SanDisk Extreme Team Member
Nick Didlick (http://visualmediaproducer.com) picked up a camera because of his love of the wild landscape of British Columbia, not intending to one day shoot photos that would win awards or be splashed across the front pages of the world’s most widely circulated newspapers and magazines.
His initial motivation was simply to capture images of the beautiful natural world, and it soon became second nature for him to pack a Nikon along with his pitons or waders. It didn’t take long, however, before his passion for photography blossomed into a career.
After starting with weekly newspapers near Vancouver, he was soon working with big city dailies and international news wires. He says today that he didn’t have much choice in the matter. “I love making pictures, and the camera chose me. I just hung onto my camera straps and went along for the ride.”
And what a ride it was. It kicked into high gear in 1979 when, at the age of 22, Nick joined United Press Canada (the UPI affiliate in Canada). He traveled widely for the next five years, chasing global news events on assignment in North and South America as well as in Europe. In 1985 he moved to the newly formed Reuters News Pictures Service in Brussels, Belgium later transferring to London, England as Deputy Chief Photographer for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Nick was the Reuters Journalist of the Year in 1988, the first time it was awarded to a Reuters photojournalist. He was also nominated twice for a Pulitzer. After living out of a suitcase for nearly ten years, running from one global hotspot to another, Nick was drawn back to British Columbia, where he joined The Vancouver Sun in 1990.
Nick is a pioneer in digital photography (he gave up film cameras in 1994 for digital cameras), and in 2001 he left newspapers to start a digital photo and consulting business, specializing in digital photography, videography, web design, and social media consulting.
In his 40 years as a professional photographer, Nick has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Power Summits, Royal Tours, natural disasters, riots and other conflicts. His photography has appeared on the front pages of many of the world's major newspapers and magazines, including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Sydney Morning Herald, Stern, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.
Today Nick’s photo adventure continues (http://overvancouver.com) from his home base in Vancouver, B.C., where, when not shooting assignments or consulting for international clients, he can often be seen rafting salmon rivers or hiking wilderness trails with a Nikon slung around his neck.