path has crossed with a number of professional photographers many of who have greatly influenced his photography and assisted in his development as a photographer. Watching their commitment and drive coupled with hard work inspired him to work at developing his craft.
Todd is a member of the Ocean Artists Society http://www.oceanartistssociety.org/
Todd is a multi-award winning Canadian photographer from Saskatchewan whose images have been recognized in numerous international photography competitions. Highlights include being selected Best of Show in the prestigious Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Ocean Views competition. Todd’s images were part of two exhibits at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC. In addition one of these images were featured on the exhibit hall banners and promotions throughout the Smithsonian. His images have also been selected as part of the International Conservation Photography Awards exhibit in conjunction with the Burke Museum in Seattle on two different occassions.
He has also received Best of Show honours in the Scuba Diving Magazine and twice in the SEA-NCUPS International Competition. Todd’s images have graced the covers of magazines including, Nature’s Best Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, Il Polo and Scuba Diving Magazine.
His images have been published in numerous magazines, books, newspapers, trade show backdrops, Scientific papers and websites throughout the world. (National Geographic on-line news, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Nature's Best, Wetpixel Magazine, Scuba Diver Australasia, Il Polo, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times, CA Magazine, Bottom Line, Degrees, Libraries and Archives Canada and Galleries West, IUCN). One of Todd's images was also featured as PADI's (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) website main page backdrop. Todd is also a long standing Senior Moderator at Wetpixel.com one of the most respected resources for underwater photography.
Lastly, he was recently honoured to be selected first for a series of interviews with underwater photographers throughout the world. Alex Mustard conducted the interview while diving with Todd in Canada. The interview and subsequent interviews in the series can be found at http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/a-conversation-with-a-new-series-of-articles/
I would like to this take time to mention that I especially appreciate and credit my success to those around me. Not only to the people mentioned above whom so freely give of their advice and encouragement but to my family and friends. Without their assistance, encouragement and support I would not be able to commit the time and effort required to continually strive for new goals and achievements. Thank you.
Some companies that have been a great asset to my work-Thank you
Todd's travels have taken him all over the world including the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Bahamas, Bonaire, Jamaica, Yap, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, Fiji, Mexico, Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Canadian Arctic and the United States.
Further stock images can also be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmintz/
2012 Melvita International Nature Images Awards-Autres Animaux Honerable Mention http://www.natureimagesawards.com/palmares-2012
2012 International Photographer Awards-Burke Museum Exhibit-Honourable Mention-Underwater Category http://www.icpawards.com/Slideshows/slideshow_underwater2012.html
2011 Ocean Art Competition 3rd Place Portrait Category http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/marine-life-portrait-2011-winners
2010 FINS magazine Flickr December-Best Photo of the month http://www.flickr.com/groups/fins/discuss/72157625589033843/
2010 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd Cold Water Category
2010 WOW International Competition Honourable Mention Nature Category
2010 UWImages Competition-Honourable Mention-Togetherness category
2010 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year (London)-Finalist 2 images
2010 FINS magazine Flickr February-Best Photo of the month http://www.flickr.com/groups/fins/discuss/72157623401838547
2010 DivePhotoGuide-February Shark image competition-3rd place http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-scuba-ocean-news/february-2010-monthly-photo-contest-winners
2010 Our World Underwater Macro Traditional Honourable Mention http://www.underwatercompetition.com/Competitions/Our-World-Underwater-2010
2008 Natures Best Magazine/Smithsonian Ocean Views Competition-Best of Show- http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/ocean%20views/gallery/index.html
2008 Natures Best Magazine/Smithsonian Ocean Views Competition-Exhibit Banners & Highly Commended
2008 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd Cold Water Category
2008 Our Would Underwater International Competition-Bronze Medal Macro Traditional Category
2007 Scuba Diving Magazine International Competition-Best of Show
2006 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-Best of Show
2006 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-1st Place Wide Angle Category
2006 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd Marine Related Topside Category
2006 Natures Best Magazine/Smithsonian Widland Smith International Competition-Highly Honoured Oceans Category http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/natures_best_2006/
2006 EPIC Competition-Highly Honoured Conservation Category
2006 Scuba Diving Magazine International Competition-2nd Place People Category
2005 Scuba Diving Magazine International Competition-Honourable Mention Macro Category
2005 Underwaterphotography.com Bronze Medal
2005 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-Honourable Mention Macro
2005 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd and 5th Cold Water Category
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-Best of Show
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-1st Wide Angle Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-2nd Wide Angle Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd Wide Angle Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-HM Wide Angle Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-1st Macro Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-2nd Macro Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-3rd Macro Novice
2004 Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Competition-HM Macro Novice