Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography


We are delighted to announce that Mike has received the 2017 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. This award, given by the Sierra Club, honors an individual who has made a superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause. Mike's work focuses heavily on photographing the Great Plains of North America, one of the most endangered ecosystems on Earth. Through his photography, he hopes to shine a light on the often over looked or forgotten species that call this region home. 

Mike will be accepting this award in Washington DC on September 15, 2017.

Nebraska Forever Stamp - Framed Collector's Editions are now in!

Available now.  Mike's image  "Evening Passage - Sandhill Cranes" was selected by the United States Postal Service as a Forever Stamp in celebration of Nebraska Statehood 150th Birthday. We are very honored to be part of the celebration.


SUMMIT WORKSHOPS - Great Bear Rainforest

Photo by Melissa Groo 

Photo by Melissa Groo 

Join Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo as they lead a small, select group of intrepid travelers into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This is a tour for photographers who are looking for a new way of approaching nature photography, both in an aesthetic and storytelling way. Photography has the power to tell a story and to affect conservation. Although we may see and photograph bears (black bears and grizzly bears), this tour is not about getting frame-filling shots of bears; it’s about engaging with and documenting the countless things that make up this ecosystem, from the large, luminous jellyfish, to the fin of a humpback whale scything the water, to the salmon skeletons found deep in the forest, picked clean. We’ll photograph sweeping vistas of valleys carved by glaciers, and gigantic hemlock trees dripping with “old man’s beard.” We will venture deep into old-growth rainforest, guided by expect trackers who will point out to us the plants and animals that make this ecosystem so special, and we’ll trek into valleys marked by meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams. Back at the lodge we’ll spend time with the First Nations people that are working hard to conserve this area, discovering what the threats are what they’re doing to combat them. Throughout all of this, we’ll talk and think about making pictures that touch on conservation principles applicable to any situation. 

Participants will be expected to know the basics about their camera gear. The instructors will always be available to answer any and all questions, and will work as time permits one on one with people in the field or lodge, but there will not be formal group instruction on camera use or photo processing.

Participants need to be in good physical condition. This means that they are able to walk up to 3 or 4 miles carrying their chosen equipment, snacks, water. They should be able to clamber in and out of boats on their own, and cope with maneuvering often slippery rocks at the shoreline. They should be able to handle being on small boats sometimes on choppy water for up to two hours at a time. 

Click here to learn more:

This Photographer Never Left His Backyard

This interview with Michael was conducted by Co-Founder of PhotoShelter, Allen Murabayashi. In the interview they discuss Michael's work on the Great Plains, Sandhill Cranes, and Watersheds. Listen above or read the full article below.


Michael's images were featured in a blog post written by Jill O'Brien from Wild Idea Buffalo Co. 

This post discusses the roles of predators and their importance in a prairie ecosystem.

"Our love of nature includes a native habitat that is (or could be) home for prey and predators alike - including the great predators that have been extirpated or that have taken refuge in the mountains away from the pressing force of the greatest predator of all, humans."

Click the link below to read the full article:

Evening Passage stamp released today

Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp featuring Mike's image of Sandhill Cranes flying over the Platte River is released today. Released at this ceremony with Governor Pete Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore, Jeffrey C. Johnson of the USPS this morning at the State Capitol. It was a beautiful morning that started early in front of the Lincoln sculpture outside the capitol.  Happy Birthday Nebraska!
#nebraskastamp #nebraskastatehood

Nebraska Statehood Ceremony Video

LINCOLN, NE — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood today by issuing a Forever stamp depicting a photograph taken on the banks of the Platte River as sandhill cranes flew low overhead at sunset. Nicknamed the Cornhusker State, the 37th state admitted to the union also ranks 37th in population with almost 1.9 million residents.

Michael's speech starts at 30:00.

NANPA Environmental Impact Award

Michael is a recipient of the 2016 NANPA Environmental Impact Award for his work on Platte Basin Timelapse. He will be speaking at the Nature Photography Summit on the evening of March 3rd in Jacksonville Florida.  For more information about the award and the event click here.

This award honors a photographic project undertaken by an individual or a team that addresses an important and urgent regional or global environmental problem. The project should be concerned with one or more species or ecosystems and illustrate perils facing the species or ecosystems and/or sustainable management solutions to help preserve them. The project will be judged on its success in raising public awareness for the need to protect our natural world and in stimulating further study of the issue(s) addressed. The individual or team directing the project may be offered a Summit Keynote presentation position. The award is open only to NANPA members or, in the case of a team project, a team headed by a NANPA member.


After 55 days and 1000 miles by foot, bike and canoe, Mike and Pete finally made it to the Missouri River Platte River confluence on August 24, 2016.  The two men travelled the length of the Platte River by foot, canoe, kayak and bike.  Learn the how's and why's of this journey and a few of the people who assisted and they met along the way.