David Ellingsen is a photographer and environmental artist creating images of site- specific installations, landscapes and object studies that speak to the natural world and Man’s impact upon it. At its core David's work is motivated by the challenges of sustainability within contemporary Western culture.

David has been exhibiting his work since 2001 within commercial and public galleries in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, the Dana Farber Cancer Centre at Harvard University and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and have been shortlisted for Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award, awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and First Place at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles.

David is also recognized for his advertising, corporate and editorial photography with a client list that includes the Business Development Bank of Canada, Time Inc., Enbridge Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation along with Men's Health, People, Marie Claire and the New York Times magazines.

Originally from Cortes Island, a remote community of 800 residents in Canada's Pacific Northwest, David was raised on a small family farm surrounded by forest and ocean. His photography is rooted in this rural upbringing, which emphasized the importance of pairing quality with practicality, people with the environment and the individual with the communal. These values continue to inform his working life.



2018 | As We've known it, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver 

2016 | Anthropocene: Messengers from the human age Winchester Gallery, Victoria, 

David Ellingsen: Photographer and Environmental Artist, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, Canada

2015 | The Last Stand, Initial Gallery, Capture Photography Festival 

2013 | SeaLife, British Columbia Law Courts

2012 | SeaLife, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Hibernus, Akasha Art Projects 

2009 | Hibernus, Galerie BMG, Hibernus, Camerawork Gallery


2017 The Sublunary World, Tim Shaw, Meryl McMaster and David Ellingsen, The Baldwin Gallery, London, UK
2013 Enviromythology, David Ellingsen, Jason Lachance and Jenny McDonell, Initial Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


2016 | Intervals: Photography in Flux, South Main Gallery, Capture Photography Festival

2015 | Environmental Photographs of the Year, Royal Geographical Society 

2014 | Vancouver Art Gallery Art Auction

2013 | Enviromythology, Initial Gallery

Photography and Environmental Concern, PhotoPlace Gallery


2012 | Victoria: Art Collections from the Region, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

International Photography Awards Best of Show, Smashbox Studios Pro'jekt LA II, Month of Photography Los Angeles + Chop House Post Sea Inside: Design, Culture and Marine Ecology, Emily Carr University Vanimaux, Food, Fur + Foraging, Gam + Remington Galleries

2011 | Imprint, Luz Gallery Vancouver/Vancouver,WorksfromtheRickEricksonCollection,Gallery1965 Kodachrome in Bloom, Luz Gallery

Elements of Water, The Center for Fine Art Photography

2009 | Future Imperfect, Lishui International Photography Festival Arbor, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, USA

2008 | Boundaries (with artist Michael V. Smith), Kelowna Art Gallery People + Places, Trunk Gallery, Coastlines, Trunk Gallery 2007 Art+ 5, Onepointsix Gallery

Tickle Trunk (with Michael V. Smith), Jeffery Boone Gallery 

2005 | 25x1, Lumen Gallery

2004 | Vancouver, Exposure Accrochage II, Aion Art Gallery

2003 | Art+2, Onepointsix Gallery

A Matter of Time, Exposure Gallery


2016 | WeatherPatterns,CityHallSkytrainStation,CapturePhotographyFestival

Vancouver, BC


2015 | Finalist, LensCulture Earth Awards

2013 | Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards 

Shortlisted, Kontinent Awards

2012 | First Place, International Photography Awards 

First Place, Prix de la Photographie Paris

Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards 

2011 | Shortlisted, Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award

Winner, PDN Awards

Finalist, Top 200, Photolucida Critical Mass 

2010 | Winner, Creative Quarterly Magazine Awards

Winner, The Center for Fine Art Photography

Finalist, International Arte Laguna 

2009 | Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards

Merit Award, Black + White Magazine

Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie Paris 

2008 | Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards


2016 | Janna Dotschkal, ‘The Last Stand, Seeing the Trees Through the Forest: Vestiges of Ancient Woods’, National Geographic Proof, January 27

2015 | Anne Grahm, ‘The Last Stand’, Art Reveal Magazine, Issue #7

2013 | Ashley Kauschinger ‘David Ellingsen Interview’, Light Leaked, March 11 

2012 | Aline Smithson, ‘David Ellingsen’, Lenscratch, January 7

Andrew Nguyen, ‘Obsolete Delete’, CanCulture, September


Chinese Museum of Photography, Lishui, China

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver, Canada

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, USA

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, USA

Four Seasons Hotel + Resorts, Toronto, Canada